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

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

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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…)