Senior citizens are considered some of our most of vulnerable populations. Generally speaking, a senior citizen is someone who is age 65 and over.

The Mecklenburg County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee (Nursing Home CAC) serves as a liaison between the Board of County Commissioners and local Nursing Homes, and advocates for the rights of nursing home residents. CAC members are appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners, trained and supported by the Centralina Regional Ombudsman program, visits facilities regularly to become familiar with residents and facility operation, and promotes community involvement in nursing homes.

Elderly people often go into nursing homes because of the accumulation of multiple medical problems over time, resulting in frailty and dysfunctions in the ability to take care of themselves. Families worry about older adults with cognitive problems, memory problems and dementia, making it difficult for them to manage at home. These have impacts on day-to-day function, such as eating, bathing, dressing, managing medications and finances, and safety.

For more information about nursing homes, nursing home resources, elder abuse, nursing home resident rights, the Ombudsman program, and Family Caregivers Support within Mecklenburg County:

Centralina Agency on Aging

Mecklenburg County Community Advisory Boards

Resources:

Nursing Home Inspect for North Carolina Database

Mecklenburg County Nursing Home Ratings

Mecklenburg County Seniors’ Assistance Programs

Mecklenburg County Caregiver Support

 

Rachel Brummert and Benita Mason are trained Mecklenburg County Community Advisory Committee members and were appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners in February 2019.