Before you make the decision to go with one specific nursing home, you’ll need to make repeated visits to get a real feel for the place. Some local nursing homes will only allow visitors at certain times, especially ones who aren’t visiting a specific resident – but the real way to actually find out which are the best homes is to make random visits when they might not be expecting you. Then you can find out what the place is really like – rather than just when they’re expecting potential new residents to visit.
You might also want to visit a few times to make sure you didn’t just catch them on a particularly good or bad day. Make sure you have a good look around and aren’t prevented from seeing major parts of the nursing home for some reason.