Honolulu Advertiser examines nursing homes

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Honolulu Advertiser put together a multimedia package about nursing home deficiencies that includes text, video,  a questionnaire to help patients and families choose homes, a nursing home databases and inspection reports.kupuna

The package’s second day, which focuses on sanctioning flawed nursing homes, is anchored by Rob Perez’ story on lax enforcement, reinforced by their daily collection of case studies and supplemented by a number of other stories and videos.

Other days focus on flaws in the system, how lobbyists prevail over advocates for the elderly and help in finding a care facility.

Covering the Health of Local Nursing HomesSlim guide: Covering the Health of Local Nursing Homes

This reporting guide gives a head start to journalists who want to pursue stories about one of the most vulnerable populations – nursing home residents. It offers advice about Web sites, datasets, research and other resources. After reading this book, journalists can have more confidence in deciphering nursing home inspection reports, interviewing advocacy groups on all sides of an issue, locating key data, and more. The book includes story examples and ideas.AHCJ publishes these reporting guides, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to help journalists understand and accurately report on specific subjects.

AHCJ resources

Untold stories remain in nursing homes
More investigations of nursing homes
Aging Nation: Troublesome Health Care Issues
Headlines an advocate for seniors would like to see
The impact of aging upon health care
Covering nursing homes and other issues of aging
How will retiring boomers affect the national health agenda?
You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide: Policy and Problems in Long-Term Care
Biology of Aging: Sources and Resources

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