Investigation Sites Problems With Local Adult Care Facility

MARCH 2, 2006 -- The Meadows, located on Jasmine Cove Way in Wilmington, is an adult care facility with 57 residents. The New Hanover County Department of Social Services began investigating it in February after receiving complaints that employees were buying food to feed the residents.

That's when the state got involved. According a report WECT News obtained Thursday morning, here's what the investigators found.

  • Cockroaches were in three of four sampled rooms and in several nightstands.
  • Out of seven sampled employees, four had not been tested for tuberculosis which is required to work in an adult care home.
  • The facility failed to make sure a doctor knew exactly what kind of health care a patient needed when he was transported to the hospital.
  • For three out of six patients, employees did not document all records of treatments ordered by a doctor.
  • Nurses did not complete evaluations on the care being provided to residents.
  • Employees failed to make sure medication was administered as ordered.

The Meadows has until the end of March to correct all the problems. After that, a follow up survey will be conducted to make sure the facility is up to par.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer