The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has flagged more than 50 nursing homes in North and South Carolina for past abuse and neglect. The allegations range from sexual abuse to a maggot infestation inside a resident's wound, according to federal inspection records.
From now on, when you use the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' online Nursing Home Compare tool, you'll find a new icon next to nursing homes with a history of abuse or neglect. The warning, a red circle with a hand inside, is part of an effort by the federal government to better alert the public before a loved one is placed in a nursing home.
Up until recently, Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation in Cherryville held the distinction, according to Nursing Home Compare. Federal records have shown the federal government cited the nursing home in late 2018 for failing to protect two women from sexual abuse, finding Carolina Care knew the resident responsible had a history of inappropriate touching.
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