Bickford of Oswego

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Oswego, 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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A few more pictures from our grandparents day celebration... The ice cream sundaes were delicious
09-19-2017
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Our Grandparents day celebration was supper fun thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate with us!
09-19-2017
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Hello Every! Please help us welcome our new cna, Arleen. Note from Arleen: I am originally from Michigan, and have lived in Oswego for the past 13 years. I live with my husband and 2 dogs, we got through a rescue group-Dre is from San Diego and the other is from South Korea. I have 1 son who lives ... Read Full Post
Hello Every! Please help us welcome our new cna, Arleen. Note from Arleen: I am originally from Michigan, and have lived in Oswego for the past 13 years. I live with my husband and 2 dogs, we got through a rescue group-Dre is from San Diego and the other is from South Korea. I have 1 son who lives in an apartment nearby. He is getting married next June. I had been my mother's caregiver for over 5 years before she passed away at the age of 93; She had been a World War II Navy nurse. I really enjoyed caring for her Excited to continue to care for seniors here at Bickford!
09-19-2017
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A/L Homecoming King and Queen....Ernie Frieders and Faye Turner
09-18-2017
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MB Homecoming King and Queen....Paul Biedenharn and Corinne Mathre
09-18-2017
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A regular eye exam is the best way to protect your eyesight – and an easy precaution to take. Another way to safeguard your vision is through proper eye nutrition. As part of an eye-healthy diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, such as leafy, green vegetables and fish. ... Read Full Post
A regular eye exam is the best way to protect your eyesight – and an easy precaution to take. Another way to safeguard your vision is through proper eye nutrition. As part of an eye-healthy diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, such as leafy, green vegetables and fish. Many foods – especially fish – contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision. An inadequate intake of antioxidants, as well as over consumption of alcohol and saturated fats may create free-radical reactions that can harm the macula. High-fat diets can also cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries. The eyes are especially sensitive to this, given the small size of the blood vessels that feed them. Exercise - Exercise is important because it improves blood circulation, which, in turn, improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins. Wear Sunglasses - Being outdoors on a sunny day feels wonderful – but it can be tough on your eyes. The solution? Wear sunglasses that block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Also, a hat with a brim will reduce the amount of UV radiation slipping around the side of your sunglasses. At the Computer - After two hours of staring at a computer screen, you can end up with the same kind of repetitive stress in your eye muscles that a keyboard causes in your wrists. Here are a few tips to help reduce the impact of computer eyestrain: • Keep your computer screen within 20"-24" of your eyes •Keep the top of your computer screen slightly below eye level •Minimize the distance between your computer screen and any documents you need to reference while working •Use drops, such as Bausch + Lomb Advanced Eye Relief Dry Eye Rejuvenation Lubricant Eye Drops, to soothe irritated, dry eyes •Adjust lighting to minimize glare on the screen •Take a break every 15 minutes to focus on a distant object •Blink frequently. These tips will help you take care of your eye health!!
09-17-2017
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Sweet Reminder's Presents...The Supreme's! So much fun for 50's Day
09-14-2017
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50's Day Celebrations...Erika makes the best shakes! Lee won our Costume competition
09-14-2017
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Congratulations to our CNA, Isabel. She welcomed her granddaughter, Mylee, Wednesday morning at 9am
09-14-2017
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Let's celebrate 50's day! hope everyone can join us for all the fun. (please see flyer for details.)
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A while back Jackie and I joked about a hot pink cart, couldn't help but to make it a reality. So much fun to surprise her! Thank you to Erika, Rose and John, it was a team effort for sure to pull this off!
09-11-2017
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Weekend visit to Bickford...Mason and Margaret are having some serious conversations❤️
09-11-2017
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Unrecognized Needs
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Save the Date for next Sunday...Assisted Living Week Celebrations begin...No better way to start then by Celebrating Grandparent's Day !
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Labor Day Celebrations
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Hello September....lots going on in our Oswego Branch! Feel free to join in on the fun!
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Please help us Welcome our CNA, Juliana. A Note from Juliana: I am from Brazil and I have been living in USA for 8 years, I am married and I have been married for 7 years,also I have a 7 lbs Yorkshire named Cindy and yes she is treated like a kid :) I love to travel, to cook, to sing, to dance, to ... Read Full Post
Please help us Welcome our CNA, Juliana. A Note from Juliana: I am from Brazil and I have been living in USA for 8 years, I am married and I have been married for 7 years,also I have a 7 lbs Yorkshire named Cindy and yes she is treated like a kid :) I love to travel, to cook, to sing, to dance, to draw and take Photographs of anything ( I do a lot of picture work on my free time) and I love to learn new languages (I speak Portuguese, Spanish, English and a little Italian ) ! My dream is to adopt a child one day and give them the opportunity to have a family, I have 5 sisters and 7 brothers and all of my family lives in Brazil ! I love to make people smile and make them feel good about themselves; that is one reason I volunteer at a local shelter to help twice a month and decided to become a CNA
08-31-2017
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Balance is important for Seniors to prevent unsteadiness and falls. A great preventative is to do Balance training: You can do balance training anywhere you have a minute or two. Keeping your balance is important because a loss of balance due to unsteadiness can result in more falls which may cause ... Read Full Post
Balance is important for Seniors to prevent unsteadiness and falls. A great preventative is to do Balance training: You can do balance training anywhere you have a minute or two. Keeping your balance is important because a loss of balance due to unsteadiness can result in more falls which may cause serious injury. If you’re at home standing at the kitchen sink doing the dishes, an easy exercise to do is to put your weight on one foot while lifting the other foot and stand there for about 10 seconds. Then shift your weight to your other foot, lift the opposite foot and hold for 10 seconds. If you do a couple of sets of these a day, it will help to maintain your balance.
08-30-2017
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It was a good day for our Country ride & Ice cream trip.
08-30-2017
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Flashback Cinnema trip to Kendall 11 to see Smokie and the Bandit. We had lots of fun watching a fun classic movie.
08-30-2017
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A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make our Block Party a huge success.
08-30-2017
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Thank you to our wonderful friends at the Oswego Fire Department for coming out and making our event that much more special.
08-30-2017
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More Dunk Tank fun! Thank you to all of volunteers (Fabian, Francisco, Chief Mike Veseling, Simone & Peter) that got in the dunk tank to help us raise money for the 2017 Alzheimer's Walk.
08-30-2017
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More pictures of all the fun at our Family Block party.
08-30-2017
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Congratulations to our CNA Brittany and her husband Andy! She made such a beautiful bride.
08-30-2017
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Last year, we started a core improvement program to check in with our families monthly. As a team we focused not only on enriching happiness but making improvements together to better our branch for our residents and families. Our Annual Survey will be sent out next month, but I wanted to celebrate ... Read Full Post
Last year, we started a core improvement program to check in with our families monthly. As a team we focused not only on enriching happiness but making improvements together to better our branch for our residents and families. Our Annual Survey will be sent out next month, but I wanted to celebrate with the team they're August scores. We started at 74% July 2016 and we jumped to 94% for this August, of our families being happy. We are not perfect but Everyone gives 110% and when something doesn't turn out we try to come up with a solution together. The strength in our branch comes from our team and everyone brings something different. So proud of each and everyone of you! So blessed to have you caring for our residents❤️ Thank you to all of our families for participating and being a part of our Bickford Family **94 candles, I couldn't help it
08-29-2017
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Lovin' our Bickford Family Time..."When we have each other, we have everything "
08-29-2017
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Dunking Fundraiser for our 2017 Alzheimer's Walk. Our resident Lee was the first one to dunk me... She was honored to be the first to dunk me❤️.....so much fun!
08-29-2017
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2017 Family Block Party...Everyone had such a Blast!
08-29-2017
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Horse races with John
08-25-2017
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Introducing John Zurn : John has been a dedicated volunteer here at Bickford this summer. The residents love spending time with him, just as much as he loves being here. John grew up in upstate New York and is a graduate of Western Illinois University. He met his wife, Donna, at Western, and ... Read Full Post
Introducing John Zurn : John has been a dedicated volunteer here at Bickford this summer. The residents love spending time with him, just as much as he loves being here. John grew up in upstate New York and is a graduate of Western Illinois University. He met his wife, Donna, at Western, and they've been married for thirty four years. For most of his career John has worked as a teacher, but he has also served as a counselor at several sheltered workshops. He enjoys creative writing, reading, and hiking. Having recently moved to Yorkville, he now has the privilege to renew his sense of purpose by volunteering.
08-25-2017
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Key Benefits of Exercise for Seniors: Some of the key benefits of exercise for seniors are: •Improved healing and function – Regular exercise by seniors may decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal by 25%. Also, a healthy, strong body can better fight off infection and makes recovery from ... Read Full Post
Key Benefits of Exercise for Seniors: Some of the key benefits of exercise for seniors are: •Improved healing and function – Regular exercise by seniors may decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal by 25%. Also, a healthy, strong body can better fight off infection and makes recovery from illness or injury easier. •Prevention of disease or chronic conditions – According to the National Institute of Aging, exercising as a senior may delay or even prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few. •Increased balance and stability – Falls are the number one injury among seniors, and regular exercise can help prevent them. Falling leads to injuries like broken hips or other bones, and exercise is a key component to improve functional reach and balance. •Improved quality of life and increased life expectancy – New studies have found that seniors who exercise improve not only their physical fitness but experienced psychological benefits as well. Exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve the mood in general. The increased mobility that comes from regular, moderate exercise can help a senior maintain his or her independence if it is done on a long-term basis. Consistency is more important than intensity.
08-24-2017
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The rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, TMK Productions, Inc. , and Elmhurst College proudly announce the Premiere of : Too Soon to Forget Sunday, November 5th 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm Hamerschnidt Memorial Chapel Elmhurst College 190 S. Prospect Avenue Elmhurst, IL
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Howie is on the move again this week we stoped by Pig Dog Pub in Montgomery. We were definetly amazed by the place and of course the food. We had a great time making new memories and enjoying their delicious food. We will definetly go back again soon. Where did you go to lunch? I hope you enjoyed ... Read Full Post
Howie is on the move again this week we stoped by Pig Dog Pub in Montgomery. We were definetly amazed by the place and of course the food. We had a great time making new memories and enjoying their delicious food. We will definetly go back again soon. Where did you go to lunch? I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Have a great weekend everyone. — eating lunch at Pig Dog Pub.
08-21-2017
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Happy Rubber Duckie day! What better way to celebrate than to play the Floating Duck game and winning a few sweet prizes
08-21-2017
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Looks like our residents are having fun with some photo booth props. This is definetly a fun way to spend a Saturday morning in Mb's. Shout out to our BFM's Britney, Courtney and Christine for dressing up with our residents for these fun pictures. — feeling silly.
08-21-2017
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Please Help us Welcome our newest cna, Jocelyn! Note from Jocelyn : Hello! My name is Jocelyn Ruiz. I'm from Aurora, IL but moved to Yorkville at an early age. I'm currently 18 years young, and my birthday is October 12th. I recently graduated from Yorkville High School, but recieved my CNA through ... Read Full Post
Please Help us Welcome our newest cna, Jocelyn! Note from Jocelyn : Hello! My name is Jocelyn Ruiz. I'm from Aurora, IL but moved to Yorkville at an early age. I'm currently 18 years young, and my birthday is October 12th. I recently graduated from Yorkville High School, but recieved my CNA through a vocational school. I was in orchestra and played the viola. I want to continue to study music in college, but most importantly I plan on studying in nursing. I enjoy working with people, as well as caring for their needs. I pray that my future is bright. I take my work to heart and I'm happy that I am able to be a part of Bickford.
08-17-2017
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Our branch looked so lovely for western day. Thank you to our volunteers Annabelle & Tess for helping us decorate our branch.
08-10-2017
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Our Sing-along around the bonfire was fun and warm not to mention delicious with the home made banana bread. Thank you Bob for leading us in song with your guitar and harmonica.
08-10-2017
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Let's go wrangle us a horse! Congratulations to Sandy for being able to wrangle our cute horse!
08-10-2017
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Gold mining anyone? Congratulations to Eileen for finding the most gold nuggets in 20 seconds during our Gold Mining contest.
08-10-2017
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Watch out Target practice is in session. Congratulations to Ralph for being the closest to hit the target!
08-10-2017
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Western Day was a lot of fun. Congratulations to Dick Naden for winning the Best dressed Cowboy Contest!
08-10-2017
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How Can You Maintain a Healthy Diet? Nutritional needs vary from one person to another. However, some strategies can help everyone maintain a healthy diet. Focus on Nutrient-Rich Foods As you age, your caloric needs will probably decrease, while your nutrient needs stay the same or increase. Eating ... Read Full Post
How Can You Maintain a Healthy Diet? Nutritional needs vary from one person to another. However, some strategies can help everyone maintain a healthy diet. Focus on Nutrient-Rich Foods As you age, your caloric needs will probably decrease, while your nutrient needs stay the same or increase. Eating nutrient-rich foods will help you get the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats you need. Get most of your calories from nutrient-dense foods, such as: •vegetables and fruits •beans and lentils •nuts and seeds •whole grains •low-fat dairy •lean protein Limit foods that are high in calories, but low in nutrients. For example, save deep-fried foods, desserts, and sweetened beverages for the occasional treat. Your doctor may recommend avoiding junk food altogether. Eat Enough Fiber Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system. To avoid constipation and other problems, include fiber-rich foods at every meal. Soluble fiber is especially important for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Good sources of fiber include: •fruits and vegetables •beans and lentils •nuts and seeds •oats and oat bran •whole grains If you struggle to eat enough fiber, your doctor may recommend a fiber supplement, such as psyllium husk (Metamucil). Choose Healthier Convenience Foods If you find yourself relying on convenience foods, choose the healthiest options. For example, these foods can be easy to prepare and nutritious: •frozen or low-sodium canned vegetables •frozen unsweetened fruit or low-sugar canned fruit •precooked grilled turkey or rotisserie chicken •low-sodium canned soup or stews •bagged salad or coleslaw mix •instant oatmeal •steamer bags of veggies in either the produce or freezer sections of grocery stores Always check the labels on prepackaged foods. Choose options that contain less added sugar, saturated fat, and salt — and more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Consider Supplements You may find it hard to get some nutrients in your diet, especially if you have to avoid some foods. Ask your doctor if you should take a vitamin or mineral supplement, such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, or vitamin B-12. These specific vitamins are often poorly absorbed or not consumed enough by older Americans. Some supplements can interfere with certain medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects before starting a new supplement or medication. Stay Hydrated As you age, you may not notice when you’re thirsty. Make sure you’re drinking fluids on a regular basis. Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. You can also get some water from juice, tea, soup, or even water-rich fruits and vegetables. Stay Social When you can, eat with friends and family members. Social interaction can turn mealtimes into an enjoyable affair, rather than a chore you’d rather skip.
08-08-2017
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Wanted- Cowboys and Girls to join us for our Western Day Celebration
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They are always making something yummy in Mary bs....Fruit Jello Delight is the perfect treat for warm summer day
08-02-2017
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He Shoots...He Scores....way 2 go Jack!
08-02-2017
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Hello Everyone! We can hardly believe that it is August already. We look forward to having you join in on our happynings this month!
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Most older adults and seniors can safely perform stretches The great thing about stretching is that it can be fun and done almost anytime and any place. Elderly with upper body stiffness due to injury or surgery are encouraged to perform range of motion exercises with the affected body part at ... Read Full Post
Most older adults and seniors can safely perform stretches The great thing about stretching is that it can be fun and done almost anytime and any place. Elderly with upper body stiffness due to injury or surgery are encouraged to perform range of motion exercises with the affected body part at least three times per day. •Stretching can greatly help back pain •Stretching can improve your posture •Stretching is beneficial for arthritis When and how much should the elderly stretch? Generally elderly and seniors stretching should be done 2 to 3 days per week, performing each stretch 3 to 5 times with a 20 to 30 second hold. Try one or two stretches for each body region If you would like to increase your flexibility, stretches should be performed 4 to 5 days per week. Remember that it is important to warm-up before beginning an elderly flexibility exercise program. The warm-up is an excellent place to use your stretching exercises. General flexibility guidelines •Warm up before stretching •Don't bounce during stretching. •Don't hold your breath during a stretch. •Stretching should not cause pain, be gentle. •Don't combine turning and bending back exercises at the same time.To stretch the back relax in a chair by supporting yourself with your hands on your legs while leaning forward. •When performing knee bends, don't drop your buttock below the level of your knees.This places too much strain on your knees. Better to do shallow knee bends, keeping your feet apart and not locking the knees.Keep your back straight throughout the exercise. •Avoid pressing the head backward during head rolls which can damage the vertebrae in your neck.Move the head gently from side to side, never too quickly. Remember, elderly and seniors flexibility training will only show benefits if it is done regularly with the correct form and duration of stretch.
08-01-2017
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Howie is on the move this week we enjoyed dinner at Tuscan Tavern in Oswego. We had great conversation and delicious food. Where did you have dinner today? I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Have a great weekend everyone!
07-29-2017
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