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Transfer trauma: America’s seniors suffer as care system pushes them between sites

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Unequal payment plans drive some corporate nursing home facilities to shed – or in some cases “hospital dump” – residents, distressing delicate elders.

Rafiyq Friend bends his tall frame over his eldest brother and, with a paper straw, releases drops of water on to Thomas’s tongue. Thomas lost the strength to close his mouth a few days ago and his labored breathing – which hauls up his emaciated chest and then drops it – has turned his lips and tongue white with dryness.

Cancer has now gotten the best of Thomas’s lungs, but only year ago he was relatively healthy, living alone, still a protective big brother to seven younger siblings.

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