By David Besnette
In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Living Facilities Provided by the State of Missouri.
Have you ever noticed, as you are researching assisted living or long-term care online, that virtually EVERY SITE out there that comes up in the results does not allow you to contact a facility directly? Instead, they lead you on a wild goose chase, looping through ads or ‘contact’ forms (which are really designed to collect your information).
Unfortunately, the number of sites offering trustworthy and useful information is scant at best.
The goal of our site, SeniorLivingFAQ is to provide you (quickly) with the “real” information you were searching for – with data and facility information provided through actual State sources.
Learn How to research assisted living facilities and other Long-Term Care options for every city and county in Missouri.
We’ll show you how to search by city/zip/county, and access each facility’s:
- Direct Contact Number
- Level of Licensure
- Number of Licensed Beds
- Number of Medicaid/Medicare Beds
- Administrator’s Name
- Inspections & Dates, Type of Inspection and Plan of Correction (POC)
Example of Data Output you will get for each facility:
How To Find Assisted Living Facilities, Alzheimer’s Care & Senior Living Options in Missouri
The absolute best way to find Senior Living Facilities in Missouri is to bypass all of the multitudes of commercial sites out there, and head straight to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services site – specifically the ‘Show Me Long Term Care‘ section.
Here, you will have access to the State of Missouri’s database for Senior Care Facilities including:
- Assisted Living
- Residential Care
- Skilled Nursing
- Alzheimer’s Care
For a definition of Assisted Living, please watch:
Finding Facilities by City/County/Zip in Missouri:
On the ‘Show Me Long Term Care’ page, you should see a very simple search box that looks like this:
Very simply enter either your county, or the city that you wish to find care in. Alternately, you can enter a zip code.
From there, go to the ‘Show Me Results” tab, and Voilà! Your facility options for your area will be displayed!
The results will look something like this:
Finding Additional Facility Details, Facility Type and Inspections
Often times, families are unsure of what a facility type actually is, and entails. Skilled Nursing vs. Assisted Living vs. Residential Care and so forth. The State of Missouri addresses this issue by offering a description of the facility type, which can be viewed by clicking on the “Level of Licensure” within the results. So, for Assisted Living Facility, your definition or description will be:
For Skilled Nursing:
To learn more about the general differences between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living, see Rita Southern’s article here.
Facility Location, Contact Information, Administrator Name and Number of Beds
Next to each facility entry, you’ll see a “Select” link, which will take you to the really useful facility information and data. Importantly (since, as we mentioned above that contact details are often omitted on many commercial senior care sites) you will see actual names and contact numbers for the facility.
For example, this facility called “The Lodge” has the administrator’s name listed, and how to get in touch with the facility directly:
It lists 40 beds, the overseeing organization/operator, as well as the number of Medicare and Medicaid beds available.
Facility Inspections & Plans of Correction:
The next section takes you to a list of all of the State-conducted inspections that have taken place in the facility’s history. The list will look something like this:
You will see the Inspection Date, Inspection Type, and the Plan of Correction as prescribed by the State of Missouri. To see the details of each inspection, simply click on the Inspection Date, and you will be able to view details. The report will look something like this:
Understanding a facility’s history of complaints and investigations results is important on a number of fronts. Considerations include:
- You will have an idea of what each facility’s strengths and weaknesses are
- You will have actual, factual information at your disposal which will help you to come up with constructive questions to ask each facility you are considering. A question may be something like “I see that you had an abuse complaint in January of last year. How do you handle abuse complaints and how is your staff trained to avoid such incidents?”
- Knowing about repeat offenses and issues. This may indicate that the facility is not addressing problem areas effectively.
Learn More About Adult/Senior Abuse in Missouri, and the Abuse Hotline Number
Learn more about Abuse in Missouri (which is a crime) through this informative, downloadable .pdf provided by the State’s Division of Senior & Disability Services here: https://health.mo.gov/safety/abuse/pdf/stop-adult-abuse-report-fy16.pdf
It is highly encouraged that family and loved ones become familiar with the signs of abuse. Abuse and neglect are frequently under-reported by residents and staff of Assisted Living Facilities, leaving the burden of ‘policing’ the facility’s care to the family or relatives.
This guide, one of the many State Research Guides provided by SeniorLivingFAQ should be a very useful and trustworthy starting point for your research into the many Senior Care options found throughout the State of Missouri.