Bickford of Fort Dodge

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Fort Dodge, 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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Come tour our beautiful building to see all the fun and exciting events that are going on!!
07-10-2018
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Happy July everyone!!!!!!
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Arnie has his roof put together on his birdhouse that he will be painting later this afternoon. You can look at more pictures of our birdhouses by logging onto facebook and liking our Bickford of Fort Dodge page.
06-28-2018
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Betty is enjoying supper with her son Thursday night during our family BBQ.
06-23-2018
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Evening car rides are so fun at Bickford. We went out to the county and drove around, its so refreshing smelling the fresh, crisp air. These ladies had an amazing time seeing all of the farm animals, they all shared their experiences as being farmers themselves
06-19-2018
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With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share a word of THANKS for all of the Fathers. I know that many fathers are like my own dad, hard working, stern, loving, caring, helpful, funny, and doing WHATEVER it TAKES for his family! With this being said, thank you to all of fathers & ... Read Full Post
With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share a word of THANKS for all of the Fathers. I know that many fathers are like my own dad, hard working, stern, loving, caring, helpful, funny, and doing WHATEVER it TAKES for his family! With this being said, thank you to all of fathers & grandfathers we get to share special moments with. including my own father. Happy fathers day! What is a Dad? A dad is someone who Wants to catch you before you fall But instead picks you up, Brushes you off, And lets you try again. A dad is someone who Wants to keep you from making mistakes But instead lets you find your own way, Even though his hearts breaks in silence When you get hurt. A dad is someone who Holds you when you cry, Scolds you when you break the rules, Shines with pride when you succeed, and Has faith in you even when you fail.
06-16-2018
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Some of us were brave enough to go out in the heat for our Memorial Day balloon release, we wrote names of loved ones on a balloon and released them all together at the end. What a beautiful sky we created.
05-30-2018
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We always have a marvelous time listening to the Barebones Trio, they really know how to get us into the singing spirit.
03-13-2018
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Congratulations to our 2018 Bickford King and Queen: Cleo D. and Marian B. Cleo has been nominated as king for 2 years in a row. Congratulations to the both of you. Our runner ups were our bickford buddies who are a couple of pups who live here at Bickford. Cleo's dog Jessie and A pup Murphy 3 who ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to our 2018 Bickford King and Queen: Cleo D. and Marian B. Cleo has been nominated as king for 2 years in a row. Congratulations to the both of you. Our runner ups were our bickford buddies who are a couple of pups who live here at Bickford. Cleo's dog Jessie and A pup Murphy 3 who is owned by Sandy M.
02-21-2018
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Who says you can't have a Luau in January? Although the weather outside was freezing cold, we were still able to enjoy our January Luau inside with lots of fun from our beach towel bingo to our entertainment with Cowboy Jim, and to end the night, we enjoyed a nice happy hour with lots of food and ... Read Full Post
Who says you can't have a Luau in January? Although the weather outside was freezing cold, we were still able to enjoy our January Luau inside with lots of fun from our beach towel bingo to our entertainment with Cowboy Jim, and to end the night, we enjoyed a nice happy hour with lots of food and our young guy Brady O'Brien playing the piano. I'd say everyone had a wonderful day.
01-25-2018
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Happy January everyone, it is the start of a new month and a new year. We have lots of activities planned for January including our annual Luau which is usually held in June, we will still have our local band "the Barebones Trio" performing except we will be inside instead of outside. Please join ... Read Full Post
Happy January everyone, it is the start of a new month and a new year. We have lots of activities planned for January including our annual Luau which is usually held in June, we will still have our local band "the Barebones Trio" performing except we will be inside instead of outside. Please join us if you can. we will also be celebrating Hat Day on January 12th and Chocolate Cake Day on January 27th. Have a happy January!!!!!
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The cold and Flu season are in FULL swing!!!! Something to remember during this time is, if you are feeling ill, Please stay home! As we age we have a harder time warding off any germs. Our residents LOVE to see you, however in order to protect them, if you are sick please consider no visiting ... Read Full Post
The cold and Flu season are in FULL swing!!!! Something to remember during this time is, if you are feeling ill, Please stay home! As we age we have a harder time warding off any germs. Our residents LOVE to see you, however in order to protect them, if you are sick please consider no visiting until you are feeling better! Your family and friends love you and want to wish you nothing but GREAT HEALTH in the NEW YEAR!!!!
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Zeta and Mae shows off their dazzled rings that they made during today's activity. Everyone were given choices of rings, necklaces, or bracelets to make.
01-02-2018
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Gloria enjoyed sipping on a glass of wine during our New Years Happy Hour this afternoon.
01-01-2018
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Thank you to the fort Dodge Senior High Choir for coming in and singing Christmas carols to our residents, we love this time of the year, we get to hear so much Christmas music being sang by so many different people, its always such a joy.
12-21-2017
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Marian had a fun time talking with some of our 4H kids, they came in to help play BINGO with our residents.
12-18-2017
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please take a look at our December newsletter. We have lots of entertainment coming up for the Christmas season. Some entertainers which are not mentioned include The Harmony Brigade who will perform at 7pm on 12/17, we also have Community Daycare who will be coming on 12/15 at 10am, The Senior ... Read Full Post
please take a look at our December newsletter. We have lots of entertainment coming up for the Christmas season. Some entertainers which are not mentioned include The Harmony Brigade who will perform at 7pm on 12/17, we also have Community Daycare who will be coming on 12/15 at 10am, The Senior High Choir will be here at 3:30pm on 12/20 which is also National Caroling Day, so if you are out and about please stop out and enjoy our amazing entertainment.
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Today we were entertained by one of our local bands "The Barebones Trio" Check out our monthly newsletter to see when they will be performing next and feel free to join us for a fun, exciting time with them.
12-07-2017
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If you are out and about today, stop in and help us celebrate our winter festival with a cup of hot chocolate with all the fixings and a donut.
12-06-2017
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Today we are celebrating our annual Winter Festival here at Bickford, the BFM's all did such a great job to help decorate.
12-06-2017
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Gloria enjoyed some "puppy time" with Sandy this morning. Sandy belongs to one of our BFM's Cheryl K, who likes to bring her puppy in for our residents to enjoy.
11-29-2017
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We had an amazing turnout for our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. We were so blessed to see so many family members who came out to help us celebrate.
11-20-2017
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Gobble Gobble, our turkeys are all ready for Thanksgiving. Our residents all did great today making their turkey out of wine glasses.
11-16-2017
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Joan was concentrating very hard today while painting her wine glass for her turkey. Today in crafts, we made adorable turkeys out of wine glasses. they all turned out amazing.
11-16-2017
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Wanda was here today to have coffee club with our residents, we love to see her come in on Mondays with a smile on her face. You can join Wanda for coffee and donuts every Monday morning at 10am.
11-06-2017
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Cleo gave us a bit of entertainment by playing his favorite songs on his organ, he said "I've had this thing for 30 years but i haven't played it in a while" Cleo's son had recently brought his organ out to bickford from home for Cleo could play it in his spare time.
11-02-2017
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Today during our "All Saints Day" service, we let balloons go in honor of all of our residents who we have lost in the past. This was a very special service with lots of memories. Thanks to our Bickford Chaplain Irlene who led the service for us & who has also lost her mother and father here at ... Read Full Post
Today during our "All Saints Day" service, we let balloons go in honor of all of our residents who we have lost in the past. This was a very special service with lots of memories. Thanks to our Bickford Chaplain Irlene who led the service for us & who has also lost her mother and father here at Bickford in Fort Dodge.
11-01-2017
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Congratulations to all of our BFM's and residents who decorated a pumpkin for our contest. The first place winner goes to pumpkin #4 who was decorated by our kitchen manager Teresa Crouse and the 2nd place prize goes to pumpkin #1 who was decorated by our residents during our activity on Monday. ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to all of our BFM's and residents who decorated a pumpkin for our contest. The first place winner goes to pumpkin #4 who was decorated by our kitchen manager Teresa Crouse and the 2nd place prize goes to pumpkin #1 who was decorated by our residents during our activity on Monday. Pumpkin #2 was decorated by our RN coordinator Brittney Rial and her girls, and pumpkin #3 was decorated by our housekeeper Lyndee Mitchell. Great job everyone, such creativity we have in our branch.
10-26-2017
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we all had such a wonderful time "marble painting" yesterday, it was so easy and so fun. everyone painted a different picture that was very unique.
10-17-2017
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November is almost here already, so hard to believe. I have posted the calendar of our activities that will be taking place for the month of November, please feel free to join us for any activities that you are able to. Also, we will be having our annual Family Thanksgiving Dinner and Family ... Read Full Post
November is almost here already, so hard to believe. I have posted the calendar of our activities that will be taking place for the month of November, please feel free to join us for any activities that you are able to. Also, we will be having our annual Family Thanksgiving Dinner and Family Quarterly Meeting on Sunday November 19th at noon, make sure to RSVP for this event as soon as you can. Thank you and have a terrific month.
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Mae shows off some of her family history today as we celebrated Family History Day in our bickford branch, Mae is also holding a memory jar that she made during crafts this afternoon, inside the jar is some family history questions that Mae can look at from time to time to bring back family ... Read Full Post
Mae shows off some of her family history today as we celebrated Family History Day in our bickford branch, Mae is also holding a memory jar that she made during crafts this afternoon, inside the jar is some family history questions that Mae can look at from time to time to bring back family memories.
10-12-2017
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Blanche is always thrilled to see her hairdresser on Thursdays, Rachel comes into our branch every Thursday morning to style our residents hair, she does perms, cuts, wash and set, and whatever else you may need done to your hair. If your loved one would like to make and appointment with Rachel, ... Read Full Post
Blanche is always thrilled to see her hairdresser on Thursdays, Rachel comes into our branch every Thursday morning to style our residents hair, she does perms, cuts, wash and set, and whatever else you may need done to your hair. If your loved one would like to make and appointment with Rachel, please let any BFM know and we can contact Rachel and set up the appointment.
10-12-2017
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FALL INTO BICKFORD.....IT'S THE PERFECT FIT!!!!!!
10-09-2017
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With the cold, rainy weather outside, today we decided to travel to Hawaii and have happy hour on the warm island. We drank pineapple juice and pineapple wine coolers, we tried some coconut cookies that were amazing, and we had little smokies, pineapples, and bbq sauce simmered together in the ... Read Full Post
With the cold, rainy weather outside, today we decided to travel to Hawaii and have happy hour on the warm island. We drank pineapple juice and pineapple wine coolers, we tried some coconut cookies that were amazing, and we had little smokies, pineapples, and bbq sauce simmered together in the crockpot, yum yum delicious. We also talked about some fun facts of Hawaii that were very interesting. All of us learned so much that we never knew about Hawaii.
10-05-2017
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Betty shows off her beautiful jar that she painted today during crafts, she decided to put the letter "M" to represent her last name.
10-03-2017
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Today during crafty Tuesday we painted glass mason jars which we put flame less lights inside and will use them as night lights, everyone painted their own jars and got to design them the way they chose. Everyone did such a tremendous job.
10-03-2017
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Happy October everyone, here is our October newsletter along with our calendar of activities we have planned for the month. We will have our annual Family History Day planned for October 12th, I am in the process of emailing family members and asking them for a 5x7 graduation picture of their loved ... Read Full Post
Happy October everyone, here is our October newsletter along with our calendar of activities we have planned for the month. We will have our annual Family History Day planned for October 12th, I am in the process of emailing family members and asking them for a 5x7 graduation picture of their loved ones for a special activity we have planned for that day. Also we have our fall carnival planned for October 30th at 6pm, we will have trick or treating that night from 6-8 along with fun and games, flyers will be coming out soon for that event. Our entertainers are highlighted in red so if you are available for any of those performances, feel free to join us. Have a wonderful month
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Today we say goodbye to one of our cooks. Jude Tarbox has been with Bickford Of Fort Dodge for almost 5 years. Jude will be remembered by us by the smile he kept on his face, we will all will miss him dearly. Jude has decided to move closer to family, he will be transferring to the Bickford of ... Read Full Post
Today we say goodbye to one of our cooks. Jude Tarbox has been with Bickford Of Fort Dodge for almost 5 years. Jude will be remembered by us by the smile he kept on his face, we will all will miss him dearly. Jude has decided to move closer to family, he will be transferring to the Bickford of Marion here in Iowa. Good luck Jude on you transition from all of us at Bickford of Fort Dodge.
09-29-2017
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Today was a wonderful fall day to get out and go to the apple orchard, we enjoyed having lunch there and enjoying their fresh made pies. It was all so very delicious.
09-26-2017
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Our annual Resident Happiness Survey will be closing on Thursday, September 28th. We greatly appreciate your participation & look forward to your feedback. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Sarah or Lori at 515.573.3300.
09-26-2017
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Mo had the best time ever after supper playing UNO with our residents, not sure who ended up winning but it was sure a close game.
09-22-2017
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Today was a good day to stay inside. We had cold, rainy weather outside. It was a treat to be blessed with some awesome music from one of our local groups "The Barebones Trio"
09-18-2017
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Zeta thought her chocolate milkshake was delicious today that she enjoyed during BINGO, it was nice to have them on a warm day like today.
09-13-2017
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These ladies were enjoying their 50's day lunch today as we celebrated our 50's day in our branch.
09-13-2017
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Everyone was so excited to show off their hand-decorated hats at our "hats off" ceremony today. At the end, we all took our hats off and thanked the residents for making our lives special.
09-12-2017
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This week we are celebrating National Assisted Living Week here at Bickford with each day being a different theme day, today we did a special "hats off" awards ceremony. We presented each of our residents with a unique award thanking them for all they do for us.
09-12-2017
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having a baby shower for one of our BFM's was extremely fun today, we played baby bingo along with some other games. It was such a fun time for baby "c"
09-08-2017
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Today, our kitchen manager Teresa came out and helped our residents make a baby blanket for one of our BFM's who we plan on having a baby shower for tomorrow. It was lots of fun for all of us.
09-07-2017
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Blanche shows off her gorgeous hat, she has a little bit of everything in there from a bird to a butterfly to flowers. Such artistic work.
09-05-2017
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Cleo shows off his unique hat he made during crafts today. Cleo is a very good golf player, so he decided to add golf balls to his hat.
09-05-2017
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1536 20th Avenue North
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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