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The bankruptcies of California nursing homes have not led to many closures or a shortage of beds for the elderly.

Although 155 nursing homes run by eight chains filed for bankruptcy in 2000, only two closures were preceded by a bankruptcy. Researchers with the University of California, San Francisco, announced the report on Wednesday.

The study was requested by Senator Deborah Ortiz after some homes underwent sudden closures that were traumatic for frail residents.

The study´s author is asking the state to establish an early warning system to prevent sudden closures. Researchers also ask that homes should have to tell residents about bankruptcies.

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