Bickford of Marion

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Marion, 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 and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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There is always something to be thankful for! This week we are thankful for the opportunity to spend time with our Bickford family, celebrating the Thanksgiving season. Our home was filled with love, laughter, great food, and most of all, happiness! Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such ... Read Full Post
There is always something to be thankful for! This week we are thankful for the opportunity to spend time with our Bickford family, celebrating the Thanksgiving season. Our home was filled with love, laughter, great food, and most of all, happiness! Thanks to everyone who joined us and made it such a special day!
11-15-2018
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Halloween sure has changed over the years! Today I am taking a look back to what Halloween was like for our residents in their younger years! 1930s: The cartoon character Minnie Mouse was first drawn by Ub Iwerks for Walt Disney in 1928, and by the 1930s Minnie Mouse was a popular costume option ... Read Full Post
Halloween sure has changed over the years! Today I am taking a look back to what Halloween was like for our residents in their younger years! 1930s: The cartoon character Minnie Mouse was first drawn by Ub Iwerks for Walt Disney in 1928, and by the 1930s Minnie Mouse was a popular costume option for women. 1940s: Traditional Halloween characters such as ghosts, devils, witches and skeletons remained popular costume choices during this decade 1950s: Costumes inspired by Hawaiian luaus and the characters Tarzan and Jane were popular during the 1950s 1960s: In 1966 actress Julie Newmar made her debut as Catwoman in the television series Batman, inspiring many women to rock catsuits for Halloween 1970s: Many women also dressed as beloved childhood character Raggedy Ann during this decade 1980s: During this decade, women made costumes out of leotards and skintight Spandex 1990s: Power Ranger costumes inspired by the 1990s television show were all the rage during this decade Our residents are VERY excited to see everyone in costume tomorrow for our Trunk or Treat from 5-7! What are you going to be for Halloween?
10-29-2018
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The fall crisp air is finally here to stay! It's a great time of the year to warm up with some hot coco and sit by the fireplace. Flu season is upon us. Our flu clinic was a success!! Many of our residents and BFM's have gotten their Flu shot, have you?? Talk to your physician about scheduling your ... Read Full Post
The fall crisp air is finally here to stay! It's a great time of the year to warm up with some hot coco and sit by the fireplace. Flu season is upon us. Our flu clinic was a success!! Many of our residents and BFM's have gotten their Flu shot, have you?? Talk to your physician about scheduling your appointment to get yours!
10-24-2018
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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
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We love having students in our Branch! This Fall we get the pleasure of working with Mount Mercy University nursing students once per week! The residents enjoy visiting with them and helping them to learn! The healthcare field looks bright with these amazing young ladies in it!
10-10-2018
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According to Debby Bitticks, creator of "Cherished Memories" Capturing a life story is more than just an exercise in storytelling. It's a chance to pass along wisdom and life lessons. It gives you an opportunity to exercise your memory; organize your photos and music; and discover if any events ... Read Full Post
According to Debby Bitticks, creator of "Cherished Memories" Capturing a life story is more than just an exercise in storytelling. It's a chance to pass along wisdom and life lessons. It gives you an opportunity to exercise your memory; organize your photos and music; and discover if any events from your past are still impacting your life. According to Debby, it gives you an opportunity for self-growth, reflection and awareness. It's a chance to strengthen family bonds, friendships and intimate relationships. You can capture your health history and even draft an ethical will to share your values, blessings, life's lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love and forgiveness with your family, friends and community. Cherished Memories is a 96-page guide for documenting your life story or that of a loved one. Now, she can add a 102 reason for documenting your life story: It's good for your health. What are you waiting for? You have a story to tell!
10-10-2018
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Join us on Tuesday, October 30th for our 2018 Trunk or Treat from 5-7PM! Several area businesses will have trunks with goodies set up and inside our residents will be passing out candy. We'll also have games for the kiddos and snacks for everyone. Come one, come all!
09-25-2018
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Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that we are safe and sound after the tornado warning here in Marion. Glad we practice for these things! -J
09-25-2018
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Fall will soon be here!The leaves will be changing colors and colder weather will finally arrive! With colder weather brings illness and the dreaded Flu season will be upon us before you know it! At Bickford We are preparing for our annual flu clinic! Have you scheduled your annual Flu shot yet?
09-19-2018
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Hey All! We had so much fun discussing all the great events we have planned to finish out 2018 and the holiday season! Watch next week for more information on our Trunk or Treat, family Thanksgiving dinner, 20th Anniversary open house, and much more! We can't wait for all of you to join us!
09-07-2018
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Please Read!
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September Newsletter!
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It's that time of year again... School has begun, summer is coming to an end and the flu season is just around the corner. It's time to start thinking about getting your annual Flu shot! Bickford residents will be receiving theirs the first week of October!
08-28-2018
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August Calendar!
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I can't believe that next week is August! This summer is flying by. There are a lot of holidays in August that you may not know of. We are looking forward to these FUN holidays in August! August 2nd: National Ice Cream Day August 10th: National S'Mores Day August 15th: National Relaxation Day ... Read Full Post
I can't believe that next week is August! This summer is flying by. There are a lot of holidays in August that you may not know of. We are looking forward to these FUN holidays in August! August 2nd: National Ice Cream Day August 10th: National S'Mores Day August 15th: National Relaxation Day August 16th: National Tell A Joke Day August 26th: National Dog Day These are just a few of the fun holidays there are to celebrate! I personally can't wait until National S'Mores Day... what about you?!
07-27-2018
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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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Today is another hot summer day! It's a great day to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning! If you have to be outside make sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks to prevent Heat exhaustion! Have a great summer day!
07-10-2018
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Have a fun and safe 4th of July everyone!
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They say pets are the best therapy and after seeing the smiles this week, I might just agree! I rescued this little one a couple weeks ago and after a vet visit and some Bickford love, she is on the mend. It's proven that animals can lower blood pressure, diminish overall physical pain, and lessen ... Read Full Post
They say pets are the best therapy and after seeing the smiles this week, I might just agree! I rescued this little one a couple weeks ago and after a vet visit and some Bickford love, she is on the mend. It's proven that animals can lower blood pressure, diminish overall physical pain, and lessen depression and anxiety. The resident's decided to name her Puddles since she was found in a puddle. Only problem, I think the name Cuddles would fit a little better with all the cuddling she's been doing this week! Stop by and say "Hi" to the cutest new member of our Bickford family. -J
06-22-2018
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Take a look at our June calendar!
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Wow, it sure is hot outside! After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature — especially heat — as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Be sure to stay cool this summer by stopping by Bickford to enjoy an ice cold glass ... Read Full Post
Wow, it sure is hot outside! After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature — especially heat — as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Be sure to stay cool this summer by stopping by Bickford to enjoy an ice cold glass of lemonade!
05-29-2018
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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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Come join us for a dine and dash breakfast in celebration of National Nurses Week! Do you or a nurse you know need some pampering? While you're here, enter for your chance to win a stress relief basket! We look forward to seeing you! Thursday, May 10th 7-9 AM Bickford of Marion
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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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Happy Monday everyone! Let me fill you in on some of the exciting entertainment we have planned this week! Today we are going bowling with a few of our residents! Later this evening we will have a special pet visit from Frankie the Fox Hound. Tomorrow we have Andrea joining us again from Toula ... Read Full Post
Happy Monday everyone! Let me fill you in on some of the exciting entertainment we have planned this week! Today we are going bowling with a few of our residents! Later this evening we will have a special pet visit from Frankie the Fox Hound. Tomorrow we have Andrea joining us again from Toula Yoga. We will be focusing on our lower extremities this yoga class since our resident's need to strengthen their legs while using the stairs on our bus. As always, Andrea will find a way to make exercise a little more fun, can't wait to see what she has planned for us! On Wednesday morning we will take the bus to Coe College and enjoy their Spring play, "Much Ado About Nothing" with our residents. This is a Shakespeare classic and we have a couple of extra tickets if any family members want to join us. Contact our LEC for details. @marionlec@enrichinghappiness.com Lastly, this week we will have Betty Debban here to play the piano and a special guitar performance from Right At Home. Stop by the branch sometime this week and join us in all the fun!
04-16-2018
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March is National Social Workers Month! I heard a quote the other day, and it really seems to sum up how special Social Workers are! "I'm a Social Worker, what is YOUR super power?" Thank you to ALL social workers who are involved in caring for our loved ones.
03-15-2018
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March Calendar!
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Did you know that February is American Heart Month? You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk: Watch your weight. Quit smoking and stay away ... Read Full Post
Did you know that February is American Heart Month? You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk: Watch your weight. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Get active and eat healthy.
02-23-2018
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Even though yesterday was COLD, it was warm & cozy by Bickford's fireplace. Our residents are staying healthy and keeping the sickness out in the cold! Thank-you to everyone who has stayed home and rested when they are not feeling well!
02-13-2018
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Happy Monday everyone!! To fill everyone in on this weeks activities, the first entertainment will be this afternoon. Treasured Memories will be back at our branch singing and playing the guitar. Tomorrow is "Fat Tuesday" where we will bake and eat a little extra at our cooking club in the ... Read Full Post
Happy Monday everyone!! To fill everyone in on this weeks activities, the first entertainment will be this afternoon. Treasured Memories will be back at our branch singing and playing the guitar. Tomorrow is "Fat Tuesday" where we will bake and eat a little extra at our cooking club in the afternoon. We will be snacking and celebrating Mardi Gras throughout the afternoon so come join the fun! Wednesday is our big Pearl Event, Valentine's Day! Before the days festivities begin we will have Ash Wednesday at our branch. All are welcome that would like to receive ashes! Later that afternoon we will be hosting a Bickford Spa Day! Our Mary Kay specialist will be back at our branch giving facials and attending to our dry, winter skin. We will have refreshments and snacks as we relax and have some "me" time. Lastly, we will have a resident council meeting this Friday. This gives our resident's a chance to voice any concerns, suggestions, or even compliment the staff/branch on things we are doing. Later that afternoon we will have Girl Scout Troop 1897 join us after we play bingo for some games and activities. We have a busy week ahead of us, make sure you stop by for an activity or two and join the fun!
02-12-2018
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Happy Food Service Week to our two wonderful cooks, Jude and Dustin! They do a wonderful job of keeping the resident's and BFM's full of amazing food! The Bickford 15 is a real thing! If you see them this week, be sure to tell them thank you for all they do! We are soo thankful to have them as part ... Read Full Post
Happy Food Service Week to our two wonderful cooks, Jude and Dustin! They do a wonderful job of keeping the resident's and BFM's full of amazing food! The Bickford 15 is a real thing! If you see them this week, be sure to tell them thank you for all they do! We are soo thankful to have them as part of our Bickford Family!
02-07-2018
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February Calendar!
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IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! We are SO excited we finally have a bus for our branch! We can now have outings more frequently with the convenience of a bus. More lunches, outings, scenic drives, and spontaneous ice cream runs in our future! Look out for us on the road!
01-25-2018
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Happy Holidays everyone!! Can you believe it's already the New Year? We have a lot of exciting things planned out for the month of January, check it out!
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It can be easy to miss the early signs of dementia in a loved one if you go for an extended period of time without seeing them. The holidays can be an ideal time to spot changes in family members. If you do see them often, then it can give other family members a chance to give a new perspective and ... Read Full Post
It can be easy to miss the early signs of dementia in a loved one if you go for an extended period of time without seeing them. The holidays can be an ideal time to spot changes in family members. If you do see them often, then it can give other family members a chance to give a new perspective and catch things you may not realize you are looking over. Below are 4 early signs of Alzheimer's to look out for this holiday season: Changing Moods Anxiety in a new setting Change in movement and memory loss If you do notice these signs, try to engage in a direct conversation with them and keep to one topic. Keeping lights and noise levels low also help with those who are experiencing these. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Holly
12-14-2017
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Baby it's Cold Outside! Even though the temperatures are dropping, we are warming up in the branches! Cozy up to our toasty fireplace, or wrap up in fuzzy blanket and enjoy a hot coffee or cocoa. We welcome you no matter what the weather on the outside is like, because we are always warm and ... Read Full Post
Baby it's Cold Outside! Even though the temperatures are dropping, we are warming up in the branches! Cozy up to our toasty fireplace, or wrap up in fuzzy blanket and enjoy a hot coffee or cocoa. We welcome you no matter what the weather on the outside is like, because we are always warm and inviting on the inside. Stop by and see us!
12-11-2017
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Hey Everyone! I am posting December calendar on here a little early for you so you are aware of some of the upcoming activities. The big two I want to highlight on here are the door decorating competition and our winter festival. We are starting our door decoration "officially" on December 1st, ... Read Full Post
Hey Everyone! I am posting December calendar on here a little early for you so you are aware of some of the upcoming activities. The big two I want to highlight on here are the door decorating competition and our winter festival. We are starting our door decoration "officially" on December 1st, however feel free to stop by earlier and help your loved one start decorating! We have a few residents that have already started so the earlier the better! Second, our Winter Festival event is on the 6th. We are going to have a cookie walk and we will vote for the best door. So mark your calendar for the 6th! (More details are coming soon for this event)
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We had a blast at our second stop for our Pizza Tour last week, Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids! Our pizza was HUGE and absolutely delicious! Our LEC, Kylie, even ordered a mashed potato pizza that surprisingly majority of our BFMs and residents enjoyed as well. So far we've had Zoey's Pizzeria ... Read Full Post
We had a blast at our second stop for our Pizza Tour last week, Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids! Our pizza was HUGE and absolutely delicious! Our LEC, Kylie, even ordered a mashed potato pizza that surprisingly majority of our BFMs and residents enjoyed as well. So far we've had Zoey's Pizzeria and Need Pizza, everyone voted and majority voted Zoey's as their favorite so far. Our location for next month is still yet to be determined... We are still looking for the best pizza in the Cedar Rapids area! All families are more than welcome to join us in the future!
11-20-2017
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We had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween this week! Monday we hosted our first Trunk-or-Treat event, We had a great turn out and a fun evening eating candy, playing games, and winning prizes!! On Halloween we invited the children from Kid's Inc. to trick-or-treat with us, there were costumes ... Read Full Post
We had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween this week! Monday we hosted our first Trunk-or-Treat event, We had a great turn out and a fun evening eating candy, playing games, and winning prizes!! On Halloween we invited the children from Kid's Inc. to trick-or-treat with us, there were costumes galore! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
11-02-2017
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November newsletter and calendar. Enjoy!!
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Flu season is in full swing. Have you gotten your flu shot yet?? Our residents have gotten theirs! Some helpful tips to prevent the spread of germs includes washing your hands often, covering your cough and if you are feeling under the weather stay home and get some rest! Thank-you for helping our ... Read Full Post
Flu season is in full swing. Have you gotten your flu shot yet?? Our residents have gotten theirs! Some helpful tips to prevent the spread of germs includes washing your hands often, covering your cough and if you are feeling under the weather stay home and get some rest! Thank-you for helping our residents stay healthy this flu season!
10-31-2017
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With the holidays approaching fast, it is important to remember these ten survival tips for families who are coping with dementia. Tip 1 - Planning can avoid holiday stress Individuals who experience the most difficulty with the holiday season are those who have given little thought to the ... Read Full Post
With the holidays approaching fast, it is important to remember these ten survival tips for families who are coping with dementia. Tip 1 - Planning can avoid holiday stress Individuals who experience the most difficulty with the holiday season are those who have given little thought to the challenges they will encounter. Consider ahead of time what may be expected of you, both socially and emotionally.  Discuss holiday celebrations with relatives and close friends in advance.  Plan to maintain a regular routine while trying to provide a pleasant, meaningful and calm holiday event.  Celebrate early in the day or have a noon meal rather than a late dinner. Tip 2 – Take care of yourself (caregiver) Remember, the holidays are opportunities to share time with people you love. Try to make these celebrations easy on yourself and with the person with Alzheimer’s disease so that you may concentrate on enjoying your time together.  Set limits by telling family and friends that you intend to control stress this holiday season.  Maintain a positive mental attitude.  Ask for assistance for you and your loved one.  Attend an Alzheimer’s Association support group that will allow you discuss ways to overcome holiday stress.  Prepare to deal with post-holiday letdown. Arrange for in-home care (respite care) so you can enjoy a movie or lunch with a friend and reduce post-holiday stress. Tip 3 – Prepare the person with Alzheimer’s for the family gathering Preparing your loved one for the upcoming holiday events can allow both of you to enjoy the warmth of the season.  Talk about and show photos of family members and friends who will be visiting.  Have a “quiet” room in case things get too hectic.  Play familiar music and serve favorite traditional holiday foods.  Schedule naps, especially if the person usually takes naps.  Schedule family and friends visit times Tip 4 – Prepare family members and friends Preparing families and friends with an honest appraisal of the person’s condition can help avoid uncomfortable or harmful situations.  Familiarize family members and friends with behaviors and condition changes.  Recommend practical and useful gifts. (See Tip 7)  Remind family and friends the best way to communicate with a person with dementia. (See Tip 6) Tip 5 – Involve everyone when selecting activities Involve everyone in holiday activities including the person with dementia.  Consider taking walks, icing cookies, telling stories, doing chores, making a memory book or family tree, or keeping a journal.  To encourage conversation, place magazines, scrapbooks, or photo albums in reach; play music to prompt dancing or other kinds of exercise.  Encourage young family members to participate in simple and familiar activities with the person. Tip 6 – Communicate with success Alzheimer’s can diminish a person’s ability to communicate. These tips may help you understand each other.  Be calm and supportive if the person has trouble communicating.  Speak slowly with a relaxed tone.  Avoid criticism. For example, when someone forgets a recent conversation, avoid saying, “Don’t you remember?”  Address the person by name.  Be patient, flexible, and do not argue with the person with Alzheimer’s Tip 7 -- Smart gift giving  Encourage family and friends to give useful, practical gifts for the person such as identification bracelet (available through Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®). Other gifts may include comfortable easy-to-remove clothing, audiotapes of favorite music, videos, and photo albums.  Advise others not to give gifts such as dangerous tools or instruments, utensils, challenging board games, complicated electronic equipment, or pets.  If possible, involve the person in giving gifts. For example, someone who once enjoyed cooking may enjoy baking cookies, or buy the gift and allow the person to wrap it. Tip 8 – Safe environment in the home Persons with dementia may experience changes in judgment. This behavior may lead to confusion, frustration, or wandering. Consider these tips to reduce the risk of injury and situations that could be confusing to someone with dementia.  Assign a “buddy” to watch out for the person to ensure their comfort.  Arrange ample space for walking side-by-side, for wheelchairs, and walkers. Keep walking areas clear.  Consider seating options so the person with Alzheimer’s can best focus on conversation and be least distracted.  Don’t serve alcohol, which may lead to inappropriate behavior or interactions with medications.  Accommodate changes in vision. Place contrasting-color rugs in front of doors or steps. Avoid dark-colored rugs that may appear to be “holes.”  Limit access to places where injuries occur, such as a kitchen or stairwell. Check temperature of water and food.  Create even level of lighting; avoid blinking lights.  Keep decorations simple; avoid using candies, artificial fruits/vegetables, or other edibles as decorations.  Supervise in taking medicine.  Keep emergency phone numbers and a list of medications handy. Tip 9 -- Travel wisely The following suggestions may ensure a positive traveling experience:  Never leave the person alone.  Use familiar modes of transportation and avoid peak travel times.  Keep plans simple and maintain daily routines as much as possible.  Allow extra time to avoid the stress of rushing.  Advise service and hospitality staff that you are traveling with someone with dementia and about the person’s behaviors and special needs.  Arrange for services, such as wheelchairs, ahead of time.  Provide identification items such as a Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®) bracelet and clothing labels. Tip 10 – Reliable sources of support Families can call the Alzheimer’s Association at 727-578-2558 or the 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-772-8672 to answer questions about warning signs and to assist persons with dementia and caregivers. The Helpline will be open all Christmas day and News Year day, as well as year round. Source: https://www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/alzheimers_disease_62487.asp
10-16-2017
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October Calendar and Newsletter!
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When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'Tis near Halloween! Come join us for our first annual Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 30th from 4-6 PM! The parking lot will be filled with trunks full of goodies, our resident's will be passing out candy inside our ... Read Full Post
When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'Tis near Halloween! Come join us for our first annual Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 30th from 4-6 PM! The parking lot will be filled with trunks full of goodies, our resident's will be passing out candy inside our Branch, and there will be games and Halloween snacks in our patio area for all to enjoy! This event is open to the public so make sure to spread the word! If you have any questions, please feel free to call (319) 373-7000 or email jacobi.feckers@enrichinghappiness.com. We hope to see you there!
10-09-2017
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Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of ... Read Full Post
Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of spices in the air. This front porch is one example of the crisp autumn welcome you will get when dropping by.
10-03-2017
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September 2017 Newsletter and Calendar
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Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are ... Read Full Post
Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are interested in furthering their education. The Eby Scholarship is for the children of Bickford Family Members who are pursuing higher education. I was lucky enough to not only present both scholarships to 2 very deserving students in my division, but the Eby scholarship was extra special as it went to my daughter this year! Riley is going to be a sophomore at the University of Iowa, majoring in nursing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Sorority, and has been accepted into the honors program. Congratulations Riley! Pictured is Riley (left) receiving her scholarship certificate from Divisional Director of Resident Services for Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois, Michelle Adam.
08-24-2017
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Holly Blood -
August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Here are some ways to celebrate this day and partake in a little relaxation yourself! Cuddle with a pet Smell some flowers Dance! Stretch and do yoga Look out the window Squeeze a stressball Sip a cup of green tea - (My favorite) Eat a mango and most ... Read Full Post
August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Here are some ways to celebrate this day and partake in a little relaxation yourself! Cuddle with a pet Smell some flowers Dance! Stretch and do yoga Look out the window Squeeze a stressball Sip a cup of green tea - (My favorite) Eat a mango and most importantly... Remember to breathe
08-11-2017
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Kylie Nickels -
August Calendar!
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Hello friends and family! The Iowa heat is giving us a run for our money, but we are making the best of it! We have purchased a variety of new courtyard furniture so the residents can all enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts! The vegetables that our residents planted in the new planters are ... Read Full Post
Hello friends and family! The Iowa heat is giving us a run for our money, but we are making the best of it! We have purchased a variety of new courtyard furniture so the residents can all enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts! The vegetables that our residents planted in the new planters are growing very well and will soon be producing yummy goodies that we can use in our kitchen! You will notice that the courtyard will be getting a nice update with some new plants and even a beautiful new tree! We have several residents and family that are passionate about working to save endangered butterflies. The Monarch Project is generously donating Monarch caterpillars to our milkweed plants so we can watch them crystallize and transition into beautiful butterflies! We will all be on the edge of our seat to watch this miracle of life take place! Our salon is also getting a makeover; it will be functional during the entire transition but by the time it is done it will have an entirely new look! Feel free to pop by and check out all the new things happening at Bickford in Marion!
07-10-2017
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Marion, IA 52302
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