North Carolina lawmaker pushes for legislation to protect seniors in assisted living facilities
A state legislator told Channel 9 Tuesday there are loopholes in North Carolina that let assisted living facilities take advantage of seniors by hiking prices or even kicking them out, according to WSOC TV.
Laura Gaska knows all too well how much power assisted living facilities have. Her mom, Carol Ann, is in her 80s and lives at a private-payer facility in south Charlotte.
Recently, Gaska learned her mother has to pay more if she wants to stay.
“It disturbs me and it disturbs my mom,” Gaska said. "She went up $1,100 per month on top of everything else, so she's at $8,100."
Gaska showed Channel 9 the contract that says the price could go up if her mom needed extra care.
But the price hike was a surprise because her care hadn't changed, so she hired a lawyer.
“They were eventually able to come back and say it was due to level of effort,” Gaska said.
The center said the hike was because the staff was working harder to care for her mom.
State Rep. Scott Stone said the contracts are too subjective.
He said he has heard a number of complaints from people in the same situation.
You can read the full story at WSOC's website.
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