Good Shepherd expanding

FOSTORIA – As announced late last year, Good Shepherd Home, 725 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, is expanding. Four independent living residences already are under construction and are expected to be ready for occupancy in November or December.

Executive Director Chris Widman said all four units have been spoken for.

“The next thing is our therapy expansion. We just put out for bids on that,” Widman said. “All the resilient flooring is being donated by Roppe (Corp.).”

The plans include space for speech therapy and a private consultation room. A computer is to be installed to print out a treatment plan for each client to take home. Widman said he anticipates the need for more therapists with the larger department.

“Currently, our therapists are contracted from Fostoria Community Hospital, and they’ve done a great job for us over the years. We plan to continue our relationship with them. They are part of ProMedica Health System, and they have a lot of experience, a lot of resources and a lot of talent,” Widman said.

The therapists who provide inpatient therapy at Fostoria Hospital are the same professionals who administer rehabilitation at Good Shepherd. Widman said the therapists were asked to give suggestions for the new department. It will have a “senior spa” with a whirlpool, hair salon, massage, therapy pool, exercise equipment, a training bedroom, kitchen and laundry.

A special feature is to be a driving simulator so rehabilitation patients can use it to check their readiness to operate a motor vehicle.

“For our therapy area, we’ll be kicking off a capital campaign at the groundbreaking,” Widman said.

A group of individuals has agreed to serve as a “campaign cabinet,” with board chairman Bill Norris as head of the cabinet. Other board members and community volunteers also are involved.

Construction for the addition of 16 Medicare and Medicaid nursing beds is to start in July, with a goal of completion by May 2014. Added to the 112 existing nursing beds, the new total will be 128.

Widman said more than half of the facility will have private rooms that are larger than those at many other facilities.

Founded in 1904, Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Good Shepherd Home has been a Five Star nursing home since 2009, with skilled nursing care, dementia care and rehabilitation. Residents enjoy a movie theater, chapel with the services of a full-time chaplain, restaurant-style dining and a daily schedule of activities and outings.

The campus also offers independent living, assisted living and a HUD senior apartment complex.

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