About Elder Care IQ
Elder Care IQ takes the mystery out of screening senior care providers for quality and safety issues. Our easy-to-use interactive map is populated with an icon for each of the more than 2,000 licensed senior care providers across Minnesota.
A simple click on any icon will bring up the provider name/location and indicate if there are investigations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. You’ll also be able access information from regular inspections reports that monitor each provider’s compliance with state protection law.
Finding the perfect place will still pose challenges — but this tool will help you assess providers with poor histories for providing quality and safe care.
Elder Care IQ Is an Important Decision-Making Tool
Use this as one of your decision-making tools to screen MN nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care or home health agencies. It provides the investigation reports from the MN Department of Health for complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the residents or clients.
The benefits of IQ are:
- Free to all users.
- Created by a nonprofit, with no commercial interest.
- All data comes from state governmental investigation and survey reports.
- It includes all licensed nursing homes, assisted living and home health care providers in MN.
- There is no attempt to manage or interpret the data.
- Funding comes only from donations and grants. None have any influence on any aspect of this tool.
There are no interpretations of the data - it reflects exactly what the MDH investigators and surveyors reported. You decide how appropriate a provider is for your needs.
These investigation reports are very helpful in identifying the quality-of-care track record for every licensed nursing home, assisted living, home care or home health agency in the state.
It is important to note that there are occasional errors in MDH data — but we have no control over those errors. Additionally, you may not find a certain place that you are looking for because MDH issues these investigation reports under the licensee name, which is sometimes different than the name for the residence.
Approximately, only 15% of the complaints are investigated (5% are investigated on-site). This means that providers who have no investigations are not necessarily free of quality care issues.