Bickford of Battle Creek

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Battle Creek, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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Pull out the moisturizer! According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer's disease. Check out the link here! https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324717.php
03-18-2019
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Our nurse Corbin is the true definition of the Bickford philosophy "Whatever it takes" Gail has been upset about her sore feet so Corbin is here to give her a little happiness today.
03-13-2019
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This looks like a great event for all of our families! https://www.facebook.com/events/315300469328531/
03-11-2019
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Lorraine hosted our Daily Roots meeting!
03-04-2019
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Check out this interesting article about hearing loss and cognitive decline. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324323.php
02-25-2019
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Check out March's Happynings!
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Cooking with Carlos. Gail and Carlos matched their outfits!
02-14-2019
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Music and Life Lessons: A Q&A with Rita Wilson Known as an actor (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Girls”) and film producer (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Rita Wilson is also an accomplished songwriter with three albums to date. Her latest album, “Bigger Picture,” is about “taking stock ... Read Full Post
Music and Life Lessons: A Q&A with Rita Wilson Known as an actor (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Girls”) and film producer (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Rita Wilson is also an accomplished songwriter with three albums to date. Her latest album, “Bigger Picture,” is about “taking stock of who you are.” We sat down to talk with Rita about her family’s journey when faced with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Rita, how has Alzheimer’s disease touched your life? My mother had Alzheimer’s. Her name was Dorothy and she was a vibrant soul. It was very difficult to see such a lively, funny person start losing her faculties, getting angry for no reason, or thinking that someone was ‘out to get her’; all of the things that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's when the brain starts to go. Near the end of her life, when she was bedridden and couldn't speak anymore, with our whole family surrounding her, our priest came to visit. I said to him, "Why is God doing this? Why does God keep her here? Why doesn't he take her?" His answer was simple: "She's still teaching you." And he was right; we were learning every day. We learned how to care for Mom through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and then how to cope near the end of her life. My mom taught us so many important lessons. Tell us about your family’s experience caring for your mom. Fortunately, my mom lived really close to me, so my brother, sister and I could see her often. She also had a full-time caregiver. Caregivers are just unbelievable. I am in awe of their ability to do their job and care for someone with Alzheimer's and still make the person with the disease feel happy. They make them feel like they're still living their lives fully, and because of that, caregivers are amazing angels. You recently released a new album. How is your music and the music you love rooted in your own memories? Every occasion has a song connected to it! The first dance at Tom and my wedding was “True Love Ways” by Elvis Costello. I also vividly remember my son's kindergarten class performing “What A Wonderful World” with both music and sign language. To see such small children so pure in their expression was emotional! When my dad died, my family hired a Bulgarian folk singer to sing at his funeral accompanied by a gaida, which is akin to a bagpipe. No matter what culture you come from, music is embedded in your life and all your experiences. Do you associate any particular songs or types of music with your mother? Mom loved her Greek music and would always translate the mournful lyrics to me. But she also loved The Beatles! She would listen to the radio and say, in her Greek accent, “That song’s going to be a hit!” She was always right. She had a good ear. You've said that your music is the most honest way to express yourself and bare your soul. How do you approach this openness with each new record? “Bigger Picture” is a musical scrapbook. So many fragments of memories, experiences — both joyful and painful — that make up a collection of experiences in my life. The songs are so intimate. I hope that they resonate with other people going through both good and difficult times. Every time I write a song I consider it a minor miracle. You walk into a room with nothing and walk out with something. Where did it come from? How did it happen? It’s always about telling a story. I want to hear them and I want to tell them. What is something you learned during your Alzheimer’s journey? If someone you love is dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, it teaches you enormous compassion. The person with the disease may feel like he or she is losing everything, and there is nothing that you can say. The person isn’t going to get up the next morning and discover that this disease is gone, like a cold that goes away overnight. Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease, and it is not a disease that progresses with a lot of happiness attached to it. It's very tough, it's painful ... and it teaches great compassion for others. Despite the way I learned it, it’s another lesson I am glad to have had. Sometimes the heavier moments of the Alzheimer’s journey are interspersed with a touch of humor. Can you recall one of the lighter moments of your mom’s journey with the disease? Absolutely. Our last full conversation went like this: "Hey Mom, how are you?" In her Greek accent: "I am good." "Well, that's great, Mom. Do you know who I am?" "Of course, you're my daughter." "That's right. Which daughter am I?" Because I have a sister, she couldn't answer. "Well, it's me, Mom. It's Rita.” "You're too good-looking to be Rita." I think I'm taking that as a compliment. About Rita Wilson: Rita released her third album, Bigger Picture, on September 27. The actress and singer-songwriter has joined forces with some extraordinary musical collaborators and crafted a revelatory set of songs allowing her to tell stories — including her own — in entirely new ways. Rita’s tour included her debut at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry on October 23. Learn more about “Bigger Picture” here.
02-12-2019
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Fun with Allison day! We made roses for Valentine's Day!
02-11-2019
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Check out this article called "10 Ways to Love Your Brain" by the Alzheimer's Association! 10 Ways to Love Your Brain Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit ... Read Full Post
Check out this article called "10 Ways to Love Your Brain" by the Alzheimer's Association! 10 Ways to Love Your Brain Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits. ​Break a sweat Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline. Hit the books Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online. Butt out Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked. Follow your heart Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls. Fuel up right Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction. Catch some Zzz's Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking. Take care of your mental health Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress. Buddy up Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community — if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an after-school program. Or, just share activities with friends and family. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
02-06-2019
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Stop by to check out our Support Group!
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We had SUCH a blast at Luau Day! Check out our Facebook page to see more pictures! Ashley and Rose had a blast!
01-30-2019
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Could This Radical New Approach to Alzheimer’s Lead to a Breakthrough? Big Pharma has spent billions and gotten nowhere. Here's what we could learn from a new theory. Check out the link below! http://flip.it/CYYRVo
01-25-2019
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An interesting article from the Alzheimer's Association about the brain with dementia. Check it out below. The picture here shows what mild to moderate Alzheimer's looks like on the brain. https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers/brain_tour_part_2
01-22-2019
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Check out February's Happenings!
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Cooking with Carlos! The residents worked together to make Fruit of the Forest pie!
01-10-2019
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Meet our new BFM and Resident of the Month! Julia has worked at Bickford since July 2018 as a Nurse Aide. Julia plans on starting college this fall, working towards becoming a Registered Nurse. She spends as much time possible with her boyfriend and her cat. Julia loves spending her free time with ... Read Full Post
Meet our new BFM and Resident of the Month! Julia has worked at Bickford since July 2018 as a Nurse Aide. Julia plans on starting college this fall, working towards becoming a Registered Nurse. She spends as much time possible with her boyfriend and her cat. Julia loves spending her free time with her family and friends. Her hobbies are cooking, baking, and enjoying nature. When asked what Julia loves most about Bickford, she says that she loves helping people and making a difference. The best feeling, according to Julia, is making people happy. We are proud to have Julia as a Bickford Family Member! Helen was born and raised in Texas Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She married her husband, Edward, and they raised four children together; Tom, Sue, Mark, and Bryan. Helen has eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Helen loves animals and has had three dogs over the years. She worked at Garrett Insurance Agency, eventually becoming Vice President of the company. Helen and her longtime friend/neighbor, Madilyn, attended bingo together for over 45 years! She loves to spend free time writing in her journal, playing cards, and in her garden. We are proud to have the opportunity to care for Helen!
01-08-2019
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Enjoying some music!
01-03-2019
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Nancy got an early Christmas present!
12-24-2018
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Meet our BFM and Resident of the Month! Kelsea is our Bickford Family Member of the month! She has worked at Bickford for six months as a CNA. She loves caring for others. Kelsea spends as much time as possible with her boyfriend and dog. She has a kind soul and believes in keeping the peace by ... Read Full Post
Meet our BFM and Resident of the Month! Kelsea is our Bickford Family Member of the month! She has worked at Bickford for six months as a CNA. She loves caring for others. Kelsea spends as much time as possible with her boyfriend and dog. She has a kind soul and believes in keeping the peace by leading a non-judgmental life. She appreciates all things that come her way. She also spends a lot of her time cooking and tasting different foods. When asked what she loves most about Bickford, Kelsea says that she loves working with the people and being part of the Bickford family. We are proud to have Kelsea in our family! Marilyn is our Resident of the Month! She was born and raised in Battle Creek but has also lived in Alaska. She married her husband, Howard, and they raised two children. They are named Dennis and Charlotte. Marilyn has two grand-children and one great-granddaughter. She went to Martin school and graduated from Lakeview High School. Marilyn worked in insurance and business. She also loved taking care of her yard and driving her tractor. She has made baskets and 55 quilts! She is very friend and social! Marilyn is very loved at Bickford and we are proud to have Marilyn in our family!
12-10-2018
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Fun with Allison! We made a baby blanket for our BFM, Sam, who is due in January!
12-10-2018
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Cooking with Carlos! Making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! We had about 10 residents baking but here you can see Lorraine and Doris cracking eggs!
12-05-2018
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Christmas Train Ride!!
12-02-2018
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Meet our BFM and Resident of the Month! Dianne has worked at Bickford since January of 2014 as our Life Enrichment Coordinator. Dianne loves to care for others. She has been married for 36 years and has a daughter she loves to visit in Chicago. She also travels to see her father up north as often ... Read Full Post
Meet our BFM and Resident of the Month! Dianne has worked at Bickford since January of 2014 as our Life Enrichment Coordinator. Dianne loves to care for others. She has been married for 36 years and has a daughter she loves to visit in Chicago. She also travels to see her father up north as often as possible. Dianne loves to paint. Dianne and her husband breed Saint Danes, which are large dogs. She has dedicated herself to enriching the quality of our residents' lives and giving an understanding love to all that know her. Dianne loves working with the residents most of all. We are proud of having Dianne as part of our Bickford Family! Faye is our Resident of the Day! Faye was born and raised in Kentucky. Faye married Joe in 1946 and had six children. Her family remains close today, including her 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren! Faye was a quality control supervisor in charge of Girl Scout Cookies! The neighborhood children loved her. Faye was not in the military but wired war planes. She loves to collect antiques, sew, draw, and paint! Faye loves to dance to country music and enjoys all of the music programs at Bickford. We are happy to care for Faye every day!
11-29-2018
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Betsy reading to our Mary B's residents!
11-28-2018
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Bingo Fun!
11-28-2018
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Fun with Corbin, getting ready for Christmas!
11-26-2018
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Gail, our resident vacuum-er, has done her work for the day and is ready to relax!
11-26-2018
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Fun with Allison was making strawberries, frosting, and cookies into Christmas Trees! We are ready for the holidays here!
11-19-2018
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We had a blast in the Battle Creek Christmas Parade!!
11-19-2018
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Bickford Cottage of Battle Creek is proud to partner with the Food Bank of South Central Michigan and Toys for Tots to be a drop off location for canned food and new, unwrapped toys! Stop by today with your donations!
11-14-2018
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First Snowman of the season!
11-11-2018
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Sneak peek of our Holiday Happynings!
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Fun with Allison! We made our Halloween masks for Trick-or-Treating! Stop by on Halloween at 6:00pm for candy and fun!
10-25-2018
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Meet Ben, our new Branch Buddy!
10-16-2018
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It's time for our Pearl Awards! Please help me in congratulating our newest Pearls! Lindsay - Optimistically Warm Dianne - Curious Work Ethic - Ashley F. Empathetic - Beth Self-Aware - Sonia (not pictured) Congrats, ladies! We are proud to have you represent our family!
10-08-2018
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Meet our Bickford Family Member and Resident of the Month! Sonia is our BFM of the month! Sonia has worked at Bickford since May 2017 as a CNA and now Medication Passer. Sonia has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years and has three children. She loves to scrapbook, read, and travel. If ... Read Full Post
Meet our Bickford Family Member and Resident of the Month! Sonia is our BFM of the month! Sonia has worked at Bickford since May 2017 as a CNA and now Medication Passer. Sonia has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years and has three children. She loves to scrapbook, read, and travel. If she is not with her family or at work, she can be found at church. Sonia has a deep love and devotion to God and her family. When asked what she loves about Bickford, Sonia says the resident life stories which help her connect to them and better understand everyone. We are proud of have Sonia as a member of our family! Jackie is our resident of the month! She was born and raised in Detroit. She raised three children with her husband, Edward. She also has eight grandchildren! Jackie has always found joy in hosting many family holiday get-togethers and parties! Jackie attended Central Michigan University and earned her bachelors' degree in education. She worked as a teacher for five years and earned an Excellence in Education award! After that, Jackie concentrated on raising her children, Maureen, Terence, and Mari and working as a part-time hostess at Italian Gardens, a restaurant in Flint. Jackie enjoys reading and writing poetry and loves to attend church. She also enjoys cooking, baking, dance, and exercise. Jackie is very social and loves participating in activities around the Branch. Jackie is definitely Bickford's sweetheart!
10-05-2018
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Welcoming Fall with our October Festivities!
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Fun with Allison! We made a baby blanket for one of our BFMs!
09-24-2018
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Anne is enjoying our 50's music!
09-20-2018
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Meet our new BFM and Resident of the month! Savannah has worked at Bickford for four months! She loves caring for others so much that she is going to further her career in nursing to become a pediatric nurse! Nursing runs deep in her family. Savannah's mom and grandmother are both nurses. Savannah ... Read Full Post
Meet our new BFM and Resident of the month! Savannah has worked at Bickford for four months! She loves caring for others so much that she is going to further her career in nursing to become a pediatric nurse! Nursing runs deep in her family. Savannah's mom and grandmother are both nurses. Savannah is very active and enjoys volleyball, soccer, and track. She also loves to binge watch tv and to shop! Savannah also uses her free time to volunteer on resident outings! Savannah said that her favorite part of Bickford is the residents and other BFMs. We are proud to have Savannah part of our family! Doris is our resident of the month! She was born in Washington to Phoebe and Larry. Doris has two sisters, once of which is her twin, Barbara. Barbara still lives in Washington. Doris was married to Jerry for 30 years and has two daughters and four granddaughters. Doris is a dog-lover and has a dog named Precious who lives with her daughter, Melody. Doris was a manager in Arizona for many years! She is an avid gardener and takes great care of our courtyard flowers and veggies! She loves to make flower arrangements and being outside. Doris never says no to ice cream, especially chocolate/vanilla swirl. Doris's favorite activity is going to the casino. Doris helps with each resident and loves helping in the dining room. We are lucky to call Doris our family!
09-13-2018
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A little Sunday morning kickball!
09-02-2018
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Welcome to Fall!!!!
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Sneak peek of Hollywood Day! Go to our Facebook page later today to see more!
08-23-2018
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Check out Marg singing with Cheryl, our wonderful piano player!
08-23-2018
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Meet our new BFM and Resident of the Month! Lindsay has worked at Bickford for one year as a medication passer! She has four children so she stays busy! She is always working so she can save money for her next exciting vacation. She spends all of her free time with her family and baking. Lindsay ... Read Full Post
Meet our new BFM and Resident of the Month! Lindsay has worked at Bickford for one year as a medication passer! She has four children so she stays busy! She is always working so she can save money for her next exciting vacation. She spends all of her free time with her family and baking. Lindsay says that Bickford feels like a second home where everyone is family. We are proud to have Lindsay as part of our Bickford family! Lorraine is a Marshall native but has lived at Bickford for almost a year! She married the love of her life, Dale, and they had two wonderful children. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She loves furry animals and yard work. She could spend all day playing golf! Lorraine loves ice cream, popcorn, and snickers bars. She is very active and loves to socialize and shop! We are happy Lorraine is part of our family!
08-17-2018
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We went to the movies! The residents chose Mission Impossible to see and we had a great time!
08-17-2018
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Check out Jackie fishing for prizes during our County Fair Day! Head over to our Facebook page for more pictures and videos! https://www.facebook.com/Bickford-Cottage-Of-Battle-Creek-1747003472276637/?rf=133674003349957
08-09-2018
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Our resident Alice training our newest BFMs!
08-09-2018
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Check out our Toadstools we made during Fun with Allison today!
07-26-2018
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