North Carolina is one of a few states that has a rating system for nursing homes. Nursing homes in NC are rated on a star system.
The highest ranking a NC nursing home can achieve is four stars. However, four stars is only possible if the assisted living center holds a clean record for at least three years. The ratings are regulated by the NC Division of Health Service and based on a similar rating system for NC day care centers. The number of stars reflects the nursing home’s ability to provide nutritional meals, adequate supervision and security, and personal care.
The ranking system makes it easier for families to find a safe nursing home in NC for their loved ones. However, even stellar nursing homes can provide inadequate care. If poor staff training habits start, new management takes over or safety programs change, your loved one may receive negligent care. If you suspect your friend or relative is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in NC, contact a nursing home abuse attorney at Brent Adams & Associates. You can schedule a free review of your nursing home abuse claim by calling 800.849.5931 and talking with one of our NC nursing home abuse lawyers in Raleigh, Fayetteville or Dunn.
Physical abuse isn’t the only problem seniors face in nursing homes. Unethical employees financially abuse residents by stealing money, and some seniors don’t receive the medications they need when negligent nursing home aides take prescription drugs from residents and try to sell them for a profit on the streets. Caregivers or nursing homes that take advantage of innocent senior citizens must be held responsible for their negligence. Learn about senior citizens’ rights by contacting our NC nursing home abuse law office.