Friday January 30 | Choosing a Nursing Home

January 29, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

Finding a nursing home for a parent or loved one can be emotional and complex. North Carolina recently implemented a rating system to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a nursing home. We’ll look at the system in our region and learn what to look for to fit a loved one’s greatest needs.
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Cindy DePorter – NC division, Health Services Regulation
Hillary Kaylor – Ombudsman, Centralina Area Agency on Aging

  • To find and compare nursing homes, click here.
  • Complaint line for NC division of Health Services Regulation: 1-800-624-3004

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  1. Should they post the ratings at the front desk?

  2. Should it be mandatory, even if it is a low rating?

  3. This was a good informative program. Chris pushed his guests to the edge of their authority and expertise. Ratings aren’t everything but do tell a story. They wisely suggested one visit repeatedly to find out the facts and see if your loved one would fit in and receive services they need. My mother in law has recently been in for rehabilitation after a severe infection and I was surprised how hard the staff has to work. The building is OK but the facility lost some stars after a recent inspection. I look at the faces. Most of the cognizant people there seem as happy as could be expected. I’ve met some interesting elders while visiting “Grandma.”

    Yes, Doug. Just like restaurants with their sanitation rating the stars should be posted in a frame at the front door.


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