North Carolina

Key Findings

  • North Carolina’s nursing home ranking improved slightly over the past year, climbing two spots to #35 overall; unfortunately for residents this continues to be a below average ranking.
  • North Carolina scored below average or failing grades in half of the analyzed measures.
  • North Carolina regulators discovered violations of federal or state laws in 9 out of 10 North Carolina nursing homes for the second consecutive year.
  • Despite the high frequency of deficiencies, North Carolina regulators issued relatively few severe deficiencies when compared to other states.
  • North Carolina ombudsmen continued to verify a high number of registered complaints, indicative of widespread problems in far too many facilities.
  • North Carolina nursing home care ranks fifth out of the Southeast region’s eight states.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average47.27%F45 41F39.80%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.43D31 34D2.40
Facilities With Deficiencies90.26%B20 39D94.74%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies12.11%B11 18B14.59%
Health Inspections Above Average42.99%B20 14B35.18%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average37.05%F42 41F29.97%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.62C27 34D0.74
Verified Ombudsman Complaints85.81%D39 39D87.27%