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2019 IRE Awards - Supplementary Audio For Print Submission

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1. 'Worse For Care': When Elder Homes Stumble, Frail Vermonters Get Hurt [Audio Feature]

Vermont's 133 state-licensed assisted living and residential care homes are entrusted with more than 3,000 elderly or disabled residents but receive minimal state oversight. A joint investigation by VPR and Seven Days revealed troubling patterns of inadequate care that led to dozens of injuries, countless indignities and at least five deaths.

Broadcast November 27, 2019.

2. 'Worse For Care': When Eldercare Homes Flout The Rules, Managers Aren't Held Responsible [Audio Feature]

While care home administrators wield considerable power over staff and residents, they are rarely held to account when things go wrong.

Broadcast December 11, 2019.

3. 'Worse For Care': About This Series [Reporter Debrief]

Emily Corwin of VPR and Derek Brouwer of Seven Days take listeners deeper into their joint investigation into eldercare in Vermont, and Derek Brouwer previews his upcoming print story on staffing shortages in long-term care.

Broadcast December 4, 2019.

4. 'Worse For Care': Elder Abuse And Neglect Is A Well-Kept Secret In Vermont [Reporter Debrief]

Vermont families who rely on eldercare homes often know little about their track records, despite state inspections that document problem after problem. Families make crucial care decisions in the dark. VPR's Emily Corwin speaks with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb about her print story.

Broadcast December 11, 2019.

5. What The VPR/'Seven Days' Investigation Reveals About Vermont's Eldercare Facilities [Reporter Debrief]

'Worse for Care' reporters Emily Corwin and Derek Brouwer speak with host Jane Lindholm and callers about their investigation on VPR's daily call-in show, Vermont Edition. Derek Brouwer previews an upcoming story on the business of long-term care.

Broadcast live December 9, 2019.

6. Diving Into The Database Behind The 'Worse For Care' Investigation [Reporter Debrief]

A VPR and Seven Days investigation has uncovered instances of inadequate care, neglect and five untimely deaths at Vermont’s assisted living and residential care homes. Behind that reporting is a database of inspection reports and citations that took months to build. It, and the accompanying website that allows anyone to search citations and inspections at specific eldercare homes, was built by Seven Days data editor Andrea Suozzo.

Broadcast December 17, 2019.