Located in northwest Sacramento, on East I-80, off Northgate Ave., twenty minutes east of downtown Sacramento, is Norwood Pines. Norwood Pines is a skilled nursing facility of moderate size specializing in residents with Alzheimer's Dementia, and other related mental issues. I have many friends who worked there and became familiar with the surroundings. The outside atmosphere is lovely. Shade trees, a gazebo, and a pond surround the outside area, both front and back yard. For the residents this affords a great area to walk when the weather is nice. The inside is a bit too dark, and institutional. By necessity this is an alarmed facility, and a locked door bars residents from the lobby and beyond. The inside ambiance could be more inviting. I don't understand why so many communities need to be so dark inside. I'd recommend brighter colors myself. Though odors can be an issue, more often than not, the staff tries to stay on top of them.
Many times it doesn't appear much is happening in the activity rooms. Many residents look like they are looking for something to do. As I have visited many times, it seems like the activity program needs a little more energy. Their activity program which consists of music, exercise, and art is good but could be more state-of-the-art programming.
All staff, licensed nurses, cna's, and managers are trained in dealing with the various behaviors exhibited here, and do a great job when residents need redirection. The amount of staff to meet resident needs is above average. Though most staff shows an air of friendliness, a few tend to be reticent to interact with outsiders. Family involvement is encouraged. Management tries to involve families in group events but families seem reluctant to participate. Though the dietary department presents attractive meals, the residents seem easily distracted at mealtimes.
Perhaps it is the environment, but if Norwood Pines could enliven the surroundings with some brighter brush strokes, it would be a good move. Some greater attention on housekeeping issues would help. I have always felt their rooms were too small for the residents privacy and comfort. It must be difficult for anyone to have to share a room. I believe their activity program needs to be more dynamic. Considering the resident's needs, the staff makes a great effort to bring a measure of happiness to their environment. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd rank Norwood Pines a 3.50.