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'It's the last thing on your mind'

Tom Loughman's wife Joan was murdered in Florida while situating her father in the Lyford Cove assisted living facility in Fort Pierce. He said family members mistakenly assume employees caring for their loved ones have been thoroughly checked out. "When you're under the gun of trying to find a place for your relative and they're in the hospital and they're dying, it's the last thing on your mind as to whether it's a safe facility," said the accountant from Danbury, Conn. "You assume with the state regulating them, that's a given." Chris Ware/The News-Times
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