The problem with Assisted Living Facilities is with the state of North Carolina and the rules and laws it has established for these facilities. NOONE with a diagnosis of dementia or altzheimers should even be considered for placement. They should be in a skilled facility and at the first sign of wandering should be placed in a locked unit for their own safety. Even Assisted Living Facilities should have licensed nurses on staff at ALL times. The state should also fine facilites for not hiring and maintaining adequate staff. Nurses are trained to assess medical problems, adverse drug reaction, etc. Med Techs are good, but are not trained in those areas. They are even hired in long term facilities so the owners can save money. That's what it is all about...MONEY for the owner. Our government needs to STOP the Medicare and Medicaid and insurance fraud in this country. Our elderly deserve better than they are getting. I say hold the state responsible and the owners and DSS. Someone isn't doing their job.
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