While touring facilities, a head nurse who wasn’t scheduled to give the tour stepped in to give the tour due to the director tending to an emergency.
I actually liked the change in plans because it was nice meeting the head nurse, it also did not feel as staged as the tours at the other facilities. I did like all of the facilities and felt they all had pluses and minuses.
Anyway, this nurse told me when I asked her how long had she worked there and why had she choosen to work there gave me a lovely answer.
She said, “Well, I have been here for about 5 of years now. I worked at another AL before this one for a very brief time.” I interrupted her and asked why she had left that one. She said, “I did not feel comfortable there as a nurse that is supposed to give medical care. It was corporately run and it felt like a fancy hotel, not a residence with healthcare at it’s heart. It also seemed like a prison after 6:00pm and families were not welcome.” RED FLAG! She said, “Some of the residents were interested in the gourmet food and happy hour but many did not like the fancy food. Also, some were not supposed to be drinking and they allowed them to participate in happy hour.”
She felt they were all about the profit.
She said she went to work at the place she was in because it was a group of individuals who privately owned the facility and it felt like a home where family was always welcome, good food but not fancy frou frou stuff. No bar with happy hour. She liked the activity director and being encouraged to participate with other residents.