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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Beth Fleming -
There is always something fun and new going on each time I am at one of my branches. In Burlington today, resident Mary Aringdale enjoys a chair massage after a yoga session with yoga instructor Angel Beck of Burlington. 10 residents came down to stretch and relax with the yoga session, then ended ... Read Full Post
There is always something fun and new going on each time I am at one of my branches. In Burlington today, resident Mary Aringdale enjoys a chair massage after a yoga session with yoga instructor Angel Beck of Burlington. 10 residents came down to stretch and relax with the yoga session, then ended with a nice back massage. What a great way to relieve some stress and gear up for the day! Show me the zen!
05-23-2018
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Amy -
Wow!!! Aren't the blooms beautiful? Lilac's are flowing across the branches in rich lavenders and whites, and the aroma's are sensational!!! And the tulips...ahhhh...the tulips! This is just what we have been waiting for. Finally, we have the sun on our faces and the warmth of a new season. We ... Read Full Post
Wow!!! Aren't the blooms beautiful? Lilac's are flowing across the branches in rich lavenders and whites, and the aroma's are sensational!!! And the tulips...ahhhh...the tulips! This is just what we have been waiting for. Finally, we have the sun on our faces and the warmth of a new season. We delightfully have our garden reaching into the sky, and we have high hopes of a great bounty. And that's what spring into summer is about. High hopes of a great bounty. The best thing about our home here in Cedar Falls is the friendships and love that grows here naturally and beautifully. And we don't have to hope. It is bountiful high into the sky. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...blessings.
05-16-2018
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What a beautiful day!!! Today we celebrated Mom's and Grandma's. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we gathered for a Mother/Daughter Tea party. There were 64 ladies in attendance!!! That's a lot of love being shared! As Mother's Day approaches this Sunday, try and think about all the ways Mom has had an ... Read Full Post
What a beautiful day!!! Today we celebrated Mom's and Grandma's. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we gathered for a Mother/Daughter Tea party. There were 64 ladies in attendance!!! That's a lot of love being shared! As Mother's Day approaches this Sunday, try and think about all the ways Mom has had an impact on your life. Think of specific moments that have shaped you into who you are. Then if you are able...tell your Mom thank you. And if not...say a prayer of thanksgiving and offer it up. Maybe even pass it on down the line to the next generation? What better way to preserve Mom then to teach her wisdom to our future. With great love from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
05-09-2018
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It's a happy day to sing and dance!!! Bringing music to our home is very important to us here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Music is something that most can connect with in some way. It can evoke emotions and thoughts, memories, and behavior. With music we can express what our hearts feel, maybe even ... Read Full Post
It's a happy day to sing and dance!!! Bringing music to our home is very important to us here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Music is something that most can connect with in some way. It can evoke emotions and thoughts, memories, and behavior. With music we can express what our hearts feel, maybe even when we feel we cannot find another way to do so. So find a song, tune, or note to grab onto today. Feel the movement of the music as it becomes what you need it to be, for you. And for us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, we will keep a lively song in our hearts...and we wish only beautiful blessings to all of you.
05-02-2018
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Yayyyyy! It's spring and today actually felt like it! We were outside playing in the dirt getting our garden ready for planting. Then we sat around in the sun visiting, and enjoying the court yard sunshine. We have been waiting so long for this, but most of all we have been waiting to get out and ... Read Full Post
Yayyyyy! It's spring and today actually felt like it! We were outside playing in the dirt getting our garden ready for planting. Then we sat around in the sun visiting, and enjoying the court yard sunshine. We have been waiting so long for this, but most of all we have been waiting to get out and soak up the warm sun. Finally we can shake off the thick sweaters and move around more freely. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are loving this opportunity to spend time with friends in the warm sunshine. Make sure you take the time in your busy life to do the same. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
04-23-2018
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Is it Spring yet? Not only has Mother Nature overslept, I think she is in a coma! We are all anticipating the arrival of warmer weather despite the calendar saying spring has been here almost a month. The branches are anxiously anticipating the opportunity to get outside to start planting flowers. ... Read Full Post
Is it Spring yet? Not only has Mother Nature overslept, I think she is in a coma! We are all anticipating the arrival of warmer weather despite the calendar saying spring has been here almost a month. The branches are anxiously anticipating the opportunity to get outside to start planting flowers. Even though our pots and baskets are yet to make an appearance, we do have our front porches cleaned up and we invite you to enjoy the porch in the hopes spring will actually spring here soon!
04-20-2018
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Michelle Rasbeck -
Hello everyone, my name is Michelle and I am the registered nurse coordinator at Bickford of Cedar falls. Today is my first time blogging, ever!, so I will start with something easy and tell you a little bit about myself. I have been with Bickford for almost 7 years, I have been a nurse for 13 ... Read Full Post
Hello everyone, my name is Michelle and I am the registered nurse coordinator at Bickford of Cedar falls. Today is my first time blogging, ever!, so I will start with something easy and tell you a little bit about myself. I have been with Bickford for almost 7 years, I have been a nurse for 13 years. I have 3 girls ages 6 months, 3 years and 14 years. I have been married for 3 years. I love my job here at Bickford, I enjoy working with our residents and their families. It is very rewarding to provide the care that they need while connecting with them and their life experiences. I am very proud of our Branch and all of the BFM's that I work with.
04-19-2018
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SPRING!!! Yet here we are needing mittens. But that did not stop us from starting our garden. A group of us planted the seeds, then will be transferring them when the weather warms up, to our raised garden in the courtyard. Getting our hands into the dirt feels pretty good after trying to keep them ... Read Full Post
SPRING!!! Yet here we are needing mittens. But that did not stop us from starting our garden. A group of us planted the seeds, then will be transferring them when the weather warms up, to our raised garden in the courtyard. Getting our hands into the dirt feels pretty good after trying to keep them warm all winter. What also feels good is spending time with each other, laughing, and sharing a common joy in watching life grow, from something we started from the beginning...together. Give a little bit of your busy day to those who were the beginning, of your beginning. Let them know how much you appreciate the time they gave of their lives in cultivating, and who carefully...lovingly, guided your life so you could become the person you are now. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
04-13-2018
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This week we will be Cruising the open sea with a Mediterranean cruise. Please join us on Thursday, April 11th to cruise the open sea with our Bickford Family. Lets hope this brings some warm spring weather to Iowa!!
04-10-2018
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Greetings! Here we are at April 4th. Someone forgot to tell Iowa that it was spring! We are looking out the window and seeing a dusting of snow. Despite the white stuff, we gave it no mind and started our garden anyway. Yesterday we planted the seeds to our garden, and put them in our sun room to ... Read Full Post
Greetings! Here we are at April 4th. Someone forgot to tell Iowa that it was spring! We are looking out the window and seeing a dusting of snow. Despite the white stuff, we gave it no mind and started our garden anyway. Yesterday we planted the seeds to our garden, and put them in our sun room to start the sprouts. When they are ready we will replant them in the raised garden in the courtyard. Our bounty will include tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, and beets. The fun will be in watching them grow. As the spring continues to poke through the cold, remember to keep your hearts warm with the love of the folks closest to you. It is that love that will be the foundation of continued love for generations on into the future. From all of us at Bickford Cedar Falls, blessings.
04-04-2018
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Welcome to a new week! As the sun begins it's warming up of the cold ground, we are encouraged to get out, stretch our arms up high, and bask in the sweet smells of the new season. This is a great time to shake off the winter chill and cloth ourselves in the light fabrics of spring. May your ... Read Full Post
Welcome to a new week! As the sun begins it's warming up of the cold ground, we are encouraged to get out, stretch our arms up high, and bask in the sweet smells of the new season. This is a great time to shake off the winter chill and cloth ourselves in the light fabrics of spring. May your beginnings of Spring bring you a light spirit, joy and happiness. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
03-19-2018
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Happy Happy day to you. March is in full swing here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are gearing up for our St. Patrick's Day party this Friday. We will be celebrating our folks with Irish heritages and the rest of us who love them. Our weather here in Eastern Iowa is starting to come around to a more ... Read Full Post
Happy Happy day to you. March is in full swing here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are gearing up for our St. Patrick's Day party this Friday. We will be celebrating our folks with Irish heritages and the rest of us who love them. Our weather here in Eastern Iowa is starting to come around to a more spring like feel, and that is exciting for us. We are looking forward to getting our seedlings started for our garden, and our flowers ready for the courtyard. You might say we have a bit of springtime fever. Take time to look up into the sunshine and breathe the beauty of the changing season. It is a time of new growth and new beginnings. A time to shake off the dust and open our hearts wide for all things joyful. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Fall...Blessings.
03-15-2018
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Hang onto your hats!!! It is cold and blustery here in Eastern Iowa. One thing is for certain...our little friend here does not care! He is still out, sneaking snacks from the bird feeders. This little guy was caught outside one of our residents window. She said she had been watching him all day. ... Read Full Post
Hang onto your hats!!! It is cold and blustery here in Eastern Iowa. One thing is for certain...our little friend here does not care! He is still out, sneaking snacks from the bird feeders. This little guy was caught outside one of our residents window. She said she had been watching him all day. Smart little guy! And fun to watch. Have a safe and joyous day. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
03-05-2018
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Hello. Welcome to March. Here in Eastern Iowa it is coming in like a lamb. Beautiful sunshine, warm weather, and birds singing. Many robin sightings are being shared as folks gear up for spring. As you shake off the snow and chill of winter, reflect on the coziness of this past season of being ... Read Full Post
Hello. Welcome to March. Here in Eastern Iowa it is coming in like a lamb. Beautiful sunshine, warm weather, and birds singing. Many robin sightings are being shared as folks gear up for spring. As you shake off the snow and chill of winter, reflect on the coziness of this past season of being indoors with loved ones. Before you run out into the great outdoors, make sure not to forget those who you hold dear, and those who are the foundations of your families and lives. We wish you great peace and love. Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
03-01-2018
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Greetings. We are half way thru another month. Yesterday we celebrated Valentine's Day with a grand party. We shared Valentine's, treats, and crowned our King and Queen. Most of all we spent time with each other. Many times we forget the love that is tied to the gift of time. The older we get, the ... Read Full Post
Greetings. We are half way thru another month. Yesterday we celebrated Valentine's Day with a grand party. We shared Valentine's, treats, and crowned our King and Queen. Most of all we spent time with each other. Many times we forget the love that is tied to the gift of time. The older we get, the less the value of material gifts. We want to see faces...hold hands...feel the hugs. With all this in mind, we challenge each of you to set aside some time to give the gift of time. As you do, it is quite certain that you will find this gift will turn itself around, and shower back down on you! From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
02-15-2018
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Food Service Week 2018 has started today!!! Every Day this week we will designate a food group to each day from "Choose My Plate." Today is Fruit Day! This week is all about our cooks so we will be spoiling them with a goodies from each food group each day! We appreciate all our cooks do for us in ... Read Full Post
Food Service Week 2018 has started today!!! Every Day this week we will designate a food group to each day from "Choose My Plate." Today is Fruit Day! This week is all about our cooks so we will be spoiling them with a goodies from each food group each day! We appreciate all our cooks do for us in preparing our homemade food for our very own Bread Basket.
02-05-2018
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The first month of the year is over!!! Where did it go? So now we concentrate on February. Busy, busy. Super Bowl Sunday on the 4th, Food Service week the 5th thru the 9th, and Valentine's Day on the 14th. This month is destined for memories. It is a time we can share our love stories, and not so ... Read Full Post
The first month of the year is over!!! Where did it go? So now we concentrate on February. Busy, busy. Super Bowl Sunday on the 4th, Food Service week the 5th thru the 9th, and Valentine's Day on the 14th. This month is destined for memories. It is a time we can share our love stories, and not so loved stories (yes there are those too). Either way, we are sharing and that is the cornerstone of what we do. We share our lives with each other, and embrace the diversity among us. Have a wonderful rest of the week, and get ready for the exciting, February events!!! From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
01-31-2018
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Welcome to a new week! How exciting to be entering into a time of busy busy. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are gearing up for our Luau party on January 24th (this Wednesday). We plan on fun, fruity drinks, treats, and yes...you guessed it...dancing in grass skirts! Then hold onto your hats. Super ... Read Full Post
Welcome to a new week! How exciting to be entering into a time of busy busy. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are gearing up for our Luau party on January 24th (this Wednesday). We plan on fun, fruity drinks, treats, and yes...you guessed it...dancing in grass skirts! Then hold onto your hats. Super Bowl Sunday is February 4th, and we are going to camp out in front of the big screen and root for our favorite team. Oh...and eat...lots of eating. Our tail gate cook-off guarantees there will be lots of goodies. Valentine's Day follows closely after. We will be voting for our King and Queen and sending Valentine's via our Valentine Station. We weren't lying when we said busy, busy. But it's a good busy. The kind where there are lots of smiles, laughter, and warm hearts. We welcome all. Join us and see the happiness in action. And from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, great blessings, and good cheer.
01-22-2018
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Greetings Family & Friends, I would like to introduce myself as the new Director at Bickford of Cedar Falls. Many of you already know me as I have been with Bickford for the last three years as a caregiver, and as an Assistant Director. It is an exciting time here at Bickford as we move forward in ... Read Full Post
Greetings Family & Friends, I would like to introduce myself as the new Director at Bickford of Cedar Falls. Many of you already know me as I have been with Bickford for the last three years as a caregiver, and as an Assistant Director. It is an exciting time here at Bickford as we move forward in our new journey. I am thrilled to be serving in this new position here at Bickford Cedar Falls...enriching lives...enriching happiness. With love, Natalie
01-16-2018
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Wellness. That's what we all strive for this time of year. We take extra efforts...washing hands, drinking lots of fluids, and even piling on the vitamin C. But sometimes it still gets us. It's during those times that we lean a little closer to the one's who love us, and we depend on folks who have ... Read Full Post
Wellness. That's what we all strive for this time of year. We take extra efforts...washing hands, drinking lots of fluids, and even piling on the vitamin C. But sometimes it still gets us. It's during those times that we lean a little closer to the one's who love us, and we depend on folks who have caring hearts. There is nothing that proves kindness and compassion more, than a person caring for someone who is ill. And then, in turn, caring back. May all of you stay well, and from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...blessings and peace.
01-13-2018
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Brrrrr...baby it's cold outside!!! At least it is here in Eastern Iowa. But that's okay. We have the fireplace going and hearts warming, here at Bickford Cedar Falls. As we get into this January we want to encourage each and every one of our friends and family to keep themselves healthy and safe. ... Read Full Post
Brrrrr...baby it's cold outside!!! At least it is here in Eastern Iowa. But that's okay. We have the fireplace going and hearts warming, here at Bickford Cedar Falls. As we get into this January we want to encourage each and every one of our friends and family to keep themselves healthy and safe. It may sound cliche when you hear, "Drink lots of fluids", but there is so much truth in it to keep yourself healthy. And, if you are a bit under the weather, it is vital to stay hydrated. It truly is the key to health in this cold season. Another tip...take care of yourself so you are in good standing to care for others. Sounds simple, right? It really is...if you do it!!! From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, we wish you all blessings, peace and good health!
01-07-2018
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A new year approaches. 2018!!! It is important to reflect on this past year, revisit our joys, our successes, and even our down times...even the times we may have experienced sorrow. We learn and grow from these life steps. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls, we pause and remember our dearest residents ... Read Full Post
A new year approaches. 2018!!! It is important to reflect on this past year, revisit our joys, our successes, and even our down times...even the times we may have experienced sorrow. We learn and grow from these life steps. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls, we pause and remember our dearest residents whose journey's ended here on Earth, this past year. Their lives taught us compassion, happiness, and joy. We were honored to have been a part of their story, and we raise a grateful heart to their families for letting us be a part of their journey. And to everyone else...our whole Bickford family...residents, family, friends, BFM's...we are blessed to have you among us. May this new year bring great experiences, and may we all find the joy in our hearts that comes with enriching happiness in each other. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, have a spectacular New Year, blessings, and peace!!!
12-29-2017
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Christmas Greetings, It's almost time. Time for cheer and joy and family gatherings of love. But for some, maybe not so much. For them, we wrap in loving arms, prayer, and care, for they are just as precious. Remember the true meaning of this time. Not material things we can shower on each other. ... Read Full Post
Christmas Greetings, It's almost time. Time for cheer and joy and family gatherings of love. But for some, maybe not so much. For them, we wrap in loving arms, prayer, and care, for they are just as precious. Remember the true meaning of this time. Not material things we can shower on each other. Not of seeing who can out do the other with the best gift. But instead, bringing each other into the grace of love, as it has been given to us. May your Christmas be filled with joy and thanksgiving, and from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, Merry Christmas!
12-22-2017
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On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me.... Yes, it's the 5th day of Christmas. 7 more days. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are counting down the days until the special day. We are gearing up for our resident Christmas party on the 21st. This is a party just for our residents and ... Read Full Post
On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me.... Yes, it's the 5th day of Christmas. 7 more days. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are counting down the days until the special day. We are gearing up for our resident Christmas party on the 21st. This is a party just for our residents and staff. We lovingly give them gifts picked out special for each one, and just spend precious time with the people we are so fond of. Catching memories...all of us. As we near the day of giving, make sure to prepare your heart for more important types of giving. Love, happiness, and joy. Because even more than any wrapped gift can bring, these things will stay forever. Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
12-18-2017
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Baby it's Cold Outside! Even though the temperatures are dropping, we are warming up in the branches! Cozy up to our toasty fireplace, or wrap up in fuzzy blanket and enjoy a hot coffee or cocoa. We welcome you no matter what the weather on the outside is like, because we are always warm and ... Read Full Post
Baby it's Cold Outside! Even though the temperatures are dropping, we are warming up in the branches! Cozy up to our toasty fireplace, or wrap up in fuzzy blanket and enjoy a hot coffee or cocoa. We welcome you no matter what the weather on the outside is like, because we are always warm and inviting on the inside. Stop by and see us!
12-11-2017
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Welcome to a new week. We started it with a celebration. Yesterday, Sunday, we gathered all, residents, family and friends to celebrate the holiday season. We even had Santa join us for the fun. There was much love, laughter and joy, and it filled our home here at Bickford Cedar Falls up into the ... Read Full Post
Welcome to a new week. We started it with a celebration. Yesterday, Sunday, we gathered all, residents, family and friends to celebrate the holiday season. We even had Santa join us for the fun. There was much love, laughter and joy, and it filled our home here at Bickford Cedar Falls up into the rafters. As the days become nearer to the special day of Christmas, we encourage everyone to remember the true message of the season. Love unconditional, joy within, and gathering our hearts, together as one. Blessings from all of us here, at Bickford Cedar Falls.
12-11-2017
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Greetings!!! 21 days until Christmas!!! And we are counting the days. We have all eleven trees in our building (yes, you heard it right...eleven) decorated, and we are in the Christmas spirit. The tree we are most concentrating on right now is our, "Adopt a Family" tree. We have chose military ... Read Full Post
Greetings!!! 21 days until Christmas!!! And we are counting the days. We have all eleven trees in our building (yes, you heard it right...eleven) decorated, and we are in the Christmas spirit. The tree we are most concentrating on right now is our, "Adopt a Family" tree. We have chose military families, and a family in Puerto Rico who was devastated by the recent hurricanes. This family is extra dear to us as they are family of one of our BFM's here at Bickford Cedar Falls. As we get closer to the Christmas holiday, remember what is most important. Love, joy, and compassion. And always, like we here at Bickford Cedar Falls strive for everyday...catch those beautiful moments and memories, and treasure them. Blessings.
12-05-2017
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...every where you go... A song is in the air, and it's Christmas carols you will hear, here at Bickford Cedar Falls. All our trees (all ten of them) are up and decorated. All around our home we are decorated and in the spirit of the holiday. It was a team ... Read Full Post
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...every where you go... A song is in the air, and it's Christmas carols you will hear, here at Bickford Cedar Falls. All our trees (all ten of them) are up and decorated. All around our home we are decorated and in the spirit of the holiday. It was a team effort. Our whole staff, our residents, and resident families, all helped deck our halls. As we start this beautiful season, may we all settle into the joy and happiness in the love of those around us, have grateful hearts, and keep a joyous spirit. Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
12-01-2017
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Hello friends, It is a blustery day here in Eastern Iowa! But have no fear...Bickford Cedar Falls is cozy and snug, and filled with warm hearts. Our fireplace is crackling and our spirits are joyful. We wish all of you a great week, and remember to keep a song in your heart. From all of us here at ... Read Full Post
Hello friends, It is a blustery day here in Eastern Iowa! But have no fear...Bickford Cedar Falls is cozy and snug, and filled with warm hearts. Our fireplace is crackling and our spirits are joyful. We wish all of you a great week, and remember to keep a song in your heart. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, Blessings
11-21-2017
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There is a lot to be thankful for this week with thanksgiving approaching us. Tonight we will be enjoying a candle lit dinner followed with music entertainment to celebrate our 19 year anniversary. We are thankful that Bickford brought us all together as one big happy family. Happy Thanksgiving ... Read Full Post
There is a lot to be thankful for this week with thanksgiving approaching us. Tonight we will be enjoying a candle lit dinner followed with music entertainment to celebrate our 19 year anniversary. We are thankful that Bickford brought us all together as one big happy family. Happy Thanksgiving Week to all!
11-20-2017
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Greetings. Today was a beautiful day. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls, our veteran's were celebrated at our Veteran's Honor Luncheon. Seven men live among us, who, combined, served over 40 years in military service. The luncheon included our veteran's and one guest. The program consisted of the "The ... Read Full Post
Greetings. Today was a beautiful day. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls, our veteran's were celebrated at our Veteran's Honor Luncheon. Seven men live among us, who, combined, served over 40 years in military service. The luncheon included our veteran's and one guest. The program consisted of the "The Missing Man Table", and the singing of the National Anthem, sung by the University of Northern Iowa Glee Club. Our ceremonial American flag was provided by the Cedar Falls Am Vets. It was an honor to honor these men and their families. As we prepare for Veteran's Day this Saturday, let us remember to show our gratitude for the sacrifice of those who gave for our freedom. Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
11-09-2017
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Happy Monday folks. It is the beginning of a celebratory week, honoring our veteran's. Veteran's Day is on this coming Saturday (the 11th), so we are gearing up for our day of respect. On Thursday this week we are having a honor luncheon for our veteran's, and a guest. We will be having the Glee ... Read Full Post
Happy Monday folks. It is the beginning of a celebratory week, honoring our veteran's. Veteran's Day is on this coming Saturday (the 11th), so we are gearing up for our day of respect. On Thursday this week we are having a honor luncheon for our veteran's, and a guest. We will be having the Glee Club coming in to sing the National Anthem, and will be having special honor and military ceremonies, including a special "empty chair" poetry reading for our military personal who gave the ultimate price, and did not make it home to their loved ones. It is an honor to honor these special men. We here at Bickford Cedar Falls feel immensely proud to have people here who gave so we can have freedom. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...have a blessed week...and do not forget to thank a veteran, sometime this week, for their service.
11-06-2017
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Greetings! We are ending a fantastic week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Last night, Thursday, our branch held our annual Halloween party. There were many families and children all dressed up for our costume contest, and residents handed out trick or treat candy to all. Our staff went above and ... Read Full Post
Greetings! We are ending a fantastic week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Last night, Thursday, our branch held our annual Halloween party. There were many families and children all dressed up for our costume contest, and residents handed out trick or treat candy to all. Our staff went above and beyond for this grand event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Families are so important to us here at Bickford. Keeping everyone involved and active makes us even closer in our hearts. And that's how enriching happiness is accomplished. That's what Bickford is all about and what we specialize in. Thank you for being a part of our journey, and may each of you find your joy and happiness in your loved ones and in your lives. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings
10-27-2017
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Greetings. Here we are half way thru the week. It has been an exciting week so far. Yesterday we hosted a baby shower for a dear staff member who is due the first of December. Next month we will be hosting another for our Registered Nurse Coordinator. Babies galore...and we love it. It is a ... Read Full Post
Greetings. Here we are half way thru the week. It has been an exciting week so far. Yesterday we hosted a baby shower for a dear staff member who is due the first of December. Next month we will be hosting another for our Registered Nurse Coordinator. Babies galore...and we love it. It is a reminder that life is a journey that starts new and continues on thru the years. It is a journey that can be intertwined, the very young with the old. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are blessed to be part of an embracing family. We care about the beginning of life...and are there, upwards, to the top. From all of us here...Have a blessed day!
10-18-2017
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Wow! What a week! And what a great way to end it...with joy. And let me tell you why I use the word joy...the daughter of one of our residents told a couple of staff members (who were gathered around visiting) that she believed there was a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is ... Read Full Post
Wow! What a week! And what a great way to end it...with joy. And let me tell you why I use the word joy...the daughter of one of our residents told a couple of staff members (who were gathered around visiting) that she believed there was a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is something you can obtain for the moment, but joy is something you hold deep in your soul, and nurture and care for, to have for a long while, if not a lifetime. So today I use the word joy. Because the time we spent together this week was meaningful, and life enriching. Because we are changed by the love and kindness that touched our hearts, being together. Joy in compassion and the grace of care giving. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, have a sweet weekend, and may you find joy to hold onto forever.
10-13-2017
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What a wonderful day!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are dressed up and taking portraits by the fire with our residents and their families. We are pleased to be able to catch these dear memories in our hearts and on film. Family History Day can mean a lot of things. In our hearts it means ... Read Full Post
What a wonderful day!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are dressed up and taking portraits by the fire with our residents and their families. We are pleased to be able to catch these dear memories in our hearts and on film. Family History Day can mean a lot of things. In our hearts it means creating a history our loved ones in the future can look back on with love. So today we celebrate family, and capture the moments. Years from now, as folks look back on this day...the smiles are sure to bring new smiles to them! Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
10-12-2017
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Happiness!!! And what is something that brings this in October? Painting pumpkins!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we all gathered around the tables and gave new life to dozens of miniature pumpkins. One of our lady's even added marshmallows to the top of her pumpkin, then painted over them (she ... Read Full Post
Happiness!!! And what is something that brings this in October? Painting pumpkins!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we all gathered around the tables and gave new life to dozens of miniature pumpkins. One of our lady's even added marshmallows to the top of her pumpkin, then painted over them (she felt they needed to be there instead of in her hot chocolate). Every pumpkin looked fabulous. Even in gloomy weather, sitting with friends, sipping hot chocolate, and doing activities together, makes our lives shine brighter. Find what makes your life shine. Then...do it! Blessings from all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls.
10-10-2017
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Do What YOU Love & Love What YOU Do! All our Bickford Family Members wrote out "Why I do what I do..." "WHY" each one of us is here is individually different, but individuals together we create happiness in our Bickford Family. Pictured below is Megan, a Bickford Family Member.
10-10-2017
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Hello dear friends. It has been a wonderful week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are now decked out in the pumpkins we gathered from the pumpkin patch, and will soon be putting up all our Halloween decorations. We invite all to join us in the coming weeks as we paint pumpkins, and get ready for ... Read Full Post
Hello dear friends. It has been a wonderful week here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We are now decked out in the pumpkins we gathered from the pumpkin patch, and will soon be putting up all our Halloween decorations. We invite all to join us in the coming weeks as we paint pumpkins, and get ready for our big Halloween party on the 26th. And don't forget our Family History Day on the 12th. where we will be doing resident photos and family photos. This is the perfect time to get folks together to capture memories with loved ones. We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and don't forget to slow down and savor the journey. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings.
10-06-2017
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Hello to all. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are always trying to come up with activities that each one of our residents will enjoy participating in. Some love dominoes, some love BINGO, and some like the more non-traditional things like, knitting clubs, poetry reading time, chess and checkers ... Read Full Post
Hello to all. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we are always trying to come up with activities that each one of our residents will enjoy participating in. Some love dominoes, some love BINGO, and some like the more non-traditional things like, knitting clubs, poetry reading time, chess and checkers club, card clubs, and other more personalized activities. Here at Bickford we find what each resident enjoys, and incorporate that into their day. We have one gentleman who was in a drum line when he was younger. He loves watching YouTube videos of drum lines. This is an example of finding what gives each person joy, and bringing it into their lives. Because enriching happiness is what we do, and we are enriched by the joy that is shared. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls, have a sweet day!
10-05-2017
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Greetings dear Bickford family and friends. It has been the most busiest week. We are wrapping up the Walk for Alzheimer's which turned out fantastic. The amount of people that showed up to walk with team Bickford was amazing. The weather was great and the laughter and love was abundant. On Tuesday ... Read Full Post
Greetings dear Bickford family and friends. It has been the most busiest week. We are wrapping up the Walk for Alzheimer's which turned out fantastic. The amount of people that showed up to walk with team Bickford was amazing. The weather was great and the laughter and love was abundant. On Tuesday this week we took a trip to Heartland Pumpkin Patch. The residents who were able to go with us did a great job picking out gourds and pumpkins for us to spruce up our Bickford home. To top it off, we got to go on a hayride, and take fun pictures of the whole gang. Next week is our Family History Day, and we will be taking resident photo's on the 12th.. As we enter into the fun of the Halloween holiday, remember to stay safe, and make sure to check us out as we deck the halls with Halloween fun. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...Blessings and peace.
10-04-2017
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Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of ... Read Full Post
Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of spices in the air. This front porch is one example of the crisp autumn welcome you will get when dropping by.
10-03-2017
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Happy Friday!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we dedicated this day to honoring our veteran's. We have six men living here who served in the military. The branches represented are the Army, Navy, Air Corps, and Air Force. Together they served over 20 years of service to our country. It is a ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday!!! Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we dedicated this day to honoring our veteran's. We have six men living here who served in the military. The branches represented are the Army, Navy, Air Corps, and Air Force. Together they served over 20 years of service to our country. It is a privilege to have them here with us. They represent our freedom, and here at Bickford Cedar Falls...we say, "Thank you!" May you all have a blessed and joyous weekend.
09-29-2017
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Hello to all. Today was a great big day of happiness and blessings. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we have been working on raising money for the "Walk for a cure for Alzheimer's" that is being held on September 30th, in Waterloo. It was an overwhelming joy to see our dollar amounts exceeding $1000 ... Read Full Post
Hello to all. Today was a great big day of happiness and blessings. Here at Bickford Cedar Falls we have been working on raising money for the "Walk for a cure for Alzheimer's" that is being held on September 30th, in Waterloo. It was an overwhelming joy to see our dollar amounts exceeding $1000 for our team so far. This disease is something we here at Bickford Cedar Falls would like to see eradicated the most. It breaks our hearts to see the people we care for...love...wiped away from this terrible thing. Our mission while a cure is being found...to catch the memories when we can...preserve them...and keep them alive by sharing. The best way to catch a memory...bring joy and enrichment to the lives we touch. To all of those who follow us, and our dear family and friends, have a sweet and joyous day. Catch a memory if you can...and don't let it go.
09-27-2017
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Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Three There’s A Stranger In Town Main Street is a pretty busy place in Bickville, especially around the noon hour. Folks are up and about shopping, meeting for lunch, or just out looking for someone to say hi too. And since everyone pretty much knows ... Read Full Post
Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Three There’s A Stranger In Town Main Street is a pretty busy place in Bickville, especially around the noon hour. Folks are up and about shopping, meeting for lunch, or just out looking for someone to say hi too. And since everyone pretty much knows everyone, it is usually a sure bet there is someone to say hi too. The busiest time though, is the noon hour. This is a time to regroup, eat, and catch up on all the juicy gossip going on in town. Last Tuesday, around noon time, the Daily Bread Diner was at its usual, full capacity. Every table was taken, and as soon as one was cleared, it was quickly set up for more patrons. The diner was a homey place, decorated in bright colors, upbeat music going over the sound system, and a guarantee of homemade, delicious food. The owner of the diner, Rita, made sure only the best and freshest was used, and that the recipes were ones that were handed down from generation to generation. This was why people went to the Daily Bread Diner. For a taste of home, with a side of fellowship. On this particular Tuesday, the usual crowd of noon customers were there, and the sound of chatter and laughter was at a high peak. The waitresses were busy taking orders. Rita was expertly maneuvering around in the kitchen, filling plates. It was like a well-oiled machine. As Rita was taking a ticket from the holder in the serving window, she looked up and saw a man walking by the window of the diner. She had never seen this person before. “I wonder who that is?” she thought. When the man stopped at the door of the diner, Rita knew what was going to happen…and it did. The chatter and laughter stopped when the front door opened and the man stepped inside. It became pretty quiet, and a little uncomfortable. Mostly it was just out of curiosity, but to a stranger it felt a bit unwelcoming. Rita rushed out of the kitchen, and over to her new customer. In a loud voice she said, “Welcome sir. I apologize for my patrons. It’s just we do not see many new faces, beings our little town is sandwiched between water and forest. Please, let me find you a seat, and we will get you set right up.” With that said, Rita turned around and gave the crowd a look that everyone understood. On cue, the noise returned. Rita shooed away one of her regulars who had been there for over an hour, cleaned the space, and offered the seat to the stranger. The stranger took this time to introduce himself. “Thank you very much. My name is Josh. I am a contractor, and was hired to build a new house on the east side of town. Tomorrow supplies will start coming in, and my crew will be here the first of next week. I’m staying at the hotel down the street. I thought I would get out and see some of the sights today.” As he was speaking the crowd had grown quiet again. It is very hard to curb curiosity when a stranger is explaining what he is doing here. Rita looked over Josh’s shoulder and gave everyone another look, warning everyone to cut it out. “Well, Josh, on behalf of Bickville, I welcome you. What do you have planned today?” “I need to go to the greenhouse and order the landscaping for the property. I was told to talk to Gleneva, the owner. I also need to see Lois, the city clerk, to get construction approval forms. Right now though, I ‘m famished. A good hearty lunch would hit the spot.” replied Josh. Rita knew exactly what he needed. “I have the perfect thing for you. How about a hot roast beef sandwich, and a slice of homemade apple pie?” “Put a scoop of ice cream on that and you have a deal”, laughed Josh. After Josh ate his lunch, he thanked Rita and stood up to leave. He walked slowly to the door. Just before he opened the door, he turned around and announced for all to hear, “This is a beautiful little town you all have here. I can’t wait to meet each one of you. I’m Josh by the way. You’ll be seeing a lot of me for a while. Have a great day everyone.” When the door closed behind him, the chatter in the room rose to great heights. Everyone wanted to know all about the newcomer in town. By 4:00p the whole town knew there was a man named Josh amidst them. By 5:00p the hotel had five homemade pies, two plates of cupcakes, one tray of brownies, and a small lasagna, in the lounge area. All delivered to be given to the newcomer, as a welcome to Bickville. The people of Bickville come in many forms. It is a diverse and eclectic mix of people. But one thing that weaves the citizens together, is the ability to embrace and include everyone. Even strangers who walk into town, and who has no idea the town has made him the newest member of the great big family of Bickville.
09-26-2017
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Welcome everyone. It's Tuesday and we are having a great week so far. We worked on balance fitness today, did a bit of trivia, played cards, had a hymn sing along, and read our Bickville Adventures, chapter three. It's been a lovely day here, and we wish each of you the same, and even more joy ... Read Full Post
Welcome everyone. It's Tuesday and we are having a great week so far. We worked on balance fitness today, did a bit of trivia, played cards, had a hymn sing along, and read our Bickville Adventures, chapter three. It's been a lovely day here, and we wish each of you the same, and even more joy throughout this week. From all of us here at Bickford Cedar Falls...blessings.
09-26-2017
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Happy Friday!!! This has been an exciting week here. Our big carnival is tomorrow...Saturday. Come one come all!!! We wish great happiness and joy to each and every one of you. With great love from all of us here at... Bickford Cedar Falls.
09-22-2017
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Hello folks. Happy hump day. We are busy busy busy here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Exciting things are happening as we get geared up for our big carnival this coming Saturday. This is an event to raise money for the Walk for a Cure for Alzheimer's. We are hoping for lots of families, kids, and ... Read Full Post
Hello folks. Happy hump day. We are busy busy busy here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Exciting things are happening as we get geared up for our big carnival this coming Saturday. This is an event to raise money for the Walk for a Cure for Alzheimer's. We are hoping for lots of families, kids, and community. In the next few days there will be lots of busy bee's preparing signs, boards for games, and lots more in preparation. We invite all to join us for the fun here at Bickford Cedar Falls. Blessings and peace.
09-20-2017
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Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Two The Mare and the Lemon The old cliché of ‘quiet little town’ does not fit Bickville. Sometimes quiet is nowhere to be found. On this particular day, the ruckus caused by a piece of fruit could have awoken two towns over, and it certainly gained a lot ... Read Full Post
Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter Two The Mare and the Lemon The old cliché of ‘quiet little town’ does not fit Bickville. Sometimes quiet is nowhere to be found. On this particular day, the ruckus caused by a piece of fruit could have awoken two towns over, and it certainly gained a lot of attention in downtown Bickville. Faye and Kathy own and operate Rolling Saddles Farm and Stables outside of town on the west side. These two ladies have been great friends for many years and their love of horses, and animals as a whole, made them a great team for this endeavor. They have several dogs and cats, in addition to the typical farm animal you would think to see, like a pig, chickens, a duck or two, things like that. Throw in a zebra, a llama, an ostrich, even a peacock, and you have the eclectic Rolling Saddles Farm. Their shining star though, is the stables. This is a beautiful place that houses some of the best of the best. The horses that live there are treated as kings and queens (as well they should) and help the community in many ways. One…they are used for therapy for folks with disabilities. Two…People take riding lessons for relaxation and hobby. Three…The horses are Faye and Kathy’s main source of transportation. One afternoon, round about 3:00, Miss Theresa had just finished up her shopping at the main grocery. With only two sacks she decided that she would take a nice, relaxing stroll through town, do a little window shopping, and say hi to a few folks on her way home. Faye, needing to get a few things at the grocery herself, had decided to ride her favorite mare, Sassy. Now in Bickville, seeing a horse going up and down the streets is not as common as it was in yester years. Back in the day, rural kids used them to get to school, and farmers and families used them to pull wagons, and all other transportation needs. But as cars became popular and industry changed, folks slowly used horses less and less. Faye…no. Horses were her main source of motion. They always had been…they always will. So, seeing Faye coming down the street on her mare was not especially very surprising to the people of Bickville. As a matter of fact, if Faye had been in a car…that would have been a shock. As Faye came down the street, Miss Theresa, looking through the downtown windows, caught her toe on a crack in the sidewalk. As she fell forward, she threw her groceries in the air, reached out, and, with great luck, landed in Neil, the pharmacist’s, arms. It was a great coincidence that he had been taking a stroll on the same side of the street. Theresa’s groceries scattered all over the sidewalk save one lemon. That lemon rolled right out into the street. Now Faye had watched the entire scene happen. It had happened pretty quickly, but when she saw that Miss Theresa was safe, she just kept going. Sassy, her mare, also, just kept going. But not without lowering her head and picking up that lemon as they went by, all in one fluid motion. It’s safe to say that Sassy did not know about lemons. When she picked up that lemon between her teeth, she broke the rind and got a bit of lemon juice in her mouth. She shook her head left then right, up then down. Faye, who did not know Sassy had picked up that lemon, took a tighter grip of the reins and said, “Whoa Sassy…whoa. What is wrong with you girl? You’re going to knock me right off!” Sassy wasn’t listening. She shook her head even harder as the lemon was being squeezed even more in her mouth. She whinnied and kicked her back legs and in one bellow, shot the lemon out of her mouth. When Faye saw the lemon shoot out of Sassy’s mouth, she knew she would have to get that horse to some water, and quick. Faye took hold of the reins and guided Sassy back towards the stable. Sassy kept shaking her head back and forth, up and down. It was quite a scene to the town’s people who had gathered to watch the spectacle. Faye is a master horse women, so she knew what she was doing. It was still evident though that she had a challenge on her hands. Sassy was not very happy at the moment. You see, pieces of that lemon were stuck in her teeth. She was trying to shake them out, but they were in there, and she didn’t like it one bit. The folks of Bickville watched as Faye expertly guided the distraught horse down the street. When she rounded the corner, many shook their heads and continued on with their business. Neil helped Miss Theresa gather up all her groceries and walked her home. The town went back to order again. When Faye got Sassy back to the stables, that horse drank and drank. After a while, the lemon must have worked its way through. Faye just shook her head and went inside to take a nap. The whole ordeal was just exhausting. The next day, Faye took Sassy back into town, but they stopped by Miss Theresa’s house. Miss Theresa came out to the gate to say hi. Faye leaned down, handed her a lemon and said, “Sassy and I are really sorry about your lemon…but next time…could you please roll an apple out into the street?”
09-19-2017
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Welcome Folks!!! It has been a whirl wind of activity here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We finished up National Assisted Living Week with a fun cookie tasting contest (our own BFM, Megan, won the grand prize for the best of show with her frosted sugar cookies), and a belly full of sweet laughter and ... Read Full Post
Welcome Folks!!! It has been a whirl wind of activity here at Bickford Cedar Falls. We finished up National Assisted Living Week with a fun cookie tasting contest (our own BFM, Megan, won the grand prize for the best of show with her frosted sugar cookies), and a belly full of sweet laughter and joy. This week starts the prep for our big carnival this coming Saturday. Proceeds from this will be going to the Walk for Alzheimer's that is going to be held the following week. Lots to do so we just need to jump right in and get it going. Hope everyone has a blessed week and we look forward to seeing everyone at the carnival this coming Saturday.
09-19-2017
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