Bickford of Midland

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Midland, 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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Who doesn't love a home cooked meal during the holidays? Especially this time of year, it can be hard for seniors to get to the store and prepare nutritious meals. At Bickford of Midland, the Bread Basket serves up homestyle food made from scratch. Dining in the Bread Basket also provides an ... Read Full Post
Who doesn't love a home cooked meal during the holidays? Especially this time of year, it can be hard for seniors to get to the store and prepare nutritious meals. At Bickford of Midland, the Bread Basket serves up homestyle food made from scratch. Dining in the Bread Basket also provides an opportunity for socialization and meeting new Friends. Call us at 989-835-5300 to set up a time to come and sample the delicious food for yourself!
12-17-2014
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Friends of the Family appreciate the time that volunteer Devin devotes to our branch. Devin helps out with activities and also spends some quality time visiting with our gentlemen. Volunteering : the happiness effect. Studies have demonstrated that helping others kindles happiness. When researchers ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family appreciate the time that volunteer Devin devotes to our branch. Devin helps out with activities and also spends some quality time visiting with our gentlemen. Volunteering : the happiness effect. Studies have demonstrated that helping others kindles happiness. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Volunteering adds a personal touch and warmth that forms lasting friendships. It also enhances care, promotes goodness, and improves quality of life. So, if you have a passion for making a difference in someone’s life, Bickford of Midland welcomes you to enrich the life of our residents by adding your special gift and bring some happiness into your life.
12-15-2014
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Look who stopped by for some biscuits and gravy! Today Friend of the Family RuthAnn entertained a special Bickford Family Member, Andy Eby, for breakfast. RuthAnn’s recommendation for Andy? Dance more!
12-10-2014
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of December is now available. We have many exciting musical events and activities planned for the holiday month. We would love to see you share our family happiness!
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‘Tis the season! Merry-making is in full swing at Bickford of Midland. Friends of the Family like Joyce helped trim the tree while listening to Christmas Carols. Come by and see how we decked the halls or attend one of the many festive activities going on this month in the Branch!
12-04-2014
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Thanksgiving was extra special this year with a Pow-wow from the Chippewa Valley Preschool. Friends of the Family enjoyed listening to innovative songs from these four and five year olds that represented early Native Americans. As American’s we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for ... Read Full Post
Thanksgiving was extra special this year with a Pow-wow from the Chippewa Valley Preschool. Friends of the Family enjoyed listening to innovative songs from these four and five year olds that represented early Native Americans. As American’s we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, just as the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Initially, George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789. However, each State celebrated the holiday on different dates. It wasn’t until October 3, 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. The proclamation states…“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving…” Bickford of Midland celebrated this wonderful holiday while giving “thanks” with their friends and family.
11-30-2014
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We kicked off our Thanksgiving with a visit from the wonderful children of Chippewa Valley Preschool. They sang, visited, and even handed out some of their own artwork. Children always find a way to warm our hearts this time of year!
11-28-2014
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Friends of the Family gathered for a “meet and greet” during our initial book club meeting. Midland’s Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has assembled a collection of books to hold a book discussion group. The Book Club in a Bag contains ten copies of a popular book, facts about the author, a ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family gathered for a “meet and greet” during our initial book club meeting. Midland’s Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has assembled a collection of books to hold a book discussion group. The Book Club in a Bag contains ten copies of a popular book, facts about the author, a small bit of information on the book, book marks, some discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag to carry. The first book we are reading is national best seller, The Snow Child, written by novelist, Eowyn Ivey. Ivey is a native Alaskan and she based her book in 1920 Alaska, on the homestead of characters, Jack and Mabel. If your curiosity was piqued you’ll just have to visit the library for a copy.
11-26-2014
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Recently someone shared a great article with us here at Bickford about some signs adult children should watch for in their parents. Though everyone's Lifesong is unique, this article points out some signs that there may be more going on than meets the eye. We're happy to be a resource for anyone ... Read Full Post
Recently someone shared a great article with us here at Bickford about some signs adult children should watch for in their parents. Though everyone's Lifesong is unique, this article points out some signs that there may be more going on than meets the eye. We're happy to be a resource for anyone who has questions or concerns. http://blog.beaumont.edu/2014/11/7-signs-your-parents-may-need-help/?utm_source=housecall&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=housecall_newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonu6vKZKXonjHpfsX94%2BUpT%2Frn28M3109ad%2BrmPBy%2B2osEWp8na%2BqWCgseOrQ8mFUNV8OzRs0QqqQ%3D
11-21-2014
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While enjoying cupcakes and each other’s company, Friends of the Family celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse today. The world’s most recognized cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, made his debut on November 18, 1928. Friends of the Family reminisced about their memories of Mickey Mouse and ... Read Full Post
While enjoying cupcakes and each other’s company, Friends of the Family celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse today. The world’s most recognized cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, made his debut on November 18, 1928. Friends of the Family reminisced about their memories of Mickey Mouse and discovered some interesting facts and trivia. For instance, the release of ‘Steamboat Willie’ was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. At that time, most other studios were still producing silent films while Disney adopted sound and raised the standard. And Walt Disney originally wanted to call Mickey ‘Mortimer Mouse,’ but his wife thought ‘Mortimer’ sounded too pompous. Bickford of Midland has many entertaining and exciting activities and events on the calendar, why don’t you come and share a moment of happiness with us!
11-18-2014
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Last Wednesday was a special day for Dorothy and Bill as they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. For Dorothy the day holds a special significance as it was her parents’ anniversary also. The couple first met at the YMCA where they enjoyed taking part in scavenger hunts around the city of ... Read Full Post
Last Wednesday was a special day for Dorothy and Bill as they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. For Dorothy the day holds a special significance as it was her parents’ anniversary also. The couple first met at the YMCA where they enjoyed taking part in scavenger hunts around the city of Saginaw with friends. Bill ran a farm that has been in his family for over 100 years, so they had to wait until a quiet time on the farm to have a wedding! Congratulations Dorothy and Bill on 54 wonderful years!
11-12-2014
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The Red Hat ladies, Liz and Sue, bring their musical talents to Bickford of Midland. The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages. There are over 40,000 chapters in the United States, and ... Read Full Post
The Red Hat ladies, Liz and Sue, bring their musical talents to Bickford of Midland. The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages. There are over 40,000 chapters in the United States, and chapters in 30 other countries. The founder of the Society is artist Sue Ellen Cooper. In 1997, Cooper gave a friend a 55th birthday gift consisting of a red bowler purchased at an antique store along with a copy of the poem “Warning” written by Jenny Joseph. The opening lines of the poem read: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.” One and all is welcome to come and join in and sing-a-long. Liz and Sue will sing holiday tunes on their next visit in December.
11-09-2014
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Someone once said, “As the seasons change, so do we.” Much to the chagrin of some of us in Michigan, winter is right around the corner. This can be a particularly scary time for the elderly. The risk of falls increases with snow and ice. Studies have also shown seniors have increased isolation ... Read Full Post
Someone once said, “As the seasons change, so do we.” Much to the chagrin of some of us in Michigan, winter is right around the corner. This can be a particularly scary time for the elderly. The risk of falls increases with snow and ice. Studies have also shown seniors have increased isolation during the colder months. Now is the perfect time to start making a plan for seniors who are at risk. Call Bickford of Midland at 989-835-5300 to develop a personalized plan with us to keep your loved on happy and safe all winter long.
11-05-2014
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of November is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We would love to see you share in on our Family Fun!
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Calling all little witches, superheroes, princesses, and firemen! Friends of the Family like RuthAnn love to visit with children. She has been busy stocking the Halloween candy bar in anticipation and on Halloween this week, Bickford will be hosting trick-or-treating at 3:30pm at the Branch on ... Read Full Post
Calling all little witches, superheroes, princesses, and firemen! Friends of the Family like RuthAnn love to visit with children. She has been busy stocking the Halloween candy bar in anticipation and on Halloween this week, Bickford will be hosting trick-or-treating at 3:30pm at the Branch on Friday, October 31st. Bickford will provide the candy and a safe indoor environment for children of all ages to visit each apartment and fill their buckets full of goodies. Let us know if you will be able to attend by calling the Branch 989-835-5300, and we will make sure there is plenty of candy to go around!
10-29-2014
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Scrapbooking is an easy, fun, and engaging activity seniors can enjoy. This pastime encourages social interaction, challenges the mind and memory, and can even relief stress. Scrapbooking and Mental Health Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for ... Read Full Post
Scrapbooking is an easy, fun, and engaging activity seniors can enjoy. This pastime encourages social interaction, challenges the mind and memory, and can even relief stress.

Scrapbooking and Mental Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for seniors of all ages and ability levels to find fun and challenging pastimes to engage the mind. Scrapbooking is an easy, enjoyable, and effective activity that offers many mental health benefits for seniors. The simple act of creating a scrapbook can engage the memory and emotion centers of the brain, help seniors to feel accomplishment as they complete this task, and foster social ties with family and peers alike.

Scrapbooking and Stress Relief

Studies have shown that engaging in any craft can have a dramatic effect on mental stress. In fact, crafting—including scrapbooking—produces stress relief effects similar to those of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. When your attention and focus are on a craft, worries and cares seem less important. Thus, scrapbooking is an excellent way for seniors who cannot move easily or comfortably to achieve a high level of stress relief for a more positive outlook on life and better mental and even physical health. Reminiscing itself also has a beneficial impact on mood, helping seniors to recall fond memories and emotions, allowing them to reconnect with their past in a positive way.

Scrapbooking and Memory

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way for seniors to relive and share positive memories about their lives. Photos can jog the memory, prompting you to recall in vivid detail events you’ve attended or family and friends you haven’t seen in years. Scrapbooking has been recognized for its use as an integral component of reminiscence therapy, both for healthy seniors and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have also provided further evidence that scrapbooking has beneficial cognitive effects for Alzheimer’s patients. In many cases, looking at photographs can prompt memories that may seem long gone, helping Alzheimer’s patients to recognize family and friends once more. Furthermore, scrapbooking helps to maintain memories within in the brain by encouraging seniors with Alzheimer’s to continue accessing remote memories, which often do not deteriorate as quickly as more recent memories.

Scrapbooking and Social Connection

One of the major benefits of scrapbooking is that it is a very social activity. Social activities gain importance with age—maintaining close social ties can slow the effects of dementia by engaging the brain with new information while encouraging it to access older memories. Scrapbooking can prompt discussions about the past, including the sharing of precious stories and memories with others. This encourages seniors to engage with their peers, strengthening the social connections that are integral to health and happiness. Thus, encouraging seniors to take part in scrapbooking activities provides a valuable platform to make and maintain friendships, as well keep up valuable connections with family.

At Bickford of Midland, we are dedicated to providing our residents with a full schedule of activities and therapies that promote health and happiness. Our assisted living community offers dementia and Alzheimer’s care in addition to companion care, medication management, and care coordination with our on-site Registered Nurse. Please visit our website to learn more about our community, our services, and our monthly activities.

10-29-2014
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Monday exercise will not be the same! We sadly said good-bye to our exercise Guru, Robin Malone. She had graciously volunteered at Bickford of Midland for four years. We exercise because it helps to maintain function of the joints, enhances mobility, and prevents deterioration and loss of range of ... Read Full Post
Monday exercise will not be the same! We sadly said good-bye to our exercise Guru, Robin Malone. She had graciously volunteered at Bickford of Midland for four years. We exercise because it helps to maintain function of the joints, enhances mobility, and prevents deterioration and loss of range of motion while preventing over-fatigue of muscle. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, "Moderate exercise helps many people with Alzheimer's disease feel better - both physically and emotionally.” Thus, exercise increases mood and decreases the risk of falls. Come and join us in our daily exercise program; Robin has taught me some valuable techniques that I apply in my gentle yet invigorating chair exercises.
10-24-2014
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Anthony Brandt once said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” For two particular Friends of the Family, this couldn’t be more true. Friend of the Family Myra was one of the first Friends of the Family to move into Bickford of Midland. While she has had many ... Read Full Post
Anthony Brandt once said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” For two particular Friends of the Family, this couldn’t be more true. Friend of the Family Myra was one of the first Friends of the Family to move into Bickford of Midland. While she has had many friends during these past 7 years here, none have been so dear as Bickford’s newest Friend, Louise. It’s not hard to tell, but Myra and Louise are sisters. They have enjoyed the past few days since Louise moved in doing puzzles and catching up on “sister things”. When they posed for this snapshot, Myra said they haven’t had a picture taken together in “about a hundred years!”.
10-22-2014
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Dr. Daniel Clement and the creative folks at Great Lakes Bay Dental have outdone themselves once again! Each year, the staff at Great Lakes Bay Dental have a pumpkin decorating contest complete with a vote for best pumpkin. They are so generous in sharing the pumpkins with our Friends of the Family ... Read Full Post
Dr. Daniel Clement and the creative folks at Great Lakes Bay Dental have outdone themselves once again! Each year, the staff at Great Lakes Bay Dental have a pumpkin decorating contest complete with a vote for best pumpkin. They are so generous in sharing the pumpkins with our Friends of the Family when their contest has ended. There is no way for us to pick a winner because we truly love them all. They enrich our happiness every day and make our smiles even wider...which is just what the dentist ordered. Thanks Dr. Clement and staff!
10-21-2014
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Friends of the Family Ruth Ann and Jerry took a turn or two on the dance floor during the Community Center’s Blast from the Past dance. The monthly dance features a twenty piece orchestra, playing tunes from the 30’s through the 50’s. Bickford of Midland is currently sponsoring this favored ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family Ruth Ann and Jerry took a turn or two on the dance floor during the Community Center’s Blast from the Past dance. The monthly dance features a twenty piece orchestra, playing tunes from the 30’s through the 50’s. Bickford of Midland is currently sponsoring this favored event; whether you enjoy kicking up your heels or simply listening to melodies from the past, we invite you to come experience this wonderful social affair.
10-17-2014
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Often when Friends come to visit Bickford, they express how important it is for them to have a sense of fellowship in their new home. While families and caregivers provide great support, Friends still long for companionship from peers. Activities and social gatherings allow for Friends to bond and ... Read Full Post
Often when Friends come to visit Bickford, they express how important it is for them to have a sense of fellowship in their new home. While families and caregivers provide great support, Friends still long for companionship from peers. Activities and social gatherings allow for Friends to bond and build the sense of community between them. One way we do that at Bickford is by having Friends of the Family take part in planning and running activities. Yesterday, Friend of the Family Carolyn volunteered to call Bingo for the group. Before retirement, Carolyn was a physical education teacher, so she knows how to be heard clearly!
10-15-2014
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Friends of the Family celebrated the season by decorating pumpkins. The pumpkins were adorned with pressed leaves, flowers, or stickers; decoupage was applied to give a glossy final touch. Friend of the Family Carolyn proudly displays her festive masterpiece.
10-10-2014
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Well we may not have donned lederhosen, but we did have a great Oktoberfest celebration yesterday! The day was complete with a special German themed meal, polka dancing, beer and pretzel social, and even an accordian performance from our Friend of the Family, Ray. We'll use any excuse to have a ... Read Full Post
Well we may not have donned lederhosen, but we did have a great Oktoberfest celebration yesterday! The day was complete with a special German themed meal, polka dancing, beer and pretzel social, and even an accordian performance from our Friend of the Family, Ray. We'll use any excuse to have a great time!
10-08-2014
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"Bickford feels like home from the minute you walk in the door." - that's what our new Friend of the Family, Lu, says. With a warm welcome by Barb, our Resident Coordinator (and official Welcoming Committee Chairman!), Lu feels like they have known each other for years. It is a big step to move ... Read Full Post
"Bickford feels like home from the minute you walk in the door." - that's what our new Friend of the Family, Lu, says. With a warm welcome by Barb, our Resident Coordinator (and official Welcoming Committee Chairman!), Lu feels like they have known each other for years. It is a big step to move into a new home, and friends always make life easier. Come to Bickford today ~ Your new friends are waiting to meet you!
10-06-2014
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Friends of the Family enjoyed the theatrical performance presented by “Happy Trails Drama.” The drama club captivates their audience by portraying characters that are familiar to the spectators while presenting an entertaining story. One character Friends of the Family found especially humors ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family enjoyed the theatrical performance presented by “Happy Trails Drama.” The drama club captivates their audience by portraying characters that are familiar to the spectators while presenting an entertaining story. One character Friends of the Family found especially humors was the rendition of Willy Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
10-05-2014
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What does it feel like to live with dementia? This month our Bickford Family Members had a chance to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour with the help of Community Partners Hometown Home Health and Hospice. For the tour, Bickford Family Members were equipped with goggles, gloves, headphones and ... Read Full Post
What does it feel like to live with dementia? This month our Bickford Family Members had a chance to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour with the help of Community Partners Hometown Home Health and Hospice. For the tour, Bickford Family Members were equipped with goggles, gloves, headphones and other devices to mimic the effects of dementia. After the tour, BFM’s took a survey to test their feelings about the experience. BFM’s reported feeling a stronger connection to those they care for as well as further understanding of dementia.
10-01-2014
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Bickford of Midland welcomes musician Will Greeley. Friends of the Family cherished Will’s musical rendition of classical songs from the motion picture Titanic. He will be honoring us by performing the second Mondays of the month at 2:00 pm. Come and join us and listen to the exquisite music he ... Read Full Post
Bickford of Midland welcomes musician Will Greeley. Friends of the Family cherished Will’s musical rendition of classical songs from the motion picture Titanic. He will be honoring us by performing the second Mondays of the month at 2:00 pm. Come and join us and listen to the exquisite music he plays on the flute.
09-28-2014
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Team Bickford had a great time on Saturday participating in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's. Led by our Bickford Buddy and team mascot, Molly, our Bickford Family Members enjoyed walking in the sunshine, reminiscing about our precious loved ones, and supporting the cause so close to our hearts. ... Read Full Post
Team Bickford had a great time on Saturday participating in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's. Led by our Bickford Buddy and team mascot, Molly, our Bickford Family Members enjoyed walking in the sunshine, reminiscing about our precious loved ones, and supporting the cause so close to our hearts. Bickford of Midland is a proud local sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Molly is already recruiting for next year’s team. If you would like more information about the Alzheimer’s Association or the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please contact Angela at 989-835-5300.
09-24-2014
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Friends of the Family were presented with a unique gift from Midland Woodworkers Association. The handmade checkerboard was graciously presented to Bickford of Midland’s residents by Paul Fritz and Don Taylor. Residents can now enjoy a game in the sunroom; are you up for the challenge?
09-19-2014
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Bickford Family Member Tacarra has always had a special connection with Friend of the Family Priscilla. Both women have been members of the AƩƬ Sorority. Priscilla became a member when she attended Eastern Michigan University for her teaching degree and Tacarra currently attends Central Michigan ... Read Full Post
Bickford Family Member Tacarra has always had a special connection with Friend of the Family Priscilla. Both women have been members of the AƩƬ Sorority. Priscilla became a member when she attended Eastern Michigan University for her teaching degree and Tacarra currently attends Central Michigan University. This past Friday, Tacarra brought the sisterhood here to meet Priscilla and host a pizza party. The ladies had so much fun that they have decided to meet regularly! Thank you, ladies, for your service to the community!
09-17-2014
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Welcome to 50's Day at Bickford of Midland! Our Bickford Family Member, Amanda, and our Friend of the Family and very own Big Bopper, Ray, are celebrating in style. The 50's gave us life changing inventions such as credit cards, power steering and Barbie dolls. To celebrate, we reminisced about our ... Read Full Post
Welcome to 50's Day at Bickford of Midland! Our Bickford Family Member, Amanda, and our Friend of the Family and very own Big Bopper, Ray, are celebrating in style. The 50's gave us life changing inventions such as credit cards, power steering and Barbie dolls. To celebrate, we reminisced about our favorite foods like deviled eggs, jello salad and even Tang. So if you like to shake, rattle and roll and are in our area, stop in and rock with us Daddy-O!
09-16-2014
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Are you a family caregiver looking for a temporary care solution for your loved one? Bickford Senior Living’s retreat and day stay options could be right for you! The Benefits of Retreat and Day Stays The term “caregiving” often brings to mind living in a senior community. However, caregiving ... Read Full Post
Are you a family caregiver looking for a temporary care solution for your loved one? Bickford Senior Living’s retreat and day stay options could be right for you!

The Benefits of Retreat and Day Stays

The term “caregiving” often brings to mind living in a senior community. However, caregiving is actually a flexible senior care option that can be sought for a matter of weeks, days, or even hours on an as-needed basis. If your family contains a senior loved one in need of temporary care—or if you, as a caregiver, need a brief respite—then retreat and day stays at Bickford Senior Living could be exactly the type of caregiving your loved one needs.

Retreat and Day Stays Explained

Retreat and day stays are temporary caregiving options that provide care on a short-term basis. Day stays may include care at a senior living community from sunrise to sundown or for only a few hours during the day. Retreat stays provide care for a few days or weeks, but are ultimately temporary caregiving situations as well. During a day or retreat stay, your loved one will be privy to as much or as little care and companionship as needed. Whether your loved one is fully independent and would simply like to enjoy the benefits of a senior community or requires medical assistance or memory care, every aspect of his care will be addressed during his day or retreat stay.

Benefits of Day Stays

Day stays offer an ideal solution for family caregivers with busy schedules. Whether you simply need a few hours to yourself or have work or personal business you must attend to, your senior loved one can enjoy care and companionship for as few or as many hours as necessary. A day stay ensures your loved one will continue to receive nutritious meals, medication management, and any other special needs while you are busy. A day stay can also provide your senior loved one with an enriching opportunity to make and maintain new friendships and enjoy senior activities outside of his own home.

Benefits of Retreat Stays

Retreat stays are meant to provide longer-term care than day stays. A retreat stay may last several days or up to a few weeks, depending upon your needs. Retreat stays can be the ideal solution if your loved one has undergone recent surgery or other significant medical treatment. While your loved one’s home may not be equipped for a safe recovery, a retreat stay in a senior living community provides the round-the-clock care and companionship necessary for a fast and healthy recovery. Alternatively, retreat stays can be ideal when family caregivers need a longer break. Perhaps you have business or a family vacation you’d like to attend, but are concerned about leaving your senior loved one at home. A retreat stay in a senior living community provides both you and your loved one with peace of mind while you are away.

Bickford Senior Living of Midland, MI, understands that every individual has unique needs and concerns. We are here to provide as much or as little care as your loved one needs to provide comfort, happiness, and peace of mind. Please visit our website to find out more about our wide variety of senior care and living options, including companion care, independent living, assisted living, and specialized memory care.

09-16-2014
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of September is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We would love to see you share in on the Family Fun!
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Bickford of Midland's Night to Remember is fast approaching. Don't forget to mark your calendars for an elegant evening of food, fun, and music all for a great cause. From its inception, Bickford was created to care for those with Alzheimer's and provide moments of happiness amidst the chaos of ... Read Full Post
Bickford of Midland's Night to Remember is fast approaching. Don't forget to mark your calendars for an elegant evening of food, fun, and music all for a great cause. From its inception, Bickford was created to care for those with Alzheimer's and provide moments of happiness amidst the chaos of dementia. We hope you'll join us and help support the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to end this disease.
09-03-2014
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According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the ... Read Full Post
According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Our Friends of the Family are happy to celebrate this day together sharing great conversation, happy memories, and delicious food. Happy Labor Day from Bickford of Midland!
09-01-2014
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For many Friends of the Family, their wedding day was one of the happiest and most memorable days of their life. With that in mind, we created a Lifesong Station designed to evoke memories of that special time. Lifesong stations provide a variety of sensory experiences and allow Friends to ... Read Full Post
For many Friends of the Family, their wedding day was one of the happiest and most memorable days of their life. With that in mind, we created a Lifesong Station designed to evoke memories of that special time. Lifesong stations provide a variety of sensory experiences and allow Friends to reconnect with their past interests. These Lifesong stations in concert with other specialized activities compose Mary B’s Symphony-Bickford’s Dementia and Alzheimer’s Program.
08-29-2014
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As James Fredericks once said, “Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honoring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities".” Time spent learning about each other and sharing what makes each of us unique is something our Bickford Friends of the Family treasure. This ... Read Full Post
As James Fredericks once said, “Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honoring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities".” Time spent learning about each other and sharing what makes each of us unique is something our Bickford Friends of the Family treasure. This morning, Sue and Beryl compared favorite experiences in their lives. What a wonderful way to start the day and to welcome the new week!
08-25-2014
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Friends of the Family were enchanted by a beautiful recital given by Melanie Capaldo. Miss Capaldo is a senior student from Strings of Praise Music Studio. She performed from Suzuki Violin Book IV. We are truely grateful that Miss Capaldo shared with us her musical accomplishment on the violin.
08-15-2014
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We love your pets! At Bickford we believe nowhere can really feel like home unless your furry friend is there too. All pets are welcome and we are excited to meet your feline friend or canine companion. Bickford Family Members can assist with feeding, walking, and other care. We promise to love ... Read Full Post
We love your pets! At Bickford we believe nowhere can really feel like home unless your furry friend is there too. All pets are welcome and we are excited to meet your feline friend or canine companion. Bickford Family Members can assist with feeding, walking, and other care. We promise to love your pet as much as you do and provide plenty of treats and pats on the head. Call 989-835-5300 for more information on how we can help you and your pet feel comfortable and cared for.
08-13-2014
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Many families have been asking about our Bickford Day Stay. It is a great option for a variety of reasons. Perhaps moving to a community isn’t the best fit right now, but you need a little extra help. A Bickford Day Stay, including engaging activities, balanced meals, available medication ... Read Full Post
Many families have been asking about our Bickford Day Stay. It is a great option for a variety of reasons. Perhaps moving to a community isn’t the best fit right now, but you need a little extra help. A Bickford Day Stay, including engaging activities, balanced meals, available medication management and other individualized services might be the answer. It allows your loved one to enjoy the great benefits of being safe and happy, and your family members the peace of mind and time to accomplish the other things they need and want to do. Available from sunrise to sunset or just a few hours a day, we’re ready to work around your busy schedule. For more information on our Day Stay options or to reserve a Day Stay, just call Angela at 989-708-1855. Bickford of Midland. Better days, better nights and better everything in between.
08-12-2014
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Friends of the Family and Bickford Family Member Justin put together backpacks with school supplies that will be donated to some lucky children. The idea to put this wonderful project into motion was a concept that Josh discovered in Mary B’s Symphony. Creating happiness is the universal core of ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family and Bickford Family Member Justin put together backpacks with school supplies that will be donated to some lucky children. The idea to put this wonderful project into motion was a concept that Josh discovered in Mary B’s Symphony. Creating happiness is the universal core of Bickford; not only for Friends of the Family but also for individuals in our community.
08-10-2014
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Howdy there! The Old West has arrived in Midland, and we are celebrating with country tunes and some great grub. The celebration begins at noon for lunch followed by a special performance by Ron Meiske at 2:00. If you’re looking to wrangle up some fun, we hope you’ll saddle up and come on over! ... Read Full Post
Howdy there! The Old West has arrived in Midland, and we are celebrating with country tunes and some great grub. The celebration begins at noon for lunch followed by a special performance by Ron Meiske at 2:00. If you’re looking to wrangle up some fun, we hope you’ll saddle up and come on over!
08-06-2014
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I am pleased to present the new Bickford Welcome Desk! Located in the main living room, the Welcome Desk allows us to to greet our visitors and answer any questions a resident and/or guest may have. Our Friend of the Family, Barb, has graciously agreed to be our first Welcome Desk Coordinator. ... Read Full Post
I am pleased to present the new Bickford Welcome Desk! Located in the main living room, the Welcome Desk allows us to to greet our visitors and answer any questions a resident and/or guest may have. Our Friend of the Family, Barb, has graciously agreed to be our first Welcome Desk Coordinator. Barb's help has been invaluable, and we can't thank her enough for sharing her expertise in coordination which allows us to enrich happiness more each day. Please come visit us anytime and "Welcome to Bickford of Midland"!
08-04-2014
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The August Newsletter/Calendar is here! Take a look at our fun Family Gatherings, and come share in generating Happiness.
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We love learning new things about Friends of the Family! Recently, Knute’s daughter compiled a book of his family’s life stories. To our delight, the book included a recipe for Skorpa, a traditional cookie from Sweden where Knute was born. Skorpa are biscuit-like cookies similar to Italian ... Read Full Post
We love learning new things about Friends of the Family! Recently, Knute’s daughter compiled a book of his family’s life stories. To our delight, the book included a recipe for Skorpa, a traditional cookie from Sweden where Knute was born. Skorpa are biscuit-like cookies similar to Italian biscotti that Knute’s mother used to make for him and his siblings. Bickford Family Members Alicia and Krystal took it upon themselves to assist Friends of the Family in making the special cookie. When the Skorpa were done, Knute enjoyed his with a cup of milk and remarked that they tasted just like the way he remembered. Thank you, Bickford Family Members, for creating moments of happiness like this!
07-30-2014
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When Bickford is your home, you continue to do the things you love and let us take care of the rest. For example, our Friend of the Family, Barb, invited her two best girlfriends (Crystal and Katie) to join her for lunch today. Delicious food and wonderful conversation were enjoyed by the ladies ... Read Full Post
When Bickford is your home, you continue to do the things you love and let us take care of the rest. For example, our Friend of the Family, Barb, invited her two best girlfriends (Crystal and Katie) to join her for lunch today. Delicious food and wonderful conversation were enjoyed by the ladies with no worries of cooking or cleaning up. They all agreed it was the perfect way to spend time together and are already planning their next date.
07-28-2014
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Friends of the Family Cindy, Sue, and Beryl celebrated National Raspberry Cake Day by baking this delicious cake! We would love to have you come and partake in our baking creations and Family Events.
07-25-2014
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Sometimes caring for our Friends of the Family involves care coordination from community partners. Recently, I had a chance to sit down with our community partner, Megan Kiser, to discuss some questions we’ve had recently from families. Megan is a social worker at Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices ... Read Full Post
Sometimes caring for our Friends of the Family involves care coordination from community partners. Recently, I had a chance to sit down with our community partner, Megan Kiser, to discuss some questions we’ve had recently from families. Megan is a social worker at Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices PLLC in Midland who specialize in elder law and estate planning. Her firm can assist with issues relating to estate planning, trust administration, financial and legal planning for long-term care, Medicaid eligibility, guardianships and conservatorships, and probate litigation. According to Megan, there are many steps families can take when long- term planning for their loved ones. Having power of attorney, patient advocate designation, and a living will in place can ensure that seniors’ wishes are honored if they are no longer able to participate in the decision making process. The decision to find a new home for a loved one can be daunting, but having these measures in place can make the process easier on the whole family. For more information on this subject, you can contact Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices PLLC at (989)-423-1200 or visit miederlaw.com. Thank you, Megan, for your insight on this important topic
07-23-2014
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Our Bickford Family Member, Kristin, has had a busy week getting ready for her wedding this Saturday. Our Friends of the Family thought it was time for her to take a moment out of the day and celebrate this special time in her life. Imagine her surprise when they invited her to a top secret bridal ... Read Full Post
Our Bickford Family Member, Kristin, has had a busy week getting ready for her wedding this Saturday. Our Friends of the Family thought it was time for her to take a moment out of the day and celebrate this special time in her life. Imagine her surprise when they invited her to a top secret bridal shower, complete with a book of their tried and true advice for a happy marriage. The advice included: "never let a fight last more than 20 minutes" and "compromise". Congratulations Kristin and John and our best Bickford wishes always!
07-17-2014
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Of all pearls, black are the rarest and most precious of them all, and members of Bickford’s Black Pearl Society are no exception. Every year, Bickford Family Members elect 3 of their peers to be shining examples of the Bickford Performing Culture. Black Pearls serve for one year and provide ... Read Full Post
Of all pearls, black are the rarest and most precious of them all, and members of Bickford’s Black Pearl Society are no exception. Every year, Bickford Family Members elect 3 of their peers to be shining examples of the Bickford Performing Culture. Black Pearls serve for one year and provide mentorship and training to new and existing Bickford Family Members. Many factors go into the decision to elect someone as Black Pearl such as experience, positivity, and ability to work in a team. It is truly an honor to be selected. We wish a heartfelt congratulations to Kelsey, Amanda, and Becky Jo for their leadership, devotion, and love of our Friends of the Family as well as their fellow Bickford Family Members.
07-16-2014
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