Nursing Home Help began as a central location for nursing homes, consumers, and regulators to locate resources and information about research conducted by the MU MDS and Quality Research Team. This interdisciplinary team, formed in 1993, has had funding from state and federal agencies and foundations since 1994 to pursue their commitment to conducting research to help nursing homes deliver high-quality services to residents. The team specifically focuses on the use of the MDS data for quality improvement and monitoring resident outcomes of care. Team members have published a number of publications AgingMo.com from their research. We hope you find the information throughout this website helpful.
Our mission is to improve quality of care for nursing home residents. We do that through the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO), a service funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to staff members of nursing homes in Missouri to improve direct care practices; Leadership Coaching, a service also funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to the leaders to improve Missouri nursing home business and personnel operations; the Missouri Quality Initiative (MOQI), a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare sponsored initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents and improve quality of care nationwide; and the Observable Indicators of Quality Guide (OIQ) developed from a grant from the National Institutes of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health to identify good quality nursing homes when looking for such services.