Bickford of Cedar Falls

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Cedar Falls, 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 services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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I am noticing now that it has been two weeks since I have posted! Last week was pretty busy with National Assisted Living Week! Tuesday was Positive Thinking Day and we had laughter yoga in the morning with Teddy and that was a lot of fun! We had signs hung up all over the building with encouraging ... Read Full Post
I am noticing now that it has been two weeks since I have posted! Last week was pretty busy with National Assisted Living Week! Tuesday was Positive Thinking Day and we had laughter yoga in the morning with Teddy and that was a lot of fun! We had signs hung up all over the building with encouraging sayings like "You are stronger than you think" and "Think positive Be positive" and "You can't live a positive life with a negative mind." We also had a contest between the BFMs where we would vote for each other with stickers when we were being positive. Then Friday for 50's day was fun too! We had the Ridgeway Place Assisted Living come over and play us in Beanbag baseball, we had a visit from a mini horse just for something fun, and we had an ice cream social sundae bar! Every day is a good day.
09-22-2016
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We celebrated our September birthdays this week. There were only two, Theresa and Kenny. We got a cake with John Deere and butterflies on it to suit their interests! Kenny is all embarrassed to take pictures so we took a picture of the cake alone. The past couple days we have been working on ... Read Full Post
We celebrated our September birthdays this week. There were only two, Theresa and Kenny. We got a cake with John Deere and butterflies on it to suit their interests! Kenny is all embarrassed to take pictures so we took a picture of the cake alone. The past couple days we have been working on coloring these signs that say positive sayings for next week to hang on the walls for Tuesday. It is "Positive Thinking Day" and also National Assisted Living Week! We are excited for National Assisted Living week!
09-09-2016
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We had a great week in Cedar Falls, the weather started out humid, but then we had a couple beautiful days. They are doing some construction on our driveway, lots of new concrete. That's been exciting to watch for a couple of the residents! We celebrated toasted marshmallow day on Tuesday and had ... Read Full Post
We had a great week in Cedar Falls, the weather started out humid, but then we had a couple beautiful days. They are doing some construction on our driveway, lots of new concrete. That's been exciting to watch for a couple of the residents! We celebrated toasted marshmallow day on Tuesday and had some crunchy marshmallows. Then on Wednesday we celebrated National Trail Mix Day by having a trail mix bar after BINGO. Today is Theresa's birthday, and also the first day of September!! We are all so stunned by how fast time goes by......
09-01-2016
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Wow the last couple days of August are among us.. We will celebrate a couple more bizarre holidays this month before September is underway. Tomorrow we have "Toasted Marshmallow Day" and "National Trail Mix Day" on Wednesday. We will have a Trail Mix bar for all the residents and Bickford Family ... Read Full Post
Wow the last couple days of August are among us.. We will celebrate a couple more bizarre holidays this month before September is underway. Tomorrow we have "Toasted Marshmallow Day" and "National Trail Mix Day" on Wednesday. We will have a Trail Mix bar for all the residents and Bickford Family Members. Last week we went to the John Deere Museum and took 8 residents. Most of them were John Deere retirees. That was interesting and it was fun to get out with them! Next month we will go to a pumpkin patch!
08-29-2016
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Today is Friday, so that means Beanbag Baseball! But today is a special Friday because its the THIRD Friday of the month...so that means Beanbag Baseball against another team! It was our turn to travel so we took 8 people over to Ridgeway Place in Waterloo. We didn't win (like usual) but we did ... Read Full Post
Today is Friday, so that means Beanbag Baseball! But today is a special Friday because its the THIRD Friday of the month...so that means Beanbag Baseball against another team! It was our turn to travel so we took 8 people over to Ridgeway Place in Waterloo. We didn't win (like usual) but we did have a lot of fun! (like usual!!) Yesterday we had a beautiful birthday cake for our August Birthdays; there were six of them! We are looking forward to a new music entertainer this weekend, and our outing to the John Deere Museum next Tuesday! :) We've had a really nice week over here in Cedar Falls! Happy Weekend everybody!
08-19-2016
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The first week of August was beautiful here in Cedar Falls and we have had a lot of people move in this week! Our home is filling up! We are looking forward to next Wednesday when we will have Western Day. We are going to have a visitor from our Mini Pony friend, we will line dance with Teddy, and ... Read Full Post
The first week of August was beautiful here in Cedar Falls and we have had a lot of people move in this week! Our home is filling up! We are looking forward to next Wednesday when we will have Western Day. We are going to have a visitor from our Mini Pony friend, we will line dance with Teddy, and we will have Music Therapy (country style) with Lucy! It will be a full day; we always love theme days around here. The Olympics opener is on tonight! Looking forward to it
08-05-2016
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The last week of July has come to an end! Can you believe it!? Oh how time flies..... We try to make the most of each and every day here at Bickford in Cedar Falls. We celebrate every "bizarre holiday", we sing a lot, we play games, we make special treats, we play BINGO, music BINGO, we love to go ... Read Full Post
The last week of July has come to an end! Can you believe it!? Oh how time flies..... We try to make the most of each and every day here at Bickford in Cedar Falls. We celebrate every "bizarre holiday", we sing a lot, we play games, we make special treats, we play BINGO, music BINGO, we love to go outside, bowl, play Beanbag toss, etc. You get the point!! :) We stay busy around here, and each season of the year brings new things to do. August is right around the corner, which will bring the beginning of the rest of the year. Our favorite time, right!? Holiday after holiday after holiday :) Over and out, Koriann
07-29-2016
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It's Monday and we're back at it folks! This morning 10 o clock and we were throwing two balls around the living room with some fun pump up music, and then we stretched and lifted weights! This is a fun program that we do three times a week. Everyone feels very empowered after pumping those ... Read Full Post
It's Monday and we're back at it folks! This morning 10 o clock and we were throwing two balls around the living room with some fun pump up music, and then we stretched and lifted weights! This is a fun program that we do three times a week. Everyone feels very empowered after pumping those weights. Then after that we played some music, I brought out my guitar, and passed around the tamborine and maracas to make a full band. We had some requests from our volunteer group and three of them sang a solo while I tried to figure out the guitar part. We had fun :) Right now everyone is having lunch, and later when everyone is cleared out, I will get help from a couple ladies here to get the tables cleared off and set for BINGO at 2! Everyone likes having BINGO to look forward to on Monday's and Wednesdays. We have two awesome volunteers that come to help, and then they stay until 4:15. At 3:30 we usually move into the living room and set up two long tables and play cards or dice, while the dining room is flipped over to supper setting. By the time supper is over, we've had a full day of laughter, smiles, music, and treats. God Bless Bickford
07-25-2016
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This week we celebrated Pecan Pie Day by having pie from Village Inn (everybody's favorite) and also Tapioca Pudding Day Today :) We had a good week with a couple new people move in. Today we had our friends from Ridgeway Place come over to play us in Beanbag Baseball....and surprise surprise, we ... Read Full Post
This week we celebrated Pecan Pie Day by having pie from Village Inn (everybody's favorite) and also Tapioca Pudding Day Today :) We had a good week with a couple new people move in. Today we had our friends from Ridgeway Place come over to play us in Beanbag Baseball....and surprise surprise, we lost... but it was fun none the less! Our living room was FULL! Have a good weekend!
07-15-2016
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Well yet another good week has come and gone. We've had great weather, rain and shine, hot days and some that felt cooler. We had a lot of branches and twigs down in the courtyard that we spent the morning yesterday picking up, and THIS morning we will exercise and play beanbag baseball! On Mondays ... Read Full Post
Well yet another good week has come and gone. We've had great weather, rain and shine, hot days and some that felt cooler. We had a lot of branches and twigs down in the courtyard that we spent the morning yesterday picking up, and THIS morning we will exercise and play beanbag baseball! On Mondays and Fridays we have a group from EPI come and help out with the morning activities. They help pass out weights, they pass out the beanbags, and even more simply they liven the place up! They always bring their smile and their awesome attitude. It makes my job easier!!
07-08-2016
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This week was a week of two birthdays. One on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. A beautiful lady passed away on Monday, the day before her 92nd birthday. She was a lady of little words, but everything you'd ever say to her would never go unheard. Her smile was contagious, and her demeanor submissive ... Read Full Post
This week was a week of two birthdays. One on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. A beautiful lady passed away on Monday, the day before her 92nd birthday. She was a lady of little words, but everything you'd ever say to her would never go unheard. Her smile was contagious, and her demeanor submissive and meek. She was beautiful on the inside and out. We will miss her oh, so much!! :( We've had nothing but sunshine this week, the courtyard has been a quiet, serene place for us to hide away. With the new water fountain, and all the birds chirping, it really is a haven. I can't believe we start July tomorrow, June totally flew by. July will bring more heat, sunshine, and fun things to do around here!! We had such an awesome month of June with our Father's Day Party and our Hawaiian Party.
06-30-2016
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A Toy Story We often see, and encourage, grand kids and great grand kids, (heck, all kids!) to visit our branches and make themselves at home. I was at my Macomb Branch a while back, and as I was walking out, a resident, her husband, and their children were sitting on the front porch. They were ... Read Full Post
A Toy Story We often see, and encourage, grand kids and great grand kids, (heck, all kids!) to visit our branches and make themselves at home. I was at my Macomb Branch a while back, and as I was walking out, a resident, her husband, and their children were sitting on the front porch. They were taking much delight in watching their grand kids color beautiful pictures on the sidewalk using chalk. They told me how they loved to watch little kids play. It reminded me of when I went to my own grandparents home. My siblings and cousins and I would drag out a big box of toys that my grandma kept for us. She would love to watch us from the kitchen or sit outside and enjoy our play. I wanted to recreate that same feeling for our residents. Soon, you will find a basket similar to the one pictured at each of my locations on the front porch or the courtyard. The grand baskets are filled with fun outdoor activities to not only entertain our little visitors, but to provide a bridge between generations. After all, we are all kids at heart. <3 Beth
06-24-2016
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This week we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy (See picture of the guys laughing), we did our daily courtyard work each day, got a lot of rain one day, and sang a lot! Yesterday after BINGO we had a short-notice concert by the Piano Man and the gal that used you sing with him before she moved to ... Read Full Post
This week we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy (See picture of the guys laughing), we did our daily courtyard work each day, got a lot of rain one day, and sang a lot! Yesterday after BINGO we had a short-notice concert by the Piano Man and the gal that used you sing with him before she moved to Oklahoma! So Koriann and her sang a couple duets and a couple solos and we got groovy right up until dinner time. That was a nice surprise!
06-23-2016
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On the Road Again! That's the song that repeatedly ran through my mind the last 2 weeks of May as I traveled each day to one of my 10 branches to attend our Family Council Meetings. I felt like a politician on the campaign trail as I zipped from one location to the next, often criss-crossing across ... Read Full Post
On the Road Again! That's the song that repeatedly ran through my mind the last 2 weeks of May as I traveled each day to one of my 10 branches to attend our Family Council Meetings. I felt like a politician on the campaign trail as I zipped from one location to the next, often criss-crossing across Iowa and Illinois. Although it made for some late evenings, I truly enjoyed coming into the branches at a different time than normal, visiting with caregivers and families that I don't always see when I am there during the morning/early afternoon times. For those that attended, thank you for taking the time to meet with us, and learn about the HappYness Survey, and our exciting plans to make our branches even better! For those that were unable to attend, I hope to see you at the next council, which is in August. Please feel free to stop in your local director's office any time if we can do something to help make your experience the best it can be while at Bickford. Until then, happy trails!
06-10-2016
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What an amazing first week in June! The weather was beautiful!! We've gotten a lot of rain so all our flowers outside are doing great! We have been working SO HARD!!!! We have celebrated Rocky Road Day with some Rocky Road Icecream,..and we celebrated National Donut Day Today!! We are eating good ... Read Full Post
What an amazing first week in June! The weather was beautiful!! We've gotten a lot of rain so all our flowers outside are doing great! We have been working SO HARD!!!! We have celebrated Rocky Road Day with some Rocky Road Icecream,..and we celebrated National Donut Day Today!! We are eating good here, ma. :) (Haha, I was pretending this was a "letter home" from a kid at camp) This weekend should be nice, and Sunday's entertainment is our favorite: Piano Man & Koriann ;) Koriann signing off!
06-03-2016
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We had a lovely Wine and Cheese hour yesterday for National Wine Day. Not everyone came out to enjoy the Big Band music and the tasting, but I brought the samples around to every room so that everyone had the opportunity to try the five different kinds of specialty cheese and the four different ... Read Full Post
We had a lovely Wine and Cheese hour yesterday for National Wine Day. Not everyone came out to enjoy the Big Band music and the tasting, but I brought the samples around to every room so that everyone had the opportunity to try the five different kinds of specialty cheese and the four different kinds of wine! That was fun to knock on the door and say, "Happy Wine Day!!!!" On Monday we had one of our lovely ladies pass away.. She lived here for almost five years. We are going to miss her dearly. Her funeral is today.
05-26-2016
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What a beautiful week! Full of sunshine, laughter, music, and FLOWERS! We got a lot of work done in the courtyard this week. Sue and I made a little trip over to Earl May and stocked up on some beautiful plants and flowers. We had some help planting them from Ernie and Merl..that was FUN! There are ... Read Full Post
What a beautiful week! Full of sunshine, laughter, music, and FLOWERS! We got a lot of work done in the courtyard this week. Sue and I made a little trip over to Earl May and stocked up on some beautiful plants and flowers. We had some help planting them from Ernie and Merl..that was FUN! There are quite a few people here that know their stuff about gardening so I am learning! The courtyard always needs up-keep, but yesterday afternoon when we got all the watering and weeding done, some of the ladies enjoyed the sunshine and I brought them out a special cherry limeade. :D HAPPY FRIDAY!
05-20-2016
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Today is finally our first NICE day outside! The sun is shining!!! This whole week has been very gloomy and rainy which leads to some sleepy folks and just a darker house. We like the sun around here!!! Today we are having a new volunteer group join us this morning for Sit & Get Fit and our Beanbag ... Read Full Post
Today is finally our first NICE day outside! The sun is shining!!! This whole week has been very gloomy and rainy which leads to some sleepy folks and just a darker house. We like the sun around here!!! Today we are having a new volunteer group join us this morning for Sit & Get Fit and our Beanbag Baseball Game! We like volunteers around here too!! Hopefully we will be planting some flowers next week! Our courtyard needs some color! Have a good weekend everybody!
05-13-2016
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What a FUN first week of May!! May 1st, Sunday, we had our home filled with High School students all dressed in their prom attire. We had "High School Prom" right here at Bickford! They brought music, treats, some decorations, and themSELVES!!! All of the residents really got a kick out of their ... Read Full Post
What a FUN first week of May!! May 1st, Sunday, we had our home filled with High School students all dressed in their prom attire. We had "High School Prom" right here at Bickford! They brought music, treats, some decorations, and themSELVES!!! All of the residents really got a kick out of their fancy dresses!!! Then, on Wednesday, we had our Mother's Day Gala! We had 64 people come!! The place was absolutely PACKED! We didn't have enough tables and chairs we had to start scrounging from the offices!!! We had a mixed fruit shortcake, peanut cup, all kinds of lemonade, and beautiful table decorations!! Everyone went home with an antique tea cup and saucer filled with either candy or a little potted flower! Teddy did "Laughter Yoga" with everybody so they laughed and laughed and laughed :) HAPPY MOTHERS DAY BEAUTIFUL LADIES!!!!
05-05-2016
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Fruit Infused Water-Its not just another pretty face! You have probably noticed around the branch the nice beverage areas, or what we like to call "hydration stations" set up near the living room. These are not only appealing to the eye, but have numerous health benefits as well! You might find ... Read Full Post
Fruit Infused Water-Its not just another pretty face! You have probably noticed around the branch the nice beverage areas, or what we like to call "hydration stations" set up near the living room. These are not only appealing to the eye, but have numerous health benefits as well! You might find anything from kiwi to lemons to cranberries floating in the inviting ice cold water to wet your whistle. The fruit infused water encourages everyone to drink more water which aids in hydration, digestion, and joint pain. So next time you are in, stop and pour yourself a refreshing glass of our jazzed up water, and encourage others to have a sip too. For more information on the benefits of fruit infused water click on the link below: http://lifescapepremier.com/2015/11/04/health-benefits-fruit-infused-waters/
05-05-2016
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This week flew by! We had one birthday on Wednesday, and we are having one tomorrow! Sue and then Gladys. That means cake, cake, and more cake! Been a rainy and gloomy outside all week!! So no going outside for any of us. We were staying warm inside by doing our exercises Monday, Wednesday, and ... Read Full Post
This week flew by! We had one birthday on Wednesday, and we are having one tomorrow! Sue and then Gladys. That means cake, cake, and more cake! Been a rainy and gloomy outside all week!! So no going outside for any of us. We were staying warm inside by doing our exercises Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then having hot chocolate breaks in the afternoon! We are all getting along really well, it really feels like a family around here. We are almost totally full, and it is fun to get to know new people!
04-29-2016
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04-21-2016
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Our living room is full for Chris Von Arx!
04-21-2016
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Snow White showed up! (one of our hospice ladies) And then we dressed up 8 of our men!!! They made a cute bunch!!
04-21-2016
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Dale and Teddy dancing!
04-21-2016
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Wow, we had an amazing cruise day! We chose to go on a Disney cruise and we had people in Mickey and Minnie ears, Hawaiian leis, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Snow White and the 7 dwarves! We played beach ball volleyball, our place was decorated with a ton of balloons and mickey mouse ... Read Full Post
Wow, we had an amazing cruise day! We chose to go on a Disney cruise and we had people in Mickey and Minnie ears, Hawaiian leis, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Snow White and the 7 dwarves! We played beach ball volleyball, our place was decorated with a ton of balloons and mickey mouse swirlies hanging from all over. We had Chris Von Arx come to play at 2 and our living room was packed with people! We made virgin margaritas to pass around. Lots of people were dancing, clapping, singing along, and playing different percussion instruments that we passed around. What a fun time!!! I wish I could upload more than one photo on this post because there are a lot of good ones. I will post a couple more blogs with photos in it!
04-21-2016
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What a BEAUTIFUL week it has been outside! The sun in shining and we are able to utilize our courtyard! One of our residents, Kenny, has been out there raking, and we got a new resident yesterday that loves to garden. That will be nice for him to get out there and get dirty. We are all excited for ... Read Full Post
What a BEAUTIFUL week it has been outside! The sun in shining and we are able to utilize our courtyard! One of our residents, Kenny, has been out there raking, and we got a new resident yesterday that loves to garden. That will be nice for him to get out there and get dirty. We are all excited for our cruise day on Wednesday.. we got seven dwarves hats and beards and a hospice lady is coming as Snow White. (our theme is Disney Cruise Line) Our director and nurse will be dressing up, and the staff will too. It will be fun.. we'll see how it goes! And then we are having entertainment, Chris Von Arx, sing at 2. Happy "Titanic Remembrance Day" everybody!
04-15-2016
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Spring is Springing! Be sure to be watching your local Bickford's activity calendar for upcoming spring sprucing and planting. We have all been working really hard to make our front porches and courtyards really inviting with furniture, decorations,and of course, flowers that will come soon. If you ... Read Full Post
Spring is Springing! Be sure to be watching your local Bickford's activity calendar for upcoming spring sprucing and planting. We have all been working really hard to make our front porches and courtyards really inviting with furniture, decorations,and of course, flowers that will come soon. If you have a green thumb, or would like to roll up your sleeves and help out, we can always use and extra hand with weed pulling, planting, watering, or just sweeping the front porch. Flowers, along with Sheppard's hooks, baskets, yard ornaments, and feeders always make not only a great gift for hard to buy for loved ones, but also is a beautiful way to spruce up the view of not only the recipient but for all those that enjoy the outdoors. We look forward to having you join us for a little work and a lot of fun!
04-12-2016
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Eight new family members moved in the last two weeks! Two couples that are DELIGHTFUL.We have so much life suddenly in our branch again and my it is refreshing. Like the spring trying to pop through so are new families to love. We need each other like the flowers need the rain! Enjoy your new ... Read Full Post
Eight new family members moved in the last two weeks! Two couples that are DELIGHTFUL.We have so much life suddenly in our branch again and my it is refreshing. Like the spring trying to pop through so are new families to love. We need each other like the flowers need the rain! Enjoy your new blossoms as they grow and make our places their new home!
04-08-2016
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Happy National Beer Day everyone! ...don't worry, we are not celebrating it here at Bickford.. This week has been nice; we have gotten to do A LITTLE yard work in our courtyard, and we can't wait to get out there more! We have been singing a lot this week. Music BINGO, sing along w/Koriann, and Ken ... Read Full Post
Happy National Beer Day everyone! ...don't worry, we are not celebrating it here at Bickford.. This week has been nice; we have gotten to do A LITTLE yard work in our courtyard, and we can't wait to get out there more! We have been singing a lot this week. Music BINGO, sing along w/Koriann, and Ken Morlan came to sing. Music makes us happy. It brings us all together. It is fun when we sing songs that everybody knows and the words just naturally flow out of their mouths regardless of how much they remember about other things. We are starting to plan our Mother's day party and we are also getting excited for our Cruise day! We are doing a Disney Cruise Theme, as I, Koriann, use to work on a Disney Cruise! We thought that would be fun. I will share pictures of my experience, and all the staff will dress up like Disney Characters.
04-07-2016
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We have been preparing for our Easter Party on Saturday! Filling eggs and baskets and making a ton of cute treats! Can't wait to see all the kids' faces!
03-24-2016
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This week was good. We celebrated National Pi Day (3.14) by getting five different flavors of pie from Village Inn and having a Pie Party. Everyone really liked that. Yesterday, St Patty's Day, we all wore green (of course), and we had Laughter Yoga w/ Teddy, and then we had shamrock shakes. Today ... Read Full Post
This week was good. We celebrated National Pi Day (3.14) by getting five different flavors of pie from Village Inn and having a Pie Party. Everyone really liked that. Yesterday, St Patty's Day, we all wore green (of course), and we had Laughter Yoga w/ Teddy, and then we had shamrock shakes. Today we had Ridgeway Place Assisted Living over to play us in Beanbag Baseball, and wouldn't you guess it, we lost again! :( I don't remember the last time we took the trophy.
03-18-2016
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March has been a fun month thus far! We have three birthdays this month...Hazel who is 99, Rosalyn who is 97, and Lois who is 87. We sang and had a cake for them last week! We also had a lot of fun on "Casino Day" last Wednesday. We played BINGO in the afternoon, and had Horse Races! Our living ... Read Full Post
March has been a fun month thus far! We have three birthdays this month...Hazel who is 99, Rosalyn who is 97, and Lois who is 87. We sang and had a cake for them last week! We also had a lot of fun on "Casino Day" last Wednesday. We played BINGO in the afternoon, and had Horse Races! Our living room was full of people who we dressed all up in hats and glasses and we hooped and hollered for the horse we wanted to win! We got a new resident, Grace, who is an absolute DELIGHT. She has been very involved in all of the activities going on around here since the moment she moved in. Last Thursday was "Middle Name Pride Day" and we had fun with that. In the morning we made name tags, every resident and staff member wore one, and we learned everybody's middle name and approached each other by it all day. :) Today we will have a Pie Party after BINGO, ... HAPPY PI DAY!
03-14-2016
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It's starting to warm up outside and the snow is almost all gone! We are excited to use our courtyard again!! We had a fun, easy-going week full of exercising hard and playing different games in small and large groups. We set up our Easter Tree yesterday!! We have been working on puzzles the past ... Read Full Post
It's starting to warm up outside and the snow is almost all gone! We are excited to use our courtyard again!! We had a fun, easy-going week full of exercising hard and playing different games in small and large groups. We set up our Easter Tree yesterday!! We have been working on puzzles the past two weeks and that has been a fun way to spend some one on one time with different residents that enjoy puzzles. Last week we went to Ridgeway Place Assisted Living to play them in Beanbag Baseball...and of course...we lost... We just can't beat'em!!! We have one time in the past maybe..8 months or so. Today after we exercise we will practice up. We play every Friday, but we play Ridgeway only every THIRD Friday of each Month. Maybe March will be our month...
02-26-2016
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This week we had Presidents Day where we started off with some hard core exercise (as always) and then we put on our "Songs of America" CD and worked together as a team to assemble our large United States of America puzzle. We had about 8 folks from EPI join us to volunteer their time, and it was ... Read Full Post
This week we had Presidents Day where we started off with some hard core exercise (as always) and then we put on our "Songs of America" CD and worked together as a team to assemble our large United States of America puzzle. We had about 8 folks from EPI join us to volunteer their time, and it was super fun to have their energy and joy in the room with us! They want to come back and we want to have them again!!! Sue Melissa and I worked all afternoon on a puzzle here and there, and to our surprise, FINISHED it that day! That was fun :)
02-19-2016
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What a FUN and UNIQUE week! Everyday we preparing for our treats and decorating. Lots of runs to the store for fresh flowers and gifts for our Royal Quart. We had laughter Yoga with Teddy on Tuesday and everyone always has a great time with that. Then we had our Valentines party on Wednesday and it ... Read Full Post
What a FUN and UNIQUE week! Everyday we preparing for our treats and decorating. Lots of runs to the store for fresh flowers and gifts for our Royal Quart. We had laughter Yoga with Teddy on Tuesday and everyone always has a great time with that. Then we had our Valentines party on Wednesday and it was amazing! The treats were so cute! And we had Chris Von Arx sing from 2-3 and we had a lot of family visitors and then we had Teddy bring in about ten people from the community that each got a tour after we enjoyed the music. It was such a fun party and what a good turn out! We are hoping for one good party like that each month! So far our Halloween Party, Christmas Party, and our valentines party have been a HIT!!!!!
02-12-2016
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This week we got all of our Valentine's Day Mailboxes hung up outside our doors! We spent a couple days making a special Valentine for each person so that we could get the ball rolling on FILLING UP THE BOXES! On Valentines day everyone will be able to open up their box and get all their goodies. ... Read Full Post
This week we got all of our Valentine's Day Mailboxes hung up outside our doors! We spent a couple days making a special Valentine for each person so that we could get the ball rolling on FILLING UP THE BOXES! On Valentines day everyone will be able to open up their box and get all their goodies. Here is a picture of Ruthie...
02-04-2016
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We got all of our mailboxes done to be put out on Monday! The first of February is upon us!! Everyone here will have a mailbox to collect Valentine cards and candy for the next two weeks! We can open them on Sunday the 14th! It will be a fun way for staff and family to participate and my hope is ... Read Full Post
We got all of our mailboxes done to be put out on Monday! The first of February is upon us!! Everyone here will have a mailbox to collect Valentine cards and candy for the next two weeks! We can open them on Sunday the 14th! It will be a fun way for staff and family to participate and my hope is that everyone's will be FULL!! Well..here is a picture of them! And on the wall is the King and Queen's robe for when we crown them on the 10th!
01-29-2016
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We are getting ready for the First of February by starting to make our Valentine's day mailboxes. I am gathering small groups to decorate them so they are getting done little by little! We are excited to see how many valetines we get!! I will be pushing family, friends, and staff to give candy and ... Read Full Post
We are getting ready for the First of February by starting to make our Valentine's day mailboxes. I am gathering small groups to decorate them so they are getting done little by little! We are excited to see how many valetines we get!! I will be pushing family, friends, and staff to give candy and cards so they will be FULL come Valentine's day! :D
01-21-2016
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This week was nice. It was cold out. Bitter cold. But we all kept nice and cozy inside by the fire. It sure is quiet around here though without a full house. The holidays were hard for us around here with the number of people we lost. But now it is a new year! We are turning a new leaf! And we are ... Read Full Post
This week was nice. It was cold out. Bitter cold. But we all kept nice and cozy inside by the fire. It sure is quiet around here though without a full house. The holidays were hard for us around here with the number of people we lost. But now it is a new year! We are turning a new leaf! And we are going to get new people in here!! It will be fun to get to know some new residents, get them participating in the activities, learning about their life and learning how to love them well.
01-15-2016
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL! WE STARTED THE YEAR OFF WITH KORIANN AND JORDAN'S WEDDING ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WE SOON DISCOVERED WHERE KORIANN GOT HER DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY- HER FAMILY, THEY WERE SO MUCH FUN! IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM HERE! WE LOST EIGHT FAMILIES IN THE ... Read Full Post
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL! WE STARTED THE YEAR OFF WITH KORIANN AND JORDAN'S WEDDING ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WE SOON DISCOVERED WHERE KORIANN GOT HER DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY- HER FAMILY, THEY WERE SO MUCH FUN! IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM HERE! WE LOST EIGHT FAMILIES IN THE LAST MONTH AND CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT ONES TO LOVE ON AND ENRICH THEIR HAPPINESS! LOVE IS IN THE AIR -CATCH IT!
01-06-2016
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Diane and Esther must have heard something funny
12-21-2015
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Edna Gladys and Marcella at the Christmas party
12-21-2015
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Last week was a BLAST! On Sunday we had our family Christmas party and Santa was here! We sang Christmas songs with Santa and had a beautiful table full of different "breads and spreads." Our Wednesday BINGO was a Christmas special, with random big prizes given out throughout the game. We all had ... Read Full Post
Last week was a BLAST! On Sunday we had our family Christmas party and Santa was here! We sang Christmas songs with Santa and had a beautiful table full of different "breads and spreads." Our Wednesday BINGO was a Christmas special, with random big prizes given out throughout the game. We all had fun with that! And then of course, Thursday was our resident Christmas Party and that was BEAUTIFUL!! We could all just feel the love in the air and it truly felt like a family. We played Christmas carols on the guitar, and one of our residents really came out of his shell and sang A LOT! Another resident went back to his room and grabbed his guitar and sang a song to us. Everyone was laughing and singing and chatting. We gave an individual present for each of the residents and they all loved them.
12-21-2015
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Between wrapping presents, and decorating, and shopping, and getting ready for our christmas parties, we have had a busy week! Isn't that how it always goes during the holidays though? Last night three of our residents got to go to Candeo Church for the Christmas production and they REALLY enjoyed ... Read Full Post
Between wrapping presents, and decorating, and shopping, and getting ready for our christmas parties, we have had a busy week! Isn't that how it always goes during the holidays though? Last night three of our residents got to go to Candeo Church for the Christmas production and they REALLY enjoyed it. I will attached a picture of me(Koriann), Joe, Lillian, Theresa, and my fiance, Jordan. Last Sunday we had the Piano man and I here doing music and we sang all Christmas songs, it was fun! And THIS Sunday we will have our family Christmas party and Santa will be here! Ho Ho Ho! Have a good weekend!
12-11-2015
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Happy Holidays! What a fun weekend!! We had entertainment on Sunday from the Piano Man and Koriann, then we had around 60 college students from Prarie Lakes Church come to sing Christmas carols and make Christmas cards! The evening was full of life and joy as we enjoyed great company and good ... Read Full Post
Happy Holidays! What a fun weekend!! We had entertainment on Sunday from the Piano Man and Koriann, then we had around 60 college students from Prarie Lakes Church come to sing Christmas carols and make Christmas cards! The evening was full of life and joy as we enjoyed great company and good Christmas music! It was heart warming to see all of the college kids engaging one on one with each resident. There was not one resident in the room that did not have a young guy or gal sitting close trying to make conversation. We were really thankful for this group and we praise God for them.
12-07-2015
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Sorry I have been MIA for the past couple weeks! Been a really busy November!! We had an amazing Veterans Day here in Cedar Falls. When we were all gathered in the dining room for lunch, we recognized our veterans over the microphone and gave each name a round of applause. Their names were printed ... Read Full Post
Sorry I have been MIA for the past couple weeks! Been a really busy November!! We had an amazing Veterans Day here in Cedar Falls. When we were all gathered in the dining room for lunch, we recognized our veterans over the microphone and gave each name a round of applause. Their names were printed big and hung on the wall in the dining room..."The Veteran Wall of Fame." I prayed for everyone, we had a moment of silence, and then we sang America The Beautiful together as a family. The day prior, five ladies decorated 135 cookies shaped as stars with red white and blue frosting, and we gave each veteran a pack of three. What a good day! That is my favorite from the past two weeks. Now time for thanksgiving tomorrow where we will have lots of family visiting their loved ones and taking them out for a meal. I, personally, am going to Florida tomorrow to see my mother who just moved there. My sister from Alaska is also going, and my sister from Minneapolis. And my fiance..who hasn't met my mom and one of my sisters. CaNt WaIt! Over and out, Koriann
11-25-2015
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Its starting to cool up outside and we got our christmas lights up in the courtyard! Beautiful white icicles hanging all around! They look so pretty! And the trees out there right now are stunning! We have had such a nice view looking out the living room window and the bright orange leaves! We will ... Read Full Post
Its starting to cool up outside and we got our christmas lights up in the courtyard! Beautiful white icicles hanging all around! They look so pretty! And the trees out there right now are stunning! We have had such a nice view looking out the living room window and the bright orange leaves! We will be sad to see them fall! We are all getting excited for the holidays around here too! And we have our anniversary dinner this month in a couple weeks where we will have a fancy steak dinner and red roses for center pieces. These last few months of the year are always go-go-go but really enjoyable!
11-06-2015
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Eight ways to pay for Assisted Living may interest some of you when nursing home care is 6-10,000 a month people are seeking assisted living for half the cost. So here they are: 1. Veteran Benefits 2. Ask for "accelerated" or "living "benefits on a life insurance policy. They will buy back 50 to 75 ... Read Full Post
Eight ways to pay for Assisted Living may interest some of you when nursing home care is 6-10,000 a month people are seeking assisted living for half the cost. So here they are: 1. Veteran Benefits 2. Ask for "accelerated" or "living "benefits on a life insurance policy. They will buy back 50 to 75 percent of face value. 3. Long term Care Insurance 4. Use an annuity to pay for care 5.A Reverse Mortgage 6.Rent out your home 7. Use Medicaid or SSI it varies from state to state 8. Pool family resources or a bridge loan on assets until they can be liquidated. "Elderlife Financial Bridge Loans" is the contact source. Hope this helps your families enrich their happiness as they find a way to make ends meet.
11-02-2015
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We had our halloween party last night and fun was had by all! We counted 95 people in our living room at one point!! We had the kids trick-or-treat, had a costume contest, and we bobbed for apples. We took some beautiful pictures of all of the families. It has been a wild week preparing for the ... Read Full Post
We had our halloween party last night and fun was had by all! We counted 95 people in our living room at one point!! We had the kids trick-or-treat, had a costume contest, and we bobbed for apples. We took some beautiful pictures of all of the families. It has been a wild week preparing for the party and now it is all over! Monday we will tear down all of our courtyard decorations and prepare ourselves for the colder weather...(as much as we CAN prepare ourselves at least!!) We have been doing halloween crafts and decorating pumpkin cookies and playing halloween bingo! Its been a fun week.. OVER AND OUT! -Koriann
10-30-2015
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