Assisted-living guidance in the Piedmont is a click away

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Choosing the right assisted-living center for a loved one is an agonizing process.

Starting today, the News & Record is offering information that will make that decision a bit easier.

We’re also providing links to sites that explain mistakes these centers make, and the penalties and fines the state levies because of them.

Only a small percentage of centers in the state receive penalties, and many of those are for problems that didn’t jeopardize the safety of residents.

The information lets consumers learn whether a center has a pattern of making mistakes over time.

The databases use information from the state’s Division of Health Service Regulation, which maintains a list on its website of assisted-living centers that have been punished for mistakes since 2006, which is as far back as the database goes.

One database details penalties to assisted-living centers in Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties since 2006.

The second database shows the star ratings of assisted-living centers in the six-county area. The state uses inspection reports to determine each center’s rating. The majority earn three or four stars, the best ratings available.

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