Bangs Nursing Home gets national recognition

Thom Hanrahan Brownwood Bulletin Editor
Bangs Nursing Home resident Clarence Carver shares a joke with the home’s director, Enedina Diaz, on Thursday. Bangs Nursing Home has been named one of the best of 2014 by U.S. News and World Report.

When Enedina Diaz greets people, it is with a nearly electric smile.

And the reason is simple. As director of the Bangs Nursing Home, Diaz wants the facility to be the best it can be and for residents to feel comfortable.

“We are a small facility and our goal is to make sure everyone feels at home,” she said. “We want to make sure everyone is healthy and happy.

“It may be a nursing home, but it is home for them. They know everybody, and little by little I have gotten to know all the residents and most of their families.”

And apparently, Diaz and her staff are succeeding in their goals. Last month, U.S. News World Report named Bangs Nursing Home as one of the “Best Nursing Homes for 2014.”

The overall rating comes from health inspections, nurse staffing, quality of care measures and fire safety. Of the nearly 1,100 nursing homes in Texas, only 130 meet the criteria to receive such recognition.

Diaz said she and the staff didn’t see this honor coming.

“We were very surprised,” she said.

Diaz credits the success of the 48-bed facility to the staff, many of whom have been at the facility for years. And part of that, Diaz said, is also making them feel like this is their home, too.

“This is our respect board,” she said, pointing out a bulletin board with notes of encouragement and appreciation from staff members to one another. “It’s a way to give each other a pat on the back.”

Among the home-like touches provided for residents is their dining area that is done in a railroad theme. The residents chose that theme themselves and pictures and artifacts now hang on the walls of their “Whistlestop Café.”

The home also has an outdoor patio area, complete with a pet cat they have named Mr. Bangs.

Bangs Nursing Home is located at 1105 Fitzgerald St. in Bangs and is Medicaid/Medicaid certified and works closely with many of the major insurance companies.

Bangs Nursing Home has in-house physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as outpatient physical and occupational therapy, and has a certified wound care nurse on staff.