Bickford of Champlin

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Champlin, 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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Please welcome our new volunteer, my brother Kyle. Kyle will be volunteering most Fridays. The ladies were thankful he came in an ran the glue gun with us during craft time! Don't forget we will be having our Christmas party THIS Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30. We hope to see you there!
12-04-2018
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The ladies and I went and saw Instant Family yesterday afternoon after another resident saw it and recommended it. It was a really funny movie and best of all heartwarming. Go see it if you get the chance. Today we have a full day. We are having Rosary at 10am followed by our morning exercise. ... Read Full Post
The ladies and I went and saw Instant Family yesterday afternoon after another resident saw it and recommended it. It was a really funny movie and best of all heartwarming. Go see it if you get the chance. Today we have a full day. We are having Rosary at 10am followed by our morning exercise. After lunch we are painting picture holders for all the Vikings bingo pictures I took. If we have time we may even squeeze on a game of Pokeno. Its going to be a good day.
11-28-2018
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Hello Bickford family! We are trying something new! Once a month we will be having donuts and coffee with our director Jill! We had a really good turn out. Who doesn't like donuts!? I just wanted to remind everyone this is the weekend we are going to Maplewoood to visit Santa and his therapy ... Read Full Post
Hello Bickford family! We are trying something new! Once a month we will be having donuts and coffee with our director Jill! We had a really good turn out. Who doesn't like donuts!? I just wanted to remind everyone this is the weekend we are going to Maplewoood to visit Santa and his therapy bunnies! Please let me know if you have any questions. ALSO! Really important, our Christmas party will be on December 6th from 5:30 to 7:30. We hope to see you there!
11-27-2018
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I asked Dorothy last week what her secret was to making it to 100. She said she to stay busy and keep moving. This woman has a kind heart and is tough as nails!
11-20-2018
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We are having a little baby shower for our BFM Danielle tomorrow from 6 to 7. We are gonna play a game or two and I will provide a few snacks. She is registered at Target if any one would like to get her anything.
11-19-2018
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So man fun things for December. It is truly my favorite time of the year to be an LEC. Please let me know if you have any questions on anything.
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Okay. Last Vikings picture I promise and then we will move on to new things! Its going to be a really busy day here today. I am taking the ladies to a vendor fair at St. Therese. They are kind enough to come and pick us op with their bus. Tonight we have new music by Red Gallager so please stop by ... Read Full Post
Okay. Last Vikings picture I promise and then we will move on to new things! Its going to be a really busy day here today. I am taking the ladies to a vendor fair at St. Therese. They are kind enough to come and pick us op with their bus. Tonight we have new music by Red Gallager so please stop by and check it out. Our family meeting is to follow. Yesterday we did Donuts with the director which everyone agreed that it will be something we do once a month. It was nice sitting and talking to Jill. She even told jokes and so did a few of the residents.
11-14-2018
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I can't believe this good looking lady is 100!!
11-12-2018
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SKOL Vikings! I am not sure what we are gonna go without a game to watch tomorrow but I know we will manage. I am here today and this cold Saturday! Brrrr. We are venturing out in search of a bird feeder for Jan and some shopping. I am off tomorrow, but I return on Monday. We will be playing Bingo ... Read Full Post
SKOL Vikings! I am not sure what we are gonna go without a game to watch tomorrow but I know we will manage. I am here today and this cold Saturday! Brrrr. We are venturing out in search of a bird feeder for Jan and some shopping. I am off tomorrow, but I return on Monday. We will be playing Bingo at about 1:30 on Monday if you would like to join.
11-10-2018
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Cindy let me paint her nails on Halloween. I don't think I will ever be that lucky again. Today we went out to eat at the buffet. It was very good. We also celebrated Dorothy's 100th Birthday! Tomorrow we are going on a shopping outing to Coon Rapids. Jan is in need of a new bird house. I hope ... Read Full Post
Cindy let me paint her nails on Halloween. I don't think I will ever be that lucky again. Today we went out to eat at the buffet. It was very good. We also celebrated Dorothy's 100th Birthday! Tomorrow we are going on a shopping outing to Coon Rapids. Jan is in need of a new bird house. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I will try to post some Vikings Bingo pictures this upcoming week.
11-09-2018
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We are seeing The Nutcracker today! I am so excited. We are celebrating Dorothy's 100th Birthday tomorrow! Wow, what a milestone. I am also here on Saturday this weekend and we will be celebrating Ladonna's Birthday. She will be 80. Another big milestone Birthday.
11-08-2018
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I have so many things to say today! First of all, Happy November! Jan won our grand prize Bingo bucket last month full of Halloween treats, a new romance book and a few knickknacks. Second of all, How fun was Vikings Bingo yesterday!? The residents are still talking about it and I have so many ... Read Full Post
I have so many things to say today! First of all, Happy November! Jan won our grand prize Bingo bucket last month full of Halloween treats, a new romance book and a few knickknacks. Second of all, How fun was Vikings Bingo yesterday!? The residents are still talking about it and I have so many pictures I don't even know which ones to post! I am trying to book them again in the Spring. Today we have morning Bible study, Bingo after lunch, Happy Hour, The Bickford Store and Music by Jerry Bichenbach after supper. Its gonna be a busy day!
11-02-2018
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I took the ladies out to see Hocus Pocus yesterday in Coon Rapids. Most of them had never seen it before so it was a good time. We have a really busy day today. We are going to Perkins for lunch. When we return we get to make treat bags for the trick or treaters tonight. The BFMs will be bringing ... Read Full Post
I took the ladies out to see Hocus Pocus yesterday in Coon Rapids. Most of them had never seen it before so it was a good time. We have a really busy day today. We are going to Perkins for lunch. When we return we get to make treat bags for the trick or treaters tonight. The BFMs will be bringing in there kids tonight in costume. We will have treats and Halloween Bingo. Halloween is already tomorrow. We have live music from crooner Tim Patrick. BFMs and residents are encouraged to dress up. We will also be celebrating Millie's Birthday!
10-30-2018
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Here it is, the schedule for November! Today we are going to Target for some shopping and of course Friday Bingo. Kennedy will be here on Sunday and playing Bingo again some time after lunch! I am so excited for Mondays outing! We are taking Howie (Our Bus) to the movies and seeing Hocus Pocus. I ... Read Full Post
Here it is, the schedule for November! Today we are going to Target for some shopping and of course Friday Bingo. Kennedy will be here on Sunday and playing Bingo again some time after lunch! I am so excited for Mondays outing! We are taking Howie (Our Bus) to the movies and seeing Hocus Pocus. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
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Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Barb! Happy Birthday to you! Celebrated Barb's Birthday on Saturday! Our next Birthday is Millie's on October 31st!
10-23-2018
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Not only did i get to dye Cindy And Jan's hair but they were also brave enough to do with my to dinner that day. Wacky Hair day was a success last week. Today we have new music by Jim Waydula and tomorrow we will be watching the Vikings game in the living room. Speaking of the Vikings.... don't ... Read Full Post
Not only did i get to dye Cindy And Jan's hair but they were also brave enough to do with my to dinner that day. Wacky Hair day was a success last week. Today we have new music by Jim Waydula and tomorrow we will be watching the Vikings game in the living room. Speaking of the Vikings.... don't forget, November 4th we have Vikings bingo at 1pm. We have never done this at Bickford before. Victor the Viking will be here giving out vikings prizes and taking pictures!
10-20-2018
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Our family picture for Lumberjack day! This is maybe one of my favorite pictures I have taken. Here at Bickford of Champlin I can honestly say we are more like a family than coworkers and residents. I am so lucky to have such kind and amazing people in my life. I am off until Saturday but today we ... Read Full Post
Our family picture for Lumberjack day! This is maybe one of my favorite pictures I have taken. Here at Bickford of Champlin I can honestly say we are more like a family than coworkers and residents. I am so lucky to have such kind and amazing people in my life. I am off until Saturday but today we are going shopping for pumpkins, tomorrow we have Joe coming to sing for us and Kennedy will be covering for me the other two days. Also don't forget to wish Barb a Happy Birthday on Saturday. We will be celebrating that as well this weekend.
10-16-2018
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Sisterly Love! Millie and Dorothy have Birthdays within the next month! Millie will be 95 and Dorothy will be 100!
10-15-2018
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Last week the ladies and I made thank you bags for the champlin P.D. We included treats, hand sanitizer and Bickford gear. Everyone was all smiles when we dropped them off. I am still getting caught up on my pictures. Today we have our daily exercise at 10am followed by a a bible study class. Then ... Read Full Post
Last week the ladies and I made thank you bags for the champlin P.D. We included treats, hand sanitizer and Bickford gear. Everyone was all smiles when we dropped them off. I am still getting caught up on my pictures. Today we have our daily exercise at 10am followed by a a bible study class. Then I have a full bus to go see A Star is Born After lunch. It should be a really fun day. Monday the Howie and I are taking Mary B's residents around town to look at the fall colors and we just may make some hot chocolate to take on the road with us. Have a great weekend everyone!
10-12-2018
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Guess who this monkey is? We have a good time no matter where we go! Even Target! I hope everyone is enjoying spirit week this week. Today is mismatch day. Tomorrow is your last chance to show your spirit! We are doing a team pride day. I will have my Vikings gear on. Tomorrow we are also seeing a ... Read Full Post
Guess who this monkey is? We have a good time no matter where we go! Even Target! I hope everyone is enjoying spirit week this week. Today is mismatch day. Tomorrow is your last chance to show your spirit! We are doing a team pride day. I will have my Vikings gear on. Tomorrow we are also seeing a Star is Born.
10-11-2018
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I don't even know where to start! I have so many great pictures from the last week of going on adventures! Last week we went to the 101 Market and got some pumpkins for the front of the building. This is the first group picture I was able to be in because we also brought Kennedy and some of our ... Read Full Post
I don't even know where to start! I have so many great pictures from the last week of going on adventures! Last week we went to the 101 Market and got some pumpkins for the front of the building. This is the first group picture I was able to be in because we also brought Kennedy and some of our Mary B's residents. Thank you Kennedy for taking the picture. Today our Chaplin Mike is visiting, we are playing Bingo and there will be taco dip and chips at the bistro for snack! The residents and BFM's will be getting flu shots this week as well. Have you gotten yours yet?
10-04-2018
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Hello Friends & Family! Next week is going to look a little different around here...we are having Spirit Week. Please join us for the festivities! Monday we are beginning with Pajama Day. Wear your favorite pjs when you come visit Bickford. Tuesday is dress like a lumberjack day- we are all wearing ... Read Full Post
Hello Friends & Family! Next week is going to look a little different around here...we are having Spirit Week. Please join us for the festivities! Monday we are beginning with Pajama Day. Wear your favorite pjs when you come visit Bickford. Tuesday is dress like a lumberjack day- we are all wearing our favorite fall plaids. Wednesday is Wacky Hair Day! Thursday is MisMatch Day. Friday is Team Spirit Day, wear your favorite sports team apparel. It is going to be another fun week at Bickford, hope you can stop in and be part of it!
10-03-2018
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It was Nancy's 80th Birthday on Monday! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you, Happy BIRTHDAY DEAR NANCY!!!! Happy Birthday to you!
10-03-2018
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Went out for Ice cream at Cullens on Wednesday! We are going to try hit it up one more time before it closes for the winter in November. They are always so kind to us there. Yesterday we went to the 101 Market in Otsego and picked out some pumpkins and fall decor. It was so nice to get out. We even ... Read Full Post
Went out for Ice cream at Cullens on Wednesday! We are going to try hit it up one more time before it closes for the winter in November. They are always so kind to us there. Yesterday we went to the 101 Market in Otsego and picked out some pumpkins and fall decor. It was so nice to get out. We even brought home some apples. Today we are off to a movie right next door at the Champlin theater and we are doing our drawing for the big winner of the month for bingo. Should be an exciting day. I have Saturday off but I'm right back at it on Sunday! Have a good weekend!
09-28-2018
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October is going to be a really fun month. I can't wait!
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The residents and I went to the Coon Rapids theater yesterday and saw the first Smokey and the Bandit movie. I had not seen it for many year and had a lot of fun. It is so nice when we get to see classic movies on the big screen! Tomorrow night come and join us for live music by Mary Hall! This ... Read Full Post
The residents and I went to the Coon Rapids theater yesterday and saw the first Smokey and the Bandit movie. I had not seen it for many year and had a lot of fun. It is so nice when we get to see classic movies on the big screen! Tomorrow night come and join us for live music by Mary Hall! This will be her second time at Bickford and we are so happy to welcome her again.
09-19-2018
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Took the ladies to Clive's last week. We haven't been there in a few months. I forgot how good the food is there. On Tuesday we went and saw a movie called Puzzle and the residents really enjoyed it. I pick up he Howie again on Wednesday. I am thinking about taking them to get some Ice Cream that ... Read Full Post
Took the ladies to Clive's last week. We haven't been there in a few months. I forgot how good the food is there. On Tuesday we went and saw a movie called Puzzle and the residents really enjoyed it. I pick up he Howie again on Wednesday. I am thinking about taking them to get some Ice Cream that Day or to the park.
09-07-2018
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I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on September Activities! Please let me know if you have any questions.
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We had a good time last Friday checking out Hyvee. For a few resident it was their first time there. I just love having the Howie. Yesterday we went to Cullens and got some ice cream and today we are seeing Crazy Rich Asians.
08-21-2018
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We had the theater to ourselves yesterday to see Dog Days. it was a very nice heartwarming movie. We even brought our Volunteer Abby along. We are off to Hyvee this morning for a little shopping. Monday we are thinking about going to the park for a picnic for supper. Happy Friday everyone!
08-17-2018
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The Howie is back and we are off on an adventure today! We are heading to the Champlin Mann to see Dog Days. I am excited! Last night a few of us went to Pizza Ranch for supper and tomorrow morning we are going shopping at Hyvee!
08-16-2018
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Yesterday was a success. We played county fair games outside, had some banana sushi (Bananas rolled in a tortilla with Nutella) and we had music after supper. It was a new music act and we really enjoyed them. I will be booking them again for the holiday season. Today I will be giving the residents ... Read Full Post
Yesterday was a success. We played county fair games outside, had some banana sushi (Bananas rolled in a tortilla with Nutella) and we had music after supper. It was a new music act and we really enjoyed them. I will be booking them again for the holiday season. Today I will be giving the residents manicures and we have a piano player coming at 1 pm.
08-09-2018
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We had a good time last night for National Night Out. We had rootbeer floats and were impressed by Brian Mack and his guitar playing. Today is County Fair Day and we will be playing midway games, eating fried foods and betting on some pigs for pig races. Tomorrow our favorite piano player, Linda is ... Read Full Post
We had a good time last night for National Night Out. We had rootbeer floats and were impressed by Brian Mack and his guitar playing. Today is County Fair Day and we will be playing midway games, eating fried foods and betting on some pigs for pig races. Tomorrow our favorite piano player, Linda is stopping by and Friday is Donalds Birthday.
08-08-2018
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We painted piggy banks last Tuesday! It was really fun to see all the different personalities come out in the residents artwork. Today we are off to see the Movie Christopher Robin! I am so grateful to be able to take them on adventures. We have an exciting week next week as well. Tuesday is ... Read Full Post
We painted piggy banks last Tuesday! It was really fun to see all the different personalities come out in the residents artwork. Today we are off to see the Movie Christopher Robin! I am so grateful to be able to take them on adventures. We have an exciting week next week as well. Tuesday is National Night out. We have music by Brian Mack and root beer floats from 6 to 7. Wednesday we have a County Fair themed day. And Thursday our favorite piano player will be visiting.
08-03-2018
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I took the ladies to Cabelas on Tuesday. We got some fudge at the general store, looked at the fish and we even went up to the "Shooting range" game upstairs. They were actually really good at it and we had a lot of fun.
07-26-2018
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Lots going on next month!
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We had such a fun time last night with family and friends. These were our raffle prizes from last nights benefit. I will be posting soon how much money was donated to MS.
07-20-2018
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Don't forget that our benefit for MS is next Thursday. If you have not already told me you are attending, please let me know ASAP. We hope to see you there!
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We spent Tuesday at the movies seeing Won't You be my Neighbor. The residents really enjoyed the movie and the message.
07-12-2018
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We had music by Bobby and Christine last Friday. It was such a nice day they suggested we do it on the patio. Today we had Mary Hall for the first time and we were so thankful to have her. She has a beautiful voice. We also went to Andrews park this morning and got some fresh air. Tomorrow we are ... Read Full Post
We had music by Bobby and Christine last Friday. It was such a nice day they suggested we do it on the patio. Today we had Mary Hall for the first time and we were so thankful to have her. She has a beautiful voice. We also went to Andrews park this morning and got some fresh air. Tomorrow we are going to see Won't you be my Neighbor, The documentary about Mr. Rogers. We are so grateful for our bus Howie.
07-09-2018
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I hope every one had a fun and safe 4th of July. We threw a party on Tuesday which included food, music and even some fireworks. We also welcome our New Resident Deanna to the building.
07-05-2018
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I can't believe if is almost July! We have some fun things coming up this month. Check it out!
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I took the ladies out for some ice cream on Thursday!
06-25-2018
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Beth's dog Lucy has been stopping by the last few weeks for the dog lovers of the building. Alvin used to have a black lab and likes to reminisce about hunting every time Lucy comes in to say hi.
06-18-2018
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YeeeHaw!!!! We had a really fun Western Day yesterday out on the patio. The staff wore cowboy hats and we listened to music. Today Vinnie Rose came in and sang us some Western tunes.
06-07-2018
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We took the residents to the zoo today! We picked the perfect day for it. We also had a picnic lunch, fed giraffes and even went on the Carousel a few times. Jan said it was the most fun she had in years! We may have to make this a yearly trip.
06-05-2018
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Hello Friends of the Family! Next week is packed full of fun. Join us at the Como Zoo on Tuesday June 5th. We will be leaving Bickford on HOWIE at 9:00am. If you would like to ride with, please call or text Jill at 651-363-0863 and we will reserve a seat for you. Or feel free to meet us there! We ... Read Full Post
Hello Friends of the Family! Next week is packed full of fun. Join us at the Como Zoo on Tuesday June 5th. We will be leaving Bickford on HOWIE at 9:00am. If you would like to ride with, please call or text Jill at 651-363-0863 and we will reserve a seat for you. Or feel free to meet us there! We also have Western Day on Wednesday June 6th beginning right after lunch. We will be having themed games and snacks- join us for the fun! Thursday June 7th we have one of our favorite entertainers Vinnie Rose coming in at 1:00pm. Also families, we will be calling to schedule care conferences for the month of June. Hope to see you all soon!
05-31-2018
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I forgot to add the picture but we wished Cindy a Happy Birthday last week on the 23rd. We spoiled her with treats, balloons and lot of hugs. Our Family here at Bickford adores Cindy. She is always helpful and has a really infectious laugh. Happy Birthday Cindy from all of us!
05-31-2018
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The residents (And Kennedy) are loving the new patio furniture. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Memorial weekend. Due to the hot weather I had to reschedule our zoo trip to next Tuesday but we are heading to a movie today!
05-29-2018
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Here is whats coming up for June for those of you who like to plan ahead. We have lots of new music this month and a few new outings. Check it out.
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