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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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We have many fun activities planned for September. Join us when you can.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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We started our week with the ever popular "John and Kay" singing duo. Their style of music appeals so much to the residents. They enjoy singing right along with them. Noodle volleyball gave us a chance to bring out the kid in us. We had so much fun! It's also a way to get them to exercise, without ... Read Full Post
We started our week with the ever popular "John and Kay" singing duo. Their style of music appeals so much to the residents. They enjoy singing right along with them. Noodle volleyball gave us a chance to bring out the kid in us. We had so much fun! It's also a way to get them to exercise, without them realizing how much work their putting in. We ended the week making (and eating) veggie pizza and sampling some wine at our Resident Council meeting.
05-25-2018
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FAMILY IS EVERYTHING! I was recently out in the community and ran into no less than 5 people who have been part of my Bickford Family over the years. We are so blessed to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful residents and their families. I was reminded again and again what an honor it has ... Read Full Post
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING! I was recently out in the community and ran into no less than 5 people who have been part of my Bickford Family over the years. We are so blessed to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful residents and their families. I was reminded again and again what an honor it has been these many years AND HOW MANY AWESOME FAMILIES I have come to know through Bickford.
05-24-2018
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There is always something fun and new going on each time I am at one of my branches. In Burlington today, resident Mary Aringdale enjoys a chair massage after a yoga session with yoga instructor Angel Beck of Burlington. 10 residents came down to stretch and relax with the yoga session, then ended ... Read Full Post
There is always something fun and new going on each time I am at one of my branches. In Burlington today, resident Mary Aringdale enjoys a chair massage after a yoga session with yoga instructor Angel Beck of Burlington. 10 residents came down to stretch and relax with the yoga session, then ended with a nice back massage. What a great way to relieve some stress and gear up for the day! Show me the zen!
05-23-2018
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Happy Spring! We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and all the activities it brings. We had a garden day this week where we planted herbs, tomato, and pepper plants. We are looking forward to the bounty! Also, this week some of us went out for dinner. Asian food was on the menu. Yummy! ... Read Full Post
Happy Spring! We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and all the activities it brings. We had a garden day this week where we planted herbs, tomato, and pepper plants. We are looking forward to the bounty! Also, this week some of us went out for dinner. Asian food was on the menu. Yummy! Whitey's is celebrating their 85th year of business this week. We took the bus to Eldridge and enjoyed some of their delicious ice cream.
05-18-2018
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Each day at 10:00am we have our exercise activity. It is such a nice way to start our day together. I have a very loyal group that doesn't miss. We work hard for about 50 minutes and then end our time together with some fun, challenging trivia. One of the ladies told me her favorite part of the ... Read Full Post
Each day at 10:00am we have our exercise activity. It is such a nice way to start our day together. I have a very loyal group that doesn't miss. We work hard for about 50 minutes and then end our time together with some fun, challenging trivia. One of the ladies told me her favorite part of the activity is the trivia!
05-04-2018
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Spring has sprung! At last we are able to have some porch time together. With refreshments in hand, we sit in our comfortable rocking chairs, and enjoy watching all the activity around us. Yesterday, we reminisced about childhood days when as a family they would sit out on their own front porches. ... Read Full Post
Spring has sprung! At last we are able to have some porch time together. With refreshments in hand, we sit in our comfortable rocking chairs, and enjoy watching all the activity around us. Yesterday, we reminisced about childhood days when as a family they would sit out on their own front porches. Denise our local cowboy crooner, came and sang for us on Wednesday. It is easy to tell that he enjoys spending time with us. We also, have been busy making tissue paper flowers that will be adorning our sun hats for our Mother's Day tea and our Kentucky Derby theme day. So much fun!
04-27-2018
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This week was all about flexibility! The carpet layers were here most of the week installing our beautiful new flooring. At times we had to relocate where activities were to be held but all worked out well, and we now get to reap the benefits! Ladies Spa Day is always a fun, relaxing activity and ... Read Full Post
This week was all about flexibility! The carpet layers were here most of the week installing our beautiful new flooring. At times we had to relocate where activities were to be held but all worked out well, and we now get to reap the benefits! Ladies Spa Day is always a fun, relaxing activity and several of our ladies took the time to "spa" on Thursday. I really enjoy the conversation we have while they get a little extra pampering. Today we hope to have our first of the season porch time. We all look forward to sitting in our rocking chairs, and taking in natures beauty.
04-20-2018
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Is it Spring yet? Not only has Mother Nature overslept, I think she is in a coma! We are all anticipating the arrival of warmer weather despite the calendar saying spring has been here almost a month. The branches are anxiously anticipating the opportunity to get outside to start planting flowers. ... Read Full Post
Is it Spring yet? Not only has Mother Nature overslept, I think she is in a coma! We are all anticipating the arrival of warmer weather despite the calendar saying spring has been here almost a month. The branches are anxiously anticipating the opportunity to get outside to start planting flowers. Even though our pots and baskets are yet to make an appearance, we do have our front porches cleaned up and we invite you to enjoy the porch in the hopes spring will actually spring here soon!
04-20-2018
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This week we celebrated our "Cruise the Open Seas" theme day. We took the Bickford bus and cruised the Mississippi River! Though we are all familiar with the river, we never grow tired of it's beauty. We drove up to Lock and Dam 13 to check for barge traffic. We were able to see hundreds of ducks, ... Read Full Post
This week we celebrated our "Cruise the Open Seas" theme day. We took the Bickford bus and cruised the Mississippi River! Though we are all familiar with the river, we never grow tired of it's beauty. We drove up to Lock and Dam 13 to check for barge traffic. We were able to see hundreds of ducks, pelicans, and egrets enjoying the river and the weather. Also this year for fun, we had a captains table. Our director Kim was the captain and 5 residents were her guests. Our cruise ship lounge entertainment was one of our favorite singers. Everyone had a lovely time!
04-13-2018
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Today we can officially wave goodbye to the winter blues and welcome -warmly-the arrival of spring! Maybe . . . of course 70 today and a wintry mix on Sunday! I think Mother Nature needs to get it together! But the good thing is that we can look forward to the promise of Spring and all God's ... Read Full Post
Today we can officially wave goodbye to the winter blues and welcome -warmly-the arrival of spring! Maybe . . . of course 70 today and a wintry mix on Sunday! I think Mother Nature needs to get it together! But the good thing is that we can look forward to the promise of Spring and all God's beautiful touches that go with it! One of the best memories I have as a child is to walk out and smell the lily of the valley flowers on one side of the house and also the array of tulips with the vibrant colors scattering our yard. It might still be cold, it might still be wet, but the evenings are lengthening by the rooster's step (as my Grandfather would put it) and the eternal optimism of spring is in the air. It's in my step too :) For me Spring is about getting back outdoors, taking weekend mini-breaks and planning for your summer trips. If you still have one foot stuck in winter then take a moment and close your eyes - remember the fragrant smells of your favorite flower or how it smells right after the lawn is mowed...it might help you get a spring back in your step like it does for me! Enjoy your journey!
04-12-2018
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On Tuesday, we celebrated National Poetry Day. I read poems to the residents as they enjoyed refreshments. Then we wrote acrostic poems about each other. We had such a great time and found out that we do know each other quite well! We are all patiently awaiting porch weather. This week felt much ... Read Full Post
On Tuesday, we celebrated National Poetry Day. I read poems to the residents as they enjoyed refreshments. Then we wrote acrostic poems about each other. We had such a great time and found out that we do know each other quite well! We are all patiently awaiting porch weather. This week felt much more like winter than spring! We will all appreciate the warmth when it does arrive along with our outdoor activities.
04-06-2018
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Spring is in the air It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to peel off the layers and jump into the spring sunshine. Only sometimes that leap feels more like a stumble after months of eating warm comforting foods and being inside. So what can we do to put that spring back in our jump? ... Read Full Post
Spring is in the air It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to peel off the layers and jump into the spring sunshine. Only sometimes that leap feels more like a stumble after months of eating warm comforting foods and being inside. So what can we do to put that spring back in our jump? Start the new season with a “clean slate” and a “clean plate”.This means forget about all those foods that kept you safe and warm all winter and start afresh with a clean eating policy. Put aside the slow cookers and soup pots and stack up your plates with fresh, whole foods that will fill your body with the nutrients it needs to produce more energy. Easily digestible foods like green leafy vegetables, lean protein, nuts and seeds, can take the burden off your overworked digestive system. Take a daily walk! Not only does this provide a great exercise routine, it also lets the sun feed our skin and produce vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial for bone health, a healthy immune system and keeps us happy and full of energy. Winter blues can actually be due to reduced sunshine and decreased vitamin D levels. After months of cloudy skies it’s time to let the sun do its job. Why not grab a friend or get a group together and plan a walking group. It’s easier to make the commitment to walk if you know someone else is waiting for you. If you are concerned about the effects of aging the sun can have, then either get out when the sun is at its weakest or take a supplement of vitamin D to replenish what was lost over the winter months.
04-03-2018
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Happy, Blessed Easter to all! We have had fun getting ready for the holiday. We made darling Easter baskets to give to our loved ones. We made yummy treats and bagged them up to put by the door for visitors over the weekend, and this morning a group of us got together and prayed the Stations of the ... Read Full Post
Happy, Blessed Easter to all! We have had fun getting ready for the holiday. We made darling Easter baskets to give to our loved ones. We made yummy treats and bagged them up to put by the door for visitors over the weekend, and this morning a group of us got together and prayed the Stations of the Cross. I feel so blessed to celebrate holidays with the residents. On Wednesday "Denise and his Singing Guitar" returned from his winter break to sing for us. Though the month of March went by quickly we are all looking forward to April with it's spring flowers and warm temperatures!
03-30-2018
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It has been a week of song, celebrations, and treats! Tom our visiting Deputy came today and spent an hour with us talking about his many experiences in the 29 years he has been an officer. We enjoyed donuts and the deputy! Thank you Tom! Yesterday after our read aloud we spent time watching our ... Read Full Post
It has been a week of song, celebrations, and treats! Tom our visiting Deputy came today and spent an hour with us talking about his many experiences in the 29 years he has been an officer. We enjoyed donuts and the deputy! Thank you Tom! Yesterday after our read aloud we spent time watching our new birds in the aviary. So beautiful! We have had 21 baby birds hatch in the last couple months. It is hard to believe that Easter is next weekend. We have been working on some crafts. Next week we will finish them and make some special treats.
03-23-2018
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It has been an enjoyable week of Irish fun! Irish crafts, Irish music, making delicious Irish Blarney Stones, decorating in green and eating corn beef. We had our annual Corn Beef and Cabbage party last night and everyone had such a delightful time. Ron our entertainer was fantastic! He sang an ... Read Full Post
It has been an enjoyable week of Irish fun! Irish crafts, Irish music, making delicious Irish Blarney Stones, decorating in green and eating corn beef. We had our annual Corn Beef and Cabbage party last night and everyone had such a delightful time. Ron our entertainer was fantastic! He sang an nice variety of songs and even took requests. Today, we made Irish Soda Bread and plan to enjoy it this afternoon along with our mint shakes. Let's hear it for the green!
03-16-2018
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We had a delicious time celebrating "National Oreo Cookie Day" this week. There is just something about the taste of Oreo's that we never out grow! On Thursday we celebrated Casino Day. We had so much fun playing Black Jack. I think I need to schedule it once a month! Thank you to my daughter who ... Read Full Post
We had a delicious time celebrating "National Oreo Cookie Day" this week. There is just something about the taste of Oreo's that we never out grow! On Thursday we celebrated Casino Day. We had so much fun playing Black Jack. I think I need to schedule it once a month! Thank you to my daughter who is on college break, and volunteered to be a dealer. She also entertained us with her card tricks. Elvis was in the house! We had fun reliving our Elvis days with this entertainer.
03-09-2018
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