Seventy nursing homes in Iowa hope a federal program will help them improve care to their residents.
Nursing homes will target one area for improvement, such as reducing infection or chronic pain, or reducing the loss of daily activity.
Under the program the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, the state's quality control organization, will provide the assistance at no cost to participating nursing homes.
Iowa Foundation nurses will be on hand to help staff improve areas of care.
Marta Urdanet, administrator at the Solon Nursing Care Center, said she and her staff have not decided which area they will focus on.
"It may be pain management because we've been focusing on that for some time," Urdanet said. "But that may not turn out to be the best way to go. Our staff is going through the forms now and we may get a better set of ideas."
The improvements that are developed by the nursing homes will be shared with other nursing homes across the state.