Depends on the place. I worked at a home for 7 years that had the Eden philosophy, which called for the nursing home to be elder's HOME. Plants, animals, children, decor, all the things you would have at home. Elder was the boss, if they want to sleep in til noon, fine. If they didn't want to take calcium pills cuz they were too hard to swallow, fine. The residents plan the menus and even help cook some meals, bake cookies, give recipes to the kitchen to make. The halls are divided into neighborhoods and the neighbors have councils on events and schedules.
I wouldn't mind living there when I'm old.
AND Grizz- They must have a Dr's order to administer even OTC meds, so get a script and he can have the vit D
"I tried to call the nurse again, but she's bein' a little bitch....I think I'll get outta here." Pink