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System gives top marks to most adult care homes

Posted February 20, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Virtually all of North Carolina's adult-care homes included in a new rating system are getting top marks under the system, which awards stars to the homes.

Fifty-eight of 62 facilities inspected received three stars, the highest possible rating available this year, according to the ratings released Friday.

No facility can receive yet the highest rating of four stars because it requires two consecutive inspection scores of 100 points. Forty-five facilities scored 100 points or more.

System gives top marks to most adult care homes Adult care homes get top marks

North Carolina has more than 1,200 adult-care homes, including family-care homes for six or fewer residents, as well as assisting-living centers, which are usually much larger.

The North Carolina Rating Program was introduced this year to help families make informed decisions about adult-care homes in the state.

Inspections started in January, and the state says it will take about a year for the remaining facilities to be inspected.

The ratings, however, don't include violations that happened before Jan. 1, but they are available by calling 919-855-3765.

Advocacy group Friends of Adult Care Homes advises families to use the rating as part of their process in deciding their care options. It also recommends visiting facilities, speaking with residents and consulting with adult home specialists before making any decisions.

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  • Just2bMe Feb 20, 2009

    I would imagine that it would take awhile before these ratings could really mean anything... heading in the right direction though

  • ccs1920 Feb 20, 2009

    It will be interesting when Cary Health and Rehab gets on this list. I'm betting on one star. It should be zero.

  • Student Nurse Feb 20, 2009

    What about the report about nursing homes getting poor grades? http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4163500/

    New scoring system or elaborate cover up?

  • Scubagirl Feb 20, 2009

    I would like to see a listing naming each facility and each aspect they were scored on, along with corresponding scores. I know many in the adult care business and from what I hear I have a hard time believing this, but maybe my friends are all lying-who knows?

  • amyrn Feb 20, 2009

    Who rated it highly? Since this just started Jan. 1, it couldn't have been a state rating.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Feb 20, 2009

    Great first step by state to give families a tool to evaluate. Local counties of Social Services (the ones who investigate complaints that come into the state). I filed a valid complaint in May, followed up routinely, sent letters in December, then only after getting an attorney involved has ANYONE from the county even checked into the matter to even determine if it was valid. RIDICULOUS. By the way, my mother with Alzheimer's fell, I was not called, she was not taken a doctor, I was called two days later, she was taken to emergency room, she was diagnosed with multiple fractures, her arm was not kept in its brace, she had zero healing in six weeks, she was found unresponsive a month later, rushed to hospital and she was diagnosed severly dehydrated. The facility she WAS at was highly rated and pretty, but care terrible. Without clear reviews by the state and county accountability for investigations, the rating system is worthless.