Survey of University of Missouri Reveals Positive Response from Patients in Nursing Homes and Families
A survey from the University of Missouri recently revealed that nearly 90% of patients in their nursing homes have expressed their pleasure with the long-term care they are receiving.
- (1888PressRelease) April 13, 2012 - Most people's first impressions of nursing homes are far from flattering. Many consider them as the last resort for their elderly loved ones. Surprisingly, a recent survey from the University of Missouri revealed that almost 90% of residents of nursing homes in the state as well as their family members are pleased with the facilities and services they are receiving for long-term care.
The survey had been conducted by UMS researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing. With a statewide scope, the survey more specifically revealed the changes in people's perceptions about nursing homes in Missouri.
Marilyn Rantz, the nursing school's Curators Professor, says that survey findings were a pleasant contrast of previous perceptions. According to Rantz, administrators of nursing homes in the state had worked tirelessly in the past ten years to provide more home-like settings in nursing homes as well as
improve the quality of their services.
The survey was conducted on almost 200 nursing homes across Missouri and had been the first of its kind to evaluate overall satisfaction of both residents as well as their family members. Factors taken into account in the survey include quality of service, life, and care.
86% of the survey's respondents had considered care facilities as "good" or "excellent". Meanwhile, over 80% of them had also given the same ratings for the quality of service as well as the quality of care provided by nursing homes.
Almost 90% of the time, family members and residents of nursing homes had indicated their willingness to recommend the facilities to others in need.
Rantz was assisted by clinical educator Marcia Flesner during the survey. Also employed by the nursing school, Flesner says that managing a nursing home is akin to taking charge of a small community. Providing care for elderly and vulnerable individuals was very much a complex task.
Whenever families opt to put their loved ones into care, they desire perfection and a place that would make their loved ones feel at home. Flesner, however, admits that although nursing homes of the state are already doing a remarkable job, there is still room for improvement.
For more information about the findings from the University of Missouri survey, interested parties may contact http://nursinghomehelp.org.
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