Perceptions of nursing home care improving among residents, families, survey finds

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Long-term care facilities in Missouri have been successful in rehabilitating their reputation as institutionalized environments, a new survey reveals.

A statewide survey of Missouri nursing homes in 2011, in which investigators surveyed residents and family members of nearly 200 nursing homes, found that 86% of respondents rated their overall satisfaction with their care facilities as “excellent” or “good.” Additionally, respondents said they'd said they would recommend their nursing homes to others nearly 90% of the time.

Investigators from the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing note that while there still is room for improvement, these findings contradict previous perceptions of nursing homes.

“Nursing home administrators have worked diligently throughout the past decade to improve the quality of care delivered to residents and to make care settings more homelike,” researcher Marilyn Rantz, Ph.D., RN, said. “Their efforts have made a difference in improving perceptions of long-term care facilities.”

Click here to read an executive summary of the results.