News & Observer: $66 a month for medicine and clothes. Adult care home residents say that's not enough.

This article was published in the March 6, 2019 News & Observer by Lynn Bonner

People on public assistance who live in adult care homes get $66 a month to pay for prescription drugs, telephones, deodorant, clothes, and other personal items.

That $66 doesn’t go far, so many people end up relying on charities, family members, or the adult care homes themselves to provide some essentials. Often, they go without some of the basics.

Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care, a group that advocates for people living in adult-care and nursing homes, wants the legislature to increase the allowance for people living in those facilities.