Nursing Home Report Card is changed

With a refreshed design and new data on short-term stays, the Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card will be more useful […]

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With a refreshed design and new data on short-term stays, the Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card will be more useful than ever to Minnesotans seeking information about nursing home care for themselves or family members.

Increasingly, Minnesotans are using nursing homes for short-term stays after a hospital visit. These stays can include such services as physical, occupational and speech therapy. New information on the report card includes results of short-term resident surveys on their experience as well as data on how well a nursing home is avoiding sending people back to the hospital, discharging people back home, and providing short-term care, as measured by pain management, avoiding pressure ulcers and other indicators.

“Our new, improved Nursing Home Report Card makes it easy for people to compare how well nursing homes perform in areas that matter to them,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “The information can help them make decisions about where to get care, whether they anticipate a short-term stay for rehab or a long-term stay for ongoing physical or mental health conditions or memory loss.”

The Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card is an online search tool launched in 2006 by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. Using the report card, people can compare facilities based on their choice of quality measurements such as:

Resident quality-of-life interviews on topics including caregiving, food and activities, family satisfaction surveys, state inspection and complaint results, amount, stability and consistency of workforce and availability of single bedrooms.

They also can search within a preferred geographic area, and then map, download and print detailed results. The report card uses a five-star rating system based on up to five years of performance trends for each nursing home. It also includes the price per day at each facility.

“The Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card was a nation-leading tool for consumers when it was introduced and continues to be among the most comprehensive, with interviews and survey results from residents and family members from almost every nursing home in the state,” said Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

The Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging are in the process of developing an Assisted Living Report Card with similar quality data.

(Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Department of Health)  

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