Siler City Nursing Home Threatened with Fines
Posted November 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST
SILER CITY — A Chatham County nursing home faces more than a dozen citations for taking poor care of its residents. The violations at Country Forest Manor range from neglecting residents' needs to unsanitary practices.
The state says 80% of nursing homes in North Carolina have at least one violation in their annual inspections. But some are worse than others. A recent state inspection of a home in Siler City revealed residents sitting in their own waste, unable to get out of bed, unable to get clean and unable to get help.
It breaks Adelaide Carr's heart to think about what her 95-year-old mother, Emily, went through before winding up safe at Meadowbrook Manor in Durham. Just three months ago, Adelaide says her mother was neglected, unhealthy and unsafe at Country Forest Manor in Siler City.
"She broke her leg," Carr explains. "She must have been trying to get up by herself. The other time she was in a wheelchair, and she fell out of the wheelchair."
When Carr and others complained, the state stepped in. Investigators found 15 deficiencies, four of them serious enough to cause harm. The violations include neglecting patients needs and allowing unsanitary conditions.
Public records about the state's 400 nursing homes are kept at the Division of Facility Services in Raleigh.
Nursing home licensing representative Steve White suggests people spend time going through the records, as well as visiting the nursing homes and speaking to patients there.
Carr believes it's the community's responsibility to protect the elderly from being neglected and abused.
The new owner of Country Forest Manor, Sun Health Care of New Mexico, has submitted a plan to the state about how it's going to correct the problems. If the problems aren't fixed by next Wednesday, the home would be fined $200 a day.
Future action by the state could include denying the home from taking new residents or completely shutting it down.
Editor's Note:Twenty-five percent of the elderly spend time in a nursing home at some point during their life.
Most nursing home patients are there because of a health crisis such as a stroke, not because their health deteriorated over time.