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Violations at adult care homes, nursing homes to be posted online

Information will be offered despite bill that stalled in Senate

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Friday, July 14, 2006

Consumers could find out online which North Carolina nursing homes and assisted-living homes have been hit with serious violations and fines.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said it will post the information about nursing homes and adult-care homes – including cases in which a resident has died or been put in danger of serious injury – on the Internet starting this fall, no matter whether the legislature passes a new law requiring Internet access.

"This is something we can do. Whether this bill passes or not, it’s in the plan for us to do it," said Jim Jones a DHHS spokesman.

Reports of violations are public records but can be time-consuming to track down.

"Consumers have a right to know," said Sabrena Lea of the Piedmont Triad Area Agency on Aging.

"When an individual has to place a loved one in a long-term-care facility, there usually isn’t time to make a phone call and wait for a report," Lea said.

People who want information about violations now have to go in person to county social-services departments or to the Division of Facility Services to sift through records. (more…)

 

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