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June 17, 2002

FREE WORKSHOP FOR POTENTIAL FAMILY CARE HOME PROVIDERS 

Charlotte, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) is offering a free informational training session for people who want to learn about the requirements to open a licensed family care home. 

DSS is responsible for the recruitment and initial licensure of adult care homes -- which include family care homes -- for Mecklenburg County. An adult care home is an assisted living residence that provides 24-hour personal care services. A family care home is an adult care home that provides care to two to six unrelated residents.  

Since early January, the Adult Group Care Unit (AGC) of the DSS Services for Adults division has received about 60 telephone calls from people inquiring about the licensure process for a family care home, and asking for help understanding the rules. A moratorium on adult care homes that had been in place since 1997 was lifted in January 2002, and family care homes can again seek licensure. 

"Family care homes and adult care homes in general are now faced with the care of much more frail older and disabled adults," said Angela Ericson, AGC supervisor. "The licensure rules in N.C. require more from staff, such as licensed health professional support and certification of staff that assist residents with taking medications. These examples weren't rules 10 years ago." 

This is the first time DSS is offering the training. The workshop is titled "Becoming a Licensed Family Care Home" and is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2002, at the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Kuralt Centre, 301 Billingsley Road in Charlotte. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP no later than June 19 by calling 704-353-1774. Space is limited to 100 people. 

"We want to get information into the hands of those people who are seriously interested in working with older and disabled adults in their home on a 24/7 basis," Ericson said.



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