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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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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We have Bickford Bingo at the Senior Center coming soon, and next week, Senior Connections will help to enhance marketing with local senior living homes and my daughter, Hillary is going to have a little boy in may. How do those all connect? Wwweeelll.... it means the new year is starting out with ... Read Full Post
We have Bickford Bingo at the Senior Center coming soon, and next week, Senior Connections will help to enhance marketing with local senior living homes and my daughter, Hillary is going to have a little boy in may. How do those all connect? Wwweeelll.... it means the new year is starting out with a future and a hope of good things to come. Just like Jeremiah 29:11 says. Here's to a great beginning! Teddy and Kris
01-08-2015
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Happy New Year to you all! We have been so busy but it's been a good busy. Miss Iowa, Santa, tons of family members visiting, dessert theater, you name it we did it. Whew, I think we are ready to rest a bit! Bless you all from Cedar Falls.
12-31-2014
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I can't talk today and it is amazing to hear everyone whisper back to me as I strive to express myself. It is also amazing how people go out of their way to help when you can't talk. I had help with a tour, help last night with costumes for the upcoming Christmas play at church and extra hugs ... Read Full Post
I can't talk today and it is amazing to hear everyone whisper back to me as I strive to express myself. It is also amazing how people go out of their way to help when you can't talk. I had help with a tour, help last night with costumes for the upcoming Christmas play at church and extra hugs hoping I can sing tomorrow at the senior center for the big Christmas Bickford is putting on for them. Two sudden deaths from our Bickford home reminds me of the silence those families feel this Christmas. Sometimes we need to just hush and hear the music of a Savior entering hearts so silently and remembering all is well with our soul. Silence is golden at times.
12-11-2014
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Shoes for children,gift boxes for operation child, gifts for families we adopted for Christmas and a beautiful home to decorate at Bickford. As I celebrate my five year anniversary at Bickford I can't thank the Lord more for walking me through these doors by accident. Little did I know the plans He ... Read Full Post
Shoes for children,gift boxes for operation child, gifts for families we adopted for Christmas and a beautiful home to decorate at Bickford. As I celebrate my five year anniversary at Bickford I can't thank the Lord more for walking me through these doors by accident. Little did I know the plans He had for me within these beautiful,loving walls. Thanks to all my Bickford Family far and wide for giving me a journey to enjoy. Have an amazing Thanksgiving. Be Blessed.
11-26-2014
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We are making a group snowman, working on group christmas trees, filling care boxes for Operation Child, and collecting gifts for families in the area. The stirring of christmas is in the air. But first let's remember to say thanks to the Creator for giving us the greatest gift of all. Thanksgiving ... Read Full Post
We are making a group snowman, working on group christmas trees, filling care boxes for Operation Child, and collecting gifts for families in the area. The stirring of christmas is in the air. But first let's remember to say thanks to the Creator for giving us the greatest gift of all. Thanksgiving is a gift you can give Him in return.
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Enriching happiness at the children's hospital on monday was a great reminder of the importance of laughter in life. One small boy lit up when I told him 20 minutes of laughter would give him 2 and a half hours of pain free sleep. He said he would do anything to not have pain in his back and jumped ... Read Full Post
Enriching happiness at the children's hospital on monday was a great reminder of the importance of laughter in life. One small boy lit up when I told him 20 minutes of laughter would give him 2 and a half hours of pain free sleep. He said he would do anything to not have pain in his back and jumped to his feet while hooked up to an IV machine. When we were done the children went to the Bickford Treasure chest and picked out trinkets to make them keep smiling. One grandma said we must be a great place if we enrich the lives of the young and old through laughter. She is going to check our place out for her parents. Ha ha ha what fun we have at Bickford!
11-06-2014
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Enriching happiness is what we love to do in Cedar Falls. We are excedit to have Powder Puff and Poker night this wednesday. Mothers and daughters will have makeovers and manicures and the guys will be playing poker with the men. We love to have fun with our families!
10-11-2014
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My dad owned restaurants for 40 years. Raising six kids and a business that is very demanding was not always easy. He taught me one lesson I will never forget. As I observed him in times that most people would give up, he didn't quit and told me "When the going gets tough the tough get going!" Be ... Read Full Post
My dad owned restaurants for 40 years. Raising six kids and a business that is very demanding was not always easy. He taught me one lesson I will never forget. As I observed him in times that most people would give up, he didn't quit and told me "When the going gets tough the tough get going!" Be tougher than your circumstances and you will rise to the top. My dad was very successful. Thanks, dad.
10-07-2014
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Enriching happiness is what we are all about at Cedar Falls. Each day we turn the happy song on and pass a green polka dot beach ball around while singing, because I'm happy, etc. I made a daughter happy when I sent her a pack of plan B stickers while she is trying to find a place for her mother ... Read Full Post
Enriching happiness is what we are all about at Cedar Falls. Each day we turn the happy song on and pass a green polka dot beach ball around while singing, because I'm happy, etc. I made a daughter happy when I sent her a pack of plan B stickers while she is trying to find a place for her mother who just found out she has cancer. The "cooking" family laughed out loud when they got their happy spatula and pot holder along with Bickford brochures from us and set up a tour. Our newest resident, the gardener loved the rain gauge for outside his courtyard room. Donuts and Folger's coffee put a smile on the face of a wife trying to care for her husband who recently had a stroke and they too are ready to tour our "Happy Hangout". Bubbly Bickford that's our home in Cedar Falls.
06-23-2014
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Walking is one of the most ideal forms of physical activity, offering an easy and effective way for seniors to maintain fitness. Take a look at the article below for more information about the many benefits of walking for seniors. Walking Toward Better Health Walking is one of the most natural and ... Read Full Post
Walking is one of the most ideal forms of physical activity, offering an easy and effective way for seniors to maintain fitness. Take a look at the article below for more information about the many benefits of walking for seniors.

Walking Toward Better Health

Walking is one of the most natural and easiest forms of exercise. Numerous studies have shown that seniors who walk every day reap many health benefits, including lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and disability. Walking is an easy, fun, and low-impact activity that proves seniors don’t need to become Olympic athletes to enjoy the healthy aging.

Easy to Do

Walking is easy to do because seniors have been doing it since they were children! Starting a fitness program that involves walking every day doesn’t require learning a new skill or buying any sports equipment. All you need to walk regularly is a properly-fitted pair of shoes. Seniors who walk with a cane or walker should also ensure their mobility aids are in good condition. Walking can be done indoors or outdoors, making it an ideal activity for any location and climate. With the help of a watch or pedometer, seniors can easily determine how far they’ve walked and track the benefits they are generating for their bodies.

Better Balance

As the body ages, poor balance and limited mobility or strength can lead to falls, which are a serious health risk for the elderly. A regular walking program can keep the body accustomed to moving and standing, greatly reducing the risk of falls. Walking naturally helps the body to maintain balance and good posture, which are particularly important for older adults. This activity also helps to maintain muscle strength, which in turn makes it easier to hold the body in a healthy and stable position during movement.

Improved Stamina

Walking improves physical stamina, giving seniors more energy to take part in the activities they love. This simple aerobic activity strengthens the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system, improving circulation so the entire body is healthier and more energized. Studies have shown that seniors who walk regularly have more energy for everyday tasks such as games, crafts, and even cleaning or cooking meals without becoming winded.

Lower Rates of Disability

Disabilities and reduced physical function related to joint pain, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, and more can be prevented or reduced by walking. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular walking can reduce a senior’s risk of becoming disabled by nearly half. Walking helps to maintain muscle strength and bone density, making movements easier and safer overall. In many cases, a low-impact walking program can also reduce joint pain and swelling related to arthritis, helping seniors to maintain flexibility and comfortable motion

Are you ready to get walking as you enjoy senior living at its best? Bickford of Cedar Falls encourages our senior residents to join our walking club, which is just one of the many ways we help our residents maintain good health and the social connections they need to achieve happiness. Click through our website to learn more about our activities and events.

06-23-2014
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How about a little laughter to take away the rainy day blues? Our residents are practicing a different kind of yoga here at Bickford of Cedar Falls. Laughter Yoga on Wednesdays at 10 am it may just get us all through these rainy days!
04-28-2014
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We were blessed with a great turnout for the Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday! The residents loved seeing all of the children hunting. Thank you for being there I will have some pictures up on here tomorrow
04-24-2014
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We hope everyone can stop out to see how great the remodel looks!
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Don't let the snow stop you from getting out to Bickford of Cedar Falls this weekend. We look forward to having everyone here. Your loved ones are hard at work stuffing Easter Eggs this week for little ones to find. See you soon!
04-14-2014
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Make sure you stop in soon! The remodel of the branch will be done early next week. We look forward to having everyone over to show off this complete new look at the Easter Egg Hunt April 19th.
04-02-2014
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Get ready for the hunt! Our residents have been stuffing Easter eggs already in prepartation for Bickford of Cedar Fall's Branch wide Easter Egg Hunt. Make sure to mark your calendars as it will be an event for everyone! We hope to see you all April 19th at 2:00 pm!
03-28-2014
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Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls' Michelle Labrie for being nominated as 2013 RN Coordinator of the Year! Michelle was one of four RNCs nominated company-wide. Michelle is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose of Enriching Happiness through consistently meeting our ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls' Michelle Labrie for being nominated as 2013 RN Coordinator of the Year! Michelle was one of four RNCs nominated company-wide. Michelle is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose of Enriching Happiness through consistently meeting our residents Core Needs. Congratulations Michelle!
02-28-2014
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Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls' Hanna Nuss for being nominated as 2013 Bickford Community Relations Director (CRD) of the Year! Hanna was one of four CRDs nominated company-wide. Hanna is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose of Enriching Happiness each and every day. ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls' Hanna Nuss for being nominated as 2013 Bickford Community Relations Director (CRD) of the Year! Hanna was one of four CRDs nominated company-wide. Hanna is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose of Enriching Happiness each and every day. Congratulations Hanna!
02-28-2014
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Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls for placing in the top 5, #4 out of 48 Branches on Bickford’s annual Enriching Happiness Survey! The Enriching Happiness Survey was created to give our Friends of the Family a chance to tell us what they like and what we need to improve on. After each ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Cedar Falls for placing in the top 5, #4 out of 48 Branches on Bickford’s annual Enriching Happiness Survey! The Enriching Happiness Survey was created to give our Friends of the Family a chance to tell us what they like and what we need to improve on. After each survey, we transform ourselves by working with our families to create an agenda to improve targeted areas together. Bickford focuses on "Top Box" scores to differentiate between happiness and satisfaction. On a typical 5-point satisfaction scale, this means calculating the percentage of those who say they're highly satisfied (5's) instead of showing the overall average score. We compare ourselves to the high standard of Top Box scores, so that we know that we have more than satisfied residents – we have residents whose happiness has been enriched. Congrats to Bickford of Cedar Falls for enriching our residents happiness!
02-28-2014
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We are feeling blessed today at Bickford Assisted Living in Cedar Falls. Tomorrow we are lucky enough to celebrate our second Centenarian. We have so many residents who fill our branch with life. So happy to celebrate this very special accomplishement.
01-10-2014
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We celebrated our 15 year Anniversary last night. We all enjoyed steak for dinner and in honor of Mary Bickford we had a harpist play. Our family at Bickford of Cedar Falls feels so blessed to have served the area and your family for 15 years.
11-20-2013
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You are invited to the event of the season! Our friends and family BBQ is fast approaching. We will have a live band, great food and family friendly activities. Mark your calendars and come ready to party Bickford of Cedar Falls Style! We can't wait to see you May 28th at 5:00!
05-20-2013
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We are kicking off our walking club today! Each resident who is participating will be given a pedometer to measure the distance they are walking each week. The walking club will not only be a step toward good health but will also be training residents for the Alzheimer's Walk in September. So be ... Read Full Post
We are kicking off our walking club today! Each resident who is participating will be given a pedometer to measure the distance they are walking each week. The walking club will not only be a step toward good health but will also be training residents for the Alzheimer's Walk in September. So be careful when you visit our branch cause these residents are on a mission. Walking Club will be held at 4:00 every Thursday feel free to come out and train with your loved one for the Walk in September its never too early to start!
05-07-2013
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We are looking forward to our St. Patrick's day celebration with the residents. We will be celebrating on March 14th this month so make sure if you stop in you are wearing green that day!
03-13-2013
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