Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Homes are trained volunteers. They are local citizens appointed by their county Board of Commissioners. These committees were established by the North Carolina State Legislature (G.S. 131D-31 and G.S. 131E-128) to be volunteer, grassroots advocates for residents in long-term care facilities. The committees cover Nursing Homes, Adult Care Homes, and Family Care Homes within their county.
The very presence of informed, concerned citizens in and around facilities can make a critical difference and provide a force to ensure quality care for long-term care residents. The Community Advisory Committees have the responsibility to:
- Work to maintain the intent of the Resident’s Bill of Rights.
- Make official visits to assigned facilities to apprise themselves of the general conditions under which residents are living and to establish rapport with residents, families, staff, and administrators.
- Serve as the nucleus for increased community interaction with facilities.
Assist residents and their families with grievance resolution regarding residents’ rights issues.
- Promote community education and awareness of the needs of residents in long-term care facilities.
- Work toward keeping the public informed about long-term care issues in their county.
For more information about Community Advisory Committees or to apply to be a volunteer: