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A simple star rating system enacted twelve years ago quickly became a popular way for consumers to educate themselves about which nursing home to choose for their loved ones. The five star system rated nursing homes as a one for being the worst and a five for being the best. A New York Times investigation shows that nursing homes have manipulated the system by relying on sleight-of-hand maneuvers to improve their ratings and hide shortcomings. When Covid struck, they were unprepared.

More than 130,000 nursing-home residents have died of Covid-19.

This article in the New York Times details what their investigation uncovered: Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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