Bickford of Clinton

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Clinton, 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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Gerilyn Jacobs -
We have had the most enjoyable "Assisted Living Week"! Each day we had a fun and engaging theme, some really great entertainment and lots of laughs! The staff feel so blessed to get to care for our residents. Mutually, the residents enjoy the interaction and care given by the staff.
09-15-2017
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Jill Boss -
We have been blessed with such beautiful weather here in Clinton. We are all praying for those being effected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia.
09-08-2017
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The week has been wonderful. We enjoyed being entertained with the talent of 'Denise and His Singing Guitar", working on a surprise craft for the staff, and baking goodies with fresh apples! With fall in the air and knocking on the door, we have been spending as much time as possible on the front ... Read Full Post
The week has been wonderful. We enjoyed being entertained with the talent of 'Denise and His Singing Guitar", working on a surprise craft for the staff, and baking goodies with fresh apples! With fall in the air and knocking on the door, we have been spending as much time as possible on the front porch. Next week is "Assisted Living Week" we have some fun and interesting events planned. Stop by and join us!
09-08-2017
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We enjoy the fun and unusual "National Days', that very every month. This week we celebrated "National Cherry Turnover Day". Yummy! On Wednesday, one of our very favorite entertainers returned after an extend leave. The residents enjoy her talent so much!! We are always looking for more ... Read Full Post
We enjoy the fun and unusual "National Days', that very every month. This week we celebrated "National Cherry Turnover Day". Yummy! On Wednesday, one of our very favorite entertainers returned after an extend leave. The residents enjoy her talent so much!! We are always looking for more entertainers. So if you have a talent and would like to share it with us, please contact me, Gerilyn LEC Director.
09-01-2017
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As we watch the devastation in Houston, please remember that there by the Grace of God go I! Please if you can DONATE! It is so simple! Just text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross! These people have lost everything and I love seeing the men and women volunteering and risking their own ... Read Full Post
As we watch the devastation in Houston, please remember that there by the Grace of God go I! Please if you can DONATE! It is so simple! Just text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross! These people have lost everything and I love seeing the men and women volunteering and risking their own life to help those in desperate need! This is an event of catastrophic proportions! Everyone needs to PRAY for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and those brave souls risking their own life to help those who are so vulnerable at this time. PRAY FOR TEXAS!
08-29-2017
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The beautiful weather went well with our beautiful week. On Tuesday we had such a good time going for a ride on the Bickford bus. We all enjoyed seeing the crops, farms and well kept houses. Today to celebrate "National Banana Split Day" we got together and made big, multilayered banana splits to ... Read Full Post
The beautiful weather went well with our beautiful week. On Tuesday we had such a good time going for a ride on the Bickford bus. We all enjoyed seeing the crops, farms and well kept houses. Today to celebrate "National Banana Split Day" we got together and made big, multilayered banana splits to enjoy after a rousing round of Bunco. The front porch will be the perfect location for our afternoon treat!
08-25-2017
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Jessalyn Middendorf -
Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are ... Read Full Post
Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are interested in furthering their education. The Eby Scholarship is for the children of Bickford Family Members who are pursuing higher education. I was lucky enough to not only present both scholarships to 2 very deserving students in my division, but the Eby scholarship was extra special as it went to my daughter this year! Riley is going to be a sophomore at the University of Iowa, majoring in nursing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Sorority, and has been accepted into the honors program. Congratulations Riley! Pictured is Riley (left) receiving her scholarship certificate from Divisional Director of Resident Services for Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois, Michelle Adam.
08-24-2017
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The weeks just fly by! Residents and staff alike are asking, where did the summer go? Many of our residents have had visits from grandchildren and great grandchildren during the school break. These visits bring so much joy to all involved. Here at Bickford we have so much fun participating in the ... Read Full Post
The weeks just fly by! Residents and staff alike are asking, where did the summer go? Many of our residents have had visits from grandchildren and great grandchildren during the school break. These visits bring so much joy to all involved. Here at Bickford we have so much fun participating in the "National Days". Today is National Ice Cream Pie day. So of course, the ladies and I got together and made a couple delectable ice cream pies to be enjoyed on the front porch this afternoon. Stop by and join us, we would love to see you!
08-18-2017
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Last week was a week of music. On Monday we had Ann our favorite piano player, Tuesday Scott and his wife sang for us, and Wednesday for "Western Day" Denise and his singing guitar performed. Music is one of the most enjoyed activities. The residents love to sing along and tap their feet to the ... Read Full Post
Last week was a week of music. On Monday we had Ann our favorite piano player, Tuesday Scott and his wife sang for us, and Wednesday for "Western Day" Denise and his singing guitar performed. Music is one of the most enjoyed activities. The residents love to sing along and tap their feet to the familiar songs. "Western Day" was so much fun! In addition to the music we played western style games, dressed in western attire, and had some really pretty decorations. Theme days are always interesting and enjoyable.
08-14-2017
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Peggy Jenkins -
Rather you are enjoying the beautifully manicured grounds. The bright and inviting patio - Bickford welcomes you! Today we celebrated Western day and as you see it was in full swing with a guitar playing country music singer, root beer and cowboy cookies!
08-10-2017
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We are all amazed that August has arrived already. What happened to July? Today we are celebrating "National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day", so of course we had to make cookies. This afternoon we will enjoy eating them sitting on the front porch in our rocking chairs. Life is good!
08-04-2017
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Kim Schaffer -
Great communication is key to great service and enriching happiness! Last week we held one of our quarterly Family Council meetings. We had great participation and enjoyed each other's company while discussing ways to make life here at Bickford even better!!
07-31-2017
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"Lunch Bunch" is a hit! Two days this week I grouped ladies together for a special luncheon in the sun room. We had great conversation, delicious food and a very pretty table. Can't wait for next month! Also this week, Paula our hair dresser, came and did "Mary Kay" makeovers on the ladies. She ... Read Full Post
"Lunch Bunch" is a hit! Two days this week I grouped ladies together for a special luncheon in the sun room. We had great conversation, delicious food and a very pretty table. Can't wait for next month! Also this week, Paula our hair dresser, came and did "Mary Kay" makeovers on the ladies. She even matched the colors with their eyes. They all looked very glamorous! We had a good singer perform for us on Wednesday afternoon. It was a super week!
07-28-2017
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Yesterday was our Italian themed day. We had a good time! Between the decorations, costumes, and special treats all of us had happy taste buds and some good laughs! We made Italian Sodas in the afternoon. What a delicious treat they were. Gloria our wonderful chaplain also lead us in song. The ... Read Full Post
Yesterday was our Italian themed day. We had a good time! Between the decorations, costumes, and special treats all of us had happy taste buds and some good laughs! We made Italian Sodas in the afternoon. What a delicious treat they were. Gloria our wonderful chaplain also lead us in song. The residents really enjoy her song selection. Pizza was on the evening menu made by some of the residents. Yummy!
07-20-2017
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This week we had a very special guest. Abby, the "Honey Girl" was here. She gave a wonderful presentation about her bee keeping business. Abby is so knowledgeable and easy to listen to. The residents and staff enjoyed every minute! Thank you Abby. We are always looking for volunteers who are ... Read Full Post
This week we had a very special guest. Abby, the "Honey Girl" was here. She gave a wonderful presentation about her bee keeping business. Abby is so knowledgeable and easy to listen to. The residents and staff enjoyed every minute! Thank you Abby. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to share their time and/or talent with our residents. If you are interested in helping out, let us know.
07-14-2017
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We are blessed with a few very loyal volunteers. Jim comes every Monday and leads a Bible Study, which is well received by the residents. Ann plays piano for us each first Monday of the month. We all look forward to her fun song selection and beautiful playing! Also on Mondays, Joyce leads a big ... Read Full Post
We are blessed with a few very loyal volunteers. Jim comes every Monday and leads a Bible Study, which is well received by the residents. Ann plays piano for us each first Monday of the month. We all look forward to her fun song selection and beautiful playing! Also on Mondays, Joyce leads a big group in praying the rosary. We are so thankful for our volunteers! I would like to encourage anyone else who would like to volunteer. The residents are always so appreciative.
07-07-2017
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This week some of the ladies gathered on our pretty sun porch for our first "lunch bunch" get together. We had such a nice time eating and visiting with one another. I can hardly wait for next month! On Friday, we had a new entertainer come and sing for us. The residents really enjoy music, and of ... Read Full Post
This week some of the ladies gathered on our pretty sun porch for our first "lunch bunch" get together. We had such a nice time eating and visiting with one another. I can hardly wait for next month! On Friday, we had a new entertainer come and sing for us. The residents really enjoy music, and of course their favorites are the oldies but goodies! We spent many of the afternoons sitting on the front porch, watching the birds and people coming and going. Life's simple pleasures!
06-30-2017
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Happy Summer! Yesterday, we went for our Bickford Bus ride and enjoyed seeing the sights and eating ice cream along the way. Everything is so green and beautiful! Our dads enjoyed a special lunch on Monday. Kentucky Fried Chicken all around! We made pretty patriotic wreaths for our doors and sang ... Read Full Post
Happy Summer! Yesterday, we went for our Bickford Bus ride and enjoyed seeing the sights and eating ice cream along the way. Everything is so green and beautiful! Our dads enjoyed a special lunch on Monday. Kentucky Fried Chicken all around! We made pretty patriotic wreaths for our doors and sang hymns with Gloria on Wednesday. There always is a nice variety of activities to be involved in each week if you so choose to.
06-23-2017
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The weather has been so wonderful that sitting outside is one of the residents favorite pass times. Having a refreshment and watching all the activity go by makes for an enjoyable afternoon. This weekend we are hoping to get a card club going. Many of our residents use to play cards, and some of ... Read Full Post
The weather has been so wonderful that sitting outside is one of the residents favorite pass times. Having a refreshment and watching all the activity go by makes for an enjoyable afternoon. This weekend we are hoping to get a card club going. Many of our residents use to play cards, and some of them would like to try it again. Poker seems to be a common game between them, so we are beginning with poker.
06-02-2017
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Wednesday was National Scavenger Hunt Day. Who knew? We had fun going on our own scavenger hunt through the building. On Thursday we wore our red noses, to help out with the "Red Nose" world wide fundraising for hungry children. We also enjoyed the musical talent of the "Sunbeams". This group of ... Read Full Post
Wednesday was National Scavenger Hunt Day. Who knew? We had fun going on our own scavenger hunt through the building. On Thursday we wore our red noses, to help out with the "Red Nose" world wide fundraising for hungry children. We also enjoyed the musical talent of the "Sunbeams". This group of retired women did a wonderful job! We are so thankful for the people who volunteer their time and talent for the residents. Have an enjoyable Memorial Day! It is such a busy time of year with graduations, weddings, and family time.
05-26-2017
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This has been a week filled with music, we even celebrated Eddie Arnold's birthday! He has a lot of fans here at Bickford. I'm planning to read-a-loud a biography about Eddie to our residents. National Cherry Cobbler Day was met with many smiles! On Thursday the weather was beautiful and perfect ... Read Full Post
This has been a week filled with music, we even celebrated Eddie Arnold's birthday! He has a lot of fans here at Bickford. I'm planning to read-a-loud a biography about Eddie to our residents. National Cherry Cobbler Day was met with many smiles! On Thursday the weather was beautiful and perfect for our bus ride. We went to Thomson Causeway and were able to see many birds, turtles, and some humans as well. Spring is such a lovely time of year.
05-19-2017
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We have been busy getting ready for Easter this week. Today, many of the residents joined in with reading the "Stations of the Cross". It was a very special time together. Frosting and decorating cup cakes for the holiday was really fun. Of course one cake needed to be sampled! Yummy! We are all ... Read Full Post
We have been busy getting ready for Easter this week. Today, many of the residents joined in with reading the "Stations of the Cross". It was a very special time together. Frosting and decorating cup cakes for the holiday was really fun. Of course one cake needed to be sampled! Yummy! We are all looking forward to porch weather returning, and planting some flowers in our raised beds. Have a blessed Easter.
04-14-2017
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We started our week with two of are wonderful volunteers. Jim comes weekly to lead a well attended Bible Study with our residents. Ann comes once a month and playes piano. Her song selection always has our residents toe tapping and singing along. They are both true blessings to us here at Bickford. ... Read Full Post
We started our week with two of are wonderful volunteers. Jim comes weekly to lead a well attended Bible Study with our residents. Ann comes once a month and playes piano. Her song selection always has our residents toe tapping and singing along. They are both true blessings to us here at Bickford. We are always looking and would certainly welcome more volunteers.
04-07-2017
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This week we celebrated the theme "Beach day". We had so much fun playing beach related games, and singing with 'Mama J' to the Beach Boys and other great songs. On Monday we enjoyed the musical talent of Paul Hopkins. Paul is Dean's son-in-law. He is so talented. We felt very blessed to have him ... Read Full Post
This week we celebrated the theme "Beach day". We had so much fun playing beach related games, and singing with 'Mama J' to the Beach Boys and other great songs. On Monday we enjoyed the musical talent of Paul Hopkins. Paul is Dean's son-in-law. He is so talented. We felt very blessed to have him sing for us. Even his wife Elizabeth joined in on a couple songs! We are all somewhat patiently waiting for porch weather to return! Here comes April. Yeah!
03-31-2017
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We had a very relaxing week. This week our residents were able to take advantage of Spa Day! Who doesn't enjoy a little pampering now and then? John and Kay a husband and wife team, came and sang for us. Gloria our wonderful Chaplain, lead us in song, on Wednesday. She not only plays a good piano ... Read Full Post
We had a very relaxing week. This week our residents were able to take advantage of Spa Day! Who doesn't enjoy a little pampering now and then? John and Kay a husband and wife team, came and sang for us. Gloria our wonderful Chaplain, lead us in song, on Wednesday. She not only plays a good piano but has a wonderful voice. The end of the week brought porch weather!!!! We enjoyed cookies and soda as we inhaled the smells of spring. Peace and joy to all.
03-24-2017
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! We are having fun celebrating the wearing of the green. This morning a group of ladies frosted 50 plus Blarney Stones. We will enjoy those tonight at our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. Jen our cook always does a great job cooking for the get together. Earlier in the week ... Read Full Post
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We are having fun celebrating the wearing of the green. This morning a group of ladies frosted 50 plus Blarney Stones. We will enjoy those tonight at our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. Jen our cook always does a great job cooking for the get together. Earlier in the week we had fun decorating Irish derbies to wear tonight. No one wants to get pinched, so green will abound!
03-17-2017
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It is amazing how quickly the weeks fly by! We had a nice week being together. We made crafts, played games, had our nails done, worked on a service project and listened to some wonderful stories about our residents lives. We feel so blessed to be a part of each others lives. With the prospect of ... Read Full Post
It is amazing how quickly the weeks fly by! We had a nice week being together. We made crafts, played games, had our nails done, worked on a service project and listened to some wonderful stories about our residents lives. We feel so blessed to be a part of each others lives. With the prospect of Spring, we all have a bounce in our step.
03-03-2017
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We enjoyed the beautiful weather this week!!! Sitting out on the rocking chairs in February is a very rare treat. Mama J came and entertained us on President's Day. She sang plenty of patriotic songs for the occasion. On Wednesday, Jill, a naturalist from the Clinton County Conservation Office came ... Read Full Post
We enjoyed the beautiful weather this week!!! Sitting out on the rocking chairs in February is a very rare treat. Mama J came and entertained us on President's Day. She sang plenty of patriotic songs for the occasion. On Wednesday, Jill, a naturalist from the Clinton County Conservation Office came and brought a beautiful Red Tail Hawk with her. We really enjoyed her talk about birds of prey.
02-24-2017
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Is this February? We here at the Clinton Bickford are all pinching ourselves. It is nearly 70 degrees outside and we are headed outdoors to the front porch!!! Life is good. Earlier this week we celebrated Valentine's Day. The day we all like to feel loved and appreciated. Our staff bought each of ... Read Full Post
Is this February? We here at the Clinton Bickford are all pinching ourselves. It is nearly 70 degrees outside and we are headed outdoors to the front porch!!! Life is good. Earlier this week we celebrated Valentine's Day. The day we all like to feel loved and appreciated. Our staff bought each of the residents a gift which went a long way in making them feel special. We also made special Valentine Bags and filled them with goodies. Gloria, one of our chaplains, played the piano and lead the residents in song. How they love to sing!
02-17-2017
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We have been busy helping Cupid get ready for Valentine's Day. Making gifts for our residents, staff, and guests has been a lot of fun! We hope everyone feels loved on that special day. Lately, we have been enjoying Concerts on DVD. It brings back such great memories for our residents as they ... Read Full Post
We have been busy helping Cupid get ready for Valentine's Day. Making gifts for our residents, staff, and guests has been a lot of fun! We hope everyone feels loved on that special day. Lately, we have been enjoying Concerts on DVD. It brings back such great memories for our residents as they listen and watch some of their favorite musicians performing favorite songs.
02-10-2017
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Happy Chocolate Cake Day! What a great theme day. Today the residents frosted and decorated small cakes which we wrapped and gave away to any guests that cared for one. Also, Jolene, a residents daughter came and preformed a cake decorating demonstration for us. Not only did we get to see her ... Read Full Post
Happy Chocolate Cake Day! What a great theme day. Today the residents frosted and decorated small cakes which we wrapped and gave away to any guests that cared for one. Also, Jolene, a residents daughter came and preformed a cake decorating demonstration for us. Not only did we get to see her decorate the cake, but we also got to eat it. Beautiful and delicious! Earlier in the week Jill, a Naturalist with the Clinton County Conservation Department, came and taught us about Trumpeter Swans. It was a wonderful presentation! Another great week at Bickford.
01-27-2017
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I have discovered that many of our residents really enjoy baking. So our Friday cookie preparation is a very popular activity. Since it's so enjoyed we have decided to add a second day of baking. This week we made peppernut cookies. Many of the residents had either heard of them or tasted ... Read Full Post
I have discovered that many of our residents really enjoy baking. So our Friday cookie preparation is a very popular activity. Since it's so enjoyed we have decided to add a second day of baking. This week we made peppernut cookies. Many of the residents had either heard of them or tasted peppernuts, but, most had not made them. Learning the process was fun and time consuming! When we enjoyed the cookies on Thursday with our coffee, all of us appreciated the effort that went into making them.
01-13-2017
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2017 is off and running at Bickford! With all this cold weather our residents are happy and content being in their warm and friendly surroundings. We all keep busy with fun and meaningful activities. On Thursday afternoon as I finished reading aloud a book written by a local legend, the "bird man" ... Read Full Post
2017 is off and running at Bickford! With all this cold weather our residents are happy and content being in their warm and friendly surroundings. We all keep busy with fun and meaningful activities. On Thursday afternoon as I finished reading aloud a book written by a local legend, the "bird man" came to care for our aviary. It was an unexpected, enjoyable experience watching and learning all about the birds. On Friday mornings our cookie bakers get together to prepare cookies for the afternoon. This has become such a popular activity I have decided to add a second day of baking. Who doesn't enjoy a fresh baked cookie!
01-06-2017
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a busy, fun time of the year. We have had many family and friends visiting. We have also been blessed with many forms of entertainment. It really is a magical time of the year. As we look forward to a new year we also look back to 2016 with much ... Read Full Post
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a busy, fun time of the year. We have had many family and friends visiting. We have also been blessed with many forms of entertainment. It really is a magical time of the year. As we look forward to a new year we also look back to 2016 with much thankfulness. May all of our residents and their families have a blessed new year. Peace!
12-30-2016
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We have had a fun week of enjoying special entertainment and activities that coincide with the holiday season. The highlight of the week was today when we enjoyed the company of third grade students. The children came and decorated the gingerbread houses we had assembled earlier in the week. If was ... Read Full Post
We have had a fun week of enjoying special entertainment and activities that coincide with the holiday season. The highlight of the week was today when we enjoyed the company of third grade students. The children came and decorated the gingerbread houses we had assembled earlier in the week. If was very interesting to see their creativity and diligent work in placing the candies on the house. Fun was had by residents and the third grade students!
12-16-2016
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The excitment and pleasures of the holiday seasons have begun. We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on the big day. Starting December 1st, I play Christmas music for our residents as often as possible. We really enjoy it! This week one of our most popular entertainers came and sang for us. So ... Read Full Post
The excitment and pleasures of the holiday seasons have begun. We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on the big day. Starting December 1st, I play Christmas music for our residents as often as possible. We really enjoy it! This week one of our most popular entertainers came and sang for us. So much fun!!! Many of residents either grew up on a farm and/or lived on one during their adult lives. So, I am reading aloud a book written by a local well know person of our community, Margo Hansen. She also grew up on a farm and has written about her experiences. The residents are really enjoying it and can certainly relate to it. I have a wonderful team who helps make cookies every Friday. They really are pro's. Practice makes perfect.
12-02-2016
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Our week began with an outstanding presentation by our Clinton County Conservation office. On a huge screen Jill, showed us pictures of most of the birds that live along the Mississippi River. It was very enjoyable. We started a new service project, cutting and counting Campbell soup lables. This ... Read Full Post
Our week began with an outstanding presentation by our Clinton County Conservation office. On a huge screen Jill, showed us pictures of most of the birds that live along the Mississippi River. It was very enjoyable. We started a new service project, cutting and counting Campbell soup lables. This worth while service will keep us busy for weeks. Ladies' spa day was a big hit, as always. We are all looking forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We know how blessed and fortunate we all are!
11-18-2016
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The beautiful weather continues and we took advantage of it. We were all amazed that on Thursday, November 10th, we sat on the front porch with no coats on! This week we spent time talking with our Veterans and doing special things to tell them thank you. Our Veterans are very proud of the service ... Read Full Post
The beautiful weather continues and we took advantage of it. We were all amazed that on Thursday, November 10th, we sat on the front porch with no coats on! This week we spent time talking with our Veterans and doing special things to tell them thank you. Our Veterans are very proud of the service they gave to their Country. On Friday we had a bugler play for us and special presentation by Terry Dingmon. Mr. Dingmon is a veteran from the Korean War. His talk was very informative and inspirational. God Bless America!
11-11-2016
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Wow! How about those Cubs! We have many fans here at Bickford. So the week has been full of baseball. One of our residents told me she asked God not to take her until she was able to see the Cubs win a World Series. We also enjoyed the presentation by "Kickapoo Eagle Dancer". He is very ... Read Full Post
Wow! How about those Cubs! We have many fans here at Bickford. So the week has been full of baseball. One of our residents told me she asked God not to take her until she was able to see the Cubs win a World Series. We also enjoyed the presentation by "Kickapoo Eagle Dancer". He is very knowledgeable and entertaining with his program on Native Americans.
11-04-2016
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Our week has been filled with entertainment and special guest visits. Tuesday night the River City Brass played for us after dinner, 'Mama J' sang and entertained us Wednesday afternoon. We really enjoy her song selection and fun hats! Monday and Thursday we had guests who came and helped with our ... Read Full Post
Our week has been filled with entertainment and special guest visits. Tuesday night the River City Brass played for us after dinner, 'Mama J' sang and entertained us Wednesday afternoon. We really enjoy her song selection and fun hats! Monday and Thursday we had guests who came and helped with our activities. Many of us decorated pumpkins, frosted cookies, and prepared for our trick or treaters. On Friday, about 50 students from Prince of Peace School came to trick or treat at Bickford. It was fun to see the costumes and share our candy with them
10-28-2016
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October is such a beautiful month! We went for a ride on the Bickford Bus Tuesday, many of the leaves had chanced color. So gorgeous! We all agreed that we never get tired of seeing the beauty of Autumn. We enjoyed Ladies Spa Day, and started a read-a-loud time with a local authors' book. Terry ... Read Full Post
October is such a beautiful month! We went for a ride on the Bickford Bus Tuesday, many of the leaves had chanced color. So gorgeous! We all agreed that we never get tired of seeing the beauty of Autumn. We enjoyed Ladies Spa Day, and started a read-a-loud time with a local authors' book. Terry Stone sang for us and we made delicious chocolate chip cookies on Friday. Another wonderful week at Bickford in Clinton.
10-21-2016
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This week we celebrated the enjoyable theme day, "Family History Day". To celebrate we had a childhood photo contest. Residents and staff brought in pictures of themselves as children. We displayed them and had a contest to see who could guess the most correctly. What a fun time! On Thursday the ... Read Full Post
This week we celebrated the enjoyable theme day, "Family History Day". To celebrate we had a childhood photo contest. Residents and staff brought in pictures of themselves as children. We displayed them and had a contest to see who could guess the most correctly. What a fun time! On Thursday the "Midwest Pigs for Life" came for a visit. The residents absolutely enjoyed every minute of the visit. The pigs; Annie and Frank, were dressed in costume and did several tricks for us. On Friday, we had an apple tasting with fresh apples from local orchards. What a treat!
10-14-2016
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The flu season is fast approaching. I am in the process of setting up a Flu Clinic here at Bickford for our beloved residents. I will let you know the date and time as soon as it is set. Wrightway Pharmacy will be administering the flu shots. Also remember it is important to drink plenty of fluids, ... Read Full Post
The flu season is fast approaching. I am in the process of setting up a Flu Clinic here at Bickford for our beloved residents. I will let you know the date and time as soon as it is set. Wrightway Pharmacy will be administering the flu shots. Also remember it is important to drink plenty of fluids, have good handwashing and try to keep your hands away from your face. I'm sending out positive vibes that we all stay healthy this fall and winter. Take care....Jill Boss, RN Coordinator :)
10-06-2016
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This week we have had an apple theme going. On Monday we made fresh applesauce two ways. Both were delicious! On Tuesday, we took our Bickford Bus and went north to Sabula. The leaves have begun to change, and the fields look so different from a month ago when we went for a ride. Many of our ... Read Full Post
This week we have had an apple theme going. On Monday we made fresh applesauce two ways. Both were delicious! On Tuesday, we took our Bickford Bus and went north to Sabula. The leaves have begun to change, and the fields look so different from a month ago when we went for a ride. Many of our residents were either raised on a farm or lived on one during their adult lives. We all enjoy seeing the crops in our beautiful state of Iowa. We also had some middle school students visit us and act out a readers theather. They enjoyed performing and we enjoyed being the audience.
09-30-2016
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Bickford serves residents with a wide variety of needs and care issues. Some are nearly independent and enjoy our great activities and our Bickford Family Members doing the cooking, cleaning and laundry! Others require our more specialized care such as dementia care. Alzheimers.net had some ... Read Full Post
Bickford serves residents with a wide variety of needs and care issues. Some are nearly independent and enjoy our great activities and our Bickford Family Members doing the cooking, cleaning and laundry! Others require our more specialized care such as dementia care. Alzheimers.net had some wonderful tips for dealing with loved ones with dementia in their September blog. Tips include validating feelings, introducing pleasant stimuli to a difficult situation and remembering how critical body language is when communicating. Check out the article in its entirety for more great strategies.
09-23-2016
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Greetings to all! We started the week with our lunch bunch goinging out for a meal by the river. Delicious and beautiful. Dr. Land came and shared some of his fishing experiences with us. He has fished all over the world! His talk and photos were so interesting. Also this week, we started our ... Read Full Post
Greetings to all! We started the week with our lunch bunch goinging out for a meal by the river. Delicious and beautiful. Dr. Land came and shared some of his fishing experiences with us. He has fished all over the world! His talk and photos were so interesting. Also this week, we started our "service project". We get together to cut and count box tops for education. The residents enjoy the activity and feel good about helping out. Thursday night several of us went for a sunset cruise on the Mississippi River. We had a fun time!
09-23-2016
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This was "Assisted Living Week" across the nation. We had a wonderful week. On Sunday, Grandparents Day, we had an ice cream sundae party for our residents and their families. Monday through Friday we celebrated the traditions, music, fashions, and fads of the 1920's-1970's! Each day the staff came ... Read Full Post
This was "Assisted Living Week" across the nation. We had a wonderful week. On Sunday, Grandparents Day, we had an ice cream sundae party for our residents and their families. Monday through Friday we celebrated the traditions, music, fashions, and fads of the 1920's-1970's! Each day the staff came in costumes, ranging from Flappers to Hippies! We made crafts from the decades. Pet rocks, balsa air planes and bird feeders. On Friday we drank Coke, ate popcorn, and rocked around the clock at our Sock Hop. It was a week to remember!
09-16-2016
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Another fun filled week has come and gone. On Wednesday I took the residents for a ride in the Bickford Bus. We had a wonderful drive through the country roads. All of us admired the beautiful crops that the summer produced. We saw some yellow starting to show up on the corn and soy beans. Next ... Read Full Post
Another fun filled week has come and gone. On Wednesday I took the residents for a ride in the Bickford Bus. We had a wonderful drive through the country roads. All of us admired the beautiful crops that the summer produced. We saw some yellow starting to show up on the corn and soy beans. Next month the colors should be in full swing for our ride! Later in the day "Mama J" was here to entertain us. She is a favorite among the residents. Happy Labor Day to all!
09-02-2016
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This week brought cooler temperatures outdoors, so we enjoyed our pretty porch and patio. With a refreshing drink in hand, we sat and visited about days gone by. This always leads to an interesting conversation. On Thursday, we celebrated "National Banana Split Day" with of course a delicious ice ... Read Full Post
This week brought cooler temperatures outdoors, so we enjoyed our pretty porch and patio. With a refreshing drink in hand, we sat and visited about days gone by. This always leads to an interesting conversation. On Thursday, we celebrated "National Banana Split Day" with of course a delicious ice cream treat. I think ice cream is the favorite treat among our residents. We also have some loyal Cub fans here. So each Monday I print up their schedule and pass them out to the Cubby fans. We enjoy watching and dicussing the games. Go Cubs!
08-26-2016
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It has been another wonderful, busy week. One of our weekly activities is adult coloring. Many of our residents enjoy the activity. They find it relaxing. We color in our adult designed books and listen to some of our favorite music. Bunco is growing in populatity. We joke around as the game ... Read Full Post
It has been another wonderful, busy week. One of our weekly activities is adult coloring. Many of our residents enjoy the activity. They find it relaxing. We color in our adult designed books and listen to some of our favorite music. Bunco is growing in populatity. We joke around as the game progresses, even if we are having bad luck. Win or lose, either way it's a lot of fun.
08-05-2016
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