Bickford of Cedar Falls

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Cedar Falls, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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This week flew by! We had one birthday on Wednesday, and we are having one tomorrow! Sue and then Gladys. That means cake, cake, and more cake! Been a rainy and gloomy outside all week!! So no going outside for any of us. We were staying warm inside by doing our exercises Monday, Wednesday, and ... Read Full Post
This week flew by! We had one birthday on Wednesday, and we are having one tomorrow! Sue and then Gladys. That means cake, cake, and more cake! Been a rainy and gloomy outside all week!! So no going outside for any of us. We were staying warm inside by doing our exercises Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then having hot chocolate breaks in the afternoon! We are all getting along really well, it really feels like a family around here. We are almost totally full, and it is fun to get to know new people!
04-29-2016
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Hostess with the Mostest
04-21-2016
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Our living room is full for Chris Von Arx!
04-21-2016
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Snow White showed up! (one of our hospice ladies) And then we dressed up 8 of our men!!! They made a cute bunch!!
04-21-2016
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Dale and Teddy dancing!
04-21-2016
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Wow, we had an amazing cruise day! We chose to go on a Disney cruise and we had people in Mickey and Minnie ears, Hawaiian leis, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Snow White and the 7 dwarves! We played beach ball volleyball, our place was decorated with a ton of balloons and mickey mouse ... Read Full Post
Wow, we had an amazing cruise day! We chose to go on a Disney cruise and we had people in Mickey and Minnie ears, Hawaiian leis, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Snow White and the 7 dwarves! We played beach ball volleyball, our place was decorated with a ton of balloons and mickey mouse swirlies hanging from all over. We had Chris Von Arx come to play at 2 and our living room was packed with people! We made virgin margaritas to pass around. Lots of people were dancing, clapping, singing along, and playing different percussion instruments that we passed around. What a fun time!!! I wish I could upload more than one photo on this post because there are a lot of good ones. I will post a couple more blogs with photos in it!
04-21-2016
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What a BEAUTIFUL week it has been outside! The sun in shining and we are able to utilize our courtyard! One of our residents, Kenny, has been out there raking, and we got a new resident yesterday that loves to garden. That will be nice for him to get out there and get dirty. We are all excited for ... Read Full Post
What a BEAUTIFUL week it has been outside! The sun in shining and we are able to utilize our courtyard! One of our residents, Kenny, has been out there raking, and we got a new resident yesterday that loves to garden. That will be nice for him to get out there and get dirty. We are all excited for our cruise day on Wednesday.. we got seven dwarves hats and beards and a hospice lady is coming as Snow White. (our theme is Disney Cruise Line) Our director and nurse will be dressing up, and the staff will too. It will be fun.. we'll see how it goes! And then we are having entertainment, Chris Von Arx, sing at 2. Happy "Titanic Remembrance Day" everybody!
04-15-2016
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Spring is Springing! Be sure to be watching your local Bickford's activity calendar for upcoming spring sprucing and planting. We have all been working really hard to make our front porches and courtyards really inviting with furniture, decorations,and of course, flowers that will come soon. If you ... Read Full Post
Spring is Springing! Be sure to be watching your local Bickford's activity calendar for upcoming spring sprucing and planting. We have all been working really hard to make our front porches and courtyards really inviting with furniture, decorations,and of course, flowers that will come soon. If you have a green thumb, or would like to roll up your sleeves and help out, we can always use and extra hand with weed pulling, planting, watering, or just sweeping the front porch. Flowers, along with Sheppard's hooks, baskets, yard ornaments, and feeders always make not only a great gift for hard to buy for loved ones, but also is a beautiful way to spruce up the view of not only the recipient but for all those that enjoy the outdoors. We look forward to having you join us for a little work and a lot of fun!
04-12-2016
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Eight new family members moved in the last two weeks! Two couples that are DELIGHTFUL.We have so much life suddenly in our branch again and my it is refreshing. Like the spring trying to pop through so are new families to love. We need each other like the flowers need the rain! Enjoy your new ... Read Full Post
Eight new family members moved in the last two weeks! Two couples that are DELIGHTFUL.We have so much life suddenly in our branch again and my it is refreshing. Like the spring trying to pop through so are new families to love. We need each other like the flowers need the rain! Enjoy your new blossoms as they grow and make our places their new home!
04-08-2016
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Happy National Beer Day everyone! ...don't worry, we are not celebrating it here at Bickford.. This week has been nice; we have gotten to do A LITTLE yard work in our courtyard, and we can't wait to get out there more! We have been singing a lot this week. Music BINGO, sing along w/Koriann, and Ken ... Read Full Post
Happy National Beer Day everyone! ...don't worry, we are not celebrating it here at Bickford.. This week has been nice; we have gotten to do A LITTLE yard work in our courtyard, and we can't wait to get out there more! We have been singing a lot this week. Music BINGO, sing along w/Koriann, and Ken Morlan came to sing. Music makes us happy. It brings us all together. It is fun when we sing songs that everybody knows and the words just naturally flow out of their mouths regardless of how much they remember about other things. We are starting to plan our Mother's day party and we are also getting excited for our Cruise day! We are doing a Disney Cruise Theme, as I, Koriann, use to work on a Disney Cruise! We thought that would be fun. I will share pictures of my experience, and all the staff will dress up like Disney Characters.
04-07-2016
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We have been preparing for our Easter Party on Saturday! Filling eggs and baskets and making a ton of cute treats! Can't wait to see all the kids' faces!
03-24-2016
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This week was good. We celebrated National Pi Day (3.14) by getting five different flavors of pie from Village Inn and having a Pie Party. Everyone really liked that. Yesterday, St Patty's Day, we all wore green (of course), and we had Laughter Yoga w/ Teddy, and then we had shamrock shakes. Today ... Read Full Post
This week was good. We celebrated National Pi Day (3.14) by getting five different flavors of pie from Village Inn and having a Pie Party. Everyone really liked that. Yesterday, St Patty's Day, we all wore green (of course), and we had Laughter Yoga w/ Teddy, and then we had shamrock shakes. Today we had Ridgeway Place Assisted Living over to play us in Beanbag Baseball, and wouldn't you guess it, we lost again! :( I don't remember the last time we took the trophy.
03-18-2016
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March has been a fun month thus far! We have three birthdays this month...Hazel who is 99, Rosalyn who is 97, and Lois who is 87. We sang and had a cake for them last week! We also had a lot of fun on "Casino Day" last Wednesday. We played BINGO in the afternoon, and had Horse Races! Our living ... Read Full Post
March has been a fun month thus far! We have three birthdays this month...Hazel who is 99, Rosalyn who is 97, and Lois who is 87. We sang and had a cake for them last week! We also had a lot of fun on "Casino Day" last Wednesday. We played BINGO in the afternoon, and had Horse Races! Our living room was full of people who we dressed all up in hats and glasses and we hooped and hollered for the horse we wanted to win! We got a new resident, Grace, who is an absolute DELIGHT. She has been very involved in all of the activities going on around here since the moment she moved in. Last Thursday was "Middle Name Pride Day" and we had fun with that. In the morning we made name tags, every resident and staff member wore one, and we learned everybody's middle name and approached each other by it all day. :) Today we will have a Pie Party after BINGO, ... HAPPY PI DAY!
03-14-2016
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It's starting to warm up outside and the snow is almost all gone! We are excited to use our courtyard again!! We had a fun, easy-going week full of exercising hard and playing different games in small and large groups. We set up our Easter Tree yesterday!! We have been working on puzzles the past ... Read Full Post
It's starting to warm up outside and the snow is almost all gone! We are excited to use our courtyard again!! We had a fun, easy-going week full of exercising hard and playing different games in small and large groups. We set up our Easter Tree yesterday!! We have been working on puzzles the past two weeks and that has been a fun way to spend some one on one time with different residents that enjoy puzzles. Last week we went to Ridgeway Place Assisted Living to play them in Beanbag Baseball...and of course...we lost... We just can't beat'em!!! We have one time in the past maybe..8 months or so. Today after we exercise we will practice up. We play every Friday, but we play Ridgeway only every THIRD Friday of each Month. Maybe March will be our month...
02-26-2016
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This week we had Presidents Day where we started off with some hard core exercise (as always) and then we put on our "Songs of America" CD and worked together as a team to assemble our large United States of America puzzle. We had about 8 folks from EPI join us to volunteer their time, and it was ... Read Full Post
This week we had Presidents Day where we started off with some hard core exercise (as always) and then we put on our "Songs of America" CD and worked together as a team to assemble our large United States of America puzzle. We had about 8 folks from EPI join us to volunteer their time, and it was super fun to have their energy and joy in the room with us! They want to come back and we want to have them again!!! Sue Melissa and I worked all afternoon on a puzzle here and there, and to our surprise, FINISHED it that day! That was fun :)
02-19-2016
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What a FUN and UNIQUE week! Everyday we preparing for our treats and decorating. Lots of runs to the store for fresh flowers and gifts for our Royal Quart. We had laughter Yoga with Teddy on Tuesday and everyone always has a great time with that. Then we had our Valentines party on Wednesday and it ... Read Full Post
What a FUN and UNIQUE week! Everyday we preparing for our treats and decorating. Lots of runs to the store for fresh flowers and gifts for our Royal Quart. We had laughter Yoga with Teddy on Tuesday and everyone always has a great time with that. Then we had our Valentines party on Wednesday and it was amazing! The treats were so cute! And we had Chris Von Arx sing from 2-3 and we had a lot of family visitors and then we had Teddy bring in about ten people from the community that each got a tour after we enjoyed the music. It was such a fun party and what a good turn out! We are hoping for one good party like that each month! So far our Halloween Party, Christmas Party, and our valentines party have been a HIT!!!!!
02-12-2016
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This week we got all of our Valentine's Day Mailboxes hung up outside our doors! We spent a couple days making a special Valentine for each person so that we could get the ball rolling on FILLING UP THE BOXES! On Valentines day everyone will be able to open up their box and get all their goodies. ... Read Full Post
This week we got all of our Valentine's Day Mailboxes hung up outside our doors! We spent a couple days making a special Valentine for each person so that we could get the ball rolling on FILLING UP THE BOXES! On Valentines day everyone will be able to open up their box and get all their goodies. Here is a picture of Ruthie...
02-04-2016
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We got all of our mailboxes done to be put out on Monday! The first of February is upon us!! Everyone here will have a mailbox to collect Valentine cards and candy for the next two weeks! We can open them on Sunday the 14th! It will be a fun way for staff and family to participate and my hope is ... Read Full Post
We got all of our mailboxes done to be put out on Monday! The first of February is upon us!! Everyone here will have a mailbox to collect Valentine cards and candy for the next two weeks! We can open them on Sunday the 14th! It will be a fun way for staff and family to participate and my hope is that everyone's will be FULL!! Well..here is a picture of them! And on the wall is the King and Queen's robe for when we crown them on the 10th!
01-29-2016
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We are getting ready for the First of February by starting to make our Valentine's day mailboxes. I am gathering small groups to decorate them so they are getting done little by little! We are excited to see how many valetines we get!! I will be pushing family, friends, and staff to give candy and ... Read Full Post
We are getting ready for the First of February by starting to make our Valentine's day mailboxes. I am gathering small groups to decorate them so they are getting done little by little! We are excited to see how many valetines we get!! I will be pushing family, friends, and staff to give candy and cards so they will be FULL come Valentine's day! :D
01-21-2016
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This week was nice. It was cold out. Bitter cold. But we all kept nice and cozy inside by the fire. It sure is quiet around here though without a full house. The holidays were hard for us around here with the number of people we lost. But now it is a new year! We are turning a new leaf! And we are ... Read Full Post
This week was nice. It was cold out. Bitter cold. But we all kept nice and cozy inside by the fire. It sure is quiet around here though without a full house. The holidays were hard for us around here with the number of people we lost. But now it is a new year! We are turning a new leaf! And we are going to get new people in here!! It will be fun to get to know some new residents, get them participating in the activities, learning about their life and learning how to love them well.
01-15-2016
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL! WE STARTED THE YEAR OFF WITH KORIANN AND JORDAN'S WEDDING ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WE SOON DISCOVERED WHERE KORIANN GOT HER DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY- HER FAMILY, THEY WERE SO MUCH FUN! IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM HERE! WE LOST EIGHT FAMILIES IN THE ... Read Full Post
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL! WE STARTED THE YEAR OFF WITH KORIANN AND JORDAN'S WEDDING ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WE SOON DISCOVERED WHERE KORIANN GOT HER DELIGHTFUL PERSONALITY- HER FAMILY, THEY WERE SO MUCH FUN! IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM HERE! WE LOST EIGHT FAMILIES IN THE LAST MONTH AND CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT ONES TO LOVE ON AND ENRICH THEIR HAPPINESS! LOVE IS IN THE AIR -CATCH IT!
01-06-2016
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Diane and Esther must have heard something funny
12-21-2015
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Edna Gladys and Marcella at the Christmas party
12-21-2015
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Last week was a BLAST! On Sunday we had our family Christmas party and Santa was here! We sang Christmas songs with Santa and had a beautiful table full of different "breads and spreads." Our Wednesday BINGO was a Christmas special, with random big prizes given out throughout the game. We all had ... Read Full Post
Last week was a BLAST! On Sunday we had our family Christmas party and Santa was here! We sang Christmas songs with Santa and had a beautiful table full of different "breads and spreads." Our Wednesday BINGO was a Christmas special, with random big prizes given out throughout the game. We all had fun with that! And then of course, Thursday was our resident Christmas Party and that was BEAUTIFUL!! We could all just feel the love in the air and it truly felt like a family. We played Christmas carols on the guitar, and one of our residents really came out of his shell and sang A LOT! Another resident went back to his room and grabbed his guitar and sang a song to us. Everyone was laughing and singing and chatting. We gave an individual present for each of the residents and they all loved them.
12-21-2015
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Between wrapping presents, and decorating, and shopping, and getting ready for our christmas parties, we have had a busy week! Isn't that how it always goes during the holidays though? Last night three of our residents got to go to Candeo Church for the Christmas production and they REALLY enjoyed ... Read Full Post
Between wrapping presents, and decorating, and shopping, and getting ready for our christmas parties, we have had a busy week! Isn't that how it always goes during the holidays though? Last night three of our residents got to go to Candeo Church for the Christmas production and they REALLY enjoyed it. I will attached a picture of me(Koriann), Joe, Lillian, Theresa, and my fiance, Jordan. Last Sunday we had the Piano man and I here doing music and we sang all Christmas songs, it was fun! And THIS Sunday we will have our family Christmas party and Santa will be here! Ho Ho Ho! Have a good weekend!
12-11-2015
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Happy Holidays! What a fun weekend!! We had entertainment on Sunday from the Piano Man and Koriann, then we had around 60 college students from Prarie Lakes Church come to sing Christmas carols and make Christmas cards! The evening was full of life and joy as we enjoyed great company and good ... Read Full Post
Happy Holidays! What a fun weekend!! We had entertainment on Sunday from the Piano Man and Koriann, then we had around 60 college students from Prarie Lakes Church come to sing Christmas carols and make Christmas cards! The evening was full of life and joy as we enjoyed great company and good Christmas music! It was heart warming to see all of the college kids engaging one on one with each resident. There was not one resident in the room that did not have a young guy or gal sitting close trying to make conversation. We were really thankful for this group and we praise God for them.
12-07-2015
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Sorry I have been MIA for the past couple weeks! Been a really busy November!! We had an amazing Veterans Day here in Cedar Falls. When we were all gathered in the dining room for lunch, we recognized our veterans over the microphone and gave each name a round of applause. Their names were printed ... Read Full Post
Sorry I have been MIA for the past couple weeks! Been a really busy November!! We had an amazing Veterans Day here in Cedar Falls. When we were all gathered in the dining room for lunch, we recognized our veterans over the microphone and gave each name a round of applause. Their names were printed big and hung on the wall in the dining room..."The Veteran Wall of Fame." I prayed for everyone, we had a moment of silence, and then we sang America The Beautiful together as a family. The day prior, five ladies decorated 135 cookies shaped as stars with red white and blue frosting, and we gave each veteran a pack of three. What a good day! That is my favorite from the past two weeks. Now time for thanksgiving tomorrow where we will have lots of family visiting their loved ones and taking them out for a meal. I, personally, am going to Florida tomorrow to see my mother who just moved there. My sister from Alaska is also going, and my sister from Minneapolis. And my fiance..who hasn't met my mom and one of my sisters. CaNt WaIt! Over and out, Koriann
11-25-2015
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Its starting to cool up outside and we got our christmas lights up in the courtyard! Beautiful white icicles hanging all around! They look so pretty! And the trees out there right now are stunning! We have had such a nice view looking out the living room window and the bright orange leaves! We will ... Read Full Post
Its starting to cool up outside and we got our christmas lights up in the courtyard! Beautiful white icicles hanging all around! They look so pretty! And the trees out there right now are stunning! We have had such a nice view looking out the living room window and the bright orange leaves! We will be sad to see them fall! We are all getting excited for the holidays around here too! And we have our anniversary dinner this month in a couple weeks where we will have a fancy steak dinner and red roses for center pieces. These last few months of the year are always go-go-go but really enjoyable!
11-06-2015
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Eight ways to pay for Assisted Living may interest some of you when nursing home care is 6-10,000 a month people are seeking assisted living for half the cost. So here they are: 1. Veteran Benefits 2. Ask for "accelerated" or "living "benefits on a life insurance policy. They will buy back 50 to 75 ... Read Full Post
Eight ways to pay for Assisted Living may interest some of you when nursing home care is 6-10,000 a month people are seeking assisted living for half the cost. So here they are: 1. Veteran Benefits 2. Ask for "accelerated" or "living "benefits on a life insurance policy. They will buy back 50 to 75 percent of face value. 3. Long term Care Insurance 4. Use an annuity to pay for care 5.A Reverse Mortgage 6.Rent out your home 7. Use Medicaid or SSI it varies from state to state 8. Pool family resources or a bridge loan on assets until they can be liquidated. "Elderlife Financial Bridge Loans" is the contact source. Hope this helps your families enrich their happiness as they find a way to make ends meet.
11-02-2015
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We had our halloween party last night and fun was had by all! We counted 95 people in our living room at one point!! We had the kids trick-or-treat, had a costume contest, and we bobbed for apples. We took some beautiful pictures of all of the families. It has been a wild week preparing for the ... Read Full Post
We had our halloween party last night and fun was had by all! We counted 95 people in our living room at one point!! We had the kids trick-or-treat, had a costume contest, and we bobbed for apples. We took some beautiful pictures of all of the families. It has been a wild week preparing for the party and now it is all over! Monday we will tear down all of our courtyard decorations and prepare ourselves for the colder weather...(as much as we CAN prepare ourselves at least!!) We have been doing halloween crafts and decorating pumpkin cookies and playing halloween bingo! Its been a fun week.. OVER AND OUT! -Koriann
10-30-2015
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Hello Halloween! We are getting all set up and excited for our halloween party! Next Thursday at 6:00 we will be opening our home to the community for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest! We are decorating our courtyard to make a spooky walk-through for the kids! We have a whole bunch ... Read Full Post
Hello Halloween! We are getting all set up and excited for our halloween party! Next Thursday at 6:00 we will be opening our home to the community for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest! We are decorating our courtyard to make a spooky walk-through for the kids! We have a whole bunch of blow-ups to fill the courtyard with dancing creatures! All next week the staff will be dressing up silly, spooky, or pretty and there will be a contest at the end of the week judged by the residents! :D
10-23-2015
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What a beautiful week! The weather and the people are in good spirits here at Bickford! We have been doing many fall crafts this season such as painting pumpkins and making fall wreaths! Today we just had our favorite entertainer Chris Von Arx! Later this afternoon we will be carving pumpkins! We ... Read Full Post
What a beautiful week! The weather and the people are in good spirits here at Bickford! We have been doing many fall crafts this season such as painting pumpkins and making fall wreaths! Today we just had our favorite entertainer Chris Von Arx! Later this afternoon we will be carving pumpkins! We are all getting along and helping each other like a family would. We love it here!
10-16-2015
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Being together as a team, and working together to make this the best caring company in the nation was precious yesterday. Andy Eby taking time to teach and train us is a rare opportunity seldom found in most companies. He could hire training out but he wants to know the people caring for his people ... Read Full Post
Being together as a team, and working together to make this the best caring company in the nation was precious yesterday. Andy Eby taking time to teach and train us is a rare opportunity seldom found in most companies. He could hire training out but he wants to know the people caring for his people and family members so they get what Bickford promises.We will miss Sam but am excited to know she will reach out to more people needing help on the east coast. Thanks for all you taught Kris and I and my daughter, Hanna. You have made a lasting impression on our hearts. We will stay in touch. Thanks again Andy for caring so we too will pass the love on. Teddy
10-15-2015
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It has been a beautiful fall week in Cedar Falls! The weather hasn't been too rough, so we can still enjoy the courtyard! We have been decorating with fall decor in the front yard, courtyard, and inside! Yesterday was the first day of Octoberfest so we had Bingo and Beer! (non-alcoholic of course) ... Read Full Post
It has been a beautiful fall week in Cedar Falls! The weather hasn't been too rough, so we can still enjoy the courtyard! We have been decorating with fall decor in the front yard, courtyard, and inside! Yesterday was the first day of Octoberfest so we had Bingo and Beer! (non-alcoholic of course) Pictured is our very beautiful and artistic, RUTH, painting pumpkins to match the front of the house!!
10-08-2015
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We had a gorgeous fall week!! We made the place pretty with a "fall tree" with beautiful auburn lights on it and pumpkins and hemp ribbon around it! We also added lots of fall colored flowers to our living space and our front entrance! We painted pumpkins yesterday and we also had a really fun sing ... Read Full Post
We had a gorgeous fall week!! We made the place pretty with a "fall tree" with beautiful auburn lights on it and pumpkins and hemp ribbon around it! We also added lots of fall colored flowers to our living space and our front entrance! We painted pumpkins yesterday and we also had a really fun sing along! We love the fall!!!
10-02-2015
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Today is Monday! A new day with new beginnings and new blessings. Over the weekend we had a very intellectual professor move out and it was sad for a couple of the staff who got really close to him... We also had a very kind gentleman named Damon pass away. So a couple changes over the weekend, but ... Read Full Post
Today is Monday! A new day with new beginnings and new blessings. Over the weekend we had a very intellectual professor move out and it was sad for a couple of the staff who got really close to him... We also had a very kind gentleman named Damon pass away. So a couple changes over the weekend, but we always get through them from just building each other up and encouraging one another. We had a booth set up at the Walk to End Alzheimers and we brought four of our residents with us. We really had a beautiful morning out by the river listening to the band and walking.
09-28-2015
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Laughter was the theme yesterday as we celebrated assisted living week. For two hours we laughed and sang and danced up a storm as I taught everyone the importance of laughter for their lives. It is a choice not a feeling. You can get bitter or better, be pitiful or powerful and you can choose to ... Read Full Post
Laughter was the theme yesterday as we celebrated assisted living week. For two hours we laughed and sang and danced up a storm as I taught everyone the importance of laughter for their lives. It is a choice not a feeling. You can get bitter or better, be pitiful or powerful and you can choose to be a winner or a winer. So what will you choose today an attitude of gratitude or be a grumpy dude whose rude? Hahaha start your smile today and enrich someones happiness and watch yours ignite! Just b happy!
09-18-2015
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Wow what a fun week of celebrating National Assisted Living Week! The theme was Nourishing Life: MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT! Monday was MIND DAY for us in Cedar Falls! In the morning we had our Monday mornin exercise, then we played two games that made us exercise our mind: Our giant Crossword puzzle, ... Read Full Post
Wow what a fun week of celebrating National Assisted Living Week! The theme was Nourishing Life: MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT! Monday was MIND DAY for us in Cedar Falls! In the morning we had our Monday mornin exercise, then we played two games that made us exercise our mind: Our giant Crossword puzzle, and Name 5. Then after BINGO in the afternoon, we took a load off with a Wine & Cheese hour in the sun room where we listened to easy-listening big band music and socialized!! Tuesday was our BODY DAY where we did activities that were sports and exercise related, such as Bowling, Walking Club, the staff did wheel chair races, and we all wore athletic/sports wear. Wednesday was 50's DAY! Our center pieces for our meals were records, and Teddy got pretty flowers for each table! We listened to the record player all day, and after BINGO we made milkshakes for each resident and put them in the classic Coke glasses topped with whipped cream! Delivering them to the rooms was fun, the residents were pleasantly surprised! :) Today our theme was MAKE ME LAUGH DAY and, boy, DID WE LAUGH!? We decided our dress code for the day would be mismatch patterns and colors. Most of the staff got into it, and we dressed residents up throughout the day with funny glasses and hats and adhesive mustaches!! In the afternoon we did Laughter yoga and the whole living room was filled with funny hats and smiles!!! Thanks for reading! We have a ton of fun here at the Cedar Falls Bickford. -Koriann Life Enrichment Coordinator
09-17-2015
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Yesterday we made s'mores for our afternoon snack and they were a HIT! Everyone just raved about how good they were! Today we had a lot of fun playing music BINGO, everyone was singing along and clapping their hands. Next week will be a fun week as we have Fair Day with live animals and fair games ... Read Full Post
Yesterday we made s'mores for our afternoon snack and they were a HIT! Everyone just raved about how good they were! Today we had a lot of fun playing music BINGO, everyone was singing along and clapping their hands. Next week will be a fun week as we have Fair Day with live animals and fair games and prizes! Looking forward to it!
09-04-2015
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State Fair memories will be stirred up next week when we play cow chip bingo, prance a horse around inside and judge pies from all over the cedar valley to see which is the best. We have fair ribbons and prizes that are sure to be a hit. The cooks are making corndogs,red pickles, and fried oreo ... Read Full Post
State Fair memories will be stirred up next week when we play cow chip bingo, prance a horse around inside and judge pies from all over the cedar valley to see which is the best. We have fair ribbons and prizes that are sure to be a hit. The cooks are making corndogs,red pickles, and fried oreo cookies! With ice cream cones to top it off. Old Mcdonald is bringing his farm to bickford....yee haw! Did I mention the country line dancing? Who says there's no place like home when we bring their home right to them!
09-03-2015
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What a fun week of cleaning up out in the court yard, playing music every moment we have, and just loving each other more and more each day!! We've got such a caring and FUN family here at Bickford! Lots of people that like to dance and sing.
08-27-2015
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Enriching Happiness to a group of RSVP Directors was a delight today. They work with volunteers and seniors all over the state of Iowa and when asked if they had ever heard of Bickford Assisted Living the majority of them said no. What a chance to enrich happiness throughout the state by telling ... Read Full Post
Enriching Happiness to a group of RSVP Directors was a delight today. They work with volunteers and seniors all over the state of Iowa and when asked if they had ever heard of Bickford Assisted Living the majority of them said no. What a chance to enrich happiness throughout the state by telling them about our beautiful homes we provide for so many.It was held at the Casino in Waterloo and wherever I walked they had huge smile faces hanging every where! They say they bring happiness, I guess happiness is contagious these days catch it and pass it on, Teddy
08-27-2015
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Life is good! What a team we have so many care and so much teamwork! Thanks to all the staff for helping with our lunch and learn! Our cooks out did themselves with the shephards pie in a mug! Breadsticks with a twist and finished with a peanut butter chocolate dessert in our Bickford Bowl. ... Read Full Post
Life is good! What a team we have so many care and so much teamwork! Thanks to all the staff for helping with our lunch and learn! Our cooks out did themselves with the shephards pie in a mug! Breadsticks with a twist and finished with a peanut butter chocolate dessert in our Bickford Bowl. Bickford truly is the greatest place in the Cedar Valley!
08-20-2015
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August has been flying by! We have had multiple memorable events and activities this month: "Western Day", music by Chris Von Arx, a family BBQ, music by "Brother Music Sister Rythym", Bad Poetry reading, and hosted a Lunch-n-Learn in our courtyard! We did country line dancing and horse races which ... Read Full Post
August has been flying by! We have had multiple memorable events and activities this month: "Western Day", music by Chris Von Arx, a family BBQ, music by "Brother Music Sister Rythym", Bad Poetry reading, and hosted a Lunch-n-Learn in our courtyard! We did country line dancing and horse races which are always fun and different!! We had the band "Brother Music Sister Rythym come from Rochester and all of the residents loved them!!! The bizarre holiday on Aug. 18th was Bad Poetry Day so I got out the microphone and read some hilariously confusing bad poetry and everyone really enjoyed it!! God bless everyone while the summer comes to an end! We are looking forward to the fall around here for some nice cool breezes and apple cider!
08-20-2015
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Wow! August already! It seems like time is flying by as we enter the fall in one month. But before all that we are excited about our "Mug a Lunch" event the cooks and I have been planning. We will be serving lunch in a mug to take home and delicious dessert in our Bickford Bowls. Koriann will sing, ... Read Full Post
Wow! August already! It seems like time is flying by as we enter the fall in one month. But before all that we are excited about our "Mug a Lunch" event the cooks and I have been planning. We will be serving lunch in a mug to take home and delicious dessert in our Bickford Bowls. Koriann will sing, I will do laughter Yoga and the cooks, Kris and Michelle will talk about their roles here. So far we have 15 RSVP's and they are still coming in. Dr.s that have never been here and nurses, event planners, community leaders we are so happy to show our place off. Enriching Happiness-Yum!
08-03-2015
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The Channel Cats played for our July Birthday celebration and we had a great time! We have been enjoying doing our monthly birthday parties with new entertainment each month! This month we had quite a few birthdays: Allen, Esther, Dellrose, Dick, Damon, and Ron!
07-30-2015
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Hello friends! This week we celebrated all our July Birthdays with root beer floats and music by the Channel Cats! Today we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy! That's always a fun time with our crazy hats! We have been doing a ton of work in the courtyard, pulling weeds and trimming the bushes. We have a ... Read Full Post
Hello friends! This week we celebrated all our July Birthdays with root beer floats and music by the Channel Cats! Today we had Laughter Yoga with Teddy! That's always a fun time with our crazy hats! We have been doing a ton of work in the courtyard, pulling weeds and trimming the bushes. We have a hand full of residents that like to help out out there! Our tomato plants are starting to produce too!
07-23-2015
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We are getting ready for our "Mug a Lunch" event. We will be serving pizza in a mug and dessert in our Bickford Bowls from Bickford bread basket bakery. Each one of our staff will take time to present themselves as an active participant in the lives of the family members that move into our lovely ... Read Full Post
We are getting ready for our "Mug a Lunch" event. We will be serving pizza in a mug and dessert in our Bickford Bowls from Bickford bread basket bakery. Each one of our staff will take time to present themselves as an active participant in the lives of the family members that move into our lovely home. Koriann will showcase her singing talent, I will do laughter yoga, Kris will tell them services we provide and Michelle will let them know how she cares for their patients or loved ones depending on who is here. Enriching Happiness in the Cedar Valley that's what we do in Cedar Falls.
07-20-2015
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Hello those who are reading! What a great week! Yesterday we had a very fun sing along where I played my guitar and handed out the lyrics to a bunch of good ol' songs! We had a large group and everyone was singing along and tapping their feet! We have had many new people join our family this month, ... Read Full Post
Hello those who are reading! What a great week! Yesterday we had a very fun sing along where I played my guitar and handed out the lyrics to a bunch of good ol' songs! We had a large group and everyone was singing along and tapping their feet! We have had many new people join our family this month, so it has been a lot of fun getting to know new people and get them involved around here! Have a great weekend!!!
07-17-2015
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This week has been full of bizarre holidays like Chocolate Day, Video Games Day, and Sugar Cookie Day! We made chocolate covered pretzels with pretty sprinkles on Tuesday. They were cute for the snack bar and they got eaten up real quick! Yesterday was the second Wednesday of the month so we had ... Read Full Post
This week has been full of bizarre holidays like Chocolate Day, Video Games Day, and Sugar Cookie Day! We made chocolate covered pretzels with pretty sprinkles on Tuesday. They were cute for the snack bar and they got eaten up real quick! Yesterday was the second Wednesday of the month so we had music therapy with Lucy! It's always a treat to have her here and she sings so beautifully!! Today is Sugar Cookie Day so six ladies got together and mixed up the dough then we rolled it out into all different shapes. Later we will frost them! Fun Stuff!
07-09-2015
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