Some Missouri residents eventually come to reside in a skilled nursing facility, such as a nursing or convalescent home, when it has been determined that they are not capable of independently coping with the usual activities of daily living. Typically, there are regulatory entities whose task is to ensure patient safety with regard to personal injury and/or illness, as well as make recommendations for improvement in quality of care. Recently, nursing homes across the nation were rated, with one third of them receiving low scores.
A recent study suggested that many of the nation's nursing homes fail to meet the existing standards for care and safety. Officials stated that they hope the ratings system benefits those who are attempting to choose between various nursing homes. A website has been used to publish ranks for more than 15,000 nursing homes in the nation. The one to five scale takes into account such measures as staff to patient ratio and use of anti-psychotic drugs.