State office shuts down home for adult care

State health officials have suspended the operating license of a north Charlotte adult-care home, forcing the evacuation of residents by 5 p.m. Friday.

In the notice of suspension issued last Thursday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said that residents of Charlotte Manor were in “imminent danger” and that “emergency action is required to protect the residents.”

Maria and Peria Williams own Charlotte Manor, at 1003 McArthur Ave., according to state records. The administrator is Janet Pierce.

A woman who answered the telephone at Charlotte Manor and identified herself as the manager declined to comment. She said the owners “won't let me say anything,” but their lawyer will make a statement today.

During an annual inspection on Sept. 18, state health officials “found evidence of neglect and failure to protect residents from potential harm,” according to the notice of suspension.

Violations were cited in these areas: housekeeping and furnishings, CPR training, discharge of residents, personal care and supervision, health care and residents' rights.

Charlotte Manor had no recent penalties. The name does not appear on a state Web site that lists adult-care homes with penalties since 2006.

The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is helping residents find other places to live.

Staff writer Pam Kelley contributed.