My mother is 81, and has been a patient at Gracewood Nursing Home in Pinellas Park, FL since May of 2008. She came there from Mease Countryside Hospital, Palm Harbor, FL where she was put on sedatives to keep her from calling out to the nurses for help, and dumped off emaciated and left with a category 4 bed sore. Since her arrival at Gracewood, she has put on weight and is currently getting physical therapy and wound care. The nurses, orderlies and aides at Gracewood do take their time answering the patients' buzzers, but they do eventually get there and make efforts to ease the patients fears and discomforts. I have not dealt with anyone yet who has an attitude, however I have been left wanting answers about my mother's medical updates, and it is now mid-July, and I have not once heard from the doctor who is caring for my mother. Veronica, my mother's nurse, is sweet and caring towards her. My mother feels safe and cared for. While Gracewood is bit out of the way for me, and the interiors could use a remodeling, the main hall appears to be getting refreshed. My mother has been in several homes in the past two years including Manor Care (fancy, but poor care) and BayTree (terrible doctors and lazy nurses), and she likes the nurses and aides at Gracewood better than any medical facility she has been in. Over all, I'd say that if Gracewood were closer to me, I would be more than pleased with my mom being there; she is kept clean and in clean linens. Her waste bags are continually changed, and she is turned several times a day to allow for her bed sore to heal, and she is only given pain meds if she asks for them, not to 'quiet her.'
Pros: Nurse Veronica
Cons: needs remodeling