Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: Missouri inspection results of registered nursing homes. You can view nursing homes organized by county, city or ZIP code.
Why you'd want the records: Making decisions about nursing homes is a difficult decision for a lot of families. One way to evaluate patient care at a facility is to look at its inspection reports in addition to touring the facility. If a nursing home has chronic inspection problems, it may be worth looking elsewhere for the care of your loved one.
Where you get the records: Go to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at www.health.mo.gov. Click on "Licensing & Regulations" in the menu near the top of the screen. The first item on that page is "Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care" and you'll click the "Read more" link under the paragraph. Then in the bullet points, click "Nursing Home Inspection Reports." You can then see the reports of every nursing home in your area by either selecting a county or a city from their menus or typing in a ZIP code. Click on the facility you'd like to look at.
How much it will cost: The information is free.