The Morris Nursing Home in Bethel has been identified as one of the top 35 nursing homes in the state by the Ohio Department of Aging.
In a 2006 survey completed by family members and loved ones, the Morris Nursing Home received an outstanding overall score of 94.2 percent, making it the only nursing home in Clermont County to rank in the survey.
“We are one of the best kept secrets in the county,” said operations manager and Tate Township resident Rick Houser. “We are a smaller nursing home but we offer everything that the largest nursing home in the county offers.”
The Morris Nursing Home, which has been a nursing home for 55 years, employs 23 people and offers a nurse’s aide training program. It is an 18 bed, dual-license facility that offers everything from many wellness therapies and hospice care to rehabilitation.
Nicole McCaughey, Morris Nursing Home administrator since January 2006, said that she is not at all surprised that the facility has been awarded this distinction because of the specialized, one-on-one individual care that the residents receive.
The Ohio Department of Aging survey asked family members of all Ohio nursing home residents to rate their satisfaction with several factors at the facility.
The two primary questions that were asked of families were how well they liked the facility overall and whether or not they would recommend the facility to a family member or friend; the Morris Nursing Home received a perfect score of 100 percent on both questions.
"We are thrilled with the ranking," said Houser. "Ohio is only one of a handful of states that conduct these kinds of surveys. The bottom line is that we treat everyone like family; we are certain that this is the primary reason for our high ranking."
Two year Morris Nursing Home resident Lois Lockard said that she is not at all surprised that the facility has received the recognition.
"The care that we get here is exceptional," she said. "Everyone's family sees that care in action every day. The whole staff is attentive and courteous, they are good to everybody. This is a great place to live and I am happy to be here."
The Ohio Department of Aging represents and serves two million Ohioans age 60 and older. The department advocates the needs of all senior citizens with an emphasis on improving the quality of life for senior Ohioans in order to help them live healthy, active, and independent lives, and promoting positive attitudes toward aging and all seniors.
As a result of the superior rating from the state's satisfaction survey, Bethel's "best kept secret" is out.