Several years ago, I was an ombudsman for a nursing facility in Suffolk County. In my opinion it was, on a scale of 1 to 10, at best a 4. My joy was spending time with the clients, but the place itself was depressing.

During that time, I had reason to visit a friend at the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility, and I could not believe the difference ["Foley workers get new timeline," News, March 28]. Foley was light, bright and clean, and the staff truly cared about its residents. It was always a pleasure to visit.

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Should Foley be reviewed for inefficiency and waste? Yes. Should it be closed? No. The residents and staff should stay in place. Let the county look to other areas to trim the fat.

Collette Aurora Ward, Oakdale