One of the hardest things you will ever have to do in your life is place a loved one in a nursing home. The quality of care provided by the facility is fundamental to surviving the emotionally wrenching experience yourself, and living with the memory of the experience for years afterwards.My mother, 86 years of age and frail from osteoporosis, fell in our kitchen on Christmas Eve and sustained a major brain injury. She spend several weeks in the ICU at the local hospital and ultimately had to be transitioned to a nursing home because of the enormous cost of the ICU and the inevitable slow, painful recovery from such an injury. As a result of her injuries, my mother suffered from paralysis in her throat which prevented her from swallowing properly. This necessitated the use of a feeding tube to keep her alive. Unable to stand or walk, she needed intense 7x24 care.We dreaded the task of searching for a suitable nursing home. Our experiences in the past with grandparents were a nightmare. All of the nursing facilities we experienced in the past were filled with moaning and screaming patients, many tied to their beds. The air throughout the facilities was rank and foul. The food worse. The care indifferent. They were literally factories for conveying people to the next world.Fortunately my sister-in-law was a professional in the industry and knew where the best care could be found. She pointed us to the Cloisters of La Jolla, a relatively small facility located deep within the small, picturesque coastal village of La Jolla. The facility is run by a long time friend of hers, someone who shares her deep concern for patient welfare.When you arrive at the Cloisters, you find a fairly nondescript, one story facility dating back to the 1960's, but well kept and meticulously maintained. Upon entering, you are struck by the stark contrast compared to other nursing homes. The facility is quiet and calm. The air is clean and fresh. All of the staff are attentive, caring, and understanding. The patient rooms are well appointed and newly remodeled along the lines of a hotel (as much as possible considering their function of caring for seriously ill patients).We spent many, many hours there at all hours of day and night attending to my mother. In every instance the staff members were unbelievable kind and understanding, caring every bit as much for the welfare of our family as for the health and care of my mother. When we were tired and exhausted after many long hours they brought us coffee or a fresh meal. There was always a smile and a kind word when we needed it most. Whenever my mother needed something it was provided immediately. She was watched over at all hours as though she were one of their family. Ultimately my mother passed away from her injuries at the Cloisters, the most difficult outcome for all of us. The staff made the entire experience survivable for us. As a result, all of us are able to recover peacefully, knowing that she had the very best of care.If you are in need of a nursing facility in the greater San Diego area, I would not recommend any other facility than the Cloisters. There is nothing in the entire area that even compares.