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NC Department of Health and Human Services

State suspends license of Cleveland County adult care home

Release Date: September 11, 2008
Contact: Jim Jones, (919) 733-9190

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation suspended the license of an adult care home in Cleveland County today after a state investigative team determined that conditions there present a danger to the facility’s residents.

The Cleveland County Department of Social Services is in the process of relocating the residents of Unique Living, at 2904 Philadelphia Road in Lawndale. Division staff hand-delivered a letter notifying the facility of the summary license suspension at 7:05 a.m. today. Residents are to be removed from the facility by midnight Friday.

The action is based on findings during an unannounced visit to the facility on Wednesday. Inspectors found “evidence of neglect and failure to protect residents from potential harm,” and “emergency action is required to protect the residents,” the suspension notice states.

The division’s Adult Care Licensure and Certification Section inspectors determined that the facility “failed to be in substantial compliance with Rules for which they are licensed.”

“We are taking this action because we are concerned about the residents’ health and safety,” said Jeff Horton, acting director of the Division of Health Service Regulation. “We have coordinated our response with the Cleveland County Department of Social Services, which has local oversight of the facility.”

The facility has been cited repeatedly in recent months for violations in areas that include door alarms, handrails, food service and sanitation.


Updated: October 14, 2008