To assist consumers in making informed decisions regarding care options and provide information regarding the inspections in adult care facilities (family care homes and adult care homes) the following resources are available: statement of deficiencies or inspection reports by DHSR; Star Rating; and, any penalties imposed in the previous 36 months for each adult care facility.
Adult care facilities are routinely inspected to ensure the provider is operating in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, in a manner that protects the health and safety of their residents. The Adult Care Licensure Section (ACLS) and Construction Section (Constr) of the Division of Health Service Regulation inspect or survey adult care homes. The types of inspections conducted by both sections include routine inspection (annual or biennial), complaint investigation and follow-up inspection.
The survey report, or Form 2567, is the form used by the state to document inspections or surveys. The report form is divided into two columns as illustrated below:
|Statement of Deficiencies (SOD)||Plan of Correction (POC)|
|State agency (DSHR) completes this section, listing any deficiencies found during the survey, if any.||The adult care facility completes this section|
Statements of Deficiencies are posted for adult care facilities with survey dates beginning November 1, 2014 and deficiencies or violations were identified. Inspections are conducted year-round. If you do not see a listing for a home in which you are interested, please check this site for monthly updates.
Statement of Deficiencies – The written report or findings of the inspection; if violation with an applicable law or regulation is found during an inspection or investigation, it is cited as a deficiency on the Statement of Deficiencies (Form 2567). The Statement of Deficiencies (Form 2567) includes the citation(s) on the left-hand side of the page and the right side for the provider's plan of correction.
IDR Pending - A Yes under the column, IDR Pending, indicates the facility has requested Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR), a process that gives a facility the opportunity to dispute all or some of the findings of a state inspection. If the Statement of Deficiency is changed as a result of IDR, the web page will be updated.
Statement of Deficiencies with Plan of Correction - The written report or findings of the inspection and the provider’s approved plan of correction.
Statement of Deficiencies with deficiencies corrected - A follow-up inspection conducted with deficiencies on the Statement of Deficiencies (Form 2567) and the adult care home corrected one or more of the previously cited deficiencies. A Revisit Form (2567B) is used to document the rules corrected and is included with the Statement of Deficiencies (Form 2567).
No Deficiencies Cited - The Statement of Deficiencies (Form 2567) is not posted. No violation with an applicable law or regulation was found during an inspection or investigation. For follow-up inspections, all previous citations were corrected.
Star Ratings are based on the results of:
In an annual inspection by Adult Care Licensure Section, each facility begins with a base score of 100 points. Based on the facility's compliance or non-compliance with rule areas during inspections, the facility earns merit or demerit points which are added or subtracted from the 100 base points respectively.
One possible result of an inspection is the imposition of fines due to "Type A1" or "Type A2" violations.
Another sanction that could result in the imposition of fines would be due to a "Type B" violation that has not been corrected by the facility after the state has allowed the facility a reasonable period of time to correct.
In addition to the penalties described, the admission of any new residents to an adult care home may be suspended where the conditions of the adult care home are detrimental to the health or safety of the residents. This is called a "Suspension of Admissions" and shall remain in effect until conditions or circumstances merit removing the suspension as determined by the State.
The license to operate an adult care facility may be reduced to a provisional license or revoked when the facility has substantially failed to be in compliance with the laws and regulations applicable to the facility. The license for an adult care facility may also be summarily suspended (called a "Summary Suspension") whenever substantial evidence of abuse, neglect, exploitation or any condition which presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of any resident of the home is determined.
Adult care homes have the legal right to appeal the imposition of fines, suspension of admissions and licensure actions by filing an appeal with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings.
The statement of deficiencies, the Star Rating system and the penalties are just some of the resources you should use when looking for placement for yourself or a loved one in an adult care home. Additionally, be sure you have a complete and accurate picture of the care provided in an adult care facility through the following:
1. Tour the Facility
A tour of the facility that you are considering allows you to take a first-hand look at different aspects of the physical environment such as cleanliness. It also gives you a chance to speak with staff and residents about the care and services offered at the facility to help you decide if it's the right fit for you or your loved one. While you are there, ask to see the facility's inspection reports, including any reports from the county department of social services and from the state. Facilities are required to make inspection reports from the past 12 months available to residents and families and prospective residents and families upon request.
2. Contact your local County Department of Social Services
The county DSS adult services staff visit each adult care facility at least quarterly throughout the year and are a good source of current information. Ask your local DSS adult home specialist about the care and services provided, as well as any recent complaints made against the facility.
3. Contact your local Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents in long-term care facilities. They provide guidance to residents and families on long-term care options in their area, how to select a long-term care facility that fits your needs and preferences, and provide information on Medicare and Medicaid programs. Ombudsmen can also provide information on the care provided in the facilities in their area, as well as recent complaints.
4. Contact the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section
Adult care homes are licensed and inspected by the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR), Adult Care Licensure Section (ACLS). To request a copy of a facility's most recent inspection, send an email to: DHSR.AdultCare.Questions@dhhs.nc.gov.