My husband is at Bickford of Worthington. They said they could take care of him because his care was kind of extensive. A lot of the places I checked out would call back and say that with the care that he needed, they could not take him. I settled on Bickford for that reason. They assured me that they could take care of him and so they have. You cannot go inside of these places because of COVID, but I spoke with the manager and they seem to be taking care of him. My husband has turned around at least 50% since he's been there. When he went there, he couldn't talk other than a whisper. Now, I go see him and he can talk like he talked before, but his memory is not back and he still cannot walk. Bickford is doing what I would have expected a facility would do.
I could only see the outside and the lobby. I can't tell you about the inside because with COVID, you cannot get in. The staff is absolutely amazing and very helpful, and my husband seems to like them all. They recognized that he needed to go to the hospital, so they sent him to the hospital. The staff is doing what I would expect the staff would do. When he got there, the speech therapist said that he had problems swallowing. They discovered that when he was at the hospital, so they put him on a puree diet and he does not like that. We haven't seen the regular food yet. Once his swallowing gets better, I think they're gonna put him on a regular diet.
The outside is quite impressive. The day that I went to talk with the manager about it before, he took me around the back of the building and showed me the courtyard. I got to peek through a window, which is what they do now, and the part that I could see was nice. It was a nice big place and from the outside, it was not in tatters. It was well structured and when I looked through the window, I saw people milling about. The bedroom that he could show me through a window looked like an ordinary bedroom. It wasn't elaborate, but it was a nice room. He could only show me the one room from where I was. It didn't seem like anybody was living in it, otherwise, I don't think we'd peek through the window. I'm happy with the place, and they could take my husband.
I know my husband is having speech therapy and physical therapy. I don't know about the activities, but I'm sure they have them. They said they have things for the other residents to do, but we didn't delve into that. My husband doesn't partake because he's not able to. We think we're paying too much, but I guess he needs the care.