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State needs tougher regulations of assisted living facilities

My heart goes out to the family of the woman killed after wandering out of Kris-Leigh Assisted Living in Severna Park ("Woman dead after being struck by car in Severna Park," Oct. 17). The state of Maryland needs to regulate these facilities and have certain standards that they are forced to adhere to. The Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene found serious deficiencies with Kris-Leigh during five days of on-site investigation in 2008. I know that the doors to the facility are supposed to be locked and alarmed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Obviously these procedures were not being followed since Ms. Kearney left the facility around 5 a.m. The state of Maryland needs to set an example for other states by passing and enforcing strict guidelines for assisted living facilities. Another family should not have to bury a loved one because of neglect by a facility entrusted with the well-being of the elderly.

Betty Martin, Glen Burnie

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