Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

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(AP) — As more than 90,000 of America’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of death separate from the virus has quietly claimed tens of thousands more.

This is often because overburdened workers haven’t been able to give them the care they need. Care home watchdogs say they are being flooded with reports of residents withering away in starvation or thirst.

An expert who conducted an analysis of nursing home deaths for The Associated Press believes that non-COVID excess deaths, beyond what is normal, could total 40,000 this year.

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