Missouri Nursing Homes Have Happy Clients, MU Researchers Say

Nursing home residents, family members pleased with long-term care facilities throughout the state

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March 26th, 2012 COLUMBIA, Mo. – As loved ones age and face challenges that prevent them from living on their own, family members often struggle with the decision to place their relatives in nursing homes.  Sometimes viewed as last alternatives, long-term care facilities can have reputations as hopeless, institutionalized environments.  Now, those negative perceptions are changing, say two University of Missouri researchers in the Sinclair School of Nursing.  After conducting a statewide survey of Missouri nursing homes, the researchers found that nearly 90 percent of nursing home residents and their family members are satisfied with the residents’ long-term care facilities…

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services funded the survey that was developed by MyInnerView, a national research firm that evaluates long-term care facilities.  Nursing homes could participate in the survey at no cost, and each facility that participated received its own report outlining its strengths and areas for improvement.  “The individualized reports will help nursing home administrators target specific areas for improvement, which will allow them to use their funds wisely,” said Rantz, who also leads the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO), a state-funded program that provides clinical services to skilled nursing facilities.  An executive summary of survey results can be found at http://nursinghomehelp.org.