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.

Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Merry Christmas!
Check out the PDF 11-15-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
Thanksgiving is only one week away - hard to believe! Most of us have wonderful memories of families around the table with a giant turkey adorning the center and grandma's delicious stuffing and pumpkin pie. My kids always want green bean casserole on the menu! We as Americans have much to be ... Read Full Post
Thanksgiving is only one week away - hard to believe! Most of us have wonderful memories of families around the table with a giant turkey adorning the center and grandma's delicious stuffing and pumpkin pie. My kids always want green bean casserole on the menu! We as Americans have much to be thankful for! Often we give thanks for the farmer's good harvest and for the Blessings we enjoy here in the United States of America. But here are some other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving: 1) Charity: Many communities create food drives that collect non-perishable packaged and canned foods for the less fortunate or find other ways to serve others. 2) Prayer: Places of worship offer special Thanksgiving Day services. 3) Thankfulness: Many families take turns sharing what they are most thankful for during their Thanksgiving meal. But we challenge everyone to keep Thanksgiving gratitude alive all year. 4) Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: In 1924, the Macy’s department store held its first Thanksgiving parade in New York City a tradition that continues today and is known as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. During the parade, larger than life balloons depicting famous characters, elaborate floats themed around history and pop culture, along with popular entertainers such as The Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall, high school and college marching bands, and musical performers travel down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square (34th Street). The Macy’s Day Parade has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. 5) Kids Crafts: Both at home and at school, children nationwide create a variety of festive crafts to commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday. From turkeys made by tracing their little hands, to Pilgrim hats. 6) Football: For many, turkey and football go hand in hand, and Americans spend much of Thanksgiving Day watching and/or playing football. Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, according to The Pro Football Hall of Fame, football games on Thanksgiving was once a tradition among colleges and high schools, but expanded once the NFL started scheduling games during the holiday. The first two Thanksgiving Day football games are hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys; and a third game with rotating host teams has been played every year since 2006. 7) Making a Wish: The wishbone (or furcular bone) is often taken out of the turkey after the roasted poultry has been sliced, and tugged on by family members in effort to crack it in half. According to the tale of the wishbone, whomever breaks off the bigger piece of the wishbone will get one special wish granted. This tradition dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C., who believed that birds were sacred. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America. 8) In 1947 President Harry Truman “pardoned” a turkey the day before it was scheduled to be served up as the main course at the White House Thanksgiving dinner. The pardoning of one very lucky bird by the President is now an annual Thanksgiving event at the White House. 9) Holiday Shopping: Recognized as the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Newspapers are filled with ads and special offers from retailers notifying consumers on Thanksgiving Day of the drastic markdowns on popular products in an effort to get as much early holiday sales as possible. So whatever your Thanksgiving Traditions - may you and your families have a very Blessed Day!
11-14-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
We have had such a fun week! On Tuesday, an amazing man named Danny came all the way from Waterloo to do his presentation on barn quilts. He was a wealth of information, we were all on the edge of our seats listening and looking at his over 300 slides. We also had the most wonderful country singers ... Read Full Post
We have had such a fun week! On Tuesday, an amazing man named Danny came all the way from Waterloo to do his presentation on barn quilts. He was a wealth of information, we were all on the edge of our seats listening and looking at his over 300 slides. We also had the most wonderful country singers entertain us this week. Many of our residents are true classic country music lovers. They sang along with most of the songs. Of course, we look forward to when they can return for another concert! This was one of those weeks that will be talked about for a long time to come.
11-09-2018
Bookmark and Share Heidi Harlock
Heidi Harlock -
Our residents in Clinton received flu shots in October to assist in warding off the flu this season. Please help in keeping them healthy by not visiting when you are sick to avoid spreading illness. Thank you for your assistance and we at Bickford hope families have received their flu vaccinations ... Read Full Post
Our residents in Clinton received flu shots in October to assist in warding off the flu this season. Please help in keeping them healthy by not visiting when you are sick to avoid spreading illness. Thank you for your assistance and we at Bickford hope families have received their flu vaccinations as well.
11-07-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
Bickford is again a drop off spot for "Toys for Tots". Though the official Toys for Tots was not able to be in operation this year, local merchants have come together to keep a similar program going. Please consider donating to the local children in need this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys may ... Read Full Post
Bickford is again a drop off spot for "Toys for Tots". Though the official Toys for Tots was not able to be in operation this year, local merchants have come together to keep a similar program going. Please consider donating to the local children in need this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off until December 10th.
11-05-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What a fun time trick or treat was. The little 1st graders from Prince of Peace School were so cute. Lots of treats very few tricks! The residents and I often make goodies and place them by the front door for our guest to enjoy. For Halloween we made yummy popcorn balls. They were enjoyed by many! ... Read Full Post
What a fun time trick or treat was. The little 1st graders from Prince of Peace School were so cute. Lots of treats very few tricks! The residents and I often make goodies and place them by the front door for our guest to enjoy. For Halloween we made yummy popcorn balls. They were enjoyed by many! Also this week we had a new entertainer sing for us. He is a good guitarist and the residents sure sang along with his familiar song selection.
11-02-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Halloween and trick or treat is in the air. Today, the first graders from Prince of Peace School and their big buddies(seniors in high school) came to trick or treat. If was so much fun seeing the little ones in costume. After trick or treating they enjoyed a goodie in the activity room. On ... Read Full Post
Halloween and trick or treat is in the air. Today, the first graders from Prince of Peace School and their big buddies(seniors in high school) came to trick or treat. If was so much fun seeing the little ones in costume. After trick or treating they enjoyed a goodie in the activity room. On Wednesday, Dean, one of our residents celebrated his 100th birthday! We are so happy for him. Today, in addition to having trick of treaters, we also found time to make pumpkin rolls and a favorite treat "white trash". We will enjoy them this afternoon while listen to Roger sing. Another happy, eventful week at Bickford!
10-26-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
How Halloween Began Nearly 2,000 years ago, an ancient people called the Celts lived in Ireland. Every year around the time of Halloween, the Celts held a fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sah-win'), which means 'summer's end.' They were celebrating the end of the harvest. Legend has it ... Read Full Post
How Halloween Began Nearly 2,000 years ago, an ancient people called the Celts lived in Ireland. Every year around the time of Halloween, the Celts held a fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sah-win'), which means 'summer's end.' They were celebrating the end of the harvest. Legend has it that Samhain was the time of year when spirits were most likely to pass into our realm and visit the living. The spirits of loved ones were invited to come home, and people prepared food for both the living and the dead. People wore masks and lit bonfires to ward off evil spirits. As Christianity swept through Europe, the Celtic traditions spread across Europe but changed slightly to adopt to Christian principles. Rather than celebrating Samhain, Europeans celebrated All Saints' Day, otherwise known as All Hallows' Day, on November 1. But the celebrations actually began the day before on October 31, the holiday when people dressed in masks known as All Hallows' Eve. s a large number of Europeans traveled to the United States in the 1800s, they brought the tradition of All Hallows' Eve with them. With time, the holiday became known for costumes and candy, and it took on the name 'Halloween.' All Hallows' Day also spread to Mexico, where they celebrate a holiday called Day of the Dead. This celebration, held on the first two days of November, combines All Saints' Day with the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead. Families set up altars in homes that are beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and food to honor loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that loved ones' spirits will be released from heaven to come and visit the family. Parties are held in the cemeteries, and people dress up in costume to celebrate life and ward of evil. My grandsons love the Disney movie depicting this called "Coco" - it takes this day and weaves it into a young boy's adventure with his family. I have five grandsons ranging in age from 22 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years and 8 years - all boys! They all love this movie! Our residents love to see the youngsters come from various school classes and they sit by the doors and hand out candy - it is such a joy to see their smiles both young and old alike! So enjoy this day, however you celebrate - some trick or treat, some go to Fall Festivals at local churches and of course there is Clinton's very own Mardi Gras Parade! So whatever you do - be safe!
10-23-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What an enjoyable week we have had. Jim and Joyce two of our wonderful volunteers started out the week. On Tuesday, I took a group out to Homer's Deli for lunch. We really had a good time. Fringe benefit, the restaurant is connected to their bakery! Yummy! Wednesday, we took advantage of the warm ... Read Full Post
What an enjoyable week we have had. Jim and Joyce two of our wonderful volunteers started out the week. On Tuesday, I took a group out to Homer's Deli for lunch. We really had a good time. Fringe benefit, the restaurant is connected to their bakery! Yummy! Wednesday, we took advantage of the warm temperatures and stopped by our favorite ice cream shop. Thursday and Friday we went on a leaf looking adventure. We all agree the change in the seasons never gets old.
10-19-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
We are committed to a high standard of care giving at Bickford. Our number one goal is ENRICHING HAPPINESS through a multi-dimensional approach including spiritual, physical and social programs. Each year we measure our residents happiness by surveying our current residents and their families. We ... Read Full Post
We are committed to a high standard of care giving at Bickford. Our number one goal is ENRICHING HAPPINESS through a multi-dimensional approach including spiritual, physical and social programs. Each year we measure our residents happiness by surveying our current residents and their families. We have just received our preliminary results of this year's survey and are anxious to share them with our residents. We will also be sharing with our families at Family Council on November 7th. From here we will set our new goals for the new year! #whateverittakes
10-18-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Happy November!
Check out the PDF 10-17-2018
Bookmark and Share Heidi Harlock
Heidi Harlock -
Bickford Clinton will be giving Resident Flu Vaccinations on Wednesday, October 17. Please see Heidi for any questions.
10-15-2018
Bookmark and Share Beth Fleming
Beth Fleming -
Baby, it's cold outside, but it's toasty inside Bickford! Now that winter seems to be on its way, this is a great time to check out all the warm activities by the fireplace each day. Forget shoveling snow and scraping windshields, let Bickford do all the cooking and keep things tip top shape. Check ... Read Full Post
Baby, it's cold outside, but it's toasty inside Bickford! Now that winter seems to be on its way, this is a great time to check out all the warm activities by the fireplace each day. Forget shoveling snow and scraping windshields, let Bickford do all the cooking and keep things tip top shape. Check out you local Bickford and schedule a tour today.
10-12-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Yesterday was National Cake Decorating Day. We were lucky enough to have the talented Jolene come and do a demonstration of her cake decorating abilities. By the time she was finished it was a work of art! A tasty one at that! Thank you Jolene. Today we are celebrating Family History Day. Many of ... Read Full Post
Yesterday was National Cake Decorating Day. We were lucky enough to have the talented Jolene come and do a demonstration of her cake decorating abilities. By the time she was finished it was a work of art! A tasty one at that! Thank you Jolene. Today we are celebrating Family History Day. Many of the residents have allowed me put on display family photos. They are so much fun to look at. We were all young once. Bob and Lori Kunz came with their traveling antique show. They brought many items that the residents tried to identify and tell its use. Many great stories where shared. Thank you Bob and Lori
10-11-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Happy October! This week was a week of beautiful weather which we took advantage of by going out on the bus,often. We also had some wonderful entertainment this week. Ann, Elizabeth and Paul played piano and sang many of the golden oldies to the delight of the residents. Also, the singing group the ... Read Full Post
Happy October! This week was a week of beautiful weather which we took advantage of by going out on the bus,often. We also had some wonderful entertainment this week. Ann, Elizabeth and Paul played piano and sang many of the golden oldies to the delight of the residents. Also, the singing group the "Sunbeams" sang for us. Their songs are always very uplifting and easy to listen too. The fall craft we made turned out so much cuter than expected. Who knew we were so talented!
10-05-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
We are trying to squeeze in as much porch and patio time as weather permits. Yesterday, we enjoyed the fresh air, watching the jets fly overhead, and the cute little birds eating from one of the residents' bird feeder. Today, we plan to celebrate "National Drink a Beer Day"! It's fun to sample ... Read Full Post
We are trying to squeeze in as much porch and patio time as weather permits. Yesterday, we enjoyed the fresh air, watching the jets fly overhead, and the cute little birds eating from one of the residents' bird feeder. Today, we plan to celebrate "National Drink a Beer Day"! It's fun to sample different beers and vote on the favorite. We also decided to make several cheese balls to snack on. Yummy! Cheese balls and card club such a part of our residents past social days.
09-28-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Some of the ladies and I made pecan sandies today in honor of their National day! Our 50's theme day was quite a hoot. Poodle skirts, saddle shoes and red lipstick was the dress code. We played musical chairs, had hula hoop, limbo and twist contests. We laughed, danced and where silly. Such good ... Read Full Post
Some of the ladies and I made pecan sandies today in honor of their National day! Our 50's theme day was quite a hoot. Poodle skirts, saddle shoes and red lipstick was the dress code. We played musical chairs, had hula hoop, limbo and twist contests. We laughed, danced and where silly. Such good times! Some of the residents went out to lunch on Tuesday. That's always a treat. I had a full bus for our ride on Thursday. We are all looking forward to watching the tree leaves change into their fall glory. Next bus trip!
09-21-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Please Post
Check out the PDF 09-20-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What a fun, busy Assisted Living week we have had. Yesterday, Pat from the Rainbow Pottery shop came and all residents who were interested, painted a ceramic piece. They will be so surprised when they see it after Pat has fired it! We elected a King and Queen. This year the honor goes to Corrine ... Read Full Post
What a fun, busy Assisted Living week we have had. Yesterday, Pat from the Rainbow Pottery shop came and all residents who were interested, painted a ceramic piece. They will be so surprised when they see it after Pat has fired it! We elected a King and Queen. This year the honor goes to Corrine and Paul Evers. Congratulations! Peggy, Kevin and Deb treated us to a delicious fish fry on Monday. Thank you Kevin for sharing your catch with us!
09-14-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. These ... Read Full Post
Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. – President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001. Do you remember where you were on that day? I certainly do! And I know that many of you do as well. It is etched in my memory forever! In one cowardly act, those that seek to destroy our Great Nation became real as they etched in history one of the most devastating acts of terrorism in history. What they did not bargain for is the resilience of the American people. We were unified and as Toby Keith said in his song Courtesy of the Red White and Blue: Now this nation that I love Has fallen under attack A mighty sucker punch came flyin' in From somewhere in the back Soon as we could see it clearly Through our big black eye Man, we lit up your world Like the 4th of July Hey, Uncle Sam Put your name at the top of his list And the Statue of Liberty Started shakin' her fist And the eagle will fly And there's gonna be hell When you hear Mother Freedom Start ringin' her bell And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you Oh, brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue! WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICE of not only our military, but of the countless first responders, fireman, police and volunteers that have succumb to diseases brought on by this horrific act! So take time to thank those folks as well as our military because often they also sacrifice and pay the ultimate price for our freedom! God Bless America!
09-11-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
It has been a rather wet week, plenty of rain! In between showers we did manage to sit out on the front porch and go out for lunch. During craft time we finished our gifts for the staff. The craft will be given to the staff next week during "Assisted Living" week. The residents enjoy during ... Read Full Post
It has been a rather wet week, plenty of rain! In between showers we did manage to sit out on the front porch and go out for lunch. During craft time we finished our gifts for the staff. The craft will be given to the staff next week during "Assisted Living" week. The residents enjoy during something special for the staff to show their appreciation. Today we are going for a ride to Dewitt to try their local ice cream stand. I always have lots of interested residents when the activity involves ice cream!
09-07-2018
Bookmark and Share Heidi Harlock
Heidi Harlock -
It’s getting to be that dreaded time of year, Flu Season. Bickford will be giving flu shots to our residents the beginning of October. Flu vaccines will be provided by Valumed and given by Heidi, RN. Valumed will bill Medicare for the cost. Please make sure we have a copy of the updated Medicare ... Read Full Post
It’s getting to be that dreaded time of year, Flu Season. Bickford will be giving flu shots to our residents the beginning of October. Flu vaccines will be provided by Valumed and given by Heidi, RN. Valumed will bill Medicare for the cost. Please make sure we have a copy of the updated Medicare cards. See Heidi with any questions. Also remember you too can prevent the spread of flu by following 3 simple steps: Wash your hands, cough/sneeze into your elbow vs hands and staying away when you are sick. Please help us keep your loved ones healthy.
09-06-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
With the cooler temperatures, we have again been able to enjoy our beautiful front porch. We sit in the rocking chairs and watch the traffic on the street and in the sky go by. Today Kathy Anderson came and discussed the Monarch Butterfly. She brought with her the insect at each stage of ... Read Full Post
With the cooler temperatures, we have again been able to enjoy our beautiful front porch. We sit in the rocking chairs and watch the traffic on the street and in the sky go by. Today Kathy Anderson came and discussed the Monarch Butterfly. She brought with her the insect at each stage of development, and the grand finale was releasing 3 full grow butterflies. This afternoon we will be having our Resident Council meeting. I look forward to our monthly meeting where residents are encouraged to bring up any thoughts or concerns they have with Bickford. It is always a learning experience. To end the day, we will be having a new entertainer, Roger, come and sing for us.
08-31-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What a busy week we have had. On Tuesday a big group went out for lunch. Wednesday, we headed to Morrison Rockwood State Park, and on Thursday, we had so much fun with Hollywood Theme Day. Ron Lubbers, one of our favorite singers, entertained us at our "supper club" style dinner. We danced, sang ... Read Full Post
What a busy week we have had. On Tuesday a big group went out for lunch. Wednesday, we headed to Morrison Rockwood State Park, and on Thursday, we had so much fun with Hollywood Theme Day. Ron Lubbers, one of our favorite singers, entertained us at our "supper club" style dinner. We danced, sang and gave out our own Academy Awards! Today, Deputy Tom came and visited with us. We discussed many things, including the progress being made on our new jail! Thank you Tom!
08-24-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
WHAT IS LABOR DAY? Always held on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. The date ... Read Full Post
WHAT IS LABOR DAY? Always held on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. The date chosen was simply “convenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season—and the start of the school year. So whether your family has an annual tradition like an end of summer barbecue pool party, like our family does, or you go on a short road trip. Remember the true meaning of honoring our American worker and always buy American made! Blessings to you on this upcoming Labor Day!
08-21-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
This week we are busy working on a surprise for the staff during "Assisted Living Week", which will begin the second week of September. Today, several of the ladies took advantage of "National Foot Bath Day". We laughed so much watching the bubbles go a little out of control in the foot bath! I ... Read Full Post
This week we are busy working on a surprise for the staff during "Assisted Living Week", which will begin the second week of September. Today, several of the ladies took advantage of "National Foot Bath Day". We laughed so much watching the bubbles go a little out of control in the foot bath! I really am thankful that many of our residents are still willing to try new experiences and have fun in the process! Everyday we find many things to laugh about.
08-17-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Last week we celebrated a new theme day for me. It was "County Fair Day". We had so much fun. The residents had a rubber chicken throwing contest, a milking completion, and a cow pie toss. A couple weeks before the cow pie toss we made our own cow pies! That was fun too! In the afternoon we took a ... Read Full Post
Last week we celebrated a new theme day for me. It was "County Fair Day". We had so much fun. The residents had a rubber chicken throwing contest, a milking completion, and a cow pie toss. A couple weeks before the cow pie toss we made our own cow pies! That was fun too! In the afternoon we took a bus ride to see our beautiful county. Scott, one of our favorite singers, came and entertained us all. On Thursday, a group of ladies went to the Bickelhaupt Arboretum. The group under the directions of Margo Hansen, planted a small plant and brought it back to their apartments. Friday, the very talented Hopkins family came and entertained the residents. They sang and Nathan their son played his violin. Thank you to the Paul, Elizabeth, and Nathan. Also last week Wileen, Betty Moeller's daughter volunteered to help out on two different days. Thank you Wileen!
08-17-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
We have many fun activities planned for September. Join us when you can.
Check out the PDF 08-16-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
Take note of our multiple locations throughout the Midwest. If you are near one of our branches, but maybe someone in need is closer to another branch, please call us or stop by your nearest Bickford. We are happy to show you around and give you a dose of our Bickford hospitality. We can also put ... Read Full Post
Take note of our multiple locations throughout the Midwest. If you are near one of our branches, but maybe someone in need is closer to another branch, please call us or stop by your nearest Bickford. We are happy to show you around and give you a dose of our Bickford hospitality. We can also put you in touch with the Bickford closest to your loved one and help arrange an assessment in that area.
08-14-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
The Iowa State Fair is about to start in Des Moines. But here at Bickford we had our own state fair! Warren Moeller brought a 1,400 pound heifer, a goat, two beautiful sheep, and one darling rabbit. The heifer was the county blue ribbon winner and is going to the state fair to compete. Best of luck ... Read Full Post
The Iowa State Fair is about to start in Des Moines. But here at Bickford we had our own state fair! Warren Moeller brought a 1,400 pound heifer, a goat, two beautiful sheep, and one darling rabbit. The heifer was the county blue ribbon winner and is going to the state fair to compete. Best of luck Warren! We also celebrated National Ice Cream Sandwich day with some cute, delicious sandwiches the ladies and I made together. Today, National Watermelon day is being celebrated with yummy kabobs we put together.
08-03-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What a week of adventure we have had! On Tuesday we took a bus ride to Savanna and came across the Mississippi River on a ferry. We landed in Sabula, and enjoyed the beautiful countryside as we drove back to Clinton. Wednesday, our favorite cowboy (Denise) came and played his guitar and sang for ... Read Full Post
What a week of adventure we have had! On Tuesday we took a bus ride to Savanna and came across the Mississippi River on a ferry. We landed in Sabula, and enjoyed the beautiful countryside as we drove back to Clinton. Wednesday, our favorite cowboy (Denise) came and played his guitar and sang for us. Thursday night several residents went for a pontoon boat ride at Rock Creek Marina. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time watching the sunset.
07-27-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Bongiorno! We had a fun filled Italian theme day this week. I showed residents how to make biscotti and of course how to eat it! Carrie the manger from Happy Joes came and told us about the history of their locally owned restaurant. We have been fortunate to have them in Clinton for 46 years! She ... Read Full Post
Bongiorno! We had a fun filled Italian theme day this week. I showed residents how to make biscotti and of course how to eat it! Carrie the manger from Happy Joes came and told us about the history of their locally owned restaurant. We have been fortunate to have them in Clinton for 46 years! She also brought a sampling of their delicious pizza. Later we had really yummy Italian Sodas. By the end of the day we all felt Italian. Chow!
07-20-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Bongiorno! We had a fun filled Italian theme day this week. I showed residents how to make biscotti and of course how to eat it! Carrie the manger from Happy Joes came and told us about the history of their locally owned restaurant. We have been fortunate to have them in Clinton for 46 years! She ... Read Full Post
Bongiorno! We had a fun filled Italian theme day this week. I showed residents how to make biscotti and of course how to eat it! Carrie the manger from Happy Joes came and told us about the history of their locally owned restaurant. We have been fortunate to have them in Clinton for 46 years! She also brought a sampling of their delicious pizza. Later we had really yummy Italian Sodas. By the end of the day we all felt Italian. Chow!
07-20-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
Summertime is full of fun, family, friends and SUN! We need to remember that we need to protect our skin from the UV rays coming from the Sun! It's my favorite time of year and I love have my grandsons out to swim but we reapply the sunscreen often! So remember to enjoy the summertime and make lots ... Read Full Post
Summertime is full of fun, family, friends and SUN! We need to remember that we need to protect our skin from the UV rays coming from the Sun! It's my favorite time of year and I love have my grandsons out to swim but we reapply the sunscreen often! So remember to enjoy the summertime and make lots of memories but always use SUNSCREEN! Following is the recommendations from the American Cancer Society: Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher: Reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating. So ENJOY the beautiful summer sun but take care of your skin as it is the only one you have!!!
07-20-2018
Bookmark and Share Beth Fleming
Beth Fleming -
Pay backs are.....WONDERFUL! As I was sitting in the sun room at the Cedar Falls branch working away, Miss Julianna stopped by and gave me a quick shoulder massage! Boy, did that feel nice! I love sitting in that spot as residents often cut through the courtyard on their way to a meal or activity, ... Read Full Post
Pay backs are.....WONDERFUL! As I was sitting in the sun room at the Cedar Falls branch working away, Miss Julianna stopped by and gave me a quick shoulder massage! Boy, did that feel nice! I love sitting in that spot as residents often cut through the courtyard on their way to a meal or activity, so it is a great opportunity to stop and visit, check in with them, or see how their day is. Not to mention an occasional rub down! Of course, I had to offer to pay her back, which she gladly accepted. As the old saying goes....you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours!
07-18-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Please post to blog
Check out the PDF 07-16-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
What a fun week we have had! On Tuesday I took a group of ladies to our wonderful Sawmill Museum. What a nice learning experience. Wednesday, was lunch out to Culver's. Yummy! Thursday a trip around the park and to Happy Joes for ice cream. Today(Friday), we were blessed to have the Ehrhart Family ... Read Full Post
What a fun week we have had! On Tuesday I took a group of ladies to our wonderful Sawmill Museum. What a nice learning experience. Wednesday, was lunch out to Culver's. Yummy! Thursday a trip around the park and to Happy Joes for ice cream. Today(Friday), we were blessed to have the Ehrhart Family singers entertain us. We sure appreciate our volunteers that share their talents with us. Thank you Donna, Ben, Lynn, and Tom!
07-13-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
Stop by and see our new look! We have just completed a branch remodel and are happy to show off our new colors, furniture, etc. Enjoy a glass of nice cold lemonade on our covered patio!
07-13-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
It has been a fun week! On Independence Day a residents' family stopped by and sang for everyone while they enjoyed the traditional grilled hamburger menu for lunch. A few of the residents sat on the front porch and enjoyed the fireworks that adorned the sky. We are happy that the heat has subsided ... Read Full Post
It has been a fun week! On Independence Day a residents' family stopped by and sang for everyone while they enjoyed the traditional grilled hamburger menu for lunch. A few of the residents sat on the front porch and enjoyed the fireworks that adorned the sky. We are happy that the heat has subsided enough that we can again enjoy the patio. It is so nice to sit together with a refreshment while watching the birds and enjoying the beautiful flowers.
07-06-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
I am happy to work for a company that believes so strongly in building and strengthening their Bickford Family Members. Members of our Directing Family Group met last week with our counterparts throughout the entire division for team support and training. It was great to see everyone and sharpen ... Read Full Post
I am happy to work for a company that believes so strongly in building and strengthening their Bickford Family Members. Members of our Directing Family Group met last week with our counterparts throughout the entire division for team support and training. It was great to see everyone and sharpen our skills!
07-03-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Hello July! We have been enjoying some fun interactive games. Noodle volleyball brings out the competitive nature in us all! Parachute fun is a great activity to help our coordination and listening skills. Beach ball toss is great for our eye, hand abilities. So we have been having fun and staying ... Read Full Post
Hello July! We have been enjoying some fun interactive games. Noodle volleyball brings out the competitive nature in us all! Parachute fun is a great activity to help our coordination and listening skills. Beach ball toss is great for our eye, hand abilities. So we have been having fun and staying in shape all from the same activity!
07-02-2018
Bookmark and Share Peggy Jenkins
Peggy Jenkins -
Happy June everyone! We are going to talk about the benefits of exercise! The health benefits far outweigh the risks of injury. To minimize the risk you should start slowly with a low intensity exercises. Wait at least 2 hours after eating a large meal. Wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the ... Read Full Post
Happy June everyone! We are going to talk about the benefits of exercise! The health benefits far outweigh the risks of injury. To minimize the risk you should start slowly with a low intensity exercises. Wait at least 2 hours after eating a large meal. Wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the activity. Warm up with low intensity movements at the beginning of each session. Drink plenty of water! STOP immediately in you experience of pain or pressure in your chest, neck, shoulder or arm. Stop if you feel dizzy or sick to your stomach or if you break out in a cold sweat. Stop if you have muscle cramps or severe pain. You may feel some minor discomfort at first but this is normal and as you increase your intensity, this should lessen. So be safe but remember the importance of staying active and eating healthy!
06-22-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
Congratulations to our Bickford Family Members who will be our new team leaders- our "Black Pearls". These BFMs are elected by their peers as team members that exemplify our core values. Our new Black Pearls are Lynn K, Kristen S, Kayla N and Emily S. Lead on ladies!!
06-22-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
This week we had our Bickford bus available to our residents. Outings are a fun break from the normal routine. On Wednesday, I drove a full bus of happy ice cream cone eaters around the park and along our beautiful riverfront. Thursday, we went for a lovely drive over to Thomson Causeway. Everyone ... Read Full Post
This week we had our Bickford bus available to our residents. Outings are a fun break from the normal routine. On Wednesday, I drove a full bus of happy ice cream cone eaters around the park and along our beautiful riverfront. Thursday, we went for a lovely drive over to Thomson Causeway. Everyone noticed that the shad flies have hatched! We were happy to be inside our comfortable bus. Friday mornings the ladies and I usually make something sweet for a treat after Bunco. Today we made a fruity, angel food cake dessert. We are all looking forward to eating it later!
06-22-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
This week we celebrated "Flag Day". We decorated in all the red, white, and blue we could find! Even our dessert was patriotic. Rob one of our very favorite singers came and entertained us with his wonderful voice. He even takes requests! On Monday we had a friendly, furry golden lab named Ben ... Read Full Post
This week we celebrated "Flag Day". We decorated in all the red, white, and blue we could find! Even our dessert was patriotic. Rob one of our very favorite singers came and entertained us with his wonderful voice. He even takes requests! On Monday we had a friendly, furry golden lab named Ben visit. He brought comfort and joy to many of our residents. It was so cute how he went up to each person to greet them. Many of our residents are true dog lovers. Ben found that out:)
06-15-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
We will be holding our quarterly Family Council meeting on Wednesday, June 27th at 5:45pm. A light dinner will be provided for our families who join us to discuss life at Bickford. We have an 'open door' policy and encourage feedback in an ongoing effort to maintain our high standards for our ... Read Full Post
We will be holding our quarterly Family Council meeting on Wednesday, June 27th at 5:45pm. A light dinner will be provided for our families who join us to discuss life at Bickford. We have an 'open door' policy and encourage feedback in an ongoing effort to maintain our high standards for our residents.
06-15-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
Lori and her traveling antique show was here this week and brought her collection of baby dishes. Her presentation was so interesting, we all learned something new that afternoon. On Wednesday we celebrated our "Western Themed" day. We had a rootin tootin good time! But after some discussion we all ... Read Full Post
Lori and her traveling antique show was here this week and brought her collection of baby dishes. Her presentation was so interesting, we all learned something new that afternoon. On Wednesday we celebrated our "Western Themed" day. We had a rootin tootin good time! But after some discussion we all decided to be thankful that we weren't alive in to those days!
06-08-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
We've been enjoying some nice warm weather this last week. As much as we love our sunshine, very warm weather can be particularly hard for our senior citizens. Please take just a minute and check on your elderly neighbors, friends and family and make sure they are well hydrated and cool enough.
06-08-2018
Bookmark and Share Gerilyn Jacobs
Gerilyn Jacobs -
We have had a wonderful week of music. Denise and his singing guitar started us off on Monday. Denise really enjoys his time singing and it shows! On Thursday we were so fortunate to have the "Sunbeams" here to sing for us. After their performance they engaged the residents in a sing-a-long. ... Read Full Post
We have had a wonderful week of music. Denise and his singing guitar started us off on Monday. Denise really enjoys his time singing and it shows! On Thursday we were so fortunate to have the "Sunbeams" here to sing for us. After their performance they engaged the residents in a sing-a-long. Everyone had such a good time! Thank you to the "Sunbeams", they brought sunshine into our lives. We are all surprised to be turning the page of the calendar! May is such a lovely month; flowers, green grass, trees, birds and porch time! Bring on June:)
06-01-2018
Bookmark and Share Kim Schaffer
Kim Schaffer -
How great is it to spend your days 'working' at such a happy place? I walked in the kitchen today and one of our BFM's- Amanda- was just singing away while doing dishes. THIS is the Bickford difference. We love what we do and it shows!
05-30-2018
Show More HappYnings
Bickford of Clinton
Visit us on YouTube Music is On
» Request Information

1150 13th Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732
563-242-2400