Champion of Nursing Home Patients, Dies at 99

According to a New York Times article, Ethel Paley, passed on November 18, 2019 in her Manhattan home at the age of 99. Paley was known for her guidance of residents and their surrogates in the nursing home and health care system. Paley was a social worker who for 35 years fought to advocate for the rights of nursing home patients and their families. 

Paley dedicated her career to Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA), a nonprofit organization she founded and directed in New York from 1976 until 2011. FRIA operated telephone helplines in English and Spanish to help answer questions from nursing home residents and their loved ones and guide them to other resources for assistance. These calls were often concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, retaliation and racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination.

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