It really depends upon your area on what will be the best for you to start looking.
I had wanted to go into nursing for a while but I couldn't afford to quit my job and take classes so for me it took a while to be able to do anything. I was a salesman before going into nursing and ended up getting laid off from my job. During this time I looked into a vocational training program (this is where they pay for you to take a class at vocational school) offered from the DES in my state. However the only school in my area wasn't offering the class at the that time as the teacher was out with a back injury. But I didn't want to give up on my dream so what I did was went on google and typed in "nursing homes around ***" then just wrote down the phone numbers of every place.
After getting my list I called every facility in a 30 mile radius, including hospitals. I would call them and ask if they offer CNA training. My list had about 20 places on it, a lot of places had at one time offered classes or weren't at that time for various reasons. But don't get discouraged, it wasn't until I called the very last place on my list that offered classes still.
If you do go an work for a LTC the one I work at has a Special Care Unit (Alzheimer, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Disorder, so on) I would suggest to give it a try. I found that this is my favorite group to work with. Sometimes it can be tough work as they don't always understand, but this group of people really does appreciate the work you are doing for them. For many of them you become a family member for them.
So my advice is don't give up keep pushing and calling! Also good luck with nursing school
, I have 1 more year left of my online general ed classes before I will actually start my RN classes.