Many of us have probably visited a loved one in a hospital, hospice, or nursing home. As depressing as nursing homes can be for us, patients themselves would do just about anything to avoid them. The intermediate and preferred step between a home-home and a nursing home is called an "adult home" or an "adult family home." Unfortunately, the gap between adult home and nursing home is a nebulous and largely unregulated void. DSHS licenses homeowners to give long term care for up to six seniors, but there is no requirement that the home have a licensed caregiver.
A recent article in the Seattle Times explores the statistics and evidence of mistreatment and negligence in adult homes.