SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Nursing home inspections help with evaluations of sites

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 6:27 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 11, 2012

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 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.

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jean whyte June 15, 2012 | 2:48 a.m.

Everyone should be reminded that last year (Sept 2011)the Missouri State Auditor found the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had not complied with state laws in inspecting facilities or adequately investigated complaints against facilities in the state. The complete report (#2011-115) can be found on the website: I recommend readers visit facilities themselves and spend as long as they can at a facility to get at least a full day's worth of witnessing how residents are treated and how the facility is run.

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