The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services strives to achieve high-quality health care. The CMS evaluated and observed twenty-seven nursing homes in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Nine of these nursing homes received a five-star rating.
In order to receive a five-star rating, a nursing home must meet or exceed all of these inspections: health inspection, nursing staff inspection, quality inspection, and fire safety inspection.
Passing the health inspection is a difficult task. In order to pass the health inspection, a nursing home must meet over 180 regulatory standards that are created to protect residents. Some of these standards include performing the proper management of medication, protecting residents from physical and mental abuse, and practicing appropriate behavior among the residents and staff members.
To pass the nursing staff inspection, a nursing facility must allow a patient to spend a certain amount of time with a qualified nurse. Each type of nurse must spend a different amount of time with a patient. For example, registered nurses do not have to spend as much time with a patient as certified nursing assistants do.
The quality inspection ensures that residents of the nursing home are being treated correctly and receiving proper care. Patients must be given the correct vaccines and treated properly if they have bed sores or urinary tract infections.
The fire safety inspection requires nursing homes to have proper electrical wiring throughout the building. This inspection also demands that nursing homes follow the fire safety codes set by the National Fire Protection Association. The heating and ventilation systems must be properly installed. Exit doors must be accessible at all times and quarterly fire drills must be executed and recorded.
Here is the list of the nine nursing homes that received a five-star rating in North Carolina:
- The Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview
- Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Louisburg Nursing Center
- Litchford Falls Health Care
- Windsor Point Continuing Care
- Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Apex
- The Rosewood Health Center
Even if you have a loved one residing at the best care facility available, you should still be aware of warning signs of abuse. Nursing home abuse can happen in many forms and some may not be as quick to identify as others. Visit your loved ones often and be cognizant of their well-being, their finances, and their environment.