North Carolina (NC) has started a rating system for nursing homes. So far, 585 of the 1,300 nursing homes registered in North Carolina (NC) have been reviewed. The rating system gives nursing homes zero to four stars based on nutrition, personal care, supervision and building safety.
Megan Lamphere, the ratings administrator for the state Division of Health Service Regulation’s Adult Care Licensure Section told reporters this week, “Anything that puts more information out there for the public is great. There’s lots of care options out there for people, and that’s why it’s important to see if it’s a good fit for you or your loved one."
As a personal injury attorney, I couldn’t agree more. Nursing home abuse and neglect have been on the rise in recent years and this new rating system for North Carolina (NC) may help to improve those statistics. Of the 585 nursing homes inspected, seven have already received zero stars, including Floyd McKissick Assisted Living Center in Warren County, North Carolina (NC).
After the Floyd McKissick Assisted Living Center received zero stars in the ranking, inspectors shut down the building and relocated its 30 elderly residents. A new management team has been brought in to try and reopen and claim a higher ranking.
While this ranking system will go along way in helping loved one’s choose where to place their elderly family members, they should still keep a watchful eye. My colleague, Emily Mapp Brannon, wrote an article recently shedding a light on some of the realities of nursing home abuse; The Harsh Realities of Nursing Home Abuse. This article is an eye opener to what can go one with our elderly loved ones behind closed doors.
If you have elderly family members residing in a North Carolina (NC) nursing home and suspect they may be a victim of nursing home neglect read this article from my colleague John Cooper; Helping an Elderly Family Member That Has Been Neglected. John Cooper’s article will help you determine if your loved one is being abused and show you what you can do about it.
Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injur law website is: http://carolina.hsinjurylaw.