One of the most important decisions you may have to make is to find the best long term care facility for a loved one. There are many good nursing homes in Missouri. On this website you will find a checklist of what to look for when searching for a facility. We also encourage you to visit several homes before making a decision. You also need to check to see if the homes you are interested in has had any violations. So we suggest you check the following for that information. One easy source is this website. Click on nursing home tab and then on nursing home violations. Our list of violations is by region, nursing home and goes back 3 years.
Another good source iswww.health.mo.gov/safety/nursinghomeinspected/index.php. Click on "Find out how any licensed Missouri nursing home did on their last inspection. If you find that a home you are interested in has had violations, ask the administrator how they corrected the situation. You can also ask to see their last inspection report.
Once you place someone in a facility, remember the facility works for you and your loved one. Visit and visit often. Go at different times and days each week. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Go around bed time or days that they have activities. Be an active participant at the facility. If you have questions about what is going on, speak to the head nurse, administrator, social worker. Meet and talk to them on a regular basis about the care your loved one is receiving. Most importantly talk to your loved one about how things are going. This is a big decision to place someone in a long term care facility, make sure it is the correct facility for your loved one's needs. If you feel that your loved one is possibly being abused or neglected call the Missouri Adult Abuse Hotline,1-888-262-5644.
Are You looking for a nursing home or long term care Facility?
One of the hardest decisions you may have to make, and one of the most important, is the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility. So how do you make the right choice? There are many nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long term care facilities to choose from. If you live in a metro area you will have numerous choices. If you live in a rural area your choices may be limited. But in either area, what you are looking for is the same.
The following will assist you in finding the proper place for your loved one.
2)Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area. Explain your situation and they will assist you in finding facilities in your area that may meet the needs of your loved one. They can assist you with questions on how to pay for the costs of the facility, for instance is the facility private pay only? Do they accept Medicaid? Or do they accept both type of payments? You can find the Area Agency on Aging office in your area on their website: www.moaging.com. Click on ”nursing home information”.
4)Once you have a list of potential facilities, check our Nursing Home Violations page to see if the facility has had any violations against them in the past. A violation doesn’t mean it is a bad facility but does give you an idea of the care they provide. You can search by year and region. Click on Nursing Home Violations on the MCQC website. Another resource is www.memberofthefamily.net. If you find that the facilities you are interested in have had violations, ask the administrator how they corrected the problems. 5) If possible, visit more than one facility. When possible, visit 3 or more before making a decision. Do not, if at all possible, place someone in a facility without first visiting the facility. Take the checklist with you. Use it as your guide on what to look for, whom you need to speak with and what questions to ask. This is also the time to ask about any violations the facility may have had. Ask the Facility Director how they corrected the problems. Also speak with the Head Nurse, Dietitian, Social Worker, and Ombudsman. Make sure that the facility is a place where your loved one will be able to maintain a decent quality of life. No one wants to be in a nursing home, but you need to make sure that the facility is a place that your loved one will be able to maintain a decent quality of life? Ask about safety in the facility, especially what do they do in case of fire, tornados and floods. Are evacuation plans posted and how often do they have fire drills. How often is staff trained on the procedures? What is the ratio of staff to residents during the day time and what is the ratio of staff to residents during the evening and over night hours? What is their staff turn over rate? Are they a not for profit facility or a for profit facility?
6)If you have questions concerning Medicaid issues, go towww.medicare.gov. Click on “Medicare basics” for general questions. You can also click on “nursing home compare” for more information on nursing homes.
7)If you have questions concerning Medicaid go to www.dss.mo.gov. This site will answer general questions about the Medicaid program and will give the contact information for the Division of Family Support office in your area.
8)If you have any questions concerning Elder Care Issues go to www.health.mo.gov. This site provides information on elder care issues.
Once you have placed your loved one in a facility, be an active participant in their stay at the facility. Find out when they do their staffings concerning your loved one and attend these staffings. Makes sure they schedule them when you can attend. They are to be scheduled at your convenience not at the convenience of the facility. Attend some of the activities. Have breakfast, lunch or dinner with them. Make yourself well known to the facility and the staff. Remember the nursing home works for you and your loved one. Make sure they get the care you expect.
Hopefully this helps you in your search for a good facility for your loved one.
IF YOU ARE AWARE OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF SENIOR CITIZEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE MISSOURI ADULT ABUSE/NEGLECT HOTLINE:1-800-392-0210.
Contact us by Mail: Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, PO Box 7165, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Phone: 1-888-262-5644 Email to: email@example.com
The mission of MCQC is to improve the quality of care and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities and recipients of in-home care