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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February 22nd already?? I haven't blogged enough this month! My apologies... It is has been a unique month (I guess you could say) because for a good 2 weeks we had the flu going around this place. It even effected our big Valentine's Day plans which was most unfortunate. We had a couple things ... Read Full Post
February 22nd already?? I haven't blogged enough this month! My apologies... It is has been a unique month (I guess you could say) because for a good 2 weeks we had the flu going around this place. It even effected our big Valentine's Day plans which was most unfortunate. We had a couple things planned that I personally have not done before like a Valentine's Day pageant and a Lover's Lunch for the spouses. But keeping everyone healthy is our main concern, so I rescheduled our spouses lunch for a Good Luck Charm lunch on St. Patty's Day! Since we have been healthy we have been enjoying one another and this beautiful weather! 60's in February!!! Friday we went to the bull riding competition at the National Cattle Congress... That was fun!!
02-22-2017
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For those of you reading that do not have us on Facebook: ADD US! Bickford Cedar Falls is the name. I post there more often then I do on here because I can upload multiple pictures at a time on there.
02-06-2017
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I was so proud of my ladies yesterday morning! Just for chocolate day today we made an awesome chocolate!! We made it by scratch and I had each lady doing something. We made three round cakes then popped them in the oven and cleaned up while those cooked. Once we took them out we set out on our ... Read Full Post
I was so proud of my ladies yesterday morning! Just for chocolate day today we made an awesome chocolate!! We made it by scratch and I had each lady doing something. We made three round cakes then popped them in the oven and cleaned up while those cooked. Once we took them out we set out on our three-lap walk around the building with a group of people and then all came back together to cut the cakes flat, stack them, frost them, and sprinkle them. We were so proud of ourselves! And now we'll get to enjoy it today!
01-27-2017
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Happy Friday Everybody!! Today is the Inauguration of Donald Trump and we have some residents who are ready to watch it. We have it on out in our living room, but we will still go on with normal Friday activity: exercise and beanbag baseball and daily devotional. This week I, Koriann, have been ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday Everybody!! Today is the Inauguration of Donald Trump and we have some residents who are ready to watch it. We have it on out in our living room, but we will still go on with normal Friday activity: exercise and beanbag baseball and daily devotional. This week I, Koriann, have been putting together our plans for Valentines day next month and I am looking forward to it!! We are going to do a couple things that I haven't done here yet in the past two years. We will have a pageant, a Lover's Lunch (where we will invite those who still have a spouse to lunch) and we will do what we always do with crowing our Bickford King & Queen and we will also have our favorite Chris Von Arx come to sing in the evening. It will be a full day! We have had a full week, a normal week of activities, but none the less a FUN week. We got a crazy ice storm, but everyone stayed safe, and now we have been having some near 40 degree days and heavy fog. A couple of the residents have been asking me if I can go outside and make the sun shine. They don't like the dreary days! Who does!!
01-20-2017
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Good morning from Cedar Falls! This week we are looking forward to Music Therapy on Wednesday morning with Lucy (we have her once a month) and also HAT DAY on Thursday. We will be doing Laughter Yoga with Teddy in the morning and she always brings a HUGE tote of fun hats for everyone to wear so it ... Read Full Post
Good morning from Cedar Falls! This week we are looking forward to Music Therapy on Wednesday morning with Lucy (we have her once a month) and also HAT DAY on Thursday. We will be doing Laughter Yoga with Teddy in the morning and she always brings a HUGE tote of fun hats for everyone to wear so it will be perfect for Hat Day. And then in the afternoon we will have a Bickford Derby, where we will all wear hats again! I would say that we will all wear hats all day, but it is kind of hard to get the residents to keep a hat on all day, especially at meal time when they see that as disrespectful to wear in the dining room. But I do know the staff will all wear hats all day! It will be fun to see what everyone shows up with!
01-09-2017
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Okay okay, vacation is over! I haven't written since last year... :) Happy New Year Everybody!! The new year is an interesting time with interesting feelings by all. Either it creates a fresh feeling in everybody's heart and life for new beginnings or it creates sadness and nostalgia with the ... Read Full Post
Okay okay, vacation is over! I haven't written since last year... :) Happy New Year Everybody!! The new year is an interesting time with interesting feelings by all. Either it creates a fresh feeling in everybody's heart and life for new beginnings or it creates sadness and nostalgia with the realization of how fast time goes. 2017 already, wow. The new year now marks my wedding anniversary as well! My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on New Years Day! :) Well, I don't have too much to report because I was gone all last week, but I will say that it feel so good to be back!! I missed my Bickford family immensely. I didn't even know who to approach first when I got here at 8 and everyone was in the dining room, I just love them all so much.
01-03-2017
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Only 5 days until Christmas! Woohoo!! A SAVIOR IS BORN! What a beautiful time of year, full of joy and cheer!! There has been SO MUCH singing happening around here, from people coming in to carol, or just the residents and I singing Christmas songs to cheer up. Every year I think, now who says we ... Read Full Post
Only 5 days until Christmas! Woohoo!! A SAVIOR IS BORN! What a beautiful time of year, full of joy and cheer!! There has been SO MUCH singing happening around here, from people coming in to carol, or just the residents and I singing Christmas songs to cheer up. Every year I think, now who says we can't sing Christmas songs all year round? They just seem to put everyone in a good mood! And its also fun because everybody knows them! They bring us all back to our childhood I think. Well we have had our Family Christmas party, where Santa made a visit and all the kids (and the big kids too) sat on his lap! We got some really cute pictures! Then we had our Resident and BFM Christmas party last Thursday where we gave all of our gifts to the residents. A lot of hours and love went in to the gift buying and wrapping process, and it was all over SO FAST! Now today we have our BFM Secret Santa reveal! So many parties!! It's all fun.. Merry Christmas!
12-20-2016
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We got all of our trees up now and the place is looking gorgeous! Oh how fun are the holidays!! We also have all of our Christmas shopping almost done for our residents! Each year we buy every resident something special for them to open up at our Christmas party. This year it is on Thursday Dec. ... Read Full Post
We got all of our trees up now and the place is looking gorgeous! Oh how fun are the holidays!! We also have all of our Christmas shopping almost done for our residents! Each year we buy every resident something special for them to open up at our Christmas party. This year it is on Thursday Dec. 15th. This party is for the BFMs and the residents only, and then we have a separate party for our family members and Santa to come to on the Sunday before. I remember last year we were wrapping presents the morning of the resident party, so this year I'd say we are pretty prepared ;)
12-02-2016
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It has been such a busy November!! But such a fun one!! Last week we had Veterans Day and we celebrated the night before by having a Veterans Soup Supper and we had about 25 guests. The house was decorated beautifully, the food was delicious, and all the veterans were presented with a quilt of ... Read Full Post
It has been such a busy November!! But such a fun one!! Last week we had Veterans Day and we celebrated the night before by having a Veterans Soup Supper and we had about 25 guests. The house was decorated beautifully, the food was delicious, and all the veterans were presented with a quilt of valor. This week we had our anniversary dinner and we had, again, the dining room all decked out in white linens and red roses, and then we had a piano player come to serenade us! Then next week we already have thanksgiving! Oh how time flies when we are having so much fun!
11-18-2016
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We had an AWESOME halloween party last week! Last year we had 65 people in our living room, but I think this year we had more but no one counted. Our place was packed. At about 3:00 I started going around dressing all the residents up in wigs, vampire teeth and capes, cats, scarves, etc. and I took ... Read Full Post
We had an AWESOME halloween party last week! Last year we had 65 people in our living room, but I think this year we had more but no one counted. Our place was packed. At about 3:00 I started going around dressing all the residents up in wigs, vampire teeth and capes, cats, scarves, etc. and I took them over to our "photo booth" in our sun room and got pictures of them. It was SO fun! We got thee cutest pictures!! Then at 6:30 the kids started showing up! We had a bobbing for apples contest, and cute treats, and lots of people congregated in the dining room and chatted and snacked. Everyone was gone by 8, and the whole place was cleaned up and rearranged by 8:30. Our courtyard was DECKED OUT in blow-ups, lights, fog, and grave stones. We made an announcement to make sure everyone walked through it. How much fun did we have!!!!
11-02-2016
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our beautiful "family history wall"
10-20-2016
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last week we had "family history day" and it was a beautiful day! An old photograph of every resident and their family was collected from their apartment and hung in a couple different collages on the wall in the main living area. It looked so awesome we wished we could keep it there all the time! ... Read Full Post
last week we had "family history day" and it was a beautiful day! An old photograph of every resident and their family was collected from their apartment and hung in a couple different collages on the wall in the main living area. It looked so awesome we wished we could keep it there all the time! The residents loved it most of all. I watched many of them walk by and look at the wall, see a picture of themselves and stop. I think it made them feel at home seeing their own family on the wall. We had an entertainer come in to sing at 2 and then at 3 we had Family Fall Photos taken in our sun room. We had it all set up with hay bales, mums, and gourds and it looked great. Also last week we went to Teddy's farm to look at her gnome garden that her and her husband made. It was awesome! We had over ten residents come on that trip. We took a hay rack ride down the dirt road and back. We are getting ready for our halloween party next week and we can't wait! This is our favorite event that we have here. Last year we had 65 people show up! Our place was packed!
10-20-2016
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Hartland Farm trip!
10-07-2016
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We have had such an awesome month of October so far! Taking trips to pumpkin farms in the area, making pumpkin seeds, decorating for fall, getting a handful of new residents, and enjoying the cooler weather! Here is a pic of a couple of folks at the Hartland Farm!
10-07-2016
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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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