Little Falls Care Center is among several nursing homes across Minnesota that will share in $6.5 million in funding over two years from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to improve the quality of life and care for residents.

The Performance-based Incentive Payment Program allows nursing homes to earn these performance incentive payments for dedicating resources to quality improvement and meeting goals related to care, resident quality of life, facility activities and other issues. The program provides up to 5 percent in additional operating payment funding to 74 nursing homes throughout the state.

In this 12th round of funding since the program started in 2006, projects are focused on goals such as ensuring better antibiotic prescribing, improving functional mobility and preventing falls, enhancing nutrition and dining choices, addressing behavioral health needs, and improving sleep and continence management.

"Nursing homes are responsible for providing safe, quality care to some of the most vulnerable Minnesotans," said Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey in a news release. "This funding helps improve residents' health, well-being and overall quality of life."