Today: More than 100 Minnesotans die each year after falls in the state's 397 nursing homes. Nothing the nursing home industry has done in the past seven years has significantly reduced the number of deaths.

Monday: Minnesota's regulatory system for nursing homes results in few fall-related deaths being investigated, and seldom results in sanctions for the nursing homes when problems are found.

Tuesday: Aides working in nursing homes with fall-related deaths say chronic under-staffing leaves them to make difficult choices about which alarm or call for help to answer. Experts and advocates maintain that more staffing could stem the tide of falls, but it comes at a high cost.


Go to startribune.com/investigators to follow links to websites that can help you assess the quality of a particular home and to view the state's investigative reports on cases mentioned in this series.