subchapter 13G – licensing of family care homes

 

section .0100 - definitions

 

10A NCAC 13G .0101       DEFINITIONS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984; June 26, 1980;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 2005.

SECTION .0200 - licensing

 

10A NCAC 13G .0201       DEFINITIONS

The following definitions shall apply throughout this Section:

(1)           "Person" means an individual; a trust or estate; a partnership; a corporation; or any grouping of individuals, each of whom owns five percent or more of a partnership or corporation, who collectively own a majority interest of either a partnership or a corporation.

(2)           "Owner" means any person who has or had legal or equitable title to or a majority interest in an adult care home.

(3)           "Affiliate" means any person that directly or indirectly controls or did control an adult care home or any person who is controlled by a person who controls or did control an adult care home.  In addition, two or more adult care homes who are under common control are affiliates.

(4)           "Principal" means any person who is or was the owner or operator of an adult care home, an executive officer of a corporation that does or did own or operate an adult care home, a general partner of a partnership that does or did own or operate an adult care home, or a sole proprietorship that does or did own or operate an adult care home.

(5)           "Indirect control" means any situation where one person is in a position to act through another person over whom the first person has control due to the legal or economic relationship between the two.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0113; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0202       THE LICENSE

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in Rule .0203 of this Subchapter, the Department of Health and Human Services shall issue a family care home license to any person who submits an application on the forms provided by the Department with a non-refundable license fee as required by G.S. 131D-2(b)(1) and the Department determines that the applicant complies with the provisions of all applicable State family care home licensure statutes and rules.  All applications for a new license shall disclose the names of individuals who are co-owners, partners or shareholders holding an ownership or controlling interest of five percent or more of the applicant entity.

(b)  The license shall be conspicuously posted in a public place in the home.

(c)  The license shall be in effect for 12 months from the date of issuance unless revoked for cause, voluntarily or involuntarily terminated, or changed to provisional licensure status.

(d)  A provisional license may be issued in accordance with G.S. 131D-2(b).

(e)  When a provisional license is issued, the administrator shall post the provisional license and a copy of the notice from the Division of Health Service Regulation identifying the reasons for it, in place of the full license.

(f)  The license is not transferable or assignable.

(g)  The license shall be terminated when the home is licensed to provide a higher level of care or a combination of a higher level of care and family care home level of care.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0113; 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10a NCAC 13G .0203       PERSONS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR NEW ADULT CARE HOME LICENSES

(a)  A new license shall not be issued for an adult care home if any of the conditions specified in G.S. 131D-2(b)(1b) apply to the applicant for the adult care home license.

(b)  Additionally, no new license shall be issued for any adult care home to an applicant for licensure who is the owner, principal or affiliate of an adult care home that has had its admissions suspended until six months after the suspension is lifted.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0113; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0204       APPLYING FOR A LICENSE TO OPERATE A HOME NOT CURRENTLY LICENSED

(a)  An application for a license to operate a family care home for adults in an existing building where no alterations are necessary or a home which is to be constructed, added to or renovated shall be made at the county department of social services.

(b)  If during the study of the administrator and the home, it does not appear that the qualifications of the administrator or requirements for the home can be met, the county department of social services shall so inform the applicant, indicating in writing the reason and give the applicant an opportunity to withdraw the application.  Upon the applicant's request, the application shall be completed and submitted to the Division of Health Service Regulation for consideration.

(c)  The applicant shall submit the following forms and reports through the county department of social services to the Division of Health Service Regulation:

(1)           the Initial Licensure Application;

(2)           an approval letter from the local zoning jurisdiction for the proposed location;

(3)           a photograph of each side of the existing structure and at least one of each of the interior spaces if an existing structure;

(4)           a set of blueprints or a floor plan of each level indicating the layout of all rooms, room dimensions (including closets), door widths (exterior, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen doors), window sizes and window sill heights, type of construction, the use of the basement and attic, the proposed resident bedroom locations including the number of occupants and the bedroom and number (including the ages) of any non-resident who will be residing within the home;

(5)           a cover letter or transmittal form prepared by the adult home specialist of the county department of social services identifying the prospective home site address, the name of the contact person (including address, telephone numbers, fax numbers), the name and address of the applicant (if different from the contact person) and the total number and the expected evacuation capability of the residents; and

(6)           a construction review fee according to G.S. 131E-267.

(d)  The Construction Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation shall review the information and notify the applicant and the county department of social services of any required changes that must be made to the building to meet the rules in Section .0300 of this Subchapter along with the North Carolina State Building Code.  At the end of the letter there shall be a list of final documentation required from the local jurisdiction that must be submitted upon completion of any required changes to the building or completion of construction.

(e)   Any changes to be made during construction that were not proposed during the initial review shall require the approval of the Construction Section  to assure that licensing requirements are maintained.

(f)   Upon receipt of the required final documentation from the local jurisdiction, the Construction Section shall review the information and may either make an on-site visit or approve the home for construction by documentation.  If all items are met, the Construction Section shall notify the Adult Care Licensure Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation of its recommendation for licensure.

(g)   Following review of the application, references, all forms and the Construction Section's recommendation for licensure, a pre-licensing visit shall be made by a consultant of the Adult Care Licensure Section.  The consultant shall report findings and recommendations to the Division of Health Service Regulation which shall notify, in writing, the applicant and the county department of social services of the decision to license or not to license the family care home .

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

ARRC Objection Lodged November 14, 1990;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0205       APPLICATION TO LICENSE A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED OR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0206       CAPACITY

(a)  Pursuant to G.S. 131D-2(a)(5), family care homes have a capacity of two to six residents.

(b)  The total number of residents shall not exceed the number shown on the license.

(c)  A request for an increase in capacity by adding rooms, remodeling or without any building modifications shall be made to the county department of social services and submitted to the Division of Health Service Regulation, accompanied by two copies of blueprints or floor plans.  One plan showing the existing building with the current use of rooms and the second plan indicating the addition, remodeling or change in use of spaces showing the use of each room.  If new construction, plans shall show how the addition will be tied into the existing building and all proposed changes in the structure.

(d)  When licensed homes increase their designed capacity by the addition to or remodeling of the existing physical plant, the entire home shall meet all current fire safety regulations.

(e)  The licensee or the licensee's designee shall notify the Division of Health Service Regulation if the overall evacuation capability of the residents changes from the evacuation capability listed on the homes license or of the addition of any non-resident that will be residing within the home.  This information shall be submitted through the county department of social services and forwarded to the Construction Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation for review of any possible changes that may be required to the building.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984; January 1, 1983.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0207       CHANGE OF LICENSEE

When a licensee wishes to sell or lease the family care home business, the following procedure is required:

(1)           The licensee shall notify the county department of social services that a change is desired.  When there is a plan for a change of licensee and another person applies to operate the home immediately, the licensee shall notify the county department and the residents or their responsible persons.  The county department shall talk with the residents, giving them the opportunity to make other plans if they so desire.

(2)           The county department of social services shall submit all forms and reports specified in Rule .0204 (b) of this Subchapter to the Division of Health Service Regulation.

(3)           The Division of Health Service Regulation shall review the records of the facility and may visit the home.

(4)           The licensee and prospective licensee shall be advised by the Division of Health Service Regulation of any changes which must be made to the building before licensing to a new licensee can be recommended.

(5)           Frame or brick veneer buildings over one story in height with resident services and accommodations on the second floor shall not be considered for re-licensure.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0208       RENEWAL OF LICENSE

(a)  The license shall be renewed annually, except as otherwise provided in Rule .0209 of this Subchapter, if the licensee submits an application for renewal on the forms provided by the Department and the Department determines that the licensee complies with the provisions of all applicable State adult care home licensure statutes and rules.  When violations of licensure rules or statutes are documented and have not been corrected prior to expiration of license, the Department may approve a continuation or extension of a plan of correction, or may issue a provisional license or revoke the license for cause.

(b)  All applications for license renewal shall disclose the names of individuals who are co-owners, partners or shareholders holding an ownership or controlling interest of 5% or more of the applicant entity.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 131D-4.5; 143B‑165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1992; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0209       CONDITIONS FOR LICENSE RENEWAL

(a)  Before renewing an existing license of an adult care home, the Department shall conduct a compliance history review of the facility and its principals and affiliates.

(b)  In determining whether to renew a license under G.S. 131D-2(b)(6), the Department shall take into consideration at least the following:

(1)           the compliance history of the applicant facility;

(2)           the compliance history of the owners, principals or affiliates in operating other adult care homes in the state;

(3)           the extent to which the conduct of a related facility is likely to affect the quality of care at the applicant facility; and

(4)           the hardship on residents of the applicant facility if the license is not renewed.

(c)  Pursuant to G.S. 131D-2(b)(1), an adult care home is not eligible to have its license renewed if any outstanding fines or penalties imposed by the Department have not been paid; provided, however that if an appeal is pending the fine or penalty will not be considered imposed until the appeal is resolved.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0210       TERMINATION OF LICENSE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0211       CLOSING OF HOME

If a licensee plans to close a family care home, the licensee shall provide written notification of the planned closing to the Division of Health Service Regulation, the county department of social services and the residents or their responsible persons at least 30 days prior to the planned closing.  Written notification shall include date of closing and plans made for the move of the residents.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0212       DENIAL AND REVOCATION OF LICENSE

(a)  A license may be denied by the Division of Health Service Regulation for failure to comply with the rules of this Subchapter.

(b)  Denial by the Division of Health Service Regulation shall be effected by mailing to the applicant, by registered mail, a notice setting forth the particular reasons for such action.

(c)  A license may be revoked by the Division of Health Service Regulation in accordance with G.S. 131D-2(b) and G.S. 131D-29.

(d)  When a facility receives a notice of revocation, the administrator shall inform each resident and his responsible person of the notice and the basis on which it was issued.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1984; May 1, 1981;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0213       APPEAL of licensure action

(a)  In accordance with G.S. 150B‑2(2), any person may request a determination of his legal rights, privileges, or duties as they relate to laws or rules administered by the Department of Human Resources.  All requests must be in writing and contain a statement of facts prompting the request sufficient to allow for appropriate processing by the Department of Health and Human Services.

(b)  Any person seeking such a determination shall comply with G.S. 150B‑22 concerning informal remedies.

(c)  All petitions for hearings regarding matters under the control of the Department of Health and Human Services shall be filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings in accordance with G.S. 150B‑23 and 26 NCAC 03 .0103.  In accordance with G.S. 1A‑1, Rule 4(j)4, the petition shall be served on a registered agent for service of process for the Department of Health and Human Services.  A list of registered agents may be obtained from the Office of Legislative and Legal Affairs at 2005 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2005.

(d)  An administrator of a facility which has its license revoked may not apply to operate another facility except according to the terms set forth by the Director of the Division of Health Service Regulation in his final closure notice.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153; 150B‑23;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0214       suspension of admissions

(a)  Either the Secretary or his designee shall notify the domiciliary home by certified mail of the decision to suspend admissions.  Such notice will include:

(1)           the period of the suspension,

(2)           factual allegations,

(3)           citation of statutes and rules alleged to be violated,

(4)           notice of the facility's right to contested case hearing or the suspension.

(b)  The suspension will be effective when the notice is served or on the date specified in the notice of suspension, whichever is later.  The suspension will remain effective for the period specified in the notice or until the facility demonstrates to the Secretary or his designee that conditions are no longer detrimental to the health and safety of the residents.

(c)  The home shall not admit new residents during the effective date of the suspension.

(d)  Any action taken by the Division of Health Service Regulation to revoke a home's license or to reduce the license to a provisional license shall be accompanied by a recommendation to the Secretary or his designee to suspend new admissions.  A suspension may be ordered without the license being affected.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 130‑9.7(e);

Eff. January 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0215       APPEAL of suspension of admissions

A home may appeal the decision of the Secretary or his designee to suspend new admissions by making such an appeal in accordance with 10A NCAC 01A .0200.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2(h);

Eff. January 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. January 4, 1994.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0216       ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY DETERMINATION PROCESS

(a)  The county department of social services or the Division of Health Service Regulation shall identify areas of non-compliance resulting from a complaint investigation or monitoring or survey visit which may be violations of residents' rights contained in G.S. 131D-21 or rules contained in this Subchapter.  If the county department of social services or the Division of Health Service Regulation decides that the violation is a Type B violation as defined in G.S. 131D-34(a)(2), it shall require a plan of correction pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(a)(2).  If the county department of social services or the Division of Health Service Regulation decides that the violation is a Type A violation as defined in G.S. 131D-34(a)(1), it shall follow the procedure required in G.S. 131D-34(a)(1)(a-c) and prepare an administrative penalty proposal for submission to the Department.  The proposal shall include a copy of the written confirmation required in G.S. 131D-34(a)(1)(c) and documentation that the licensee was notified of the county department of social services' or the Division of Health Service Regulation's intent to prepare and forward an administrative penalty proposal to the Department; offered an opportunity to provide additional information prior to the preparation of the proposal; after the proposal is prepared, given a copy of the contents of the proposal; and then extended an opportunity to request a conference with the agency proposing the administrative penalty, allowing the licensee 10 days to respond prior to forwarding the proposal to the Department.  The conference, if requested of the county department of social services, shall include the county department director or his designee.  The licensee may request a conference and produce information to cause the agency recommending the administrative penalty to change its proposal.  The agency recommending the administrative penalty may rescind its proposal; or change its proposal and submit it to the Department or submit it unchanged to the Department pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(c2).

(b)  An assistant chief of the Adult Care Licensure Section shall receive the proposal, review it for completeness and evaluate it to determine the penalty amount.

(1)           If the proposal is complete, the assistant chief shall make a decision on the amount of penalty to be submitted for consideration and whether to recommend training in lieu of an administrative penalty pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(g1).

(2)           If the proposal is incomplete, the assistant chief shall contact the agency that submitted the proposal to request necessary changes or additional material.

(3)           When the proposal is complete and the amount of penalty determined, the assistant chief shall forward the proposal to the administrative penalty monitor for processing.  If the assistant chief recommends training in lieu of an administrative penalty pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(g1), the recommendation shall be forwarded with the proposal.

(c)  The Department shall notify the licensee by certified mail within 10 working days from the time the proposal is received by the administrative penalty monitor that an administrative penalty is being considered.

(d)  The licensee shall have 10 working days from receipt of the notification to provide both the Department and the county department of social services any additional information relating to the proposed administrative penalty.

(e)  If a facility fails to correct a Type A or a Type B violation within the time specified on the plan of correction, an assistant chief of the Adult Care Licensure Section shall make a decision on the amount of penalty pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(b)(1) and (2) and submit a penalty proposal for consideration by the Penalty Review Committee.

(f)  The Penalty Review Committee shall consider Type A violations and Type A and Type B violations that have not been corrected within the time frame specified on the plan of correction.  Providers, complainants, affected parties and any member of the public may attend Penalty Review Committee meetings.  Upon written request of any affected party for reasons of illness or schedule conflict, the department may grant a delay until the following month for Penalty Review Committee review.  The Penalty Review Committee chair may ask questions of any of these persons, as resources, during the meeting.  Time shall be allowed during the meeting for individual presentations which provide pertinent additional information.  The order in which presenters speak and the length of each presentation shall be at the discretion of the Penalty Review Committee chair.

(g)  The Penalty Review Committee shall have for review the entire record relating to the penalty recommendation shall make recommendations after review of administrative penalty proposals, any supporting evidence, any additional information submitted by the licensee as described in Paragraph (d) and the factors specified in G.S. 131D-34(c).

(h)  There shall be no taking of sworn testimony or cross-examination of anyone during the course of the Penalty Review Committee meetings.

(i)  If the Penalty Review Committee determines that the licensee has violated applicable rules or statutes, the Penalty Review Committee shall recommend an administrative penalty for each violation pursuant to G.S. 131D-34.  Recommendations for adult care home penalties shall be submitted to the Chief of the Adult Care Licensure Section who shall have five working days from the date of the Penalty Review Committee meeting to determine and impose administrative penalties for each violation or require staff training pursuant to G.S. 131D-34(g1) and notify the licensee by certified mail.

(j)  The licensee shall have 60 days from receipt of the notification to pay the penalty or must file a petition for a contested case with the Office of Administrative Hearings within 30 days of the mailing of the notice of penalty imposition as provided by G.S. 131D-34.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 131D‑34; 143B‑153;

Eff. December 1, 1992;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1995; December 1, 1993;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 8, 1997;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999.

 

SECTION .0300 ‑ THE building

 

10A NCAC 13G .0301       APPLICATION OF PHYSICAL PLANT REQUIREMENTS

The physical plant requirements for each family care home shall be applied as follows:

(1)           New construction and existing buildings proposed for use as a Family Care Home shall comply with the requirements of this Section;

(2)           Except where otherwise specified, existing licensed homes or portions of existing licensed homes shall meet licensure and code requirements in effect at the time of construction, change in service or bed count, addition, renovation or alteration; however, in no case shall the requirements for any licensed home, where no addition or renovation has been made, be less than those requirements found in the 1971 "Minimum and Desired Standards and Regulations" for "Family Care Homes", copies of which are available at the Division of Health Service Regulation, 701 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 at no cost;

(3)           New additions, alterations, modifications and repairs shall meet the requirements of this Section;

(4)           Rules contained in this Section are minimum requirements and are not intended to prohibit buildings, systems or operational conditions that exceed minimum requirements;

(5)           Equivalency:  Alternate methods, procedures, design criteria and functional variations from the physical plant requirements shall be approved by the Division when the home can effectively demonstrate to the Division's satisfaction, that the intent of the physical plant requirements are met and that the variation does not reduce the safety or operational effectiveness of the home; and

(6)           Where rules, codes or standards have any conflict, the most stringent requirement shall apply.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B –165;

Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0302       DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

(a)  Any building licensed for the first time as a family care home shall meet the applicable requirements of the North Carolina State Building Code.  All new construction, additions and renovations to existing buildings shall meet the requirements of the North Carolina State Building Code for One and Two Family Dwellings and Residential Care Facilities if applicable.  All applicable volumes of The North Carolina State Building Code, which is incorporated by reference, including all subsequent amendments, may be purchased from the Department of Insurance Engineering Division located at 322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 at a cost of three hundred eighty dollars ($380.00).

(b)  Each home shall be planned, constructed, equipped and maintained to provide the services offered in the home.

(c)  Any existing building converted from another use to a family care home shall meet all the requirements of a new facility.

(d)  Any existing licensed home when the license is terminated for more than 60 days shall meet all requirements of a new home prior to being relicensed.

(e)  Any existing licensed home that plans to have new construction, remodeling or physical changes done to the facility shall have drawings submitted by the owner or his appointed representative to the Division of Health Service Regulation for review and approval prior to commencement of the work.

(f)  If the building is two stories in height, it shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           Each floor shall be less than 2500 square feet in area if existing construction or, if new construction, shall not exceed the allowable area for R-4 occupancy in the North Carolina State Building Code;

(2)           Aged or disabled persons are not to be housed on any floor above or below grade level;

(3)           Required resident facilities are not to be located on any floor above or below grade level; and

(4)           A complete fire alarm system with pull stations on each floor and sounding devices which are audible throughout the building shall be provided.  The fire alarm system shall be able to transmit an automatic signal to the local emergency fire department dispatch center, either directly or through a central station monitoring company connection.

(g)  The basement and the attic shall not to be used for storage or sleeping.

(h)  The ceiling shall be at least seven and one-half feet from the floor.

(i)  In homes licensed on or after April 1, 1984, all required resident areas shall be on the same floor level.  Steps between levels are not permitted.

(j)  The door width shall be a minimum of two feet and six inches in the kitchen, dining room, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms.

(k)  All windows shall be maintained operable.

(l)  The local code enforcement official shall be consulted before starting any construction or renovations for information on required permits and construction requirements.

(m)  The building shall meet sanitation requirements as determined by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Division of Environmental Health.

(n)  The home shall have current sanitation and fire and building safety inspection reports which shall be maintained in the home and available for review.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984; January 1, 1983;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0303       LOCATION

(a)  A family care home shall be in a location approved by local zoning boards.

(b)  The home shall be located so that hazards to the occupants are minimized.

(c)  The site of the home shall:

(1)           be accessible by streets, roads and highways and be maintained for motor vehicles and emergency vehicle access;

(2)           be accessible to fire fighting and other emergency services;

(3)           have a water supply, sewage disposal system, garbage disposal system and trash disposal system approved by the local health department having jurisdiction;

(4)           meet all local ordinances; and

(5)           be free from exposure to pollutants known to the applicant or licensee.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0301 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0304       LIVING ARRANGEMENT

A family care home shall provide living arrangements to meet the individual needs of the residents, the live-in staff and other live-in persons.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0303 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0305       LIVING ROOM

(a)  Family care homes licensed on or after April 1, 1984 shall have a living room area of at least 200 square feet.

(b)  All living rooms shall have operable windows to meet the North Carolina State Building Code and be lighted to provide 30 foot candles of light at floor level.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0304 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0306       DINING ROOM

(a)  Family care homes licensed on or after April 1, 1984 shall have a dining room or area of at least 120 square feet.  The dining room may be used for other activities during the day.

(b)  When the dining area is used in combination with a kitchen, an area five feet wide shall be allowed as work space in front of the kitchen work areas.  The work space shall not be used as the dining area.

(c)  The dining room shall have operable windows and be lighted to provide 30 foot candles of light at floor level.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0305 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0307       KITCHEN

(a)  The kitchen in a family care home shall be large enough to provide for the preparation and preservation of food and the washing of dishes.

(b)  The cooking unit shall be mechanically ventilated to the outside or be an unvented, recirculating fan provided with any special filter per manufacturers' instructions for ventless use.

(c)  The kitchen floor shall have a non-slippery water-resistant covering.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 22, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0306 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0308       BEDROOMS

(a)  There shall be bedrooms sufficient in number and size to meet the individual needs according to age and sex of the residents, the administrator or supervisor-in-charge, other live-in staff and any other persons living in a family care home. Residents are not to share bedrooms with staff or other live-in non-residents.

(b)  Only rooms authorized by the Division of Health Service Regulation as bedrooms shall be used for bedrooms.

(c)  A room where access is through a bathroom, kitchen or another bedroom shall not be approved for a resident's bedroom.

(d)  There shall be a minimum area of 100 square feet, excluding vestibule, closet or wardrobe space, in rooms occupied by one person and a minimum area of 80 square feet per bed, excluding vestibule, closet or wardrobe space, in rooms occupied by two persons.

(e)  The total number of residents assigned to a bedroom shall not exceed the number authorized by the Division of Health Service Regulation for that particular bedroom.

(f)  A bedroom shall not be occupied by more than two residents.

(g)  Each resident bedroom must have one or more operable windows and be lighted to provide 30 foot candles of light at floor level.  The window area shall be equivalent to at least eight percent of the floor space.  The windows shall have a maximum of 44 inch sill height.

(h)  Bedroom closets or wardrobes shall be large enough to provide each resident with a minimum of 48 cubic feet of clothing storage space (approximately two feet deep by three feet wide by eight feet high) of which at least one-half shall be for hanging clothes with an adjustable height hanging bar.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0307 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0309       BATHROOM

(a)  Adult care homes licensed on or after April 1, 1984, shall have one full bathroom for each five or fewer persons including live-in staff and family.

(b) The bathrooms shall be designed to provide privacy.  A bathroom with two or more water closets (commodes) shall have privacy partitions or curtains for each water closet.  Each tub or shower shall have privacy partitions or curtains.

(c) Entrance to the bathroom shall not be through a kitchen, another person's bedroom, or another bathroom.

(d) The required residents' bathrooms shall be located so that there is no more than 40 feet from any residents' bedroom door to a resident use bathroom door.

(e)  Hand grips shall be installed at all commodes, tubs and showers used by the residents.

(f)  Nonskid surfacing or strips must be installed in showers and bath areas.

(g)  The bathrooms shall be lighted to provide 30 foot candles of light at floor level and have mechanical ventilation at the rate of two cubic feet per minute for each square foot of floor area.  These vents shall be vented directly to the outdoors.

(h)  The bathroom floor shall have a non-slippery water-resistant covering.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0308 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A ncac 13G .0310       STORAGE AREAS

(a)  Storage areas shall be adequate in size and number for separate storage of clean linens, soiled linens, food and food service supplies, and household supplies and equipment.

(b)  There shall be separate locked areas for storing cleaning agents, bleaches, pesticides, and other substances which may be hazardous if ingested, inhaled or handled.  Cleaning supplies shall be supervised while in use.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 131D-4.5; 143B‑165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0309 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0311       CORRIDOR

(a)  Corridors shall be a minimum clear width of three feet in family care homes.

(b)  Corridors shall be lighted with night lights providing 1 foot-candle power at the floor.

(c)  Corridors shall be free of all equipment and other obstructions.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0310 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0312       OUTSIDE ENTRANCE AND EXITS

(a)  In family care homes, all floor levels shall have at least two exits.  If there are only two, the exit or exit access doors shall be so located and constructed to minimize the possibility that both may be blocked by any one fire or other emergency condition.

(b)  At least one entrance/exit door shall be a minimum width of three feet and another shall be a minimum width of two feet and eight inches.

(c)  At least one principal outside entrance/exit for the residents' use shall be at grade level or accessible by ramp with a one inch rise for each 12 inches of length of the ramp.  For the purposes of this Rule, a principal outside entrance/exit is one that is most often used by residents for vehicular access.  If the home has any resident that must have physical assistance with evacuation, the home shall have two outside entrances/exits at grade level or accessible by a ramp.

(d)  All exit door locks shall be easily operable, by a single hand motion, from the inside at all times without keys.  Existing deadbolts or turn buttons on the inside of exit doors shall be removed or disabled.

(e)  All entrances/exits shall be free of all obstructions or impediments to allow for full instant use in case of fire or other emergency.

(f)  All steps, porches, stoops and ramps shall be provided with handrails and guardrails.

(g)  In homes with at least one resident who is determined by a physician or is otherwise known to be disoriented or a wanderer, each exit door for resident use shall be equipped with a sounding device that is activated when the door is opened.  The sound shall be of sufficient volume that it can be heard by staff.  If a central system of remote sounding devices is provided, the control panel for the system shall be located in the bedroom of the person on call, the office area or in a location accessible only to staff authorized by the administrator to operate the control panel.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1987; July 1, 1984; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0311 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0313       LAUNDRY ROOM

The laundry equipment in a family care home shall be located out of the living, dining, and bedroom areas.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0312 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0314       FLOORS

(a)  All floors in a family care home shall be of smooth, non-skid material and so constructed as to be easily cleanable.

(b)  Scatter or throw rugs shall not be used.

(c)  All floors shall be kept in good repair.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0313 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0315       HOUSEKEEPING AND FURNISHINGS

(a)  Each family care home shall:

(1)           have walls, ceilings, and floors or floor coverings kept clean and in good repair;

(2)           have no chronic unpleasant odors;

(3)           have furniture clean and in good repair;

(4)           have a North Carolina Division of Environmental Health approved sanitation classification at all times;

(5)           be maintained in an uncluttered, clean and orderly manner, free of all obstructions and hazards;

(6)           have supply of bath soap, clean towels, washcloths, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and additional coverings adequate for resident use on hand at all times;

(7)           make available the following items as needed through any means other than charge to the personal funds of recipients of State‑County Special Assistance:

(A)          protective sheets and clean, absorbent, soft and smooth pads;

(B)          bedpans, urinals, hot water bottles, and ice caps; and

(C)          bedside commodes, walkers, and wheelchairs;

(8)           have television and radio, each in good working order;

(9)           have curtains, draperies or blinds at windows in resident use areas to provide for resident privacy;

(10)         have recreational equipment, supplies for games, books, magazines and a current newspaper available for residents;

(11)         have a clock that has numbers at least 1½ inches tall in an area commonly used by the residents; and

(12)         have at least one telephone that does not depend on electricity or cellular service to operate.

(b)  Each bedroom shall have the following furnishings in good repair and clean for each resident:

(1)           A bed equipped with box springs and mattress or solid link springs and no‑sag innerspring or foam mattress.  Hospital bed appropriately equipped shall be arranged for as needed.  A water bed is allowed if requested by a resident and permitted by the home. Each bed is to have the following:

(A)          at least one pillow with clean pillow case;

(B)          clean top and bottom sheets on the bed, with bed changed as often as necessary but at least once a week; and

(C)          clean bedspread and other clean coverings as needed;

(2)           a bedside type table;

(3)           chest of drawers or bureau when not provided as built‑ins, or a double chest of drawers or double dresser for two residents;

(4)           a wall or dresser mirror that can be used by each resident;

(5)           a minimum of one comfortable chair (rocker or straight, arm or without arms, as preferred by resident), high enough from floor for easy rising;

(6)           additional chairs available, as needed, for use by visitors;

(7)           individual clean towel, wash cloth, and towel bar within bedroom or adjoining bathroom; and

(8)           a light overhead of bed with a switch within reach of person lying on bed; or a lamp.  The light shall provide a minimum of 30 foot‑candle power of illumination for reading.

(c)  The living room shall have functional living room furnishings for the comfort of aged and disabled persons, with coverings that are easily cleanable.

(d)  The dining room shall have the following furnishings:

(1)           tables and chairs to seat all residents eating in the dining room; and

(2)           chairs that are sturdy, non‑folding, without rollers unless retractable or on front legs only, and designed to minimize tilting.

(e)  This Rule shall apply to new and existing homes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; September 1, 1987; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0314 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0316       FIRE SAFETY and Disaster Plan

(a)  Fire extinguishers shall be provided which meet these minimum requirements in a family care home:

(1)           one five pound or larger (net charge) "A‑B‑C" type centrally located;

(2)           one five pound or larger "A‑B‑C" or CO/2 type located in the kitchen; and

(3)           any other location as determined by the code enforcement official.

(b)  The building shall be provided with smoke detectors as required by the North Carolina State Building Code and U.L. listed heat detectors connected to a dedicated sounding device located in the attic and basement.  These detectors shall be interconnected and be provided with battery backup.

(c)  Any fire safety requirements required by city ordinances or county building inspectors shall be met.

(d)  A written fire evacuation plan (including a diagrammed drawing) which has the approval of the local code enforcement official shall be prepared in large print and posted in a central location on each floor.  The plan shall be reviewed with each resident on admission and shall be a part of the orientation for all new staff.

(e)  There shall be at least four rehearsals of the fire evacuation plan each year.  Records of rehearsals shall be maintained and copies furnished to the county department of social services annually.  The records shall include the date and time of the rehearsals, staff members present, and a short description of what the rehearsal involved.

(f)  A written disaster plan which has the written approval of, or has been documented as submitted to, the local emergency management agency and the local agency designated to coordinate special needs sheltering during disasters, shall be prepared and updated at least annually and shall be maintained in the home.  This written disaster plan requirement shall apply to new and existing homes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 22, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0315 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0317       BUILDING SERVICE EQUIPMENT

(a)  The building and all fire safety, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing equipment in a family care home shall be maintained in a safe and operating condition.

(b)  There shall be a central heating system sufficient to maintain 75 degrees F (24 degrees C) under winter design conditions.  Built-in electric heaters, if used, shall be installed or protected so as to avoid hazards to residents and room furnishings.  Unvented fuel burning room heaters and portable electric heaters are prohibited.   

(c)  Air conditioning or at least one fan per resident bedroom and living and dining areas shall be provided when the temperature in the main center corridor exceeds 80 degrees F (26.7 degrees C).

(d)  The hot water tank shall be of such size to provide an adequate supply of hot water to the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry.  The hot water temperature at all fixtures used by residents shall be maintained at a minimum of 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) and shall not exceed 116 degrees F (46.7 degrees C).

(e)  All resident areas shall be well lighted for the safety and comfort of the residents.  The minimum lighting required is:

(1)           30 foot‑candle power for reading;

(2)           10 foot‑candle power for general lighting; and

(3)           1 foot‑candle power at the floor for corridors at night.

(f)  Where the bedroom of the live‑in staff is located in a separate area from residents' bedrooms, an electrically operated call system shall be provided connecting each resident bedroom to the live‑in staff bedroom.  The resident call system activator shall be such that it can be activated with a single action and remain on until deactivated by staff. The call system activator shall be within reach of resident lying on his bed.

(g)  Fireplaces, fireplace inserts and wood stoves shall be designed or installed so as to avoid a burn hazard to residents.  Fireplace inserts and wood stoves must be U.L. listed.

(h)  Gas logs may be installed if they are of the vented type, installed according to the manufacturers' installation instructions, approved through the local building department and protected by a guard or screen to prevent residents and furnishings from burns.

(i)  Alternate methods, procedures, design criteria and functional variations from the requirements of this Rule or other rules in this Section because of extraordinary circumstances, new programs or unusual conditions, shall be approved by the Division when the facility can effectively demonstrate to the Division's satisfaction that the intent of the requirements are met and that the variation does not reduce the safety or operational effectiveness of the facility.

(j)  This Rule shall apply to new and existing family care homes.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984; July 1, 1982;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 2000;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0316 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0318       OUTSIDE PREMISES

(a)  The outside grounds of new and existing family care homes shall be maintained in a clean and safe condition.

(b)  If the home has a fence around the premises, the fence shall not prevent residents from exiting or entering freely or be hazardous.

(c)  Outdoor stairways and ramps shall be illuminated by no less than five foot candles of light at grade level.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990;

Recodified from 10A NCAC 13G .0317 Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

SECTION .0400 – staff qualifications

 

10A NCAC 13G .0401       QUALIFICATIONS OF ADMINISTRATOR

The administrator must meet certain requirements before and after being approved to manage a licensed home.  The administrator is responsible for the home, including the development and management of services and accommodations and the hiring and training of qualified staff so that the home meets the rules of this Subchapter even in his absence.  All of the following requirements must be met:

(1)           The potential administrator must apply on the License Application (DSS‑1860).  The Recommendation for a License (DSS‑1861) is to be completed by the county department of social services and forwarded along with references and other appropriate forms to the Division of Health Service Regulation for approval or disapproval;

(2)           The administrator must be 18 years of age or older;

(3)           The administrator must be willing to work with bona fide inspectors and the monitoring and licensing agencies toward meeting and maintaining the rules of this Subchapter and other legal requirements, including those of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when the administrator has signed Form DSS‑1464;

(4)           The administrator, or a person designated in writing by the administrator to act as his agent and make decisions on his behalf, must meet with the Adult Homes Specialist at the Specialist's request at an agreed time in the home as often as necessary to insure compliance with the standards;

(5)           The administrator must meet the general health requirements specified in Rule .0405 of this Subchapter;

(6)           The administrator must provide at least three current reference letters or the names of individuals with whom a reference interview can be conducted.  The individuals providing reference information must be knowledgeable of the applicant administrator's background and qualifications and must include at least one former employer.

(7)           The administrator must provide written documentation about convictions of criminal offenses from the clerk of court in the county in which the conviction was made, and about any driving offenses other than minor traffic violations from the motor vehicles office;

(8)           The administrator must meet the requirements of either (a) or (b) of this Paragraph in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Health and Human Services:

(a)           The administrator must verify that he has worked in a licensed domiciliary facility for at least 30 days in an on‑the‑job training program approved by the Department of Health and Human Services; or

(b)           The administrator must verify that he has past education, training and experience related to the management and operation of adult residential care facilities;

(9)           The administrator must verify that he earns 15 hours a year of continuing education credits related to the management of domiciliary homes and care of aged and disabled persons in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The requirement for earning continuing education credits does not apply in those situations where the administrator is also a currently licensed nursing home administrator;

(10)         Persons applying for approval to be an administrator must demonstrate an adequate working knowledge of the rules of this Subchapter by passing a written examination in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Health and Human Services;

(11)         The administrator (approved on or after August 1, 1991) must be at least a high school graduate or certified under the GED Program.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; September 1, 1987; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

ARRC Objection Lodged January 18, 1991;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1991.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0402       QUALIFICATIONS OF SUPERVISOR‑IN‑CHARGE

The supervisor‑in‑charge is responsible to the administrator for carrying out the program in the home in the absence of the administrator. All of the following requirements must be met:

(1)           The applicant must complete the Application for Supervisor‑in‑Charge (DSS‑1862);

(2)           The qualifications of the administrator and co‑administrator referenced in Paragraphs (2), (5), (6), and (7) of Rule .0401 of this Subchapter shall apply to the supervisor‑in‑charge.  The supervisor‑in‑charge (employed on or after August 1, 1991) must meet a minimum educational requirement by being at least a high school graduate or certified under the GED Program or by passing an alternative examination established by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Documentation that these qualifications have been met must be on file in the home prior to employing the supervisor‑in‑charge;

(3)           The supervisor‑in‑charge must be willing to work with bonafide inspectors and the monitoring and licensing agencies toward meeting and maintaining the rules of this Subchapter and other legal requirements;

(4)           The supervisor‑in‑charge must verify that he earns 12 hours a year of continuing education credits related to the management of domiciliary homes and care of aged and disabled persons in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Health and Human Services;

(5)           When there is a break in employment as a supervisor‑in‑charge of one year or less, the educational qualification under which the person was last employed will apply.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

ARRC Objection June 16, 1988;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; December 1, 1988; April 1, 1987; January 1, 1985;

ARRC Objection Lodged January 18, 1991;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1991.

 

10A NCAC 13g .0403       QUALIFICATIONS OF MEDICATION STAFF

(a)  Family care home staff who administer medications, hereafter referred to as medication aides, and staff who directly supervise the administration of medications shall have documentation of successfully completing the clinical skills validation portion of the competency evaluation according to Paragraphs (d) and (e) of Rule .0503 of this Subchapter prior to the administration or supervision of the administration of medications.  Persons authorized by state occupational licensure laws to administer medications are exempt from this requirement.

(b)  Medication aides and their direct supervisors, except persons authorized by state occupational licensure laws to administer medications, shall successfully pass the written examination within 90 days after successful completion of the clinical skills validation portion of a competency evaluation according to Rule .0503 of this Subchapter.

(c)  Medication aides and staff who directly supervise the administration of medications, except persons authorized by state occupational licensure laws to administer medications, shall complete six hours of continuing education annually related to medication administration.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334; 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000; December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0404       QUALIFICATIONS OF ACTIVITY DIRECTOR

There shall be a designated family care home activity director who meets the following qualifications: qualifications set forth in this Rule. 

(1)           The activity director (employed on or after August 1, 1991) shall meet a minimum educational requirement by being at least a high school graduate or certified under the GED Program or by passing an alternative examination established by the Department of Health & Human  Services.

(2)           The activity director hired on or after July 1, 2005 shall have completed or complete, within nine months of employment or assignment to this position, the basic activity course for assisted living activity directors offered by community colleges or a comparable activity course as determined by the Department based on instructional hours and content.  A person with a degree in recreation administration or therapeutic recreation or who is state or nationally certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or certified by the National Certification Council for Activity Professional meets this requirement as does a person who completed the activity coordinator course of 48 hours or more through a community college before July 1, 2005.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; January 1, 1985;

ARRC Objection Lodged March 18, 1991;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1991;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0405       TEST FOR TUBERCULOSIS

(a)  Upon employment or living in a family care home, the administrator, all other staff and any live‑in non‑residents shall be tested for tuberculosis disease in compliance with control measures adopted by the Commission for Public Health as specified in 10A NCAC 41A .0205 including subsequent amendments and editions.  Copies of the rule are available at no charge by contacting the Department of Health and Human Services. Tuberculosis Control Program, 1902 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-1902.

(b)  There shall be documentation on file in the home that the administrator, all other staff and any live-in non-residents are free of tuberculosis disease that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1977; April 22, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0406       OTHER Staff Qualifications

(a)  Each staff person of a family care home shall:

(1)           have a job description that reflects actual duties and responsibilities and is signed by the administrator and the employee;

(2)           be able to apply all of the home's accident, fire safety and emergency procedures for the protection of the residents;

(3)           be informed of the confidential nature of resident information and shall protect and preserve such information from unauthorized use and disclosure;

                Note:  G.S. 131D‑2(b)(4), G.S. 131D‑21(6), and G.S. 131D‑21.1 govern the disclosure of such information;

(4)           not hinder or interfere with the exercise of the rights guaranteed under the Declaration of Residents' Rights in G.S. 131D-21;  

(5)           have no substantiated findings listed on the North Carolina Health Care Personnel Registry according to G.S. 131E-256;

(6)           have documented annual immunization against influenza virus according to G.S. 131D-9, except as documented otherwise according to exceptions in this law.

(7)           have a criminal background check in accordance with G.S. 114-19.10 and G.S. 131D-40;

(8)           maintain a valid driver's license if responsible for transportation of residents; and

(9)           be willing to work with bona fide inspectors and the monitoring and licensing agencies toward meeting and maintaining the rules of this Subchapter.

(b)  Any staff member left in charge of the care of residents shall be 18 years or older.

(c)  If licensed practical nurses are employed by the facility and practicing in their licensed capacity as governed by their practice act and occupational licensing laws, there shall be continuous availability of a registered nurse consistent with Rules 21 NCAC 36 .0224(i) and 21 NCAC 36 .0225.

Note:  The practice of licensed practical nurses is governed by their occupational licensing laws.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334; 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0407       Fiscal QUALIFICATIONS

The administrator or corporation must be able to obtain credit or have other verified resources to meet operating costs and provide required services when unexpected situations arise, such as extended resident vacancies and major home repairs.  Verification of ability to obtain credit or the availability of other resources must be documented by the administrator or corporation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. July 1, 1990.

 

section .0500 – staff orientation, training, competency and continuing education

 

10A NCAC 13G .0501       Personal care training and competency

(a)  The facility shall assure that personal care staff and those who directly supervise them in facilities without heavy care residents successfully complete a 25-hour training program, including competency evaluation, approved by the Department according to Rule .0502 of this Section.  For the purposes of this Subchapter, heavy care residents are those for whom the facility is providing personal care tasks listed in Paragraph (i) of this Rule.  Directly supervise means being on duty in the facility to oversee or direct the performance of staff duties.

(b)  The facility shall assure that staff who perform or directly supervise staff who perform personal care tasks listed in Paragraph (i) of this Rule in facilities with heavy care residents successfully complete an 80-hour training program, including competency evaluation, approved by the Department according to Rule .0502 of this Section and comparable to the State-approved Nurse Aide I training.

(c)  The facility shall assure that training specified in Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule is successfully completed six months after hiring for staff hired after July 1, 2000.  Staff hired prior to July 1, 2000, shall have completed at least a 20-hour training program for the performance or supervision of tasks listed in Paragraph (i) of this Rule or a 75-hour training program for the performance or supervision of tasks listed in Paragraph (j) of this Rule.  The 20 and 75-hour training shall meet all the requirements of this Rule except for the interpersonal skills and behavioral interventions listed in Paragraph (j) of this Rule, within six months after hiring.

(d)  The Department shall have the authority to extend the six-month time frame specified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule up to six additional months for a maximum allowance of 12 months for completion of training upon submittal of documentation to the Department by the facility showing good cause for not meeting the six-month time frame.

(e)  Exemptions from the training requirements of this Rule are as follows:

(1)           The Department shall exempt staff from the 25-hour training requirement upon successful completion of a competency evaluation approved by the Department according to Rule .0502 of this Section if staff have been employed to perform or directly supervise personal care tasks listed in Paragraph (h) and the interpersonal skills and behavioral interventions listed in Paragraph (j) of this Rule in a comparable long-term care setting for a total of at least 12 months during the three years prior to January 1, 1996, or the date they are hired, whichever is later.

(2)           The Department shall exempt staff from the 80-hour training requirement upon successful completion of a 15-hour refresher training and competency evaluation program or a competency evaluation program approved by the Department according to Rule .0502 of this Section if staff have been employed to perform or directly supervise personal care tasks listed in Paragraph (i) and the interpersonal skills and behavioral interventions listed in Paragraph (j) of this Rule in a comparable long-term care setting for a total of at least 12 months during the three years prior to January 1, 1996, or the date they are hired, whichever is later.

(3)           The Department shall exempt staff from the 25 and 80-hour training and competency evaluation who are or have been licensed health professionals or Certified Nursing Assistants.

(f)  The facility shall maintain documentation of the training and competency evaluations of staff required by the rules of this Subchapter.  The documentation shall be filed in an orderly manner and made available for review by representatives of the Department.

(g)  The facility shall assure that staff who perform or directly supervise staff who perform personal care tasks listed in Paragraphs (h) and (i), and the interpersonal skills and behavioral interventions listed in Paragraph (j) of this Rule receive on-the-job training and supervision as necessary for the performance of individual job assignments prior to meeting the training and competency requirements of this Rule.

(h)  For the purposes of this Rule, personal care tasks which require a 25-hour training program include, but are not limited to the following:

(1)           assist residents with toileting and maintaining bowel and bladder continence;

(2)           assist residents with mobility and transferring;

(3)           provide care for normal, unbroken skin;

(4)           assist with personal hygiene to include mouth care, hair and scalp grooming, care of fingernails, and bathing in shower, tub, bed basin;

(5)           trim hair;

(6)           shave resident;

(7)           provide basic first aid;

(8)           assist residents with dressing;

(9)           assist with feeding residents with special conditions but no swallowing difficulties;

(10)         assist and encourage physical activity;

(11)         take and record temperature, pulse, respiration, routine height and weight;

(12)         trim toenails for residents without diabetes or peripheral vascular disease;

(13)         perineal care;

(14)         apply condom catheters;

(15)         turn and position;

(16)         collect urine or fecal specimens;

(17)         take and record blood pressure if a registered nurse has determined and documented staff to be competent to perform this task;

(18)         apply and remove or assist with applying and removing prosthetic devices for stable residents if a registered nurse, licensed physical therapist or licensed occupational therapist has determined and documented staff to be competent to perform the task; and

(19)         apply or assist with applying ace bandages, TED's and binders for stable residents if a registered nurse has determined and documented staff to be competent to perform the task.

(i)  For the purposes of this Rule, personal care tasks which require a 80-hour training program are as follows:

(1)           assist with feeding residents with swallowing difficulty;

(2)           assist with gait training using assistive devices;

(3)           assist with or perform range of motion exercises;

(4)           empty and record drainage of catheter bag;

(5)           administer enemas;

(6)           bowel and bladder retraining to regain continence;

(7)           test urine or fecal specimens;

(8)           use of physical or mechanical devices attached to or adjacent to the resident which restrict movement or access to one's own body used to restrict movement or enable or enhance functional abilities;

(9)           non-sterile dressing procedures;

(10)         force and restrict fluids;

(11)         apply prescribed heat therapy;

(12)         care for non-infected pressure ulcers; and

(13)         vaginal douches.

(j)  For purposes of this Rule, the interpersonal skills and behavioral interventions include, but are not limited to the following:

(1)           recognition of residents' usual patterns of responding to other people;

(2)           individualization of appropriate interpersonal interactions with residents;

(3)           interpersonal distress and behavior problems;

(4)           knowledge of and use of techniques, as alternatives to the use of restraints, to decrease residents' intrapersonal and interpersonal distress and behavior problems; and

(5)           knowledge of procedures for obtaining consultation and assistance regarding safe, humane management of residents' behavioral problems.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0502       personal care training and competency program approval

(a)  The 25 hour training specified in Rule .0501 of this Section shall consist of at least 15 hours of classroom instruction, and the remaining hours shall be supervised practical experience.  Competency evaluation shall be conducted in each of the following areas:

(1)           personal care skills;

(2)           cognitive, behavioral and social care for all residents and including interventions to reduce behavioral problems for residents with mental disabilities, and;

(3)           residents' rights as established by G.S. 131D-21.

(b)  The 80-hour training specified in Rule .0501 of this Section shall consist of at least 34 hours of classroom instruction and at least 34 hours of supervised practical experience.  Competency evaluation shall be conducted in each of the following areas:

(1)           observation and documentation;

(2)           basic nursing skills, including special health-related tasks;

(3)           personal care skills;

(4)           cognitive, behavioral and social care for all residents and including interventions to reduce behavioral problems for residents with mental disabilities;

(5)           basic restorative services; and

(6)           residents' rights as established by G.S. 131D-21.

(c)  The following requirements shall apply to the 25 and 80-hour training specified in Rule .0501 of this Section:

(1)           The training shall be conducted by an individual or a team of instructors with a coordinator.  The supervisor of practical experience and instructor of content having to do with personal care tasks or basic nursing skills shall be a registered nurse with a current, unencumbered license in North Carolina and with two years of clinical or direct patient care experience working in a health care, home care or long term care setting.  The program coordinator and any instructor of content that does not include instruction on personal care tasks or basic nursing skills shall be a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, physician, gerontologist, social worker, psychologist, mental health professional or other health professional with two years of work experience in adult education or in a long term care setting; or a four-year college graduate with four years of experience working in the field of aging or long term care for adults.

(2)           A trainee participating in the classroom instruction and supervised practical experience in the setting of the trainee's employment shall not be considered on duty and counted in the staff-to-resident ratio.

(3)           Training shall not be offered without a qualified instructor on site.

(4)           Classroom instruction shall include the opportunity for demonstration and practice of skills.

(5)           Supervised practical experience shall be conducted in a licensed adult care home or in a facility or laboratory setting comparable to the work setting in which the trainee will be performing or supervising the personal care skills.

(6)           All skills shall be performed on humans except for intimate care skills, such as perineal and catheter care, which may be conducted on a mannequin.

(7)           There shall be no more than 10 trainees for each instructor for the supervised practical experience.

(8)           A written examination prepared by the instructor shall be used to evaluate the trainee's knowledge of the content portion of the classroom training.  The trainee shall score at least 70 on the written examination.  Oral testing shall be provided in the place of a written examination for trainees lacking reading or writing ability.

(9)           The trainee shall satisfactorily perform all of the personal care skills specified in Rule .0501(h) and the skills specified in 10A NCAC 13G .0401(j) of this Section for the 25-hour training and in Rule .0501(h), (i) and (j) of this Section for the 80-hour training.  The instructor shall use a skills performance checklist for this competency evaluation that includes, at least, all those skills specified in Rules .0501(h) and .0501(j) of this Section for the 25-hour training and all those skills specified in Rules .0501(h), (i) and (j) of this Section for the 80-hour training.  Satisfactory performance of the personal care skills and interpersonal and behavioral intervention skills means that the trainee performed the skill unassisted; explained the procedure to the resident; explained to the instructor, prior to or after the procedure, what was being done and why it was being done in that way; and incorporated the principles of good body mechanics, medical asepsis and resident safety and privacy.

(10)         The training provider shall issue to all trainees who successfully complete the training a certificate, signed by the registered nurse who conducted the skills competency evaluation, stating that the trainee successfully completed the 25 or 80-hour training.  The trainee's name shall be on the certificate.  The training provider shall maintain copies of the certificates and the skills evaluation checklists for a minimum of five years.

(d)  An individual, agency or organization seeking to provide the 25 or 80-hour training specified in Rule .0501 of this Section shall submit the following information to the Adult Care Licensure Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation:

(1)           an application which is available at no charge by contacting the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2708;

(2)           a statement of training program philosophy;

(3)           a statement of training program objectives for each content area;

(4)           a curriculum outline with specific hours for each content area;

(5)           teaching methodologies, a list of texts or other instructional materials and a copy of the written exam or testing instrument with an established passing grade;

(6)           a list of equipment and supplies to be used in the training;

(7)           procedures or steps to be completed in the performance of the personal care and basic nursing skills;

(8)           sites for classroom and supervised practical experience, including the specific settings or rooms within each site;

(9)           resumes of all instructors and the program coordinator, including current RN certificate numbers as applicable;

(10)         policy statements that address the role of the registered nurse, instructor to trainee ratio for the supervised practical experience, retention of trainee records and attendance requirements;

(11)         a skills performance checklist as specified in Subparagraph (c)(9) of this Rule; and

(12)         a certificate of successful completion of the training program.

(e)  The following requirements shall apply to the competency evaluation for purposes of exempting adult care home staff from the 25 or 80-hour training as required in Rule .0501 of this Section:

(1)           The competency evaluation for purposes of exempting adult care home staff from the 25 and 80-hour training shall consist of the satisfactory performance of personal care skills and interpersonal and behavioral intervention skills according to the requirement in Subparagraph (c)(9) of this Rule.

(2)           Any person who conducts the competency evaluation for exemption from the 25 or 80-hour training shall be a registered nurse with the same qualifications specified in Subparagraph (c)(1) of this Rule.

(3)           The competency evaluation shall be conducted in a licensed adult care home or in a facility or laboratory setting comparable to the work setting in which the participant will be performing or supervising the personal care skills.

(4)           All skills being evaluated shall be performed on humans except for intimate care skills such as perineal and catheter a care, which may be performed on a mannequin.

(5)           The person being competency evaluated in the setting of the person's employment shall not be considered on duty and counted in the staff-to-resident ratio.

(6)           An individual, agency or organization seeking to provide the competency evaluation for training exemption purposes shall complete an application available at no charge from the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2708 and submit it to the Adult Care Licensure Section along with the following information:

(A)          resume of the person performing the competency evaluation, including the current RN certificate number;

(B)          a certificate, with the signature of the evaluating registered nurse and the participant's name, to be issued to the person successfully completing the competency evaluation;

(C)          procedures or steps to be completed in the performance of the personal  care and basic nursing skills;

(D)          a skills performance checklist as specified in Subparagraph (c)(9) of  this Rule; a site for the competency evaluation; and a list of equipment, materials and supplies;

(E)           a site for the competency evaluation; and

(F)           a list of equipment, materials and supplies.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0503       MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION COMPETENCY EVALUATION

(a) The competency evaluation for medication administration shall consist of a written examination and a clinical skills evaluation to determine competency in the following areas:  medical abbreviations and terminology; transcription of medication orders; obtaining and documenting vital signs; procedures and tasks involved with the preparation and administration of oral (including liquid, sublingual and inhaler), topical (including transdermal), ophthalmic, otic, and nasal medications; infection control procedures; documentation of medication administration; monitoring for reactions to medications and procedures to follow when there appears to be a change in the resident's condition or health status based on those reactions; medication storage and disposition; regulations pertaining to medication administration in adult care facilities; and the facility's medication administration  policy and procedures.

(b)  An individual shall score at least 90% on the written examination which shall be a standardized examination established by the Department.

(c) A certificate of successful completion of the written examination shall be issued to each participant successfully completing the examination.  A copy of the certificate shall be maintained and available for review in the facility.  The certificate is transferable from one facility to another as proof of successful completion of the written examination.  A medication study guide for the written examination is available at no charge by contacting the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2708.

(d)  The clinical skills validation portion of the competency evaluation shall be conducted by a registered nurse or a registered pharmacist consistent with their occupational licensing laws and who has a current unencumbered license in North Carolina.  This validation shall be completed for those medication administration tasks to be performed in the facility.  Competency validation by a registered nurse is required for unlicensed staff who perform any of the personal care tasks related to medication administration specified in Rule .0903 of this Subchapter.

(e)  The Medication Administration Skills Validation Form shall be used to document successful completion of the clinical skills validation portion of the competency evaluation for those medication administration tasks to be performed in the facility employing the medication aide.  Copies of this form and instructions for its use may be obtained at no cost by contacting the Adult Care Licensure Section, Division of Health Service Regulation, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2708.  The completed form shall be maintained and available for review in the facility and is not transferable from one facility to another.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000; December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0504       COMPETENCY VALIDATION FOR LICENSED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TASKS

(a)  A family care home shall assure that non-licensed personnel and licensed personnel not practicing in their licensed capacity as governed by their practice act and occupational licensing laws are competency validated by return demonstration for any personal care task specified in Subparagraph (a)(1) through (28) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter prior to staff performing the task and that their ongoing competency is assured through facility staff oversight and supervision.

(b)  Competency validation shall be performed by the following licensed health professionals:

(1)           A registered nurse shall validate the competency of staff who perform personal care tasks specified in Subparagraphs (a)(1) through (28) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter.

(2)           In lieu of a registered nurse, a respiratory care practitioner licensed under G.S. 90, Article 38, may validate the competency of staff who perform personal care tasks specified in Subparagraphs (a)(6), (11), (16), (18), (19) and (21) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter.

(3)           In lieu of a registered nurse, a registered pharmacist may validate the competency of staff who perform the personal care task specified in Subparagraph (a)(8) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter

(4)           In lieu of a registered nurse, an occupational therapist or physical therapist may validate the competency of staff who perform personal care tasks specified in Subparagraphs (a)(17) and (a)(22) through (27) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter.

(c)  Competency validation of staff, according to Paragraph (a) of this Rule, for the licensed health professional support tasks specified in Paragraph (a) of Rule .0903 of this Subchapter and the performance of these tasks is limited exclusively to these tasks except in those cases in which a physician acting under the authority of G.S. 131D-2(a1) certifies that non-licensed personnel can be competency validated to perform other tasks on a temporary basis to meet the resident's needs and prevent unnecessary relocation.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. July 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0505       TRAINING ON CARE OF DIABETIC RESIDENTS

A family care home shall assure that training on the care of residents with diabetes is provided to unlicensed staff prior to the administration of insulin as follows:

(1)           Training shall be provided by a registered nurse, registered pharmacist or prescribing practitioner.

(2)           Training shall include at least the following:

(a)           basic facts about diabetes and care involved in the management of diabetes;  

(b)           insulin action;

(c)           insulin storage;

(d)           mixing, measuring and injection techniques for insulin administration;

(e)           treatment and prevention of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, including signs and symptoms;

(f)            blood glucose monitoring; universal precautions; appropriate administration times; and

(g)           sliding scale insulin administration.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0506       TRAINING ON PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS

(a)  A family care home shall assure that all staff responsible for caring for residents with medical symptoms that warrant restraints are trained on the use of alternatives to physical restraint use and on the care of residents who are physically restrained.

(b)  Training shall be provided by a registered nurse and shall include the following:

(1)           alternatives to physical restraints;

(2)           types of physical restraints;

(3)           medical symptoms that warrant physical restraint;

(4)           negative outcomes from using physical restraints;

(5)           correct application of physical restraints;

(6)           monitoring and caring for residents who are restrained; and

(7)           the process of reducing restraint time by using alternatives.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0507       TRAINING ON CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION

Each family care home shall have at least one staff person on the premises at all times who has completed within the last 24 months a course on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and choking management, including the Heimlich maneuver, provided by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute and Medic First Aid, or by a trainer with documented certification as a trainer on these procedures from one of these organizations.  If the only staff person on site has been deemed physically incapable of performing these procedures by a licensed physician, that person is exempt from the training.

History Note:        Authority 131D –2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. July 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0508       ASSESSMENT Training

The person or persons designated by the administrator to perform resident assessments as required by Rule .0801 of this Subchapter shall successfully complete training on resident assessment established by the Department before performing the required assessments.  Registered nurses are exempt from the assessment training.  The instruction manual on resident assessment is available on the internet website, http://facility-services.state.nc.us/gcpage.htm, or it is available at the cost of printing and mailing from the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2708.  

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0509       FOOD SERVICE ORIENTATION

The family care home staff person in charge of  the preparation and serving of food shall complete a food service orientation program established by the Department or an equivalent within 30 days of hire for those staff hired on or after July 1, 2004.  The orientation program is available on the internet website, http://facility-services.state.nc.us/gcpage.htm, or it is available at the cost of printing and mailing from the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2708.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;

Temporary Adoption Expired March 12, 2005;

Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0510       reserved for future codification

 

10a ncac 13g .0511       reserved for future codification

 

10A NCAC 13G .0512       DOCUMENTATION OF TRAINING AND COMPETENCY VALIDATION

A family care home shall maintain documentation of the training and competency validation of staff required by the rules of this Section in the facility and available for review.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

SECTION .0600 – staffing of the home

 

10A NCAC 13G .0601       MANAGEMENT and other staff

(a)  A family care home administrator shall be responsible for the total operation of a family care home and shall also be responsible to the Division of Health Service Regulation and the county department of social services for meeting and maintaining the rules of this Subchapter.  The co-administrator, when there is one, shall share equal responsibility with the administrator for the operation of the home and for meeting and maintaining the rules of this Subchapter.  The term administrator also refers to co-administrator where it is used in this Subchapter.

(b)  At all times there shall be one administrator or supervisor-in-charge who is directly responsible for assuring that all required duties are carried out in the home and for assuring that at no time is a resident left alone in the home without a staff member.  Except for the provisions cited in Paragraph (c) of this Rule regarding the occasional absence of the administrator or supervisor-in-charge, one of the following arrangements shall be used:

(1)           The administrator shall be in the home or reside within 500 feet of the home with a means of two-way telecommunication with the home at all times.  When the administrator does not live in the licensed home, there shall be at least one staff member who lives in the home or one on each shift and the administrator shall be directly responsible for assuring that all required duties are carried out in the home;

(2)           The administrator shall employ a supervisor-in-charge to live in the home or reside within 500 feet of the home with a means of two-way telecommunication with the home at all times.  When the supervisor-in-charge does not live in the licensed home, there shall be at least one staff member who lives in the home or one on each shift and the supervisor-in-charge shall be directly responsible for assuring that all required duties are carried out in the home; or

(3)           When there is a cluster of licensed homes located adjacently on the same site, there shall be at least one staff member in each home, either live-in or on a shift basis, and at least one administrator or supervisor-in-charge who lives within 500 feet of each home with a means of two-way telecommunication with each home at all times and who is directly responsible for assuring that all required duties are carried out in each home.

(c)  When the administrator or supervisor-in-charge is absent from the home or not within 500 feet of the home, the following shall apply:

(1)           For absences of a non-routine nature that do not exceed 24 hours per week, a relief-person-in-charge designated by the administrator shall be in charge of the home during the absence and in the home or within 500 feet of the home according to the requirements in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.  The administrator shall assure that the relief-person-in-charge is prepared to respond appropriately in case of an emergency in the home.  The relief-person-in-charge shall be 18 years or older.

(2)           For recurring or planned absences, a relief-supervisor-in-charge designated by the administrator shall be in charge of the home during the absence and in the home or within 500 feet of the home according to the requirements in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.  The relief-supervisor-in-charge shall meet all of the qualifications required for the supervisor-in-charge as specified in Rule .0402 of this Subchapter with the exception of Item (4) pertaining to the continuing education requirement.

(d)  Additional staff shall be employed as needed for housekeeping and the supervision and care of the residents.

(e)  Information on required staffing shall be posted in the facility according to G.S. 131D-4.3(a)(5).

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984; June 26, 1980.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0602       THE CO‑ADMINISTRATOR

(a)  The co‑administrator shares the responsibilities with the administrator for the total operation of the home and for complying with the rules of this Subchapter.

(b)  It shall be the shared responsibility of the co‑administrators to notify the county department of social services in writing whenever any one of the co‑administrators is unable or unwilling to continue managing the total operation of the home and must therefore be removed from the license.  The county department will submit the written notice to the Division of Health Service Regulation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1984.

 

SECTION .0700 ‑ ADMISSION and discharge

 

10A NCAC 13G .0701       ADMISSION of residents

(a)  Any adult (18 years of age or over) who, because of a temporary or chronic physical condition or mental disability, needs a substitute home may be admitted when, in the opinion of the resident, physician, family or social worker, and the administrator the services and accommodations of the home will meet his particular needs.

(b)  Exceptions.  People are not to be admitted:

(1)           for treatment of mental illness, or alcohol or drug abuse;

(2)           for maternity care;

(3)           for professional nursing care under continuous medical supervision;

(4)           for lodging, when the personal assistance and supervision offered for the aged and disabled are not needed; or

(5)           who pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

 

History Note:        Filed as a temporary amendment Eff. October 14, 1992 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1993; April 1, 1992; July 1, 1990; January 1, 1989.

 

10A ncac 13G .0702       Tuberculosis Test and MEDICAL EXAMINATION

(a)  Upon admission to a family care home each resident shall be tested for tuberculosis disease in compliance with the control measures adopted by the Commission for Public Health as specified in 10A NCAC 41A .0205 including subsequent amendments and editions.  Copies of the rule are available at no charge by contacting the Department of Health and Human Services, Tuberculosis Control Program, 1902 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, Nor th Carolina 27699-1902.

(b)  Each resident shall have a medical examination prior to admission to the home and annually thereafter.

(c)  The results of the complete examination are to be entered on the FL-2, North Carolina Medicaid Program Long Term Care Services, or MR-2, North Carolina Medicaid Program Mental Retardation Services, which shall comply with the following:

(1)           The examining date recorded on the FL‑2 or MR‑2 shall be no more than 90 days prior to the person's admission to the home. 

(2)           The FL‑2 or MR‑2 shall be in the facility before admission or accompany the resident upon admission and be reviewed by the administrator or supervisor‑in‑charge before admission except for emergency admissions.

(3)           In the case of an emergency admission, the medical examination and completion of the FL-2 or MR-2 shall be within 72 hours of admission as long as current medication and treatment orders are available upon admission or there has been an emergency medical evaluation, including any orders for medications and treatments, upon admission.

(4)           If the information on the FL-2 or MR-2 is not clear or is insufficient, the administrator or supervisor‑in‑charge shall contact the physician for clarification in order to determine if the services of the facility can meet the individual's needs. 

(5)           The completed FL‑2 or MR‑2 shall be filed in the resident's record in the home.

(6)           If a resident has been hospitalized, the facility shall have a completed FL-2 or MR-2 or a transfer form or discharge summary with signed prescribing practitioner orders upon the resident’s return to the facility from the hospital.

(d)  Each resident shall be immunized against pneumococcal disease and annually against influenza virus according to G.S. 131D-9, except as otherwise indicated in this law.

(e)  The home shall make arrangements for any resident, who has been an inpatient of a psychiatric facility within 12 months before entering the home and who does not have a current plan for psychiatric care, to be examined by a local physician or a physician in a mental health center within 30 days after admission and to have a plan for psychiatric follow‑up care when indicated.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0703       RESIDENT REGISTER

(a)  A family care home's administrator or supervisor-in-charge and the resident or the resident's responsible person shall complete and sign the Resident Register within 72 hours of the resident's admission to the home.  The Resident Register is available on the internet website, http://facility-services.state.nc.us/gcpage.htm, or at no charge from the Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section, 2708 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2708.  The facility may use a resident information form other than the Resident Register as long as it contains at least the same information as the Resident Register.

(b)  The administrator or supervisor-in-charge shall revise the completed Resident Register with the resident or his responsible person as needed.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2;  143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0704       resident contract and INFORMATION ON HOME

The administrator or supervisor-in-charge shall furnish and review with the resident or his responsible person information on the family care home upon admission and when changes are made to that information.  A statement indicating that this information has been received upon admission or amendment as required by this Rule shall be signed and dated by each person to whom it is given.  This statement shall be retained in the resident's record in the home.  The information shall include:

(1)           a copy of the home's resident contract specifying rates for resident services and accommodations, including the cost of different levels of service, if applicable, any other charges or fees, and any health needs or conditions the home has determined it cannot meet pursuant to G.S. 131D-2(a1)(4).  In addition, the following applies:

(a)           The contract shall be signed and dated by the administrator or supervisor-in-charge and the resident or his responsible person and a copy given to the resident or his responsible person;

(b)           The resident or his responsible person shall be notified as soon as any change is known, but not less than 30 days for rate changes initiated by the home, of any rate changes or other changes in the contract affecting the resident services and accommodations and be provided an amended copy of the contract for review and signature;

(c)           A copy of each signed contract shall be kept in the resident's record in the home;

(d)           Gratuities in addition to the established rates shall not be accepted; and

(e)           The maximum monthly rate that may be charged to Special Assistance recipients is established by the North Carolina Social Services Commission and the North Carolina General Assembly;

Note:  Facilities may accept payments for room and board from a third party, such as family member, charity or faith community, if the payment is made voluntarily to supplement the cost of room and board for the added benefit of a private room.

(2)           a written copy of any house rules, including the conditions for the discharge and transfer of residents, the refund policies, and the home's policies on smoking, alcohol consumption and visitation  consistent with the rules in this Subchapter and amendments disclosing any changes in the house rules;

(3)           a copy of the Declaration of Residents' Rights as found in G.S. 131D-21;

(4)           a copy of the home's grievance procedures which shall indicate how the resident is to present complaints and make suggestions as to the home's policies and services on behalf of self or others; and

(5)           a statement as to whether the home has signed Form DSS-1464, Statement of Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for Other Agencies, Institutions, Organizations or Facilities, and which shall also indicate that if the home does not choose to comply or is found to be in non-compliance the residents of the home would not be able to receive State-County Special Assistance for Adults and the home would not receive supportive services from the county department of social services.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0705 DISCHARGE OF RESIDENTS

(a)  The discharge of a resident initiated by the facility shall be according to conditions and procedures specified in Paragraphs (a) through (g) of this Rule.  The discharge of a resident initiated by the facility involves the termination of residency by the facility resulting in the resident's move to another location and the facility not holding the bed for the resident based on the facility's bed hold policy.

(b)  The discharge of a resident shall be based on one of the following reasons:

(1)           the discharge is necessary for the resident's welfare and the resident's needs cannot be met in the facility as documented by the resident's physician,  physician assistant or nurse practitioner;

(2)           the resident's health has improved sufficiently so the resident no longer needs the services provided by the facility as documented by the resident's physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner;

(3)           the safety of other individuals in the facility is endangered;

(4)           the health of other individuals in the facility is endangered as documented by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner;

(5)           failure to pay the costs of services and accommodations by the payment due date according to the resident contract after receiving written notice of warning of discharge for failure to pay; or

(6)           the discharge is mandated under G.S. 131D-2(a1).

(c)  The notices of discharge and appeal rights as required in Paragraph (e) of this Rule shall be made by the facility at least 30 days before the resident is discharged except that notices may be made as soon as practicable when:

(1)           the resident's health or safety is endangered and the resident's urgent medical needs cannot be met in the facility under Subparagraph (b)(1) of this Rule; or

(2)           reasons under Subparagraphs (b)(2), (b)(3), and (b)(4) of this Rule exist.

(d)  The reason for discharge shall be documented in the resident's record.  Documentation shall include one or more of the following as applicable to the reasons under Paragraph (b) of this Rule:

(1)           documentation by physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner as required in Paragraph (b) of this Rule;

(2)           the condition or circumstance that endangers the health or safety of the resident being discharged or endangers the health or safety of individuals in the facility, and the facility's action taken to address the problem prior to pursuing discharge of the resident;

(3)           written notices of warning of discharge for failure to pay the costs of services and accommodations; or

(4)           the specific health need or condition of the resident that the facility determined could not be met in the facility pursuant to G.S. 131D-2(a1)(4) and as disclosed in the resident contract signed upon the resident's admission to the facility.

(e)  The facility shall assure the following requirements for written notice are met before discharging a resident:

(1)           The Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge with the Adult Care Home Hearing Request Form shall be hand delivered, with receipt requested, to the resident on the same day the Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge is dated.   These forms may be obtained at no cost from the Division of Medical Assistance, 2505 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2505.

(2)           A copy of the Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge with a copy of the Adult Care Home Hearing Request Form shall be hand delivered, with receipt requested, or sent by certified mail to the resident's responsible person or legal representative on the same day the Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge is dated.

(3)           Failure to use and simultaneously provide the specific forms according to Subparagraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this Rule shall invalidate the discharge.  Failure to use the latest version of these forms shall not invalidate the discharge unless the facility has been previously notified of a change in the forms and been provided a copy of the latest forms by the Department of Health and Human Services.

(4)           A copy of the completed Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge, the Adult Care Home Hearing Request Form as completed by the facility prior to giving to the resident and a copy of the receipt of hand delivery or the notification of certified mail delivery shall be maintained in the resident's record.

(f)  The facility shall provide sufficient preparation and orientation to residents to ensure a safe and orderly discharge from the facility as evidenced by:

(1)           notifying staff in the county department of social services responsible for placement services;

(2)           explaining to the resident and responsible person or legal representative why the discharge is necessary;

(3)           informing the resident and responsible person or legal representative about an appropriate discharge destination; and

(4)           offering the following material to the caregiver with whom the resident is to be placed and providing this material as requested prior to or upon discharge of the resident:

(A)          a copy of the resident's most current FL-2;

(B)          a copy of the resident's most current assessment and care plan;

(C)          a copy of the resident's current physician orders;

(D)          a list of the resident's current medications;

(E)           the resident's current medications; and

(F)           a record of the resident's vaccinations and TB screening.

(5)           providing written notice of the name, address and telephone number of the following, if not provided on the discharge notice required in Paragraph (e) of this Rule:

(A)          the regional long term care ombudsman; and

(B)          the protection and advocacy agency established under federal law for persons with disabilities.

(g)  If an appeal hearing is requested:

(1)           the facility shall provide to the resident or legal representative or the resident and the responsible person, and the Hearing Unit copies of all documents and records that the facility intends to use at the hearing at least five working days prior to the scheduled hearing; and

(2)           the facility shall not discharge the resident before the final decision resulting from the appeal has been rendered, except in those cases of discharge specified in Paragraph (c) of this Rule.

(h)  If a discharge is initiated by the resident or responsible person, the administrator may require up to a 14-day written notice from the resident or responsible person which means the resident or responsible person may be charged for the days of the required notice if notice is not given or if notice is given and the resident leaves before the end of the required notice period..  Exceptions to the required notice are cases in which a delay in discharge or transfer would jeopardize the health or safety of the resident or others in the facility.  The facility's requirement for a notice from the resident or responsible person shall be established in the resident contract or the house rules provided to the resident or responsible person upon admission.

(i)  The discharge requirements in this Rule do not apply when a resident is transferred to an acute inpatient facility for mental or physical health evaluation or treatment and the adult care facility's bed hold policy applies based on the expected return of the resident.  If the facility decides to discharge a resident who has been transferred to an acute inpatient facility and there has been no physician-documented level of care change for the resident, the discharge requirements in this Rule apply.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 131D-21; 143B-165; S.L. 99-0334; 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000; December 1, 1999;

Eff. April 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2004.

 

section .0800 - RESIDENT ASSESSMENT AND CARE plan

 

10A NCAC 13G .0801       RESIDENT ASSESSMENT

(a)  A family care home shall assure that an initial assessment of each resident is completed within 72 hours of admission using the Resident Register.

(b)  The facility shall assure an assessment of each resident is completed within 30 days following admission and at least annually thereafter using an assessment instrument established by the Department or an instrument approved by the Department based on it containing at least the same information as required on the established instrument.  The assessment to be completed within 30 days following admission and annually thereafter shall be a functional assessment to determine a resident's level of functioning to include psychosocial well-being, cognitive status and physical functioning in activities of daily living.  Activities of daily living are bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, ambulation or locomotion, transferring, toileting and eating.  The assessment shall indicate if the resident requires referral to the resident's physician or other licensed health care professional, a provider of mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse services or a community resource.

(c)  The facility shall assure an assessment of a resident is completed within 10 days following a significant change in the resident's condition using the assessment instrument required in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.  For the purposes of this Subchapter, significant change in the resident's condition is determined as follows:

(1)           Significant change is one or more of the following:

(A)          deterioration in two or more activities of daily living;

(B)          change in ability to walk or transfer;

(C)          change in the ability to use one's hands to grasp small objects;

(D)          deterioration in behavior or mood to the point where daily problems arise or relationships have become problematic;

(E)           no response by the resident to the treatment for an identified problem;

(F)           initial onset of unplanned weight loss or gain of five percent of body weight within a 30-day period or 10 percent weight loss or gain within a six-month period;

(G)          threat to life such as stroke, heart condition, or metastatic cancer;

(H)          emergence of a pressure ulcer at Stage II, which is a superficial ulcer presenting an abrasion, blister or shallow crater, or higher;

(I)            a new diagnosis of a condition likely to affect the resident's physical, mental, or psychosocial well-being over a period of time such as initial diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or diabetes;

(J)            improved behavior, mood or functional health status to the extent that the established plan of care no longer matches what is needed;

(K)          new onset of impaired decision-making;

(L)           continence to incontinence or indwelling catheter; or

(M)         the resident's condition indicates there may be a need to use a restraint and there is no current restraint order for the resident.

(2)           Significant change is not any of the following:

(A)          changes that suggest slight upward or downward movement in the resident's status;

(B)          changes that resolve with or without intervention;

(C)          changes that arise from easily reversible causes;

(D)          an acute illness or episodic event;

(E)           an established, predictive, cyclical pattern; or

(F)           steady improvement under the current course of care.

(d)  If a resident experiences a significant change as defined in Paragraph (c) of this Rule, the facility shall refer the resident to the resident's physician or other appropriate licensed health professional such as a mental health professional, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or registered nurse in a timely manner consistent with the resident's condition but no longer than 10 days from the significant change, and document the referral in the resident's record.  Referral shall be made immediately when significant changes are identified that pose an immediate risk to the health and safety of the resident, other residents or staff of the facility.

(e)  The assessments required in Paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Rule shall be completed and signed by the person designated by the administrator to perform resident assessments. 

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0802       RESIDENT CARE PLAN

(a)  A family care home shall assure a care plan is developed for each resident in conjunction with the resident assessment to be completed within 30 days following admission according to Rule .0801 of this Section. The care plan shall be an individualized, written program of personal care for each resident.

(b)  The care plan shall be revised as needed based on further assessments of the resident according to Rule .0801 of this Subchapter.

(c)  The care plan shall include the following:

(1)           a statement of the care or service to be provided based on the assessment or reassessment; and

(2)           frequency of the service provision.

(d)  The assessor shall sign the care plan upon its completion.

(e)  The facility shall assure that the resident's physician authorizes personal care services and certifies the following by signing and dating the care plan within 15 calendar days of completion of the assessment:

(1)           the resident is under the physician's care; and

(2)           the resident has a medical diagnosis with associated physical or mental limitations that justify the personal care services specified in the care plan.

(f)  The facility shall assure that the care plan for each resident who is under the care of a provider of mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse services includes resident specific instructions regarding how to contact that provider, including emergency contact.  Whenever significant behavioral changes described in Rule .0801(c)(1)(D) of this Subchapter are identified, the facility shall refer the resident to a provider of mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse services in accordance with Rule .0801(d) of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.3; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 99-0334; 2002-0160;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Expired October 13, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; June 1, 2004.

 

SECTION .0900 – resident care and SERVICES

 

10A NCAC 13G .0901       PERSONAL CARE and supervision

(a)  Family care home staff shall provide personal care to residents according to the residents' care plans and attend to any other personal care needs residents may be unable to attend to for themselves.

(b)  Staff shall provide supervision of residents in accordance with each resident's assessed needs, care plan and current symptoms.

(c)  Staff shall respond immediately in the case of an accident or incident involving a resident to provide care and intervention according to the facility's policies and procedures.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; May 1, 1999; July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984.

 

10a NCAC 13G .0902       HEALTH CARE

(a)  A family care home shall provide care and services in accordance with the resident's care plan.

(b)  The facility shall assure referral and follow-up to meet the routine and acute health care needs of residents.

(c)  The facility shall assure documentation of the following in the resident's record:

(1)           facility contacts with the resident's physician, physician service, other licensed health professional, including mental health professional, when illnesses or accidents occur and any other facility contacts with a physician or licensed health professional regarding resident care;

(2)           all visits of the resident to or from the resident's physician, physician service or other licensed health professional, including mental health professional, of which the facility is aware.

(3)           written procedures, treatments or orders from a physician or other licensed health professional; and

(4)           implementation of procedures, treatments or orders specified in Subparagraph (c)(3) of this Rule.

(d)  The following shall apply to the resident's physician or physician service:

(1)           The resident or the resident's responsible person shall be allowed to choose a physician or physician service to attend the resident.

(2)           When the resident cannot remain under the care of the chosen physician or physician service, the facility shall assure that arrangements are made with the resident or responsible person for choosing and securing another physician or physician service within 45 days or prior to the signing of the care plan as required in Rule .0802 of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 99-0334; 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993; May 1, 1992, July 1, 1990; September 1, 1987;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0903       LICENSED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

(a)  A family care home shall assure that an appropriate licensed health professional, participates in the on-site review and evaluation of the residents' health status, care plan and care provided for residents requiring one or more of the following personal care tasks:  

(1)           applying and removing ace bandages, ted hose, binders, and braces and splints;

(2)           feeding techniques for residents with swallowing problems;

(3)           bowel or bladder training programs to regain continence;

(4)           enemas, suppositories, break-up and removal of fecal impactions, and vaginal douches;

(5)           positioning and emptying of the urinary catheter bag and cleaning around the urinary catheter;

(6)           chest physiotherapy or postural drainage;

(7)           clean dressing changes, excluding packing wounds and application of prescribed enzymatic debriding agents;

(8)           collecting and testing of fingerstick blood samples;

(9)           care of well-established colostomy or ileostomy (having a healed surgical site without sutures or drainage);

(10)         care for pressure ulcers, up to and including a Stage II pressure ulcer which is a superficial ulcer presenting as an abrasion, blister or shallow crater;

(11)         inhalation medication by machine;

(12)         forcing and restricting fluids;

(13)         maintaining accurate intake and output data;

(14)         medication administration through a well-established gastrostomy feeding tube (having a healed surgical site without sutures or drainage and through which a feeding regimen has been successfully established);

(15)         medication administration through injection;

                Note: Unlicensed staff may only administer subcutaneous injections as stated in Rule .1004(q) of this Subchapter;

(16)         oxygen administration and monitoring;

(17)         the care of residents who are physically restrained and the use of care practices as alternatives to restraints;

(18)         oral suctioning;

(19)         care of well-established tracheostomy, not to include indo-tracheal suctioning;

(20)         administering and monitoring of tube feedings through a well-established gastrostomy tube (see description in Subparagraph (14) of this Paragraph);

(21)         the monitoring of continuous positive air pressure devices (CPAP and BIPAP);

(22)         application of prescribed heat therapy;

(23)         application and removal of prosthetic devices except as used in early post-operative treatment for shaping of the extremity;

(24)         ambulation using assistive devices that requires physical assistance;

(25)         range of motion exercises; 

(26)         any other prescribed physical or occupational therapy; 

(27)         transferring semi-ambulatory or non-ambulatory residents; or

(28)         nurse aide II tasks according to the scope of practice as established in the Nursing Practice Act and rules promulgated under that act in 21 NCAC 36.

(b)  The appropriate licensed health professional, as required in Paragraph (a) of this Rule, is:

(1)           a registered nurse licensed under G.S. 90, Article 9A, for tasks listed in Subparagraphs (a)(1) through (28) of this Rule;

(2)           an occupational therapist licensed under G.S. 90, Article 18D or physical therapist licensed under G.S. 90-270.24, Article 18B for tasks listed in Subparagraphs (a)(17) and (a)(22) through (27) of this Rule;

(3)           a respiratory care practitioner licensed under G.S. 90, Article 38, for tasks listed in Subparagraphs (a)(6), (11), (16), (18), (19) and (21) of this Rule; or

(4)           a registered nurse licensed under G.S. 90, Article 9A, for tasks that can be performed by a nurse aide II according to the scope of practice as established in the Nursing Practice Act and rules promulgated under that act in 21 NCAC 36.

(c)  The facility shall assure that participation by a registered nurse, occupational therapist or physical therapist in the on-site review and evaluation of the residents' health status, care plan and care provided, as required in Paragraph (a) of this Rule, is completed within the first 30 days of admission or within 30 days from the date a resident develops the need for the task and at least quarterly thereafter, and includes the following:

(1)           performing a physical assessment of the resident as related to the resident's diagnosis or current condition requiring one or more of the tasks specified in Paragraph (a) of this Rule;

(2)           evaluating the resident's progress to care being provided;

(3)           recommending changes in the care of the resident as needed based on the physical assessment and evaluation of the progress of the resident; and

(4)           documenting the activities in Subparagraphs (1) through (3) of this Paragraph.

(d)  The facility shall assure action is taken in response to the licensed health professional review and documented, and that the physician or appropriate health professional is informed of the recommendations when necessary.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0904       NUTRITION AND FOOD SERVICE

(a)  Food Procurement and Safety in Family Care Homes:

(1)           The kitchen, dining and food storage areas shall be clean, orderly and protected from contamination.

(2)           All food and beverage being procured, stored, prepared or served by the facility shall be protected from contamination.

(3)           All meat processing shall occur at a USDA-approved processing plant.

(4)           There shall be at least a three-day supply of perishable food and a five-day supply of non-perishable food in the facility based on the menus, for both regular and therapeutic diets.

(b)  Food Preparation and Service in Family Care Homes:

(1)           Sufficient staff, space and equipment shall be provided for safe and sanitary food storage, preparation and service.

(2)           Table service shall include a napkin and non-disposable place setting consisting of at least a knife, fork, spoon, plate and beverage containers. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis and shall be based on documented needs or preferences of the resident.

(3)           Hot foods shall be served hot and cold foods shall be served cold.

(4)           If residents require feeding assistance, food shall be maintained at serving temperature until assistance is provided.

(c)  Menus in Family Care Homes:

(1)           Menus shall be prepared at least one week in advance with serving quantities specified and in accordance with the Daily Food Requirements in Paragraph (d) of this Rule.

(2)           Menus shall be maintained in the kitchen and identified as to the current menu day and cycle for any given day for guidance of food service staff.

(3)           Any substitutions made in the menu shall be of equal nutritional value, appropriate for therapeutic diets and documented to indicate the foods actually served to residents.

(4)           Menus shall be planned to take into account the food preferences and customs of the residents.

(5)           Menus as served and invoices or other receipts of purchases shall be maintained in the facility for 30 days.

(6)           Menus for all therapeutic diets shall be planned or reviewed by a registered dietitian.  The facility shall maintain verification of the registered dietitian's approval of the therapeutic diets which shall include an original signature by the registered dietitian and the registration number of the dietitian.

(7)           The facility shall have a matching therapeutic diet menu for all physician-ordered therapeutic diets for guidance of food service staff.

(d)  Food Requirements in Family Care Homes:

(1)           Each resident shall be served a minimum of three nutritionally adequate, palatable meals a day at regular hours with at least 10 hours between the breakfast and evening meals.

(2)           Foods and beverages that are appropriate to residents' diets shall be offered or made available to all residents as snacks between each meal for a total of three snacks per day and shown on the menu as snacks.

(3)           Daily menus for regular diets shall include the following:

(A)          Homogenized whole milk, low fat milk, skim milk or buttermilk:  One cup (8 ounces) of pasteurized milk at least twice a day.  Reconstituted dry milk or diluted evaporated milk may be used in cooking only and not for drinking purposes due to risk of bacterial contamination during mixing and the lower nutritional value of the product if too much water is used.

(B)          Fruit:  Two servings of fruit (one serving equals 6 ounces of juice; ½ cup of raw, canned or cooked fruit; 1 medium-size whole fruit; or ¼ cup dried fruit).    One serving shall be a citrus fruit or a single strength juice in which there is 100% of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C in each six ounces of juice.  The second fruit serving shall be of another variety of fresh, dried or canned fruit.

(C)          Vegetables: Three servings of vegetables (one serving equals ½ cup of cooked or canned vegetable; 6 ounces of vegetable juice; or 1 cup of raw vegetable).  One of these shall be a dark green, leafy or deep yellow three times a week.

(D)          Eggs:  One whole egg or substitute (e.g., 2 egg whites or ¼ cup of pasteurized egg product) at least three times a week at breakfast.

(E)           Protein:  Two to three ounces of pure cooked meat at least two times a day for a minimum of 4 ounces.  A substitute (e.g., 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 cup of cooked dried peas or beans or 2 ounces of pure cheese) may be served three times a week but not more than once a day, unless requested by the resident.

                Note:  Bacon is considered to be fat and not meat for the purposes of this Rule.

(F)           Cereals and Breads:  At least six servings of whole grain or enriched cereal and bread or grain products a day.  Examples of one serving are as follows: 1 slice of bread; ½ of a bagel, English muffin or hamburger bun; one 1 ½ -ounce muffin, 1- ounce roll, 2-ounce biscuit or 2-ounce piece of cornbread; ½ cup cooked rice or cereal (e.g., oatmeal or grits); ¾ cup ready-to-eat cereal; or one waffle, pancake or tortilla that is six inches in diameter.  Cereals and breads offered as snacks may be included in meeting this requirement.

(G)          Fats:  Include butter, oil, margarine or items consisting primarily of one of these (e.g., icing or gravy).

(H)          Water and Other Beverages:  Water shall be served to each resident at each meal, in addition to other beverages.

(e)  Therapeutic Diets in Family Care Homes:

(1)           All therapeutic diet orders including thickened liquids shall be in writing from the resident's physician. Where applicable, the therapeutic diet order shall be specific to calorie, gram or consistency, such as for calorie controlled ADA diets, low sodium diets or thickened liquids, unless there  are written orders which include the definition of any therapeutic diet identified in the facility's therapeutic menu approved by a registered dietitian.

(2)           Physician orders for nutritional supplements shall be in writing from the resident's physician and be brand specific, unless the facility has defined a house supplement in its communication to the physician, and shall specify quantity and frequency.

(3)           The facility shall maintain an accurate and current listing of residents with physician-ordered therapeutic diets for guidance of food service staff.

(4)           All therapeutic diets, including nutritional supplements and thickened liquids, shall be served as ordered by the resident's physician.

(f)  Individual Feeding Assistance in Family Care Homes:

(1)           Sufficient staff shall be available for individual feeding assistance as needed.

(2)           Residents needing help in eating shall be assisted upon receipt of the meal and the assistance shall be unhurried and in a manner that maintains or enhances each resident's dignity and respect.

(g)  Variations from the required three meals or time intervals between meals to meet individualized needs or preferences of residents shall be documented in the resident's record.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1977; April 22, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. August 3, 1992; July 1, 1990; September 1, 1987; April 1, 1987;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0905       ACTIVITIES PROGRAM

(a)  Each family care home shall develop a program of activities designed to promote the residents' active involvement with each other, their families, and the community. 

(b)  The program shall be designed to promote active involvement by all residents but is not to require any individual to participate in any activity against his will.  If there is a question about a resident's ability to participate in an activity, the resident's physician shall be consulted to obtain a statement regarding the resident's capabilities.

(c)  The activity director, as required in Rule .0404 of this Subchapter, shall:

(1)           use information on the residents' interests and capabilities as documented upon admission and updated as needed to arrange for or provide planned individual and group activities for the residents, taking into account the varied interests, capabilities and possible cultural differences of the residents;

(2)           prepare a monthly calendar of planned group activities which shall be easily readable with large print, posted in a prominent location by the first day of each month, and updated when there are any changes;

(3)           involve community resources, such as recreational, volunteer, religious, aging and developmentally disabled-associated agencies, to enhance the activities available to residents;

(4)           evaluate and document the overall effectiveness of the activities program at least every six months with input from the residents to determine what have been the most valued activities and to elicit suggestions of ways to enhance the program;

(5)           encourage residents to participate in activities; and

(6)           assure there are adequate supplies, supervision and assistance to enable each resident to participate.  Aides and other facility staff may be used to assist with activities.

(d)  There shall be a minimum of 14 hours of a variety of  planned group activities per week that include activities that promote socialization, physical interaction, group accomplishment, creative expression, increased knowledge and learning of new skills.  Homes that care exclusively for residents with HIV disease are exempt from this requirement as long as the facility can demonstrate planning for each resident's involvement in a variety of activities.  Examples of group activities are group singing, dancing, games, exercise classes, seasonal parties, discussion groups, drama, resident council meetings, book reviews, music appreciation, review of current events and spelling bees.

(e)  Residents shall have the opportunity to participate in activities involving one to one interaction and activity by oneself  that promote enjoyment, a sense of accomplishment, increased knowledge, learning of new skills, and creative expression.  Examples of these activities are crafts, painting, reading, creative writing, buddy walks, card playing, and nature walks.

(f)  Each resident shall have the opportunity to participate in at least one outing every other month.  Residents interested in being involved in the community more frequently shall be encouraged to do so.

(g)  Each resident shall have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work-type and volunteer service activities in the home or in the community, but participation shall be on an entirely voluntary basis, never forced upon residents and not assigned in place of staff.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. August 3, 1992; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0906       OTHER resident SERVICES

(a)  Transportation.  The administrator must assure the provision of transportation for the residents to necessary resources and activities, including transportation to the nearest appropriate health facilities, social services agencies, shopping and recreational facilities, and religious activities of the resident's choice.  The resident is not to be charged any additional fee for this service.  Sources of transportation may include community resources, public systems, volunteer programs, family members as well as facility vehicles.

(b)  Mail.

(1)           Residents shall receive their mail promptly and it must be unopened unless there is a written, witnessed request authorizing management staff to open and read mail to the resident.  This request must be recorded on Form DSS‑1865, the Resident Register or the equivalent;

(2)           Outgoing mail written by a resident shall not be censored; and

(3)           Residents shall be encouraged and assisted, if necessary, to correspond by mail with close relatives and friends.  Residents shall have access to writing materials, stationery and postage and, upon request, the home is to provide such items at cost.  It is not the home's obligation to pay for these items.

(c)  Laundry.

(1)           Laundry services must be provided to residents without any additional fee; and

(2)           It is not the home's obligation to pay for a resident's personal dry cleaning.  The resident's plans for personal care of clothing are to be indicated on Form DSS‑1865, the Resident Register.

(d)  Telephone.

(1)           A telephone must be available in a location providing privacy for residents to make and receive a reasonable number of calls of a reasonable length;

(2)           A pay station telephone is not acceptable for local calls; and

(3)           It is not the home's obligation to pay for a resident's toll calls.

(e)  Personal Lockable Space.

(1)           Personal lockable space must be provided for each resident to secure his personal valuables.  One key shall be provided free of charge to the resident.  Additional keys are to be provided to residents at cost upon request.  It is not the home's obligation to pay for additional keys; and

(2)           While a resident may elect not to use lockable space, it must still be available in the home since the resident may change his mind.  This space shall be accessible only to the resident and the administrator or supervisor‑in‑charge.  The administrator or supervisor‑in‑charge must determine at admission whether the resident desires lockable space, but the resident may change his mind at any time.

(f)  Visiting.

(1)           Visiting in the home and community at reasonable hours shall be encouraged and arranged through the mutual prior understanding of the residents and administrator;

(2)           There must be at least 10 hours each day for visitation in the home by persons from the community.  If a home has established visiting hours or any restrictions on visitation, information about the hours and any restrictions must be included in the house rules given to each resident at the time of admission and posted conspicuously in the home;

(3)           A signout register must be maintained for planned visiting and other scheduled absences which indicates the resident's departure time, expected time of return and the name and telephone number of the responsible party;

(4)           If the whereabouts of a resident are unknown and there is reason to be concerned about his safety, the person in charge in the home must immediately notify the resident's responsible person, the appropriate law enforcement agency and the county department of social services.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1991; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0907       RESPITE CARE

(a)  For the purposes of this Subchapter, respite care is defined as supervision, personal care and services provided for persons admitted to a family care home on a temporary basis for temporary caregiver relief, not to exceed 30 days.

(b)  Respite care is not required as a condition of licensure.  However, respite care is subject to the requirements of this Subchapter except for Rules  .0703, .0705, .0801, .0802 and .1201.

(c)  The number of respite care residents and family care home residents shall not exceed the facility's licensed bed capacity.

(d)  The respite care resident contract shall specify the rates for respite care services and accommodations, the date of admission to the facility and the proposed date of discharge from the facility.  The contract shall be signed by the administrator or designee and the respite care resident or his responsible person and a copy given to the resident and responsible person.

(e)  Upon admission of a respite care resident into the facility, the facility shall assure that the resident has a current FL-2 and been tested for tuberculosis disease according to Rule .0702 of this Subchapter and that there are current physician orders for any medications, treatments and special diets for inclusion in the respite care resident's record.  The facility shall assure that the respite care resident's physician or prescribing practitioner is contacted for verification of orders if the orders are not signed and dated within seven calendar days prior to admission to the facility as a respite care resident or for clarification of orders if orders are not clear or complete. 

(f)  The facility shall complete an assessment which allows for the development of a short-term care plan prior to or upon admission to the facility with input from the resident or responsible person.  The assessment shall address respite resident needs, including identifying information, hearing, vision, cognitive ability, functional limitations, continence, special procedures and treatments as ordered by physician, skin conditions, behavior and mood, oral and nutritional status and medication regimen.  The facility may use the Resident Register or an equivalent as the assessment instrument.  The care plan shall be signed and dated by the facility's administrator or designated representative and the respite care resident or responsible person.

(g)  The respite care resident's record shall include a copy of the signed respite care contract; the FL-2; the assessment and care plan; documentation of a tuberculosis test according to Paragraph (e) of this Rule; documentation of any contacts (office, home or telephone) with the resident's physician or other licensed health professionals from outside the facility; physician orders; medication administration records; a statement, signed and dated by the resident or responsible person, indicating that information on the home as required in Rule .0704 of this Subchapter has been received; a written description of any acute changes in the resident's condition or any incidents or accidents resulting in injury to the respite care resident, and any action taken by the facility in response to the changes, incidents or accidents; and how the responsible person  or his designated representative can be contacted in case of an emergency.

(h)  The respite care resident's responsible person or his designated representative shall be contacted and informed of the need to remove the resident from the facility if one or more of the following conditions exists:

(1)           the resident's condition is such that he is a danger to himself or poses a direct threat to the health of others as documented by a physician; or

(2)           the safety of individuals in the home is threatened by the behavior of the resident as documented by the facility.

Documentation of the emergency discharge shall be on file in the facility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2000-50; 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. November 1, 2000;

Eff. July 18, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0908       COOPERATION WITH CASE MANAGERS

The administrator shall cooperate with and assure the cooperation of facility staff with case managers in their provision of case management services to the appropriate residents.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.3; 143B-153;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 1996;

Eff. May 1, 1997.

 

10A NCAC 13G .0909       RESIDENT RIGHTS

A family care home shall assure that the rights of all residents guaranteed under G.S. 131D-21, Declaration of Residents' Rights, are maintained and may be exercised without hindrance.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;

Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

SECTION .1000 – MEDICATIONS

 

10A NCAC 13G .1001       MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

In addition to the requirements in Rule .1211(a)(1) of this Subchapter, a family care home shall ensure the following:

(1)           orientation to medication policies and procedures for staff responsible for medication administration prior to their administering or supervising the administration of medications; and

(2)           compliance of medication policies and procedures with requirements of this Section and all applicable state and federal regulations, including definitions in the North Carolina Pharmacy Practice Act, G.S. 90-85.3.

For the purposes of this Subchapter, medications include herbal and non-herbal supplements.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1002       MEDICATION ORDERS

(a)  A family care home shall ensure contact with the resident's physician or prescribing practitioner for verification or clarification of orders for medications and treatments:

(1)           if orders for admission or readmission of the resident are not dated and signed within 24 hours of admission or readmission to the facility;

(2)           if orders are not clear or complete; or

(3)           if multiple admission forms are received upon admission or readmission and orders on the forms are not the same.

The facility shall ensure that this verification or clarification is documented in the resident's record.

(b)  All orders for medications, prescription and non-prescription, and treatments shall be maintained in the resident's record in the facility.

(c)  The medication orders shall be complete and include the following:

(1)           medication name;

(2)           strength of medication;

(3)           dosage of medication to be administered;

(4)           route of administration;

(5)           specific directions of use, including frequency of administration; and

(6)           if ordered on an as needed basis, a stated indication for use.

(d) Verbal orders for medications and treatments shall be:

(1)           countersigned by the prescribing practitioner within 15 days from the date the order is given;

(2)           signed or initialed and dated by the person receiving the order; and

(3)           accepted only by a licensed professional authorized by state occupational licensure laws to accept orders or staff responsible for medication administration.

(e) Any standing orders shall be for individual residents and signed and dated by the resident's physician or prescribing practitioner.

(f)  The facility shall assure that all current orders for medications or treatments, including standing orders and orders for self-administration, are reviewed and signed by the resident's physician or prescribing practitioner at least every six months.

(g) In addition to the requirements as stated in Paragraph (c) of this Rule, psychotropic medications ordered "as needed" by a prescribing practitioner, shall not be administered unless the following have been provided by the practitioner or included in an individualized care plan developed with input by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist:

(1)           detailed behavior-specific written instructions, including symptoms that might require use of the medication;

(2)           exact dosage;

(3)           exact time frames between dosages; and

(4)           the maximum dosage to be administered in a twenty-four hour period.

(h)  The facility shall assure that personal care aides and their direct supervisors receive training annually about the desired and undesired effects of psychotropic medications, including alternative behavior interventions.  Documentation of training attended by staff shall be maintained in the facility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1003       MEDICATION LABELS

(a)  Prescription legend medications shall have a legible label with the following information:

(1)           the name of the resident for whom the medication is prescribed;

(2)           the most recent date of issuance;

(3)           the name of the prescriber;

(4)           the name and concentration of the medication, quantity dispensed, and prescription serial number;

(5)           directions for use clearly stated and not abbreviated;

(6)           a statement of generic equivalency shall be indicated if a brand other than the brand prescribed is dispensed;

(7)           the expiration date, unless dispensed in a single unit or unit dose package that already has an expiration date;

(8)           auxiliary statements as required of the medication;

(9)           the name, address, telephone number of the dispensing pharmacy; and

(10)         the name or initials of the dispensing pharmacist.

(b)  For medication systems such as med paks and multi-paks when two or more solid oral dosage forms are packaged and dispensed together, labeling shall be in accordance with Paragraph (a) of this Rule and the label or package shall also have a physical description or identification of each medication contained in the package.

(c)  The facility shall assure the container is relabeled by a pharmacist or a dispensing practitioner at the refilling of the medication when there is a change in the directions by the prescriber.  The facility shall have a procedure for identifying direction changes until the container is correctly labeled.  No person other than a pharmacist or dispensing practitioner shall alter a prescription label.

(d)  Non-prescription medications shall have the manufacturer's label with the expiration date clearly visible, unless the container has been labeled by a pharmacist or a dispensing practitioner.  Non-prescription medications in the original manufacturer's container shall be labeled with at least the resident's name and the name shall not obstruct any of the information on the container.  Facility staff may label or write the resident's name on the container.

(e)  Medications, prescription and non-prescription, shall not be transferred from one container to another except when prepared for administration to a resident.

(f)  Prescription medications leaving the facility shall be in a form packaged and labeled by a pharmacist or a dispensing practitioner.  Non-prescription medications that are not packaged or labeled by a pharmacist or dispensing practitioner must be released in the original container and directions for administration must be provided to the resident or responsible party.  The facility shall assure documentation of medications, including quantity released and returned to the facility.

Note:  Dispensing of medications is restricted to pharmacists or other health care practitioners that are approved by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.  Repackaging or providing more than one dose of a prescription medication, including unit dose prescription medications, for subsequent administration is an act of dispensing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1004       MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

(a)  A family care home shall assure that the preparation and administration of medications, prescription and non-prescription and treatments by staff are in accordance with:

(1)           orders by a licensed prescribing practitioner which are maintained in the resident's record; and

(2)           rules in this Section and the facility's policies and procedures.

(b)  The facility shall assure that only staff meeting the requirements in Rule .0403 of this Subchapter shall administer medications, including the preparation of medications for administration. 

(c)  Only oral solid medications that are ordered for routine administration may be prepared in advance and must be prepared within 24 hours of the prescribed time for administration.  Medications prescribed for prn (as needed) administration shall not be prepared in advance.

(d)  Liquid medications, including powders or granules that require to be mixed with liquids for administration, and medications for injection shall be prepared immediately before administration to a resident.

(e)  Medications shall not be crushed for administration until immediately before the medications are administered to the resident.

(f)  If medications are prepared for administration in advance, the following procedures shall be implemented to keep the drugs identified up to the point of administration and protect them from contamination and spillage:

(1)           Medications are dispensed in a sealed package such as unit dose and multi-paks that is labeled with the name of each medication and strength in the sealed package.  The labeled package of medications is to remain unopened and kept enclosed in a capped or sealed container that is labeled with the resident's name, until the medications are administered to the resident.  If the multi-pak is also labeled with the resident's name, it does not have to be enclosed in a capped or sealed container;

(2)           Medications not dispensed in a sealed and labeled package as specified in Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph are kept enclosed in a sealed container that identifies the name and strength of each medication prepared and the resident's name;

(3)           A separate container is used for each resident and each planned administration of the medications and labeled according to Subparagraph (1) or (2) of this Paragraph; and

(4)           All containers are placed together on a separate tray or other device that is labeled with the planned time for administration and stored in a locked area which is only accessible to staff as specified in Rule .1006(d) of this Section.

(g)  The facility shall ensure that medications are administered within one hour before or one hour after the prescribed or scheduled time unless precluded by emergency situations.

(h)  If medications are not prepared and administered by the same staff person, there shall be documentation for each dose of medication prepared for administration by the staff person who prepared the medications when or at the time the resident's medication is prepared.  Procedures shall be established and implemented to identify the staff person who prepared the medication and the staff person who administered the medication.

(i)  The recording of the administration on the medication administration record shall be by the staff person who administers the medication immediately following administration of the medication to the resident and observation of the resident actually taking the medication and prior to the administration of another resident's medication.  Pre-charting is prohibited.

(j)  The resident's medication administration record (MAR) shall be accurate and include the following:

(1)           resident's name;

(2)           name of the medication or treatment order;

(3)           strength and dosage or quantity of medication administered;

(4)           instructions for administering the medication or treatment;

(5)           reason or justification for the administration of medications or treatments as needed (PRN) and documenting the resulting effect on the resident;

(6)           date and time of administration;

(7)           documentation of any omission of medications or treatments and the reason for the omission, including refusals; and

(8)           name or initials of the person administering the medication or treatment.  If initials are used, a signature equivalent to those initials is to be documented and maintained with the medication administration record (MAR).

(k)  The facility shall have a system in place to ensure the resident is identified prior to the administration of any medication or treatment.

(l)  The facility shall assure the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing medication errors and adverse medication reactions that include documentation of the following:

(1)           notification of a physician or appropriate health professional and supervisor;

(2)           action taken by the facility according to orders by the physician or appropriate health professional; and

(3)           charting or documentation errors, unavailability of a medication, resident refusal of medication, any adverse medication reactions and notification of the resident's physician when necessary.

(m)  Medication administration supplies, such as graduated measuring devices, shall be available and used by facility staff in order for medications to be accurately and safely administered.

(n)  The facility shall assure that medications are administered in accordance with infection control measures that help to prevent the development and transmission of disease or infection, prevent cross-contamination and provide a safe and sanitary environment for staff and residents.

(o)  A resident's medication shall not be administered to another resident except in an emergency.  In the event of an emergency, the borrowed medications shall be replaced promptly and that the borrowing and replacement of the medication shall be documented.

(p)  Only oral, topical (including ophthalmic and otic medications), inhalants, rectal and vaginal medications, subcutaneous injections and medications administered by gastrostomy tube and nebulizers may be administered by persons who are not authorized by state occupational licensure laws to administer medication.

(q)  Unlicensed staff may not administer insulin or other subcutaneous injections prior to meeting the requirements for training and competency validation as stated in Rules .0504 and .0505 of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1005       SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS

(a)  The facility shall permit residents who are competent and physically able to self-administer to self-administer their medications if the following requirements are met:

(1)           the self-administration is ordered by a physician or other person legally authorized to prescribe medications in North Carolina and documented in the resident's record; and

(2)           specific instructions for administration of prescription medications are printed on the medication label.

(b)  When there is a change in the resident's mental or physical ability to self-administer or resident non-compliance with the physician's orders or the facility's medication policies and procedures, the facility shall notify the physician.  A resident's right to refuse medications does not imply the inability of the resident to self-administer medications.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10a NCAC 13G .1006       MEDICATION STORAGE

(a)  Medications that are self-administered and stored in the resident's room shall be stored in a safe and secure manner as specified in the facility's medication storage policy and procedures.

(b)  All prescription and non-prescription medications stored by the facility, including those requiring refrigeration, shall be maintained in a safe manner under locked security except when under the immediate or direct physical supervision of staff in charge of medication administration.

(c)  The medication storage area shall be clean, well-lighted, well-ventilated, large enough to store medications in an orderly manner, and located in areas other than the bathroom, kitchen or utility room.  Medication carts shall be clean and medications shall be stored in an orderly manner.

(d)  Accessibility to locked storage areas for medications shall only be by staff responsible for medication administration and administrator or person in charge.

(e)  Medications intended for topical or external use, except for ophthalmic, otic and transdermal medications, shall be stored in a designated area separate from the medications intended for oral and injectable use.  Ophthalmic, otic and transdermal medications may be stored with medications intended for oral and injectable use.  Medications shall be stored apart from cleaning agents and hazardous chemicals.

(f)   Medications requiring refrigeration shall be stored at 36 degrees F to 46 degrees F (2 degrees C to 8 degrees C).

(g)  Medications shall not be stored in a refrigerator containing non-medications and non-medication related items, except when stored in a separate container.  The container shall be locked when storing medications unless the refrigerator is locked or is located in a locked medication area.

(h)  The facility shall only possess a stock of non-prescription medications or the following prescription legend medications for general or common use:

(1)           irrigation solutions in single unit quantities exceeding 49 ml. and related diagnostic agents;

(2)           diagnostic agents;

(3)           vaccines; and

(4)           water for injection and normal saline for injection.

Note:  A prescribing practitioner's order is required for the administration of any medication as stated in Rule .1004 (a) of this Section.

(i)  First aid supplies shall be immediately available, stored out of sight of residents and visitors and stored separately in a secure and orderly manner.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1007       MEDICATION DISPOSITION

(a)  Medications shall be released to or with a resident upon discharge if the resident has a physician's order to continue the medication.  Prescribed medications are the property of the resident and shall not be given to, or taken by, other staff or residents according to Rule .1004(o) of this Subchapter.

(b)  Medications, excluding controlled medications, that are expired, discontinued, prescribed for a deceased resident or deteriorated shall be stored separately from actively used medications until disposed of.

(c)  Medications, excluding controlled medications, shall be destroyed at the facility or returned to a pharmacy within 90 days of the expiration or discontinuation of medication or following the death of the resident.

(d)  All medications destroyed at the facility shall be destroyed by the administrator or the administrator's designee and witnessed by a pharmacist, a dispensing practitioner, or their designee.  The destruction shall be conducted so that no person can use, administer, sell or give away the medication.

(e)  Records of medications destroyed or returned to the pharmacy shall include the resident's name, the name and strength of the medication, the amount destroyed or returned, the method of destruction if destroyed in the facility and the signature of the administrator or the administrator's designee and the signature of the pharmacist, dispensing practitioner or their designee.  These records shall be maintained by the facility for a minimum of one year.

(f)  A dose of any medication prepared for administration and accidentally contaminated or not administered shall be destroyed at the facility according to the facility's policies and procedures.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1008       CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

(a)  A family care home shall assure a readily retrievable record of controlled substances by documenting the receipt, administration and disposition of controlled substances.  These records shall be maintained with the resident's record and in such an order that there can be accurate reconciliation.

(b)  Controlled substances may be stored together in a common location or container.  If Schedule II medications are stored together in a common location, the Schedule II medications shall be under double lock.

(c)  Controlled substances that are expired, discontinued or no longer required for a resident shall be returned to the pharmacy within 90 days of the expiration or discontinuation of the controlled substance or following the death of the resident.  The facility shall document the resident's name; the name, strength and dosage form of the controlled substance; and the amount returned.  There shall also be documentation by the pharmacy of the receipt or return of the controlled substances.

(d)  If the pharmacy will not accept the return of a controlled substance, the administrator or the administrator's designee shall destroy the controlled substance within 90 days of the expiration or discontinuation of the controlled substance or following the death of the resident.  The destruction shall be witnessed by a licensed pharmacist, dispensing practitioner, or designee of a licensed pharmacist or dispensing practitioner.  The destruction shall be conducted so that no person can use, administer, sell or give away the controlled substance.  Records of controlled substances destroyed shall include the resident's name; the name, strength and dosage form of the controlled substance; the amount destroyed; the method of destruction; and, the signature of the administrator or the administrator's designee and the signature of the licensed pharmacist, dispensing practitioner or designee of the licensed pharmacist or dispensing practitioner.

(e)  Records of controlled substances returned to the pharmacy or destroyed by the facility shall be maintained by the facility for a minimum of three years.

(f)  Controlled substances that are expired, discontinued, prescribed for a deceased resident or deteriorated shall be stored securely in a locked area separately from actively used medications until disposed of.

(g)  A dose of a controlled substance accidentally contaminated or not administered shall be destroyed at the facility.  The destruction shall be documented on the medication administration record (MAR) or the controlled substance record showing the time, date, quantity, manner of destruction and the initials or signature of the person destroying the substance.

(h)  The facility shall ensure that all known drug diversions are reported to the pharmacy, the local law enforcement agency and Health Care Personnel Registry as required by state law and that all suspected drug diversions are reported to the pharmacy.  There shall be documentation of the contact and action taken.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999; 

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1009       PHARMACEUTICAL CARE

(a)  The facility shall obtain the services of a licensed pharmacist, prescribing practitioner or registered nurse for the provision of pharmaceutical care at least quarterly for residents or more frequently as determined by the Department, based on the documentation of significant medication problems identified during monitoring visits or other investigations in which the safety of the residents may be at risk.  Pharmaceutical care involves the identification, prevention and resolution of medication related problems which includes at least the following:

(1)           an on-site medication review for each resident which includes at least the following:

(A)          the review of information in the resident's record such as diagnoses, history and physical, discharge summary, vital signs, physician's orders, progress notes, laboratory values and medication administration records, including current medication administration records, to determine that medications are administered as prescribed and ensure that any undesired side effects, potential and actual medication reactions or interactions, and medication errors are identified and reported to the appropriate prescribing practitioner; and,

(B)          making recommendations for change, if necessary, based on desired medication outcomes and ensuring that the appropriate prescribing practitioner is so informed; and,

(C)          documenting the results of the medication review in the resident's record;

(2)           review of all aspects of medication administration including the observation or review of procedures for the administration of medications and inspection of medication storage areas;

(3)           review of the medication system utilized by the facility, including packaging, labeling and availability of medications;

(4)           review the facility's procedures and records for the disposition of medications and provide assistance, if necessary;

(5)           provision of a written report of findings and any recommendations for change for Items (1) through (4) of Paragraph (a) of this Rule to the facility and the physician or appropriate health professional, when necessary;

(6)           conducting in-service programs as needed for facility staff on medication usage that includes, but not limited to the following:

(A)          potential or current medication related problems identified;

(B)          new medications;

(C)          side effects and medication interactions; and

(D)          policies and procedures.

(b)  The facility shall assure action is taken as needed in response to the medication review and documented, including that the physician or appropriate health professional has been informed of the findings when necessary.

(c) The facility shall maintain the findings and reports resulting from the activities in Subparagraphs (1) through (6) of Paragraph (a) of this Rule in the facility, including action taken by the facility.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1010       PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES

(a)  A family care home shall allow the residents the right to choose a pharmacy provider as long as the pharmacy will provide services that are in compliance with the facility's medication management policies and procedures.

(b)  There shall be a current, written agreement with a licensed pharmacist, prescribing practitioner or registered nurse for pharmaceutical care services according to Rule .1009 of this Section.  The written agreement shall include a statement of the responsibility of each party.

(c)  The facility shall assure the provision of pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of the residents, including procedures that assure the accurate ordering, receiving and administering of all medications prescribed on a routine, emergency, or as needed basis.

(d)  The facility shall assure the provision of medication for residents on temporary leave from the facility or involved in day activities out of the facility.

(e)  The facility shall assure that accurate records of the receipt, use and disposition of medications are maintained in the facility and readily available for review.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

SECTION .1100 – management of resident's funds and refunds

 

10A NCAC 13G .1101       management of RESIDENT'S FUNDS

(a)  Residents shall manage their own funds if possible.

(b)  In situations where a resident is unable to manage his funds, a legal representative or payee shall be designated in accordance with Rule .1102 of this Section.

(c)  Residents shall endorse checks made out to them unless a legal representative or payee has been authorized to endorse checks.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1102       LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OR PAYEE

(a)  In situations where a resident of a family care home is unable to manage his funds, the administrator shall contact a family member or the county department of social services regarding the need for a legal representative or payee.  The administrator and other staff of the home shall not serve as a resident's legal representative, payee, or executor of a will, except as indicated in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.

(b)  In the case of funds administered by the Social Security Administration, the Veteran's Administration or other federal government agencies, the administrator of the home may serve as a payee when so authorized as a legally constituted authority by the respective federal agencies.

(c)  The administrator shall give the resident's legal representative or payee receipts for any monies received on behalf of the resident.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 35A-1203; 108A-37; 131D-2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1103       ACCOUNTING FOR resident's PERSONAL FUNDS

(a)  To document a resident's receipt of the State-County Special Assistance personal needs allowance after payment of the cost of care, a statement shall be signed by the resident or marked by the resident with two witnesses' signatures.  The statement shall be maintained in the home.

(b)  Upon the written authorization of the resident or his legal representative or payee, an administrator or the administrator's designee may handle the personal money for a resident, provided an accurate accounting of monies received and disbursed and the balance on hand is available upon request of the resident or his legal representative or payee.

(c)  A record of each transaction involving the use of the resident's personal funds according to Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall be signed by the resident, legal representative or payee or marked by the resident, if not adjudicated incompetent, with two witnesses' signatures at least monthly verifying the accuracy of the disbursement of personal funds. The record shall be maintained in the home.

(d)  A resident's personal funds shall not be commingled with facility funds.  The facility shall not commingle the personal funds of residents in an interest-bearing account.

(e)  All or any portion of a resident's personal funds shall be available to the resident or his legal representative or payee upon request during regular office hours, except as provided in Rule .1105 of this Subchapter.

(f)  The resident's personal needs allowance shall be credited to the resident's account within 24 hours of the check being deposited following endorsement. 

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1987.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1104       REFUND POLICy

A family care home's refund policy shall be in writing and signed by the administrator. A copy shall be given to the resident or the resident's responsible person at time of admission.  A copy shall also be filed in the resident's record.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; July 1, 1990.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1105       refund of PERSONAL FUNDS

(a)  When the administrator or the administrator's designee handles a resident's personal money at the resident's or his payee's request, the balance shall be given to the resident or the resident's responsible person within 14 days of the resident's leaving a family care home.

(b)  If a resident dies, the administrator of his estate or the Clerk of Superior Court, when no administrator for his estate has been appointed, shall be given all of his personal funds within 30 days after death.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1106       SETTLEMENT OF COST OF CARE

(a)  If a resident of a family care home, after being notified by the home of its intent to discharge the resident in accordance with Rule .0705 of this Subchapter, moves out of the home before the period of time specified in the notice has elapsed, the home shall refund the resident an amount equal to the cost of care for the remainder of the month minus any nights spent in the home during the notice period.  The refund shall be made within 14 days after the resident leaves the home.

(b)  If a resident moves out of the home without giving notice, as may be required by the home according to Rule .0705(h) of this Subchapter, or before the home's required notice period has elapsed, the resident owes the home an amount equal to the cost of care for the required notice period.  If a resident receiving State‑County Special Assistance moves without giving notice or before the notice period has elapsed, the former home is entitled to the required payment for the notice period before the new home receives any payment.  The home shall refund the resident the remainder of any advance payment following settlement of the cost of care.  The refund shall be made within 14 days from the date of notice or, if no notice is given, within 14 days of the resident leaving the home.

(c)  When there is an exception to the notice as provided in Rule .0705(h) of this Subchapter to protect the health or safety of the resident or others in the home, the resident is only required to pay for any nights spent in the home.  A refund shall be made to the resident by the home within 14 days from the date of notice.

(d)  When a resident gives notice of leaving the home, as may be required by the home according to Rule .0705(h) of this Subchapter, and leaves at the end of the notice period, the home shall refund the resident the remainder of any advance payment within 14 days from the date of notice.  If notice is not required by the home, the refund shall be made within 14 days after the resident leaves the home.

(e)  When a resident leaves the home with the intent of returning to it, the following apply:

(1)           The home may reserve the resident's bed for a set number of days with the written agreement of the home and the resident or his responsible person and thereby require payment for the days the bed is held.

(2)           If, after leaving the home, the resident decides not to return to it, the resident or someone acting on his behalf may be required by the home to provide up to a 14-day written notice that he is not returning.

(3)           Requirement of a notice, if it is to be applied by the home, shall be a part of the written agreement and explained by the home to the resident and his family or responsible person before signing.

(4)           On notice by the resident or someone acting on his behalf that he will not be returning to the home, the home shall refund the remainder of any advance payment to the resident or his responsible person, minus an amount equal to the cost of care for the period covered by the agreement.  The refund shall be made within 14 days after notification that the resident will not be returning to the home.

(5)           In no situation involving a recipient of State‑County Special Assistance may a home require payment for more than 30 days since State‑County Special Assistance is not authorized unless the resident is actually residing in the home or it is anticipated that he will return to the home within 30 days.

(6)           Exceptions to the two weeks' notice, if required by the home, are cases where returning to the home would jeopardize the health or safety of the resident or others in the home as certified by the resident's physician or approved by the county department of social services, and in the case of the resident's death.  In these cases, the home shall refund the rest of any advance payment calculated beginning with the day the home is notified.

(f)  If a resident dies, the administrator of his estate or the Clerk of Superior Court, when no administrator for his estate has been appointed, shall be given a refund equal to the cost of care for the month minus any nights spent in the home during the month.  This is to be done within 30 days after the resident's death.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 131D-4.5; 143B‑165; S.L. 99-0334;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff.  July 1, 1990; June 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 2001;

Temporary Amendment Expired October 13, 2001;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

SECTION .1200 – policies, RECORDS AND REPORTS

 

10A NCAC 13G .1201       RESIDENT RECORDS

(a)  The following shall be maintained on each resident in an orderly manner in the resident's record in the family care home and made available for review by representatives of the Division of Health Service Regulation and county departments of social services.

(1)           FL-2 or MR-2 Forms and patient transfer form or hospital discharge summary, when applicable;

(2)           Resident Register;

(3)           receipt for the following as required in Rule .0704 of this Subchapter:

(A)          contract for services, accommodations and rates;

(B)          house rules as specified in Rule .0704(2) of this Subchapter;

(C)          Declaration of Residents' Rights (G.S. 131D-21);

(D)          home's grievance procedures; and

(E)           civil rights statement;

(4)           resident assessment and care plan;

(5)           contacts with the resident's physician, physician service or other licensed health professional as required in Rule .0902 of this Subchapter;

(6)           orders or written treatments or procedures from a physician or other licensed health professional and their implementation;

(7)           documentation of immunizations against influenza virus and pneumococcal disease according to G.S. 131D-9 or the reason the resident did not receive the immunizations based on this law; and

(8)           the Adult Care Home Notice of Discharge and Adult Care Home Hearing Request Form if the resident is being or has been discharged.

When a resident leaves the facility for a medical evaluation, records necessary for that medical evaluation such as Items (1), (4), (5), (6) and (7) above may be sent with the resident.

(b)  A resident financial record providing an accurate accounting of the receipt and disbursement of the resident's personal funds, if handled by the facility according to Rule .1103 of this Subchapter, shall be maintained on each resident in an orderly manner in the facility and be readily available for review by representatives of the Division of Health Service Regulation and county departments of social services.  When there is an approved cluster of licensed facilities, financial records may be kept in one location among the clustered facilities

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1202       transfer of RESIDENT'S RECORDS

At the request of the resident or his responsible person, copies of all pertinent information shall be given to the administrator of the licensed home to which the resident moves.  The FL‑2 or MR‑2 shall be provided unless:

(1)           It was completed more than 90 days before the move; or

(2)           There has been an apparent change in the mental or physical condition of the resident.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1990; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1203       DISPOSAL OF RESIDENT's RECORDS

After a resident has left a family care home or died, the resident's records shall be filed in the home for at least one year and then stored for at least two more years.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2005; April 1, 1987; April 1, 1984.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1204       report of ADMISSIONs and DISCHARGEs

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1992;

Repealed Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1205       POPULATION REPORT

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-160;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1992; April 1, 1984;

Temporary Repeal Eff. September 1, 2003;

Repealed Eff. June 1, 2004.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1206       HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL REGISTRY

The facility shall comply with G.S. 131E-256 and supporting Rules 10A NCAC 13O .1001 and .1002.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-4.5; 131E-256; 143B-165; S.L. 1999-0334;

Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000;

Eff. July 1, 2000.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1207       ADVERTISING

The administrator may use acceptable methods of advertising provided:

(1)           The name used is as it appears on the license.

(2)           Only the services and accommodations for which the home is licensed are used.

(3)           The home is listed under proper classification in telephone books, newspapers or magazines.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D‑2; 143B‑153;

Eff. January 1, 1977;

Readopted Eff. October 31, 1977;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1984.

 

10a NCAC 13G .1208       facilties to report resident deaths

For purposes of this Section, facilities licensed in accordance with G.S. 131D-2 shall report resident deaths to the Division of Health Service Regulation.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-34.1;

Temporary Adoption Eff. May 1, 2001;

Eff. July 18, 2002.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1209       Death REPORTING procedures

(a)  Upon learning of a resident death as described in Paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Rule, a facility shall file a report in accordance with this Rule.  A facility shall be deemed to have learned of a resident death when any facility staff obtains information that the death occurred.

(b)  A written notice containing the information listed under Paragraph (d) of this Rule shall be made immediately for the following:

(1)           a resident death occurring in an adult care home within seven days of the use of a physical restraint or physical hold on the resident; or

(2)           a resident death occurring within 24 hours of the resident's transfer from the adult care home to a hospital, if the death occurred within seven days of physical restraint or physical hold of the resident.

(c)  A written notice containing the information under Paragraph (d) of this Rule shall be made within three days of any death resulting from violence, accident, suicide or homicide.

(d)  Written notice may be submitted in person or by telefacsimile or electronic mail.  If the reporting facility does not have the capacity or capability to submit a written notice immediately, the information contained in the notice may be reported by telephone following the same time requirements under Subparagraphs (b) and (c) of this Rule until such time the written notice may be submitted.  The notice shall include at least the following information:

(1)           Reporting facility:  Name, address, county, license number (if applicable), Medicare/Medicaid provider number (if applicable), facility administrator and telephone number, name and title of person preparing report, first person to learn of death and first staff to receive report of death, and date and time report prepared;

(2)           Resident information:  Name, Medicaid number (if applicable), date of birth, age, sex, race, primary admitting diagnoses, and date of most recent admission to an acute care hospital.

(3)           Circumstances of death: place and address where resident died, date and time death was discovered, physical location decedent was found, cause of death (if known), whether or not decedent was restrained at the time of death or within 7 days of death and if so, a description of the type of restraint and its usage, and a description of events surrounding the death; and

(4)           Other information: list of other authorities such as law enforcement or the County Department of Social Services that have been notified, have investigated or are in the process of investigating the death or events related to the death.

(e)  The facility shall submit a written report, using a form pursuant to G.S. 131D-34.1(e).  The facility shall provide, fully and accurately, all information sought on the form.  If the facility is unable to obtain any information sought on the form, or if any such information is not yet available, the facility shall so explain on the form.

(f)  In addition, the facility shall:

(1)           Notify the Division of Health Service Regulation immediately whenever it has reason to believe that information provided may be erroneous, misleading, or otherwise unreliable;

(2)           Submit to the Division of Health Service Regulation, immediately after it becomes available, any information required by this rule that was previously unavailable; and

(3)           Provide, upon request by the Division of Health Service Regulation, other information the facility obtains regarding the death, including, but not limited to, death certificates, autopsy reports, and reports by other authorities.

(g)  With regard to any resident death under circumstances described in G.S. 130A-383, a facility shall notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities so the medical examiner of the county in which the body is found may be notified.  Documentation of such notification shall be maintained by the facility and be made available for review by the Division upon request.

(h)  In deaths not under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner, the facility shall notify the decedent's next-of-kin, or other individual authorized according to G.S. 130A-398, that an autopsy may be requested as designated in G.S. 130A-389.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-34.1;

Temporary Adoption Eff. May 1, 2001;

Eff. July 18, 2002.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1210       DEFINITIONS applicable to death reporting

The following definitions shall apply throughout this Section: 

(1)           "Accident" means an unexpected, unnatural or irregular event contributing to a resident's death and includes, but is not limited to, medication errors, falls, fractures, choking, elopement, exposure, poisoning, drowning, fire, burns, or thermal injury, electrocution, misuse of equipment, motor vehicle accidents, and natural disasters.

(2)           "Immediately" means at once, at or near the present time, without delay.

(3)           "Violence" means physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, abusing or injuring. or abusing another person .

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 131D-34.1;

Temporary Adoption Eff. May 1, 2001;

Eff. July 18, 2002.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1211       WRITTEN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

(a)  A family care home shall develop written policies and procedures that comply with applicable rules of this Subchapter, on the following:

(1)           ordering, receiving, storage, discontinuation, disposition, administration, including self-administration, and monitoring the resident's reaction to medications, as developed in consultation with a licensed health professional who is authorized to dispense or administer medications;

(2)           use of alternatives to physical restraints and the care of residents who are physically restrained, as developed in consultation with a registered nurse;

(3)           accident, fire safety and emergency procedures;

(4)           infection control;

(5)           refunds;

(6)           missing resident;

(7)           identification and supervision of wandering residents;

(8)           management of physical aggression or assault by a resident;

(9)           handling of resident grievances;

(10)         visitation in the facility by guests; and

(11)         smoking and alcohol use.

(b)  In addition to other training and orientation requirements in this Subchapter, all staff shall be trained within 30 days of hire on the policies and procedures listed as Subparagraphs (3), (4), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10) and (11) in Paragraph (a) of this Rule.

(c)  Policies and procedures on which staff have been trained shall be available within the facility to staff for their reference.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D –2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;

Temporary Adoption Expired March 12, 2005;

Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1212       RECORD OF STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

A family care home shall maintain records of staff qualifications required by the rules in Section .0400 of this Subchapter in the facility.  When there is an approved cluster of licensed facilities, these records may be kept in one location among the clustered facilities.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;

Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1213       REPORTING OF ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS

(a)  A family care home shall notify the county department of social services of any accident or incident resulting in resident death or any accident or incident resulting in injury to a resident requiring referral for emergency evaluation, hospitalization, or medical treatment other than first aid.

(b)  Notification as required in Paragraph (a) of this Rule shall be by a copy of the death report completed according to Rule .1208 of this Subchapter or a written report that shall provide the following information:

(1)           resident's name;

(2)           name of staff who discovered the accident or incident;

(3)           name of the person preparing the report;

(4)           how, when and where the accident or incident occurred;

(5)           nature of the injury;

(6)           what was done for the resident, including any follow-up care;

(7)           time of notification or attempts at notification of the resident's responsible person or contact person as required in Paragraph (e) of this Rule; and

(8)           signature of the administrator or administrator-in-charge.

(c)  The report as required in Paragraph (b) of this Rule shall be submitted to the county department of social services by mail, telefacsimile, electronic mail, or in person within 48 hours of the initial discovery or knowledge by staff of the accident or incident.

(d)  The facility shall immediately notify the county department of social services in accordance with G.S. 108A-102 and the local law enforcement authority as required by law of any mental or physical abuse, neglect or exploitation of a resident.

(e)  The facility shall assure the notification of a resident's responsible person or contact person, as indicated on the Resident Register, of the following, unless the resident or his responsible person or contact person objects to such notification:

(1)           any injury to or illness of the resident requiring medical treatment or referral for emergency medical evaluation, with notification to be as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours from the time of the initial discovery or knowledge of the injury or illness by staff and documented in the resident's file; and

(2)           any incident of the resident falling or elopement which does not result in injury requiring medical treatment or referral for emergency medical evaluation, with  notification to be as soon as possible but not later than 48 hours from the time of initial discovery or knowledge of the incident by staff and documented in the resident's file, except for elopement requiring immediate notification according to Rule .0906(f)(4) of this Subchapter.

(f)  When a resident is at risk that death or physical harm will occur as a result of physical violence by another person, the facility shall immediately report the situation to the local law enforcement authority.

(g)  In the case of physical assault by a resident or whenever there is a risk that death or physical harm will occur due to the actions or behavior of a resident, the facility shall immediately:

(1)           seek the assistance of the local law enforcement authority;

(2)           provide additional supervision of the threatening resident to protect others from harm;

(3)           seek any needed emergency medical treatment;

(4)           make a referral to the Local Management Entity for Mental Health Services or mental health provider for emergency treatment of the threatening resident; and

(5)           cooperate with assessment personnel assigned to the case by the Local Management Entity for Mental Health Services or mental health provider to enable them to provide their earliest possible assessment.

(h)  The facility shall immediately report any assault resulting in harm to a resident or other person in the facility to the local law enforcement authority.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165;

Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1214       AVAILABILITY OF CORRECTIVE ACTION AND SURVEY REPORTS

A family care home shall make available within the facility, upon request, corrective action reports by the county departments of social services and facility survey reports by state licensure consultants that have been approved by the Adult Care Licensure Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation within the past 12 months to residents and their families or responsible persons and to prospective residents and their families or responsible persons.

 

History Note:        Authority 131D-2; 143B-165;

Eff. July 1, 2005.

 

section .1300 - use of physical restraints and alternatives

 

10A NCAC 13G .1301       USE OF PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS AND ALTERNATIVES

(a)  A family care home shall assure that a physical restraint, any physical or mechanical device attached to or adjacent to the resident's body that the resident cannot remove easily and which restricts freedom of movement or normal access to one's body, shall be:

(1)           used only in those circumstances in which the resident has medical symptoms that warrant the use of restraints and not for discipline or convenience purposes;

(2)           used only with a written order from a physician except in emergencies, according to Paragraph (e) of this Rule;

(3)           the least restrictive restraint that would provide safety;

(4)           used only after alternatives that would provide safety to the resident and prevent a potential decline in the resident's functioning have been tried and documented in the resident's record.

(5)           used only after an assessment and care planning process has been completed, except in emergencies, according to Paragraph (d) of this Rule;

(6)           applied correctly according to the manufacturer's instructions and the physician's order; and

(7)           used in conjunction with alternatives in an effort to reduce restraint use.

Note:  Bed rails are restraints when used to keep a resident from voluntarily getting out of bed as opposed  to enhancing mobility of the resident while in bed.  Examples of restraint alternatives are:  providing restorative care to enhance abilities to stand safely and walk, providing a device that monitors attempts to rise from chair or bed, placing the bed lower to the floor, providing frequent staff monitoring with periodic assistance in toileting and ambulation and offering fluids, providing activities, controlling pain, providing an environment with minimal noise and confusion, and providing supportive devices such as wedge cushions.

(b)  The facility shall ask the resident or resident's legal representative if the resident may be restrained based on an order from the resident's physician.  The facility shall inform the resident or legal representative of the reason for the request and the benefits of restraint use and the negative outcomes and alternatives to restraint use.  The resident or the resident's legal representative may accept or refuse restraints based on the information provided.  Documentation shall consist of a statement signed by the resident or the resident's legal representative indicating the signer has been informed, the signer's acceptance or refusal of restraint use and, if accepted, the type of restraint to be used and the medical indicators for restraint use.

Note:  Potential negative outcomes of restraint use include incontinence, decreased range of motion, decreased ability to ambulate, increased risk of pressure ulcers, symptoms of withdrawal or depression and reduced social contact.

(c)  In addition to the requirements in Rule 13F .0801, .0802 and .0903 of this Subchapter regarding assessments and care planning, the resident assessment and care planning prior to application of restraints as required in Subparagraph (a)(5) of this Rule shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           The assessment and care planning shall be implemented through a team process with the team consisting of at least a staff supervisor or personal care aide, a registered nurse, the resident and the resident's responsible person or legal representative.  If the resident or resident's responsible person or legal representative is unable to participate, there shall be documentation in the resident's record that they were notified and declined the invitation or were unable to attend.

(2)           The assessment shall include consideration of the following:

(A)          medical symptoms that warrant the use of a restraint;

(B)          how the medical symptoms affect the resident;

(C)          when the medical symptoms were first observed;

(D)          how often the symptoms occur;

(E)           alternatives that have been provided and the resident's response; and

(F)           the least restrictive type of physical restraint that would provide safety.

(3)           The care plan shall include the following:

(A)          alternatives and how the alternatives will be used prior to restraint use and in an effort to reduce restraint time once the resident is restrained;

(B)          the type of restraint to be used; and

(C)          care to be provided to the resident during the time the resident is restrained.

(d)  The following applies to the restraint order as required in Subparagraph (a)(2) of this Rule:

(1)           The order shall indicate:

(A)          the medical need for the restraint;

(B)          the type of restraint to be used;

(C)          the period of time the restraint is to be used; and

(D)          the time intervals the restraint is to be checked and released, but no longer than every 30 minutes for checks and two hours for releases.

(2)           If the order is obtained from a physician other than the resident's physician, the facility shall notify the resident's physician of the order within seven days.

(3)           The restraint order shall be updated by the resident's physician at least every three months following the initial order.

(4)           If the resident's physician changes, the physician who is to attend the resident shall update and sign the existing order.

(5)           In emergency situations, the administrator or administrator-in-charge shall make the determination relative to the need for a restraint and its type and duration of use until a physician is contacted.  Contact with a physician shall be made within 24 hours and documented in the resident's record.

(6)           The restraint order shall be kept in the resident’s record.

(e)  All instances of the use of physical restraints and alternatives shall be documented by the facility in the resident's record and include the following:

(1)           restraint alternatives that were provided and the resident's response;

(2)           type of restraint that was used;

(3)           medical symptoms warranting restraint use;

(4)           the time the restraint was applied and the duration of restraint use;

(5)           care that was provided to the resident during restraint use; and

(6)           behavior of the resident during restraint use.

(f)  Physical restraints shall be applied only by staff who have received training according to Rule .0506 of this Subchapter and been validated on restraint use according to Rule .0504 of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2; 143B-165; S.L. 2002-0160; 2003-0284;

Temporary Adoption Eff. July 1, 2004;

Temporary Adoption Expired March 12, 2005;

Eff. June 1, 2005.

 

section .1600 – rated certificates

 

10A NCAC 13G .1601       SCOPE

(a)  This Section applies to all licensed family care homes for two to six residents that have been in operation for more than one year.

(b)  As used in this Section a "rated certificate" means a certificate issued to a family care home on or after January 1, 2009 and based on the factors contained in G.S. 131D-10.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-4.5; 131D-10;

Eff. July 3, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1602       ISSUANCE OF RATED CERTIFICATES

(a)  A rated certificate shall be issued to a facility by the Division of Health Service Regulation within 45 days completion of a new rating calculation pursuant to Rule .1604 of this Subchapter.

(b)  If the ownership of the facility changes, the rated certificate in effect at the time of the change of ownership shall remain in effect until the next annual survey or until a new certificate is issued pursuant to Rule .1604(b) of this Subchapter. 

(c)  The certificate and any worksheet the Division used to calculate the rated certificate shall be displayed in a location visible to the public.

(d)  The facility may contest the rated certificate by requesting a contested case hearing pursuant to G.S. 150B. The rated certificate and any subsequent certificates remain in effect during any contested case hearing process.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-4.5; 131D-10;

Eff. July 3, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1603       Statutory and rule requirements affecting rATED CERTIFICATES

The following Statutes and Rules comprise the standards that contribute to rated certificates:

(1)           G.S. 131D-21 Resident's Rights;

(2)           10A NCAC 13G .0300 The Building;

(3)           10A NCAC 13G .0700 Admission and Discharge Requirements;

(4)           10A NCAC 13G .0800 Resident Assessment and Care Plan;

(5)           10A NCAC 13G .0900 Resident Care and Services;

(6)           10A NCAC 13G .1000 Medications; and

(7)           10A NCAC 13G .1300 Use of Physical Restraints and Alternatives.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-4.5; 131D-10;

Eff. July 3, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1604       RATING CALCULATION

(a)  Ratings shall be based on:

(1)           Inspections completed pursuant to G.S. 131D-2(b)(1a)a;

(2)           Statutory and Rule requirements listed in Rule .1603 of this Section;

(3)           Type A or uncorrected Type B penalty violations identified pursuant to G.S. 131D-34; and

(4)           Other items listed in Subparagraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this Rule.

(b)  The initial rating a facility receives shall remain in effect until the next inspection. If an activity occurs which results in the assignment of additional merit or demerit points, a new certificate shall be issued pursuant to Rule .1602(a) of this Section.

(c)  The rating shall be based on a 100 point scale. Beginning with the initial rating and repeating with each annual inspection, the facility shall be assigned 100 points and shall receive merits or demerits, which shall be added or subtracted from the 100 points, respectively. The merits and demerits shall be assigned as follows:

(1)           Merit Points

(A)          If the facility corrects citations of noncompliance with the statutes or rules listed in Rule .1603 of this Subchapter, which are not related to the identification of a Type A violation or an uncorrected Type B violation, the facility shall receive 1.25 merit points for each corrected deficiency; 

(B)          If the facility receives citations on its annual inspection with no Type A or Type B violations and the rating from the annual inspection is one or zero stars, the facility may request Division of Health Service Regulation to conduct a follow-up inspection not less than 60 days after the date of the annual inspection. A follow-up inspection shall be completed depending upon the availability of Division of Health Service Regulation staff.  As determined by the follow-up review, the facility shall receive 1.25 merit points for each corrected deficiency;  

(C)          If the facility corrects the citation for which a Type A violation was identified, the facility shall receive 2.5 merit points and shall receive an additional 2.5 merit points following the next annual inspection if no further Type A violations are identified;

(D)          If the facility corrects a previously uncorrected Type B violation, the facility shall receive 1.25 merit points; 

(E)           If the facility's admissions have been suspended, the facility shall receive 5 merit points if the suspension is removed;

(F)           If the facility participates in any quality improvement program pursuant to G.S. 131D-10, the facility shall receive 2.5 merit points;

(G)          If the facility receives NC NOVA special licensure designation, the facility shall receive 2.5 merit points;

(H)          On or after the effective date of this Rule, if the facility permanently installs a generator or has a contract with a generator provider to provide emergency power for essential functions of the facility, the facility shall receive 2 merit points. For purposes of this Section, essential functions mean those functions necessary to maintain the health or safety of residents during power outages greater than 6 hours. If the facility has an existing permanently installed generator or an existing contract with a generator provider, the facility shall receive 1 merit point for maintaining the generator in working order or continuing the contract with a generator provider; and

(I)            On or after the effective date of this Rule, if the facility installs automatic sprinklers in compliance with the North Carolina Building Code, the facility shall receive 3 merit points. If the facility has an existing automatic sprinkler, the facility shall receive 2 merit points for subsequent ratings for maintaining the automatic sprinklers in good working order.

(2)           Demerit Points

(A)          For each citation of noncompliance with the statutes or rules listed in Rule .1603 of this Subchapter, the facility shall receive a demerit of 2 points. The facility shall receive demerit points only once for citations in which the findings are identical to those findings used for another citation;

(B)          For each citation of a Type A violation, the facility shall receive a demerit of 10 points;

(C)          For each citation of a Type B violation, the facility shall receive a demerit of 3.5 points and if the Type B violation remains uncorrected as the result of a follow-up inspection, the facility shall receive an additional demerit of 3.5 points;

(D)          If the facility's admissions are suspended, the facility shall receive a demerit of 10 points; however, if the facility's admissions are suspended pursuant to G.S. 131D-4.2, the facility shall not receive any demerit points; and

(E)           If the facility receives a notice of revocation against its license, the facility shall receive demerit of 31 points.

(d)  Facilities shall be given a rating of zero to four stars depending on the score assigned pursuant to Paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of this Rule. Ratings shall be assigned as follows:

(1)           Four stars shall be assigned to any facility whose score is 100 points or greater on two consecutive annual inspections;

(2)           Three stars shall be assigned for scores of 90 to 99.9 points, or for any facility whose score is 100 points or greater on one annual inspection;

(3)           Two stars shall be assigned for scores of 80 to 89.9 points;

(4)           One star shall be assigned for scores of 70 to 79.9 points; and

(5)           Zero stars shall be assigned for scores of 69.9 points or lower.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-4.5; 131D-10;

Eff. July 3, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 13G .1605       CONTENTS OF RATED CERTIFICATE

(a)  The certificate shall contain a rating determined pursuant to Rule .1604 of this Subchapter.

(b)  The certificate or accompanying worksheet from which the score is derived shall contain a breakdown of the point merits and demerits by the factors listed in Rules .1603 and .1604(c) of this Subchapter in a manner that the public can determine how the rating was assigned and the factors that contributed to the rating.

(c)  The certificate shall be printed on the same type of paper that is used to print the facility's license.

(d)  The Division of Health Service Regulation shall issue the certificate pursuant to Rule .1602 of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-4.5; 131D-10;

Eff. July 3, 2008.