Bickford of Burlington

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Burlington, 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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Any of you who would like to spend Thanksgiving dinner with your resident family member, the kitchen or I need to know as soon as possible, deadline being November 16th. Please call 319-754-7500 and ask for Bonnie or Kathy in the kitchen to turn in your headcount. The cost for adult guests is ... Read Full Post
Any of you who would like to spend Thanksgiving dinner with your resident family member, the kitchen or I need to know as soon as possible, deadline being November 16th. Please call 319-754-7500 and ask for Bonnie or Kathy in the kitchen to turn in your headcount. The cost for adult guests is $10.00 per person.
11-11-2014
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November 2014 Chaplain's Chat November is the month of Thanksgiving. The month of changes for us here in the Midwest. Time changes, temperatures change, leaves finish floating to the ground to leave barren branches on the trees, clothing changes from summer shorts and flip-flops to flannel shirts ... Read Full Post
November 2014 Chaplain's Chat November is the month of Thanksgiving. The month of changes for us here in the Midwest. Time changes, temperatures change, leaves finish floating to the ground to leave barren branches on the trees, clothing changes from summer shorts and flip-flops to flannel shirts and boots. In some ways, I believe that November also helps us to change our focus. The month of Thanksgiving helps us to think of Thanks Giving. Thinking about the Pilgrims of long ago; they were thankful that they had come to a new land, thankful to have survived some challenges already, thankful to have food to eat, thankful to have made new friends to share their meal with and learn from. Even with all the challenges in our world today, we have much to be thankful for. Even the apparently small things we experience each day, we can be so thankful for. Things such as flipping on a light switch when we go into a room and the lights come on; turning the handle on the faucet and clean water comes out; indoor plumbing; a warm place to sleep; food on the table; friends and family to converse with. We have so much to be thankful for. Throughout the month of November try to name 3 things you are thankful for each day. You might surprise yourself to see just how truly blessed you are. Just like David in 1 Chronicles 16, we can sing a song of thanks to the Lord: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done..." Many blessings to each and every one of you! Yours in Christ, Chaplain Gwen Fratt
11-11-2014
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TEDDIE’S TREATMENT – NOVEMBER 2014 Health Reasons to HUG SOMEONE TODAY! • STIMULATES OXYTOCIN: Oxytocin works on the brain’s emotional center, which promotes feelings of contentment as well as reducing anxiety and stress. • CULTIVATES PATIENCE: Connections are fostered when people take ... Read Full Post
TEDDIE’S TREATMENT – NOVEMBER 2014 Health Reasons to HUG SOMEONE TODAY! • STIMULATES OXYTOCIN: Oxytocin works on the brain’s emotional center, which promotes feelings of contentment as well as reducing anxiety and stress. • CULTIVATES PATIENCE: Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgment of another person. • PREVENTS DISEASE, PROMOTES GROWTH: Affection has a direct response on the reduction of stress, which prevents many diseases. It also promotes growth in premature babies, reduces pain, decreases autoimmune disease symptoms, etc. • STIMULATES THYMUS GLAND: Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge created stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells that keep you healthy & disease free. • COMMUNICATION WITHOUT SAYING A WORD: Almost 70% of communication is non-verbal. The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture. Hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself non-verbally to another person. • SELF-ESTEEM: Hugging boosts self-esteem. A touch shows us we are loved and special. • STIMULATES DOPAMINE: Everything everyone does involves protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it is also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate the brain to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. • STIMULATES SEROTONIN: Reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood vessels. This negates pain and sadness. It decreases the chances of getting heart problems, helps fight excess weight and prolongs life. • PARASYMPATHETIC BALANCE: Hugs balance out the nervous system. The skin has areas that sense tough and contact the brain. The effect of a hug balances our nervous system. So, today, reach out and hug someone!! It is SO-O-O-O healthy for YOU and it is SO-O-O-O healthy for the person you hug!! God bless! Teddie Rinehart, R.N.C. P.S. Just a quick thank you to ALL the residents, families and BFM’s for their love, concern and gifts during my recent loss. It made me feel like I had a lot of hugs from each one of you! May God bless you for your thoughtfulness! Let me share the short poem that Dad and Mom loved so much: “And now the journey is over, too short, alas too short. It was filled with adventure and wisdom – laughter and love – gallantry and grace. So farewell…..farewell.” Teddie
11-11-2014
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Here is the November Blog. The Chaplain and Nurse pages will follow.
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Come visit Bickford of Burlington on Halloween night for a safe Trick or Treat 5:45-7:30
10-23-2014
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This is how we roll! No matter if we are cruising town in a golf cart like this one pictured, or renting the city bus, we enjoy getting out and about! Whether we are shopping, catching a ball game, or looking at the fall leaves, outings are a great way to stay connected with the community. If you ... Read Full Post
This is how we roll! No matter if we are cruising town in a golf cart like this one pictured, or renting the city bus, we enjoy getting out and about! Whether we are shopping, catching a ball game, or looking at the fall leaves, outings are a great way to stay connected with the community. If you have a suggestion for an outing, please feel free to let the Life Enrichment Coordinator at the branch know!
10-16-2014
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Please join us in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease. Saturday Oct. 11 Bickford of Burlington will be helping to host the walk. Starts at 9am. Hope to see you at Crapo Park bandshell!
10-07-2014
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CHAPLAINS CORNER OCTOBER 2014 Hello everyone. I want to encourage you to have a stronger relationship with your heavenly Father. He desires to have a close companionship with you and take care of your needs. In Romans 8 :32 it says "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all -- how ... Read Full Post
CHAPLAINS CORNER OCTOBER 2014 Hello everyone. I want to encourage you to have a stronger relationship with your heavenly Father. He desires to have a close companionship with you and take care of your needs. In Romans 8 :32 it says "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all -- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Our Lord has provided everything we could ever need, from the way to salvation to the simplest of our daily needs. We just have to learn to trust him and depend on what he has told us in his word, the Bible. He said he would "graciously give us all things." Meaning, he is easily approachable and is ready to respond to our requests. Many people seem to think that they shouldn't bother God with the little things of our daily lives, that God has to many important things to take care of to bother him with our simple requests and desires. But Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Notice it says we must delight ourselves in the Lord. Reading his word, talking to him and praying to him. Treating him like a real person. In other words having a relationship with him, then he will give you the desires of your heart. God loves us so much and desires to take care of us as a Father takes care of his dearly loved children. Whether it is an emotional need a physical healing or a spiritual need, he wants to take care of it. This is what my grandmother taught my mother as a child. When you have a need, you pray to the Lord about it and be specific. If you need a new fountain pen and want a red one then ask him for a red one. Because He will give you the desires of your heart. As Psalm 37 said. God knows you and loves you and desires you to love him back. He is your Father, don't be afraid to ask him for whatever your need is, after all the verse from Romans we read says he will give us all things. That means there are no exceptions. Chaplain Dee Lee
10-03-2014
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Teddie's Treatment October 2014 CHOOSE MY PLATE? Exactly what does THAT mean....CHOOSE MY PLATE? It is an easy way to make sure we are eating the healthiest foods at each meal. We all know we are to eat at least two cups of fruit per day. The focus should be whole fruits. Fruit juices should only ... Read Full Post
Teddie's Treatment October 2014 CHOOSE MY PLATE? Exactly what does THAT mean....CHOOSE MY PLATE? It is an easy way to make sure we are eating the healthiest foods at each meal. We all know we are to eat at least two cups of fruit per day. The focus should be whole fruits. Fruit juices should only be a small part of the two cups. We also know we should have at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day. To keep it simple...let's look at our plates every day. Is one half of our plate full of fruits & vegetables? It should be. The other ½ of our plate should be protein & grains. Our dairy requirement should come from drinking MILK at every meal. Are you requesting milk with your meals? Our goal at Bickford is to get the most out of our life. The BEST way to do this is to remain healthy. The BEST way to remain healthy is to EAT healthy. LOOK at your plates over the next few weeks. If you are not emphasizing fruits & vegetables, change. Take charge of your health. God Bless. Teddie Rinehart RNC
10-03-2014
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Here is our October newsletter. Be sure and read it so you can keep up with what's going on at the Burlington Bickford! If you'd like to volunteer, just give me a call.
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Check out our October calendar of events!
10-03-2014
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Check out our September newsletter and calendar!
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Sunday, Sept. 7th starts National Assisted Living Week! We will have a kick off from 2-6 pm in our parking lot by having a carnival and raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association. There will be many activities for the kids, and silent auctions and vendor blender tables for the adults. Come have ... Read Full Post
Sunday, Sept. 7th starts National Assisted Living Week! We will have a kick off from 2-6 pm in our parking lot by having a carnival and raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association. There will be many activities for the kids, and silent auctions and vendor blender tables for the adults. Come have pizza, lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy, etc. Have your grandkids or kids play the kids games and jump in the bounce house. Enjoy Sunday afternoon at Bickford!!
09-05-2014
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Teddie’s Treatment The Magic of MUSIC People LOVE music. It’s our entertainment; we dance to it; we listen to it to make mundane activities more enjoyable. However, the health benefits that music has on the elderly are astounding. Studies have shown when the elderly listen to music while ... Read Full Post
Teddie’s Treatment The Magic of MUSIC People LOVE music. It’s our entertainment; we dance to it; we listen to it to make mundane activities more enjoyable. However, the health benefits that music has on the elderly are astounding. Studies have shown when the elderly listen to music while exercising, it helps them in the following ways: • Balance maintenance • Fall risk reduction Just listening to music has many health benefits also: • A happier outlook on life • Better social interaction • Encourages self-expression & discovery of personal identity • Enhanced moods • Increased communication in Alzheimer’s residents • Increased relaxation • Increased self esteem • Reduces tension & anxiety Studies also show that music promotes overall health. Those that listen to music demonstrate: • Better nights of sleep • Diminished pain • Improved memory and recall • Improved recovery time • Increased ability to concentrate • Increased awareness • Increased mobility and coordination • Lessened need for medication The theme for Assisted Living Week is ‘The Magic of Music’. It will be a GREAT week full of fun and music. Join us for ALL the events to keep yourself happy and healthy! “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” Maria Von Trapp God Bless! Teddie Rinehart RNC
09-05-2014
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September 2014 Hello everyone. I want to encourage you to have a stronger relationship with your heavenly Father. He desires to have a close companionship with you and take care of your needs. In Romans 8 :32 it says "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all -- how will he not ... Read Full Post
September 2014 Hello everyone. I want to encourage you to have a stronger relationship with your heavenly Father. He desires to have a close companionship with you and take care of your needs. In Romans 8 :32 it says "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all -- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Our Lord has provided everything we could ever need, from the way to salvation to the simplest of our daily needs. We just have to learn to trust him and depend on what he has told us in his word, the Bible. He said he would "graciously give us all things." Meaning, he is easily approachable and is ready to respond to our requests. Many people seem to think that they shouldn't bother God with the little things of our daily lives, that God has to many important things to take care of to bother him with our simple requests and desires. But Psalm 37:4 says "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Notice it says we must delight ourselves in the Lord. Reading his word, talking to him and praying to him. Treating him like a real person. In other words having a relationship with him, then he will give you the desires of your heart. God loves us so much and desires to take care of us as a Father takes care of his dearly loved children. Whether it is an emotional need a physical healing or a spiritual need, he wants to take care of it. This is what my grandmother taught my mother as a child. When you have a need, you pray to the Lord about it and be specific. If you need a new fountain pen and want a red one then ask him for a red one. Because He will give you the desires of your heart. As Psalm 37 said. God knows you and loves you and desires you to love him back. He is your Father, don't be afraid to ask him for whatever your need is, after all the verse from Romans we read says he will give us all things. That means there are no exceptions. Chaplain Dee Lee
09-05-2014
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Well we almost had a really neat outing this week on a trolley, pulled by draft horses. We had 19 residents signed up. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. We will reschedule it for next week. If you would like to go on it next week with your loved one, please give me a call at ... Read Full Post
Well we almost had a really neat outing this week on a trolley, pulled by draft horses. We had 19 residents signed up. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. We will reschedule it for next week. If you would like to go on it next week with your loved one, please give me a call at 319-750-2021. Lynsey Carlson, LEC 319-750-2021
08-08-2014
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Chaplain's Chat – August 2014 In the midst of writing this article, I am also preparing lessons for a week of Kids Camp. Wondering what I might share with you, I thought you might enjoy the same topic our kids will be studying. We are looking at a familiar verse: Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the ... Read Full Post
Chaplain's Chat – August 2014 In the midst of writing this article, I am also preparing lessons for a week of Kids Camp. Wondering what I might share with you, I thought you might enjoy the same topic our kids will be studying. We are looking at a familiar verse: Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." What an amazing verse of encouragement and promise. It is a verse we can hold on to when we face both good and difficult times. It is in those difficult times that we need God's words of hope and encouragement. It is good to know that God has a plan in motion for our lives; whether we think so or not. He loves us and cares for us even when we don't believe He is there at all. But let's not stop there. I especially like what the following verses have to say: "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity." Once we finally realize that His perfect plan for us is nothing but good, THEN we will call on Him; THEN we will come; THEN we will pray to Him; THEN we will seek Him; THEN we will find Him; and THEN He will be found by us. He wants to bring us back into sweet fellowship with Him. From the beginning His desire is to be in fellowship with us. It is not a matter of programs or rituals, but nurturing a relationship with God, our heavenly Father. Blessings, Chaplain Gwen Fratt
08-08-2014
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LYNSEY’S CORNER Thursday, August 7, 2014 we will have the opportunity to take a trolley ride, pulled by draft horses. It is able to hold 22 folks. Please let me know if you plan on going on this fun ride, or if any of your family members plan on accompanying you. We can make two trips if we need ... Read Full Post
LYNSEY’S CORNER Thursday, August 7, 2014 we will have the opportunity to take a trolley ride, pulled by draft horses. It is able to hold 22 folks. Please let me know if you plan on going on this fun ride, or if any of your family members plan on accompanying you. We can make two trips if we need to. It will be a really fun time. I have never been on a trolley pulled by horses before. This is, of course, weather permitting. If the weather is too hot or raining, we will have him do it another day. September will include “National Assisted Living Week”, which will be jam packed with all kind of fun things to do. It is the week of September 7th. If you have been watching our sunflowers grow, you will be interested in knowing that we have submitted a couple of pictures of them to Bird & Bloom Magazine. It would be really neat if they publish our pictures. Our one main sunflower had over 20 additional sunflowers on one stem! Our sympathy goes out to both Lilly Mulch and Freida Folkers on the recent passing of their husbands. We are all a family so remember to “be there” for these two precious ladies. Their spouses will greatly be missed.
08-08-2014
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August News Happenings
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July newsletter
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Thursday, July 3rd, will be our 4th of July celebration picnic out in our front parking lot. Rivertown band will be performing again. Dancing is always a welcomed part of this! The Color Guard will be at 4:30pm, supper at 5 pm, and the band starting at 5:30pm. All family members and extended family ... Read Full Post
Thursday, July 3rd, will be our 4th of July celebration picnic out in our front parking lot. Rivertown band will be performing again. Dancing is always a welcomed part of this! The Color Guard will be at 4:30pm, supper at 5 pm, and the band starting at 5:30pm. All family members and extended family are welcome. Please RSVP your reservations to Lynsey (750-2021) or please ask to speak to the Kitchen. This is necessary so we know how much food to purchase. THIS GET TOGETHER IS FREE!!
06-19-2014
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Sunday, for Father's Day, the residents had wonderful rib-eye steaks done to perfection on the grill! Bonnie, one of our cooks, always does such a wonderful job.
06-19-2014
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Saturday, the 14th, the Golden Wing motorcycle group was here. We actually had 21 of our residents out on the front porch. It was a beautiful day. A few of us even took a short motorcycle ride around the parking lot. Everyone stayed outside from one hour to two hours, since it was such a delightful ... Read Full Post
Saturday, the 14th, the Golden Wing motorcycle group was here. We actually had 21 of our residents out on the front porch. It was a beautiful day. A few of us even took a short motorcycle ride around the parking lot. Everyone stayed outside from one hour to two hours, since it was such a delightful day.
06-19-2014
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We all had a wonderful time at the Seniors Day Steamboat Day activity. The city bus picked us up at Bickford and took us to the auditorium door. There were many booths set up to view and a wonderful program. The food was mighty good also. It was so much fun for the residents to get out.
06-19-2014
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June Newsletter
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Saturday, June 14th at 1 pm, the Soaring Eagles motorcycle group will be gracing Bickford's parking lot with their presence! This is an exciting time each year to see the different types of motorcycles. Please feel free to join us.
06-05-2014
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Father's Day (Sunday, June 15th) we will be having a wonderful Father's Day dinner at noon time. If you would like to join your family member here for the meal, please call me at 750-2021 to make your reservation. We need to know by May 9th (Monday), so the ordering of the rib-eye steaks can be ... Read Full Post
Father's Day (Sunday, June 15th) we will be having a wonderful Father's Day dinner at noon time. If you would like to join your family member here for the meal, please call me at 750-2021 to make your reservation. We need to know by May 9th (Monday), so the ordering of the rib-eye steaks can be done. We have wonderful cooks at Bickford. Just let me know if you plan on attending.
06-05-2014
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Next week (Thursday) we are excited about taking some of our residents to Seniors Day at Steamboat Days in Burlington. If any of you family members would like to join us that day, please let me know. The bus will be picking us up.
06-05-2014
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It's been flower time at Bickford of Burlington!! We really enjoy flowers and even have a Master Gardener who lives here. We have weekly meetings two months before planting time, to discuss what we want to plant this year. I have taken several residents out to shop for their own flowers and to have ... Read Full Post
It's been flower time at Bickford of Burlington!! We really enjoy flowers and even have a Master Gardener who lives here. We have weekly meetings two months before planting time, to discuss what we want to plant this year. I have taken several residents out to shop for their own flowers and to have input into the Bickford flowers we have planted. Our residents love digging into the soil with their bare hands and work the dirt. Ole Lynsey wears gloves though. lol It takes us a good month to get the courtyard the way we want it. I am very thankful that a lot of our residents still enjoy working with the flowers. We have a good group at Bickford. We have three folks that just enjoy keeping all the flowers watered. That is a great help. Come by and look at our courtyard.
06-05-2014
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We took several residents to the Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday down by the Mississippi River. It was so much fun! The Kiwanis Club really have everything so organized. It was good to get the residents out in the fresh air and to see how high the river has been.
06-05-2014
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May newsletter
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May newsletter
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We had so much fun last week. Several residents and staff went to see the movie "Heaven is for Real". It was a great time for some of the residents who seldom get out, to be in the new movie theatres at the Mall. This week we finished up painting their individual bird houses and feeders. They are ... Read Full Post
We had so much fun last week. Several residents and staff went to see the movie "Heaven is for Real". It was a great time for some of the residents who seldom get out, to be in the new movie theatres at the Mall. This week we finished up painting their individual bird houses and feeders. They are just about ready to be displayed outside each resident's room. We have an ample supply of birds in the courtyard, including gold finches and red cardinals. This Saturday, May 10th, we will be having a Mother's Day Tea Time at 2 pm. This will also be a time that we celebrate one of the resident's 90th birthday, with her family being here. This is open to all residents and family members who wish to be with their mom on this occasion. Next week we will be starting on the planting of flowers! If you would like to come and help out, please give me a call at Bickford. Lynsey Carlson, LEC
05-07-2014
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EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 10:30 am there will be the Annual Bickford of Burlington Easter Egg Hunt. It is open to Bickford residents' and Bickford Family members' friends, kids, grandkid. It is also open to the public. It will be divided up by age group, with a visit from the ... Read Full Post
EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 10:30 am there will be the Annual Bickford of Burlington Easter Egg Hunt. It is open to Bickford residents' and Bickford Family members' friends, kids, grandkid. It is also open to the public. It will be divided up by age group, with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Come join us for a morning of fun! Lynsey Carlson, LEC
04-13-2014
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135 year of experience? is that possible? Well, if you combine the years of service for the 15 Bickford Family Members I had the privilege of recognizing these past few weeks, it sure is! One of my favorite parts of the job is recognizing and celebrating our Bickford Family Members that have ... Read Full Post
135 year of experience? is that possible? Well, if you combine the years of service for the 15 Bickford Family Members I had the privilege of recognizing these past few weeks, it sure is! One of my favorite parts of the job is recognizing and celebrating our Bickford Family Members that have achieved employment milestones in 5 year increments. This past quarter, I proudly handed out 15 Bickford necklaces ranging from 5 year to 15 year anniversaries. One branch alone had four 15 year necklaces alone! It truly says a lot about the wonderful company that is Bickford when we have that kind of dedication. Congratulations to all those Bickford Family Members who show us every day their commitment to quality care and desire to enrich our resident's lives. (Shown in picture is Kelly Rixen, 15 yrs; Kim Schaffer, 15 years; Holly Ebensberger, 5 years, all from the Clinton Branch. Not pictured: Deb Bradley, 15 years; Molly Brosius, 15 years)
04-07-2014
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Come join us for Lunch Bunch! Food, fun and Bingo. At noon the first Monday of each month. RSVP 319-754-4500
04-04-2014
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Memory Care at Bickford Assisted Living has added Mary B's Symphony, named after Mary Bickford who was a musician who struggled with Alzheimer's Disease. We cannot wave away with a flick of the baton the disturbing beat of dementia or rewrite those notes in the Lifesong of our residents. But their ... Read Full Post
Memory Care at Bickford Assisted Living has added Mary B's Symphony, named after Mary Bickford who was a musician who struggled with Alzheimer's Disease. We cannot wave away with a flick of the baton the disturbing beat of dementia or rewrite those notes in the Lifesong of our residents. But their Lifesong, while messy, still has the potential to carry a lovely melody. We meet them in the midst of the beautiful chaos and help them find their place again. Then, in tender moments, you may sense the lost harmony of the Lifesong coming together with yours. If you close your eyes, take a centered breath, you might hear it, feel it, be moved by it. And therein lies the beauty that is Mary B's Symphony. Mary B's Symphony is Bickford's approach to serving our residents with dementia, personally engaging with them in meaningful and purposeful moments. Let us help you hear your loved one's Lifesong to be heard,once again.
03-14-2014
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March is a month full of Happynings at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care of Burlington. Anyone is welcome to join! Casino day Friday March 6th at 2pm. Wii bowl every Sat. at 10am. Bingo every Tues. night at 6:30pm.
03-06-2014
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Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care of Burlington has been remodeled! We would love for you to call and schedule a tour, or meet us for our monthly Lunch Bunch, the first Monday of each month. Call Lynne at 319-759-5349!
03-06-2014
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Old man winter has given a new meaning to March Madness! I think we have seen more snow balls than basketballs at the rate we are getting snow! Regardless of the how frightful it is outside, it is always delightful inside our Bickford branches. Many activities are taking place to chase away the ... Read Full Post
Old man winter has given a new meaning to March Madness! I think we have seen more snow balls than basketballs at the rate we are getting snow! Regardless of the how frightful it is outside, it is always delightful inside our Bickford branches. Many activities are taking place to chase away the winter blues. Check out your local Bickford Happynings calendar for a complete list of events. Each branch has volunteer opportunities to help get you through the winter months, and not to mention what a great way to pass the time waiting for warm temperatures to finally arrive. We hope to see you soon, and think Spring!
03-06-2014
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Holy Hydration! Now that we are into what finally feels like good old midwest summer weather, we need to remind our residents to drink plenty of water. Even a short stop on the front porch or out to the courtyard can deplete fluids and lead to dehydration. Eight ounces of water every couple of ... Read Full Post
Holy Hydration! Now that we are into what finally feels like good old midwest summer weather, we need to remind our residents to drink plenty of water. Even a short stop on the front porch or out to the courtyard can deplete fluids and lead to dehydration. Eight ounces of water every couple of hours is sufficient in replensishing lost fluids through warm temperatures, sunshine, and wind. For those who are not fond of water like myself, try juices, sports drinks or caffeine free iced tea. I mention caffeine free as caffeine is a diuretic and can contribute to dehydration. Another sneaky way to increase fluid intake is to offer jello, popsicles, and fruits high in water content such as watermelon. Not only do you feel down right lousy when you are dehydrated, but dehydration can also lead to urinary tract infections, confusion, and lethargy. So keep yourself cool and raise your glass to this great summer weather! Bottoms up!
07-09-2013
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Reminder! All are welcome to join us for Lunch Bunch May 6th at noon. Bingo after! Please call Lynsey Carlson at 754-7500 to make reservations.
04-21-2013
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Join Bickford to support Burlington Alzheimer's Association and have some fun! Blondes vs Brunettes Powder Football game May 5th at the Rex Plex at 2 pm. Join me on the brunette's team or just cheer us on. Tickets for adults are $20.
04-21-2013
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Gardeners invited! Bickford of Burlington will have a Tea and Garden Club for our residents and the public. We will host a meeting the 3rd of each Thursday month at 9am, beginning this April. We will have refreshments and talk horticulture. We can use the courtyard to hone our skills! Please RSVP ... Read Full Post
Gardeners invited! Bickford of Burlington will have a Tea and Garden Club for our residents and the public. We will host a meeting the 3rd of each Thursday month at 9am, beginning this April. We will have refreshments and talk horticulture. We can use the courtyard to hone our skills! Please RSVP to Lynsey at 754-7500.
04-02-2013
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I would like to extend an invitation to a few upcoming events in our branch. The first is our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held here at the branch by Carpetland at West and Roosevelt, on Saturday March 30th at 10:00am. We will have over 1000 eggs filled with different candies. These are ... Read Full Post
I would like to extend an invitation to a few upcoming events in our branch. The first is our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held here at the branch by Carpetland at West and Roosevelt, on Saturday March 30th at 10:00am. We will have over 1000 eggs filled with different candies. These are filled by our Residents who love to have children visit us. The second event is our monthly Lunch Bunch that is held the first Monday of each month. This is an invitation to all to come out to Bickford, enjoy a lunch on us, play some bingo, meet our Family, and see what Bickford is all about. Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon with us! Please RSVP to Lynsey our Life Enrichment Coordinator at 319-754-7500. This month Bickford Lunch Bunch is scheduled on Monday, April 1st. We hope to see you there. Our other big news at Bickford is our promotion from within. We would like you to welcome Carrie Reusch to her new position as Assistant Director. Carrie brings with her 17 years Certified Care Giver experience, along with administrative and quality assurance experience. Carrie has been with Bickford of Burlington for four years and has taken on every job with enthusiasm and diligence.
03-13-2013
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Use it or lose it! That is a common phrase we like to joke about with residents in the halls of Bickford. We often tell our residents this to motivate them to continue their daily walks to meals, encourge their participation in our group exercise programs, and to remind them that bodies who are in ... Read Full Post
Use it or lose it! That is a common phrase we like to joke about with residents in the halls of Bickford. We often tell our residents this to motivate them to continue their daily walks to meals, encourge their participation in our group exercise programs, and to remind them that bodies who are in motion tend to stay in motion. Bickford family members will often make "deals" with residents to ecourage increased mobilty, such as if they walk to the dining room, we will give them a lift back home afterwards, or attending a group exercise program first, then having coffee and cookies after! Please click on the attached link to read about the 4 types of recommended exercises for seniors, which include strengthening, stretching, endurance, and balance, all of which are incorporated in many different types of programs offered at Bickford. Now, get moving, because you know what we say, Use it or lose it!

Senior Living Excercise
03-11-2013
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Congratulations to Bickford of Burlington's RN Coordinator, Teddie Reinhart for being nominated as a 2012 RN of the Year! In addition to only three other RN Coordinators, Teddie was chosen for exemplifying Bickford’s Performing Culture, consistently displaying strong Vital Signs throughout the ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Burlington's RN Coordinator, Teddie Reinhart for being nominated as a 2012 RN of the Year! In addition to only three other RN Coordinators, Teddie was chosen for exemplifying Bickford’s Performing Culture, consistently displaying strong Vital Signs throughout the year as indicated on the Resident Management Tool and Vital Signs Report, has no negative outcomes resulting from state survey or complaints and has been employed with Bickford as an RN Coordinator for twelve months. Stop by and visit the branch of an award nominated RN Coordinator. Congratulations Teddie!
02-18-2013
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I saw this information on Northwestern Mutual's Facebook page discussing the benefits of long-term care insurance: One year in a nursing home: $90,000. One year at Harvard: $53,000. Does the cost surprise you? Good thing assisted living is a more affordable and homelike alternative to a nursing ... Read Full Post
I saw this information on Northwestern Mutual's Facebook page discussing the benefits of long-term care insurance: One year in a nursing home: $90,000. One year at Harvard: $53,000. Does the cost surprise you? Good thing assisted living is a more affordable and homelike alternative to a nursing home.
11-21-2012
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Welcome to our local Bickford Branch HappYnings page. Here we will keep you up-to-date on our Branch events, provide helpful information and communicate the fun stories that happen at our Branch. We've just launched this page, so stay tuned for more information!
11-17-2012
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