Bickford of Marietta has a very homey feel to it, and they’re very much like family and very attentive. There is excellent food, which is a big thing for my mother-in-law, and it’s very convenient to where we live, so we can drop by every day to see her. They have a very good menu. The chef is very attentive and comes out to talk to them. He serves full-course meals, and the food is delicious and has good variety, so she cleans her plate at every meal. She is kind of picky, so it has to be well prepared or she wouldn’t eat it. They seem to have more activities planned than the other ones that we looked at. They typically have five activities every day for the memory care residents, so there’s something going on all the time.
This community was previously owned by Trinity Lifestyles Management and was purchased by Bickford a couple of years ago. The building is older but is very clean and well decorated. I was unable to see a meal or activity but there was public menu for the meals being served that day and an activity calendar posted in a public location that had a lot of options. The staff are all new and unique to Bickford. Bickford is a newer senior living managing entity in Metro Atlanta and is a much smaller company which can be a pro and a con when it comes to management and resources for resident care and staffing.