Background & Goal
Of the nearly 40 million persons 65 years of age or older in the United States, about 1.7 million live in nursing homes, a figure which is projected to grow to more than 5 million in 2030. Nursing home residents are among the frailest elders in our country, with major limitations in activities of daily living, multiple chronic illnesses, major limitations in mobility, and necessary 24 hour oversight by professional nurses and nursing staff to assist them in meeting basic goals. Seniors and their families seek high quality nursing home care where staff members use the most up-to- date, evidence-based care practices. Simultaneously, states seek to provide high quality care at reduced costs. The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) assists families and States in achieving both missions.
QIPMO aims to disseminate evidence-based best practices into mainstream clinical care in Missouri nursing homes. Through on-site clinical consultations, RN’s with graduate education in gerontological nursing provide role-modeling, analysis of care systems, guidance, team building, and knowledge transfer. QIPMO reaches out to all nursing homes in the state to improve care delivery and outcomes.
When initiated in 1999, QIPMO was the first official state program of its kind in the United States. QIPMO is a cooperative service of the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing under contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. It is funded by the Nursing Facility Quality of Care fund, established to provide training and technical assistance to facilities.