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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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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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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Hello Halloween! We are getting all set up and excited for our halloween party! Next Thursday at 6:00 we will be opening our home to the community for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest! We are decorating our courtyard to make a spooky walk-through for the kids! We have a whole bunch ... Read Full Post
Hello Halloween! We are getting all set up and excited for our halloween party! Next Thursday at 6:00 we will be opening our home to the community for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest! We are decorating our courtyard to make a spooky walk-through for the kids! We have a whole bunch of blow-ups to fill the courtyard with dancing creatures! All next week the staff will be dressing up silly, spooky, or pretty and there will be a contest at the end of the week judged by the residents! :D
10-23-2015
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What a beautiful week! The weather and the people are in good spirits here at Bickford! We have been doing many fall crafts this season such as painting pumpkins and making fall wreaths! Today we just had our favorite entertainer Chris Von Arx! Later this afternoon we will be carving pumpkins! We ... Read Full Post
What a beautiful week! The weather and the people are in good spirits here at Bickford! We have been doing many fall crafts this season such as painting pumpkins and making fall wreaths! Today we just had our favorite entertainer Chris Von Arx! Later this afternoon we will be carving pumpkins! We are all getting along and helping each other like a family would. We love it here!
10-16-2015
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Being together as a team, and working together to make this the best caring company in the nation was precious yesterday. Andy Eby taking time to teach and train us is a rare opportunity seldom found in most companies. He could hire training out but he wants to know the people caring for his people ... Read Full Post
Being together as a team, and working together to make this the best caring company in the nation was precious yesterday. Andy Eby taking time to teach and train us is a rare opportunity seldom found in most companies. He could hire training out but he wants to know the people caring for his people and family members so they get what Bickford promises.We will miss Sam but am excited to know she will reach out to more people needing help on the east coast. Thanks for all you taught Kris and I and my daughter, Hanna. You have made a lasting impression on our hearts. We will stay in touch. Thanks again Andy for caring so we too will pass the love on. Teddy
10-15-2015
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It has been a beautiful fall week in Cedar Falls! The weather hasn't been too rough, so we can still enjoy the courtyard! We have been decorating with fall decor in the front yard, courtyard, and inside! Yesterday was the first day of Octoberfest so we had Bingo and Beer! (non-alcoholic of course) ... Read Full Post
It has been a beautiful fall week in Cedar Falls! The weather hasn't been too rough, so we can still enjoy the courtyard! We have been decorating with fall decor in the front yard, courtyard, and inside! Yesterday was the first day of Octoberfest so we had Bingo and Beer! (non-alcoholic of course) Pictured is our very beautiful and artistic, RUTH, painting pumpkins to match the front of the house!!
10-08-2015
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We had a gorgeous fall week!! We made the place pretty with a "fall tree" with beautiful auburn lights on it and pumpkins and hemp ribbon around it! We also added lots of fall colored flowers to our living space and our front entrance! We painted pumpkins yesterday and we also had a really fun sing ... Read Full Post
We had a gorgeous fall week!! We made the place pretty with a "fall tree" with beautiful auburn lights on it and pumpkins and hemp ribbon around it! We also added lots of fall colored flowers to our living space and our front entrance! We painted pumpkins yesterday and we also had a really fun sing along! We love the fall!!!
10-02-2015
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Today is Monday! A new day with new beginnings and new blessings. Over the weekend we had a very intellectual professor move out and it was sad for a couple of the staff who got really close to him... We also had a very kind gentleman named Damon pass away. So a couple changes over the weekend, but ... Read Full Post
Today is Monday! A new day with new beginnings and new blessings. Over the weekend we had a very intellectual professor move out and it was sad for a couple of the staff who got really close to him... We also had a very kind gentleman named Damon pass away. So a couple changes over the weekend, but we always get through them from just building each other up and encouraging one another. We had a booth set up at the Walk to End Alzheimers and we brought four of our residents with us. We really had a beautiful morning out by the river listening to the band and walking.
09-28-2015
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Laughter was the theme yesterday as we celebrated assisted living week. For two hours we laughed and sang and danced up a storm as I taught everyone the importance of laughter for their lives. It is a choice not a feeling. You can get bitter or better, be pitiful or powerful and you can choose to ... Read Full Post
Laughter was the theme yesterday as we celebrated assisted living week. For two hours we laughed and sang and danced up a storm as I taught everyone the importance of laughter for their lives. It is a choice not a feeling. You can get bitter or better, be pitiful or powerful and you can choose to be a winner or a winer. So what will you choose today an attitude of gratitude or be a grumpy dude whose rude? Hahaha start your smile today and enrich someones happiness and watch yours ignite! Just b happy!
09-18-2015
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Wow what a fun week of celebrating National Assisted Living Week! The theme was Nourishing Life: MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT! Monday was MIND DAY for us in Cedar Falls! In the morning we had our Monday mornin exercise, then we played two games that made us exercise our mind: Our giant Crossword puzzle, ... Read Full Post
Wow what a fun week of celebrating National Assisted Living Week! The theme was Nourishing Life: MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT! Monday was MIND DAY for us in Cedar Falls! In the morning we had our Monday mornin exercise, then we played two games that made us exercise our mind: Our giant Crossword puzzle, and Name 5. Then after BINGO in the afternoon, we took a load off with a Wine & Cheese hour in the sun room where we listened to easy-listening big band music and socialized!! Tuesday was our BODY DAY where we did activities that were sports and exercise related, such as Bowling, Walking Club, the staff did wheel chair races, and we all wore athletic/sports wear. Wednesday was 50's DAY! Our center pieces for our meals were records, and Teddy got pretty flowers for each table! We listened to the record player all day, and after BINGO we made milkshakes for each resident and put them in the classic Coke glasses topped with whipped cream! Delivering them to the rooms was fun, the residents were pleasantly surprised! :) Today our theme was MAKE ME LAUGH DAY and, boy, DID WE LAUGH!? We decided our dress code for the day would be mismatch patterns and colors. Most of the staff got into it, and we dressed residents up throughout the day with funny glasses and hats and adhesive mustaches!! In the afternoon we did Laughter yoga and the whole living room was filled with funny hats and smiles!!! Thanks for reading! We have a ton of fun here at the Cedar Falls Bickford. -Koriann Life Enrichment Coordinator
09-17-2015
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Yesterday we made s'mores for our afternoon snack and they were a HIT! Everyone just raved about how good they were! Today we had a lot of fun playing music BINGO, everyone was singing along and clapping their hands. Next week will be a fun week as we have Fair Day with live animals and fair games ... Read Full Post
Yesterday we made s'mores for our afternoon snack and they were a HIT! Everyone just raved about how good they were! Today we had a lot of fun playing music BINGO, everyone was singing along and clapping their hands. Next week will be a fun week as we have Fair Day with live animals and fair games and prizes! Looking forward to it!
09-04-2015
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State Fair memories will be stirred up next week when we play cow chip bingo, prance a horse around inside and judge pies from all over the cedar valley to see which is the best. We have fair ribbons and prizes that are sure to be a hit. The cooks are making corndogs,red pickles, and fried oreo ... Read Full Post
State Fair memories will be stirred up next week when we play cow chip bingo, prance a horse around inside and judge pies from all over the cedar valley to see which is the best. We have fair ribbons and prizes that are sure to be a hit. The cooks are making corndogs,red pickles, and fried oreo cookies! With ice cream cones to top it off. Old Mcdonald is bringing his farm to bickford....yee haw! Did I mention the country line dancing? Who says there's no place like home when we bring their home right to them!
09-03-2015
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What a fun week of cleaning up out in the court yard, playing music every moment we have, and just loving each other more and more each day!! We've got such a caring and FUN family here at Bickford! Lots of people that like to dance and sing.
08-27-2015
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Enriching Happiness to a group of RSVP Directors was a delight today. They work with volunteers and seniors all over the state of Iowa and when asked if they had ever heard of Bickford Assisted Living the majority of them said no. What a chance to enrich happiness throughout the state by telling ... Read Full Post
Enriching Happiness to a group of RSVP Directors was a delight today. They work with volunteers and seniors all over the state of Iowa and when asked if they had ever heard of Bickford Assisted Living the majority of them said no. What a chance to enrich happiness throughout the state by telling them about our beautiful homes we provide for so many.It was held at the Casino in Waterloo and wherever I walked they had huge smile faces hanging every where! They say they bring happiness, I guess happiness is contagious these days catch it and pass it on, Teddy
08-27-2015
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Life is good! What a team we have so many care and so much teamwork! Thanks to all the staff for helping with our lunch and learn! Our cooks out did themselves with the shephards pie in a mug! Breadsticks with a twist and finished with a peanut butter chocolate dessert in our Bickford Bowl. ... Read Full Post
Life is good! What a team we have so many care and so much teamwork! Thanks to all the staff for helping with our lunch and learn! Our cooks out did themselves with the shephards pie in a mug! Breadsticks with a twist and finished with a peanut butter chocolate dessert in our Bickford Bowl. Bickford truly is the greatest place in the Cedar Valley!
08-20-2015
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August has been flying by! We have had multiple memorable events and activities this month: "Western Day", music by Chris Von Arx, a family BBQ, music by "Brother Music Sister Rythym", Bad Poetry reading, and hosted a Lunch-n-Learn in our courtyard! We did country line dancing and horse races which ... Read Full Post
August has been flying by! We have had multiple memorable events and activities this month: "Western Day", music by Chris Von Arx, a family BBQ, music by "Brother Music Sister Rythym", Bad Poetry reading, and hosted a Lunch-n-Learn in our courtyard! We did country line dancing and horse races which are always fun and different!! We had the band "Brother Music Sister Rythym come from Rochester and all of the residents loved them!!! The bizarre holiday on Aug. 18th was Bad Poetry Day so I got out the microphone and read some hilariously confusing bad poetry and everyone really enjoyed it!! God bless everyone while the summer comes to an end! We are looking forward to the fall around here for some nice cool breezes and apple cider!
08-20-2015
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Wow! August already! It seems like time is flying by as we enter the fall in one month. But before all that we are excited about our "Mug a Lunch" event the cooks and I have been planning. We will be serving lunch in a mug to take home and delicious dessert in our Bickford Bowls. Koriann will sing, ... Read Full Post
Wow! August already! It seems like time is flying by as we enter the fall in one month. But before all that we are excited about our "Mug a Lunch" event the cooks and I have been planning. We will be serving lunch in a mug to take home and delicious dessert in our Bickford Bowls. Koriann will sing, I will do laughter Yoga and the cooks, Kris and Michelle will talk about their roles here. So far we have 15 RSVP's and they are still coming in. Dr.s that have never been here and nurses, event planners, community leaders we are so happy to show our place off. Enriching Happiness-Yum!
08-03-2015
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The Channel Cats played for our July Birthday celebration and we had a great time! We have been enjoying doing our monthly birthday parties with new entertainment each month! This month we had quite a few birthdays: Allen, Esther, Dellrose, Dick, Damon, and Ron!
07-30-2015
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Hello friends! This week we celebrated all our July Birthdays with root beer floats and music by the Channel Cats! Today we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy! That's always a fun time with our crazy hats! We have been doing a ton of work in the courtyard, pulling weeds and trimming the bushes. We have a ... Read Full Post
Hello friends! This week we celebrated all our July Birthdays with root beer floats and music by the Channel Cats! Today we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy! That's always a fun time with our crazy hats! We have been doing a ton of work in the courtyard, pulling weeds and trimming the bushes. We have a hand full of residents that like to help out out there! Our tomato plants are starting to produce too!
07-23-2015
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We are getting ready for our "Mug a Lunch" event. We will be serving pizza in a mug and dessert in our Bickford Bowls from Bickford bread basket bakery. Each one of our staff will take time to present themselves as an active participant in the lives of the family members that move into our lovely ... Read Full Post
We are getting ready for our "Mug a Lunch" event. We will be serving pizza in a mug and dessert in our Bickford Bowls from Bickford bread basket bakery. Each one of our staff will take time to present themselves as an active participant in the lives of the family members that move into our lovely home. Koriann will showcase her singing talent, I will do laughter yoga, Kris will tell them services we provide and Michelle will let them know how she cares for their patients or loved ones depending on who is here. Enriching Happiness in the Cedar Valley that's what we do in Cedar Falls.
07-20-2015
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Hello those who are reading! What a great week! Yesterday we had a very fun sing along where I played my guitar and handed out the lyrics to a bunch of good ol' songs! We had a large group and everyone was singing along and tapping their feet! We have had many new people join our family this month, ... Read Full Post
Hello those who are reading! What a great week! Yesterday we had a very fun sing along where I played my guitar and handed out the lyrics to a bunch of good ol' songs! We had a large group and everyone was singing along and tapping their feet! We have had many new people join our family this month, so it has been a lot of fun getting to know new people and get them involved around here! Have a great weekend!!!
07-17-2015
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This week has been full of bizarre holidays like Chocolate Day, Video Games Day, and Sugar Cookie Day! We made chocolate covered pretzels with pretty sprinkles on Tuesday. They were cute for the snack bar and they got eaten up real quick! Yesterday was the second Wednesday of the month so we had ... Read Full Post
This week has been full of bizarre holidays like Chocolate Day, Video Games Day, and Sugar Cookie Day! We made chocolate covered pretzels with pretty sprinkles on Tuesday. They were cute for the snack bar and they got eaten up real quick! Yesterday was the second Wednesday of the month so we had music therapy with Lucy! It's always a treat to have her here and she sings so beautifully!! Today is Sugar Cookie Day so six ladies got together and mixed up the dough then we rolled it out into all different shapes. Later we will frost them! Fun Stuff!
07-09-2015
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Last weekend we celebrated "World Juggler's Day" by having the Dean of Juggling come to perform for us! It was dark and rainy out on that Saturday morning, but he came in and brightened things up! On Sunday we had our Fathers day BBQ and it was wonderful seeing everyone's family here! Our wonderful ... Read Full Post
Last weekend we celebrated "World Juggler's Day" by having the Dean of Juggling come to perform for us! It was dark and rainy out on that Saturday morning, but he came in and brightened things up! On Sunday we had our Fathers day BBQ and it was wonderful seeing everyone's family here! Our wonderful cooks made chicken and meatball kabobs and they were delicious! It was too hot and humid to enjoy sitting outside, so instead we set up all the tables in the living room and had an indoor BBQ! :) Amidst the fun stuff last weekend, we also had one of our best friends, Arlene, pass away. It has been a weird week without her around; she was the light and the life of the party. She was always positive, never complained about anything, encouraged, complimented, knew every word to every song, broke the ice, and made everyone feel welcomed and loved. We will miss her so much around here! The rest of this week has been full of storms and rain, but we got through it with smiles and laughter. Over n out, Koriann
06-26-2015
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Hiya beautiful people! We just got done playing beanbag baseball against Ridgeway Place, another assisted living facility in the Cedar Valley. Our living room was packed with a lot of our residents and then 7 of their folks. We had a lot of fun, but unfortunately we didn't win. We have a "traveling ... Read Full Post
Hiya beautiful people! We just got done playing beanbag baseball against Ridgeway Place, another assisted living facility in the Cedar Valley. Our living room was packed with a lot of our residents and then 7 of their folks. We had a lot of fun, but unfortunately we didn't win. We have a "traveling trophy" that goes back and forth between our two buildings, and now they have had it for two months.. We will try our best to win it back next month!! Tomorrow for "World Jugglers Day" we have Juggling Dean coming in at 10am to perform for us!! I am so excited!! Then of course, Sunday is fathers day and we are having a big BBQ out in our courtyard!! We have gotten many RSVPs and we are all very excited to host a fun summer party!! With love, peace, and joy at Bickford in Cedar Falls, Koriann
06-19-2015
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What a fun two weeks its been in Cedar Falls! We have had some good entertainment and fun activities going on here. Last Thursday we made an "Old Maid's Vinegar Pie" with our cook Annette. It was fun to have her lead a cooking class!! Friday was National Doughnut Day and we had a donut eating ... Read Full Post
What a fun two weeks its been in Cedar Falls! We have had some good entertainment and fun activities going on here. Last Thursday we made an "Old Maid's Vinegar Pie" with our cook Annette. It was fun to have her lead a cooking class!! Friday was National Doughnut Day and we had a donut eating contest that had everyone laughing! Chris Von Arx, our favorite singer, came on Tuesday and we had almost all the residents out in the living room enjoying his wonderful music! Our music therapist, Lucy, came on Wednesday! We made stepping stones for the garden! For Hawaiian Day we cut up a bunch of fruit and made iced tea and we drank it later out of these adorable tiki cups. Today we are going to have Laughter Yoga with Teddy!! Its rainy today, but we need it! It has been SO HOT this week and we have a handful of residents that love the hot sun so they have been enjoying the courtyard!! Hope whoever is reading this is having a blessed day! Over and out, Koriann
06-11-2015
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This week flew by, but we had rainy, gloomy, and cold weather until today (Friday). On Tuesday we had the "Library Lady" come in and chat with us for an hour about the 50's. That was interesting to reminisce on trends, music, tv shows, and new inventions of that time. Today we went out to Ridgeway ... Read Full Post
This week flew by, but we had rainy, gloomy, and cold weather until today (Friday). On Tuesday we had the "Library Lady" come in and chat with us for an hour about the 50's. That was interesting to reminisce on trends, music, tv shows, and new inventions of that time. Today we went out to Ridgeway Place to play them in Beanbag Baseball. We have a traveling trophy and today we lost it... We will win it back next month when their team comes to Bickford! :) We are looking forward to going outside this afternoon and sitting in the sun. Later on we have worship and musical BINGO. Happy Friday!!!
05-22-2015
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We had our mothers day gala this week and it was wonderful!! our table settings looked beautiful and Teddy did laughter yoga with everyone. The feedback we got afterwards was heart warming. One of our residents said she had never seen her guest, her niece, laugh so hard in her life! Teddy also ... Read Full Post
We had our mothers day gala this week and it was wonderful!! our table settings looked beautiful and Teddy did laughter yoga with everyone. The feedback we got afterwards was heart warming. One of our residents said she had never seen her guest, her niece, laugh so hard in her life! Teddy also surprised one of our residents with two of her relatives so she was very happy to have them there!! The strawberry shortcake and iced tea were YUMMY!!! We sent each guest home with a little lamp that you can see in the picture. Thank you everyone who came! And a huge thank you to the cooks who prepared our treats. And another huge thank you to Teddy for being so amazing and making all of us laugh!!!! -Koriann
05-14-2015
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Today is my mom's 84th birthday. I am so grateful she is still at home and doing well. It made me think of the daughter who just called in and said she was worried about her 84 year old mom because she was driving to the store and got lost and left a pan burning on the stove. I am thankful that the ... Read Full Post
Today is my mom's 84th birthday. I am so grateful she is still at home and doing well. It made me think of the daughter who just called in and said she was worried about her 84 year old mom because she was driving to the store and got lost and left a pan burning on the stove. I am thankful that the Bickford family saw the problem with dementia early so they could provide a place of safety for our loved ones. We need to not be afraid to help the kids become the parents and help them see the dangers that lie ahead if they are not proactive in making a decision for them they may not want. Tough Love is hard but a fall or a fire is much harder to deal with. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's that care even when it hurts.
05-05-2015
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We had a lovely May Day on Friday! We finished up our May Day Baskets, we were all wearing flower head pieces, we made a 10ft May Day Pole, and we had our lovely Jack play the piano for us! Amelia, Arlene, and Koriann delivered 10 May Day Baskets to our neighbors. They gave some to children that ... Read Full Post
We had a lovely May Day on Friday! We finished up our May Day Baskets, we were all wearing flower head pieces, we made a 10ft May Day Pole, and we had our lovely Jack play the piano for us! Amelia, Arlene, and Koriann delivered 10 May Day Baskets to our neighbors. They gave some to children that were outside and their mother said we completely made their day. That was fun! :) It was a day full of color and smiles and rejoicing the beginning of May!
05-04-2015
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The trees have been blooming so beautifully in Cedar Falls! We have a gal who used to be a florist. She loves to make wreaths for residents at Bickford, and when she saw the trees outside her window she just needed to get out there! She filled vases and put them all over the main areas and our ... Read Full Post
The trees have been blooming so beautifully in Cedar Falls! We have a gal who used to be a florist. She loves to make wreaths for residents at Bickford, and when she saw the trees outside her window she just needed to get out there! She filled vases and put them all over the main areas and our building was full of color and life!
05-04-2015
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Hello From Cedar Falls Bickford! What a lovely week it has been. We had a cruise themed day and we did a fun scavenger hunt around the living room and dining room, and then of course we had a treasure chest of goodies at the end. A group of UNI girls came on Tuesday night to decorate some cookies, ... Read Full Post
Hello From Cedar Falls Bickford! What a lovely week it has been. We had a cruise themed day and we did a fun scavenger hunt around the living room and dining room, and then of course we had a treasure chest of goodies at the end. A group of UNI girls came on Tuesday night to decorate some cookies, and since the school year is coming to an end, that was their last time coming for a while! We are currently recruiting for more volunteers; we love them!! :) We had two girls come in today with bird houses that they had painted and they got to go around and deliver them- they really enjoyed that. I just love all the residents here so much and pray that God fills me with more love than the day before so I can better love them and serve them. God blesses our Bickford Family Members with patience and kindness, and I pray he keeps us gentle and full of joy when tending to our loved ones each day!! Praying for all the Bickfords, Koriann
04-24-2015
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We had such a great week and Bickford Cedar Falls! The weather has been amazing and we have been enjoying our courtyard. On Sunday we had our springtime prom with Cedar Falls High School students and it was so much fun! The residents loved their company. They are all leaders in their school so they ... Read Full Post
We had such a great week and Bickford Cedar Falls! The weather has been amazing and we have been enjoying our courtyard. On Sunday we had our springtime prom with Cedar Falls High School students and it was so much fun! The residents loved their company. They are all leaders in their school so they had great communication skills and were really engaged in the residents! Teddy got Red's Party Bus to come and park in front of the building so that we could all go see the inside of it, and then they driver ended up offering us a ride around town! The high schoolers loved it, and we got to take five residents too! On Friday, Teddy was working on the front yard, and we got about 10 or more residents to come out and cheer us on. They had so much fun watching us!!! What a great week... and many more to come!!
04-18-2015
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Spring has sprung and so have the doors of our beautiful home from all the traffic we have had. Now that the weather is nice and things are calming down outside people are ready to make a decision to make their lives safe and desirable. We welcome all our new family members, grieve the ones that ... Read Full Post
Spring has sprung and so have the doors of our beautiful home from all the traffic we have had. Now that the weather is nice and things are calming down outside people are ready to make a decision to make their lives safe and desirable. We welcome all our new family members, grieve the ones that have joined the heavenly roll and wait with expectation of the ones to come. There's no place like home in the Cedar Falls Bickford. "Greatest Place in the Cedar Valley!" That's what we hope is the legacy we are leaving.
04-09-2015
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Hey everyone! Things are going just swell over here in Cedar Falls. On Saturday we said goodbye to our dear friend Everett Robertson. His funeral was today. On Sunday we had two 14 year old girls come to sing for us. They were so good! They sang songs from musicals and the residents really enjoyed ... Read Full Post
Hey everyone! Things are going just swell over here in Cedar Falls. On Saturday we said goodbye to our dear friend Everett Robertson. His funeral was today. On Sunday we had two 14 year old girls come to sing for us. They were so good! They sang songs from musicals and the residents really enjoyed it! This week Teddy has been crazy busy giving tours, and our place is filling up and people are now on a waiting list. We have three people moving in this weekend so it will be busy busy here! Well, not too much to report other than that! Hope all is well with everyone! have a good day
03-26-2015
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Hello there everyone! Boy, have we been having a great week! The residents have been involved and engaged in activities more so than usual! We had a great St Patrick's Day too! We had a parade, read tales of leprechauns, had a band come to play, and also had a super cute spread of green treats and ... Read Full Post
Hello there everyone! Boy, have we been having a great week! The residents have been involved and engaged in activities more so than usual! We had a great St Patrick's Day too! We had a parade, read tales of leprechauns, had a band come to play, and also had a super cute spread of green treats and beer!! (Non-alcoholic of course.) On Saturday, we had a band of elder men come to play for the first time, and they brought a whole bunch of their friends too. Our living room was hardly big enough for them all! :) We have been doing some court yard clean-up, and I think we are all ready to get outside and enjoy it!! Tomorrow we are having Ridgeway Place come to play us in a game of beanbag baseball. When we went there last month, we won, and took our traveling trophy back home!! Now they want to win it back. Well now that the Patty's Day decorations are down, its time to start decorating for Easter! Hope all is well for you who are reading this. Have a wonderful weekend, and we will catch up again next week! Writing to you from Cedar Falls Bickford, ~Koriann
03-19-2015
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Hello from Cedar Falls! Sorry our blog has been MIA, I, Koriann, am to blame!! Teddy passed the blog baton off to me, and then it totally spaced my mind! So here I am, a month an a half late, and I wont forget to do it from now on!! Welp! Life is great over here in the Cedar Valley...the weather is ... Read Full Post
Hello from Cedar Falls! Sorry our blog has been MIA, I, Koriann, am to blame!! Teddy passed the blog baton off to me, and then it totally spaced my mind! So here I am, a month an a half late, and I wont forget to do it from now on!! Welp! Life is great over here in the Cedar Valley...the weather is making everyone smile EVEN BRIGHTER! We are loving it! We had a lovely Valentines party back in Feb. We crowned two people King and Queen by picking out of a hat and RANDOMLY our two newest residents won!! That was exciting! For a few months now we have been having some girls from UNI come at nighttime to do crafts, card-making, and movie night with the residents. Earlier this month they came and painted flower pots, and then again last night they came and planted flowers in them! The residents really enjoyed that, and they turned out SO CUTE! We are getting ready for our St. Paddys day; we will be having all sorts of goodies, entertainment, an Irish Saint come talk to us, and a bunch of St Patricks Day games! The staff will be dressing up, we will be having a Paddy's day parade with the residents, and IT WILL BE FUN! :) Hope everyone is healthy and happy! -Koriann in Cedar Falls
03-12-2015
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Although its not even February, its been feeling like spring is around the corner!! The residents here are feeling springy too! We had some good entertainment from Monty King that had everybody tapping there toes right before dinner time on a Friday night. Our LEC, Koriann, also brought her guitar ... Read Full Post
Although its not even February, its been feeling like spring is around the corner!! The residents here are feeling springy too! We had some good entertainment from Monty King that had everybody tapping there toes right before dinner time on a Friday night. Our LEC, Koriann, also brought her guitar one day and did a sing along with everyone! They really enjoyed that. We have been meaning to get over to Ridgeway Place for a beanbag baseball game, but we have had to reschedule two times now! We should be on for Feb 6th!! We also had a family member unexpectedly pass last week; it is always sad to readjust when someone leaves us. Other than that, we have been keeping our smiles big and our hugs tight around here! Hope everyone is doing the same!
01-27-2015
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You can get bitter or better, mad or glad, be pitiful or powerful we all have a choice to make when we get out of bed each day. Regardless of our circumstances, feelings or the weather, choose an attitude of gratitude and see for yourself that the world is a better place because you smiled.
01-15-2015
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