Great tips! I am currently in the process of searching for a nursing home for my parents. I didn't realize how private nursing homes may have an advantage over public ones. I think money can absolutely play a big factor in the treatment of patients though, as sad as that may sound. I definitely plan to visit a few and see how the residents appear. I will be looking to make sure they seem happy, healthy, and well groomed as you mentioned. One of the places I want to look is <a href="http://www.njseniorcare.com/
">New Jersey Senior Care</a>. I'm not sure if they are public or private but they seem to really care about their patients. The visiting angels program sounds like a very personalized form of care that I think my parents would love.