I’ve done my tour as best I could with covid restrictions of two of the three nursing facilities. Two are directly in my area and one is not. Two are for-profit and one says government-county.
The one that is not in my area (government county) came recommended by dad’s home health physical therapist. I like how they are answering the phones and being very friendly and helpful with information although I’ve not gotten a chance to go inside. This one has a bed capacity of 60. The therapist says this nursing home tries to get to know patients on a one-on-one basis and when he was working there, they tried to help residents. This one is about 20 to 30 minutes away and allows 30-minute visits. I probably would not be able to go visit on a daily basis but probably could once a week or every other week.
This next one a home-health nurse (same agency) suggested saying because it is small as well (bed capacity of 58) the care may be a bit better than our other larger facility (the 100 capacity). A close friend has a niece that worked on the inside and she said her niece did not like the way patients were treated. They are iffy with the phones and not overly friendly when they do answer. More home-like look. Five minutes away so could check in on a daily basis if allowed.
This one has not been mentioned at all by anyone although friendly and I know a couple of people that work there although not well. This one has a bed capacity of 100. They are very friendly when answering the phone and helpful when answering questions. My in-person visit with this one showed few patients up and about and the ones that you did see, were in pretty bad shape. Not sure if this would cause a mental effect on dad who still has some capabilities. It's more of a hospital feel and looks. Always ads in the paper with them looking for aids. About ten minutes away.
So I also wondered if you don’t like the first one, should you give it more than 30 days if you don’t like what you see. If after 30 days, are you able to transfer to another?
Not putting stock in the Medicare gov website and the senior care site may be based off the Medicare one but unsure.