We strongly support funding for home-related services such as home health, personal care, transportation and the basics such as home delivered meals. Programs such as these help individuals avoid entry into nursing homes or other long term care facilities. Should an individual have to enter a nursing home, we work to ensure that they receive good care while they are a resident of the facility.
It is important to note that many Missouri health care providers promote and maintain good services for individuals in their care. This includes services in the home as well as institutional care.
It is equally important to mention that there are also individuals and companies working in the long term care arena who do not provide good services resulting in the abuse and neglect of individuals in their care.
The Missouri Coalition for Quality Care was created to help those who can not help themselves. It is sad that some seniors have become forgotten citizens. You can help change that by joining us in our mission. Help us eliminate abuse and neglect in our State.
After reviewing HB 818 ( a bill that would transfer the inspection of nursing homes/long term care facilities from the Department of Health and Senior Services to Local Health Departments), MCQC is not supporting this legislation. It is our concern that this important part of nursing homes/long term care facilities regulation can not be appropriately handled by Local Health Departments. In many counties the offices are small and have very few staff. We feel that DHSS who has handled licensing and inspections should continue to these important functions. To move them to Local Health Departments will reduce the quality of nursing homes/long term care facilities in Missouri.