This is just my own curiosity. For those of you who have family members (or had) in nursing homes, did they have a phone in their room? Now I've worked in many a nursing home. I've trained for clinicals in many a nursing home. And always the patients had a phone in the room. Usually it was shared. And tv's too. by the way mother in law is in the best nursing home in the county. And it truly is a very nice place, especially for this area. BUT first thing I noticed was no tv and no phone. The tv, ok I can see that. And her roomate has her own tv in there. But no phone?? The no phone thing has stuck in my craw since mother in law got there. It bugs the heck outta me. What if she wants/needs something? What if she just gets lonely and wants to talk? What if she's being mistreated and needs us to come and step in for her? She has no way of reaching us. At. All. And that bugs me no end. So I asked at the nurses station. Oh, we could pay to have a phone jack put in if another patient hadn't already done it, the wiring is there. HUH?? Uh, excuse me? Medicare is paying 4 grand for her to just BE there and you can't supply phone? So I asked if she could have a cell phone. She can. So I'm going to go look at those Cricket phones they've been advertising. Supposed to have big screens and large buttons and husband can put in numbers she'll want to call. And we can get pre-paid minutes. So, I wonder, is it just this nursing home? Or are others doing the same?