North Carolina Nursing Home Scrutinized for Lack of Care

Waterbrooke Assisted Living and officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are in talks about improving the conditions at this Tabor City nursing home. According to the Fay Observer, officials with the Department of Health and Human Services have chosen to delay the suspension of the nursing home’s license once all of the home’s 77 residents are relocated.
According to a spokesman for the Department, Jim Jones, only five of these residents had been relocated as of last week. Once they’re relocated, they will receive skills care — care they were not getting at the Waterbrooke facility. Currently, Waterbrooke is operating under a “plan of correction” with state officials reporting progress in meeting the goal of a safer and more reliable facility.

Our Asheville nursing home neglect attorneys understand that there are close to 420 nursing homes in the state of North Carolina that are certified by Medicaid and Medicare. Within these nursing homes, there are close to 43,500 beds available. At the most recent look, more than 85 percent of these beds were occupied. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, the state of North Carolina ranks in with a 3 for the quality of nursing home care in the state. This ranks the state 39th for nursing homes reliability and quality of care.

We want to make sure that our elderly loved ones are treated with the care and respect that they deserve. Unfortunately, nursing homes frequently aren’t adequately staffed or funded and neglect and abuse is too often the result. In fact, adult care neglect and nursing home abuse is more common that you might think – and most of these infractions are never reported or even discovered.

Nursing Home Stats You May Not Know:

-About a third of nursing homes in the nation have been cited for abuse and other similar infractions.

-More than 10 percent of nursing homes have been cited for dispensing unnecessary prescription drugs.

-About a quarter of all of the aides who were prosecuted for abusing nursing home residents have a previous criminal record. About 5 percent of aides in these homes have criminal records.

-There are about 37,000 nursing home residents in the state of North Carolina.

-About a third of North Carolina residents who are over the age of 80 reside in a nursing home.

-Between 1 and 2 million Americans over the age of 65 have been neglected, abused or mistreated by their primary caregiver.

-About 10 percent of people over the age of 65 will spend some of their time in a nursing home or in an adult care facility.

-About 50 percent of patients suffer from untreated pain.

-About 90 percent of the nation’s nursing homes are understaffed, according to CNN.

-Only about 15 percent of elder abuse cases are ever reported to officials.

-Some of the most common forms of abuse include emotional abuse, physical abuse, caretaker neglect and sexual abuse.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices P.A. to discuss your loved one’s rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free consultation.

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