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Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – Third Quarter 2014

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here.

“STOP-FYRE” Fire Extinguishers

There is a company by the name of AKE with dealers in some states bordering Missouri selling unlisted fire extinguishers to businesses.  If you get calls or questions about these “STOP-FYRE” fire extinguishers, or find them during an inspection, explain to the facility that 1998 NFPA 10, paragraph 1-4.3 require fire extinguishers to have a UL listing, or listing from another recognized testing laboratory such as ANSI, indicating they have been tested, and meet or exceed the performance standards for fire extinguishers.  The website is

Unlocking The Life Within: The Key to Elder Wellness

December 4, 2014:  Unlocking The Life Within:  The Key to Elder Wellness – Accentuating the Positive
Location:  Cider Hill Family Orchard’s Event Barn, Kansas City, KS

Please see the attached flyer or visit for more information and to register for this one-day workshop.

National Partnership Announces New Goal

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced a new national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents by 25 percent by the end of 2015, and 30 percent by the end of 2016 through a media press call.  Below you will find links to a Press Release and Fact Sheet released in conjunction with this announcement.

Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI)

Dr. Charles A Crecelius, MD, PhD, CMD, explains how urinary tract infections are one of the most common infections in long-term care homes.  He discusses the symptoms and treatment.  Please see the editorial for more information here.

Nursing Home Leadership Coaching Service Addition

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri announces the addition of Nicky Martin to The Nursing Home Leadership Coaching Service alongside current coach, Dave Walker.

Nicky Martin, BS, LNHA, functions as the NHA Coach in the southern regions of the state.  Nicky has over 18 years of experience in the long-term care industry.  She began her LTC career as a business office manager in a 60-bed skilled nursing facility in 1996.  Promoted to administrator in 2001, Nicky has been active with all departments within the facility and has experience with operational management, budget analysis and accountability, Medicare/Medicaid billing procedures, facility projects and improvements, and team building.  Nicky also holds a Bachelor’s of Accountancy degree.

For the full news release and information on contacting Nicky, please see the article here.

Accelerating Antipsychotic Reduction While Improving Quality of Life With Personalized Music

October 2, 2014:  Noon – 1:00 p.m. CT

This is a FREE webinar, presented by Dan Cohen, MSW, Executive Director, Music & Memory, to learn how music benefits and reduces the need for antipsychotic medications for those with dementia.  For more information, please visit and to register.