Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card is a Valuable Resource for Caregivers
When placing a loved one in a nursing home, you want to know that nursing home is one that is not going to result in some kind of injury. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is an issue and one that happens every day throughout the country. Now, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as the Department of Health, has released a Nursing Home Report Card that is user-friendly. The nursing home report card gives detailed information about the facilities to help individuals make informed decisions and to also ensure that nursing homes strive to rate well on these report cards.
How Do I Get the Nursing Home Report Card?
You can get a nursing home report card at nhreportcard.dhs.mn.gov allows consumers to make a comparison of care quality within nursing homes throughout the state. Initially launched in 2006, it was the first in the country to provide consumers with information on nursing home quality. The information also includes resident satisfaction and quality of life ratings.
The latest improvements include more detailed information regarding quality and consumers have more flexibility in selecting certain elements that are important to them in a nursing home. Consumers are now able to display multiple facilities on their computer screen so that they can compare and each nursing home contains a year of data. Google Maps allows for easy locating of the facility and facilities can be listed by city. Other details include: number of beds, technical term explanations, the type of ownership, the results of state inspections, and contact information.
It is recommended that reviewing the nursing home report card be used in addition to personal visits to the facility, as well as discussions with others that have used the facility.
As for how the report card was developed, it was done through a great deal of work by the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with industry experts, nursing home stakeholders, nursing home provider associations, resident advocates, labor unions, administrators, and the University of Minnesota.
The core mission of the project is to protect those adults that may be vulnerable in nursing homes. This reinforces a strong inspection system, as well as families that are well informed. Families can use the information that they gather to start conversations with nursing home facilities they are interested in for their loved one.
In Minnesota, nursing home care cost over $2.3 billion in 2011. Approximately $796 million of this was used in the funding of nursing homes administered through the Medical Assistance Program by the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services also oversees the development and interpreting of policy regarding quality of care, nursing home services, and rates. The Department of Health is in charge of inspecting and licensing nursing homes, as well as their participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and processing nursing home complaints.
Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect – Impacts Nursing Home Report Card
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.