Bickford of Peoria

Senior Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Peoria, 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 independent living, 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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The sounds of children's laughter and the dashing for eggs fill Bickford House inside and out today!
04-19-2014
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See you Saturday at 10AM!
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Today at 2PM, the ladies of Bickford will be enjoying a day of pampering at one of our favorite clothing shops here in Peoria - Four Seasons. Because of our special relationship with the Peoria shop, our residents will be enjoying an extra 20% off the costs of their purchases. Best of all - no ... Read Full Post
Today at 2PM, the ladies of Bickford will be enjoying a day of pampering at one of our favorite clothing shops here in Peoria - Four Seasons. Because of our special relationship with the Peoria shop, our residents will be enjoying an extra 20% off the costs of their purchases. Best of all - no driving! HOWIE - our "Happiness on Wheels Inspiring Exploration" van will be taking the ladies door to door making it a little bit easier to bring home that extra shopping bag!
04-18-2014
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Thank you to Home Bound Health Care for a wonderful Health Fair. We particularly appreciated the time you took to make sure all our residents mobility devices looked new again!
04-18-2014
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April 19th at 10AM is our Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring the kids and join in the fun!
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Join us this Thursday at 3PM in the Library as we make handcrafted bird feeders for the garden with the ladies from Sigma Kappa Sorority at Bradley University.
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Flyer for the Cottage Family Council Meeting on April 17. Looking forward to seeing everyone this week and next.
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We hope that you will get a chance to join us Thursday for our quarterly Family Council Meeting at Bickford House. Our Cottage Family Council will be next week at the same time.
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The Downton Abbey class was quite a success! August 13th - September 10th Bradley University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be back with a study group on Women War Correspondents. Call (309)677-2523 to sign up through Bradley's Continuing Education Department or ?s: ... Read Full Post
The Downton Abbey class was quite a success! August 13th - September 10th Bradley University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be back with a study group on Women War Correspondents. Call (309)677-2523 to sign up through Bradley's Continuing Education Department or ?s: lynette.steger@enrichinghappiness.com.
04-07-2014
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Ruby Zessin and Mary Hamilton enjoy the rainy afternoon - INSIDE - with cocktails, salsa, and chips to the sounds of Harry Connick Jr.
03-27-2014
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Where is your best friend from high school? Sometimes, the most remarkable reunions happen when you least expect them - residents Marilyn Hofer and Ruth Jackson shared school days, weddings, and today a pina colada at our afternoon cocktail party!
03-27-2014
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Proof that spring is finally here! The flower bulbs are blooming in the garden. Did you know that residents have multiple opportunities to garden here at Bickford of Peoria? A tilled garden, 3 levels of container gardens, raised beds, and even a "secret garden". When I shared this photo with Mrs. P ... Read Full Post
Proof that spring is finally here! The flower bulbs are blooming in the garden. Did you know that residents have multiple opportunities to garden here at Bickford of Peoria? A tilled garden, 3 levels of container gardens, raised beds, and even a "secret garden". When I shared this photo with Mrs. P here at the House she offered this poem from her school days: Tulips in the garden, Tulips in the Park, but the Tulips I like best of all are yours and mine in the dark.... Enjoy the day!
03-25-2014
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Bickford of Peoria congratulates our OLLI partners at Bradley University for receiving a second $1 million endowment grant for its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)! The Osher Foundation made the grant to Bradley’s OLLI in recognition of the ongoing excellence of the Institute's ... Read Full Post
Bickford of Peoria congratulates our OLLI partners at Bradley University for receiving a second $1 million endowment grant for its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)! The Osher Foundation made the grant to Bradley’s OLLI in recognition of the ongoing excellence of the Institute's programming and the unstinting commitment of its members. It cited the pioneering efforts and vision of the founders of the program saying they established a standard of excellence and a model of active member involvement. OLLI is an organization of more than 1000 Peoria-area residents, age 50 and over, who participate in educational travel, classes, lectures, special events, and study groups – including study groups at Bickford of Peoria.
03-21-2014
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Irish eyes are smiling and SINGING today at Bickford of Peoria!
03-17-2014
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I recently came across an article called "How Do You Want to Live?" Specifically, it was focused on how in retirement, we lose the daily camaraderie of the workplace - which can contribute to isolation and loneliness if we don't find other ways to connect with people. Activities at Bickford of ... Read Full Post
I recently came across an article called "How Do You Want to Live?" Specifically, it was focused on how in retirement, we lose the daily camaraderie of the workplace - which can contribute to isolation and loneliness if we don't find other ways to connect with people. Activities at Bickford of Peoria are more than something to do. Through their LifeSongs and our Resident Council, our resident's are an active part of creating new ways for all of us to contribute, to grow, to stay connected and maintain purpose as we age.
03-15-2014
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Northwestern University is pairing doctors-to-be with dementia patients in order to offer students a unique perspective on a disease they're likely to encounter during their careers. 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia - a number that could triple by 2050. This ... Read Full Post
Northwestern University is pairing doctors-to-be with dementia patients in order to offer students a unique perspective on a disease they're likely to encounter during their careers. 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia - a number that could triple by 2050. This program is erasing the stigma of Alzheimer's, giving patients a sense of purpose and chances to engage socially, as well as training a new generation of doctors to find new treatments.
03-15-2014
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Published in Nature Magazine this month: Researchers at Georgetown University School of Medicine have developed a blood test that can predict with 90% certainty whether a senior 70 years of age or older will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer's disease within the next few years. The test relies ... Read Full Post
Published in Nature Magazine this month: Researchers at Georgetown University School of Medicine have developed a blood test that can predict with 90% certainty whether a senior 70 years of age or older will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer's disease within the next few years. The test relies on levels of 10 lipids. Low levels of 10 blood fats can predict impending dementia symptoms with remarkable accuracy.
03-15-2014
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Another take away I discovered in the April Family Circle magazine was by psychiatrist Janet Taylor. She asked that the reader finish the following sentence: "Living a life of purpose means_____________." It reminded me of how it important it is for us at Bickford to really know our resident's ... Read Full Post
Another take away I discovered in the April Family Circle magazine was by psychiatrist Janet Taylor. She asked that the reader finish the following sentence: "Living a life of purpose means_____________." It reminded me of how it important it is for us at Bickford to really know our resident's LifeSong and to design activities that accent our residents unique interests and experiences.
03-12-2014
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The April 2014 Family Circle magazine arrived in the mail yesterday and inside was an article on pages 90-92 called "Senior Moments" by Gina Roberts-Grey that addressed how to handle difficult situations with aging loved ones. I was particularly pleased that she stressed treating family members ... Read Full Post
The April 2014 Family Circle magazine arrived in the mail yesterday and inside was an article on pages 90-92 called "Senior Moments" by Gina Roberts-Grey that addressed how to handle difficult situations with aging loved ones. I was particularly pleased that she stressed treating family members with dignity, keeping calm and clever in the face of any challenge, and avoiding burnout. These are all values that we hold dear here at Bickford. Feel free to contact Lynette Steger at: 309.689.5400 with any care questions you may have.
03-12-2014
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Goodness! Will it ever stop snowing in Central Illinois?Well, it's past the time for carols - but how about a sing-a-long of favorite summer songs on a snowy day? Add in some hot cocoa and you have the perfect afternoon.
03-12-2014
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It may be Girl Scout cookie time(and we do LOVE those Thin Mints), but at our cooking class this week it seemed like the perfect time to make peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal cookies from scratch!
03-05-2014
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Family planning a longer vacation? At Bickford of Peoria, we strive intently to care for your loved one just as we would for our own cherished family member - giving you peace of mind while away. It may be a short term stay, but we'll ensure that the person you love won't be short on happiness!
03-02-2014
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Had a recent hospital or skilled nursing stay? A little extra time to recuperate at Bickford of Peoria may be just the ticket to help you return home happy and safe.
03-02-2014
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Congratulations to Bickford of Peoria for placing in the top quartile of Bickford’s annual Enriching Happiness Survey! The Enriching Happiness Survey was created to give our Friends of the Family a chance to tell us what they like and what we need to improve on. After each survey, we transform ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Peoria for placing in the top quartile of Bickford’s annual Enriching Happiness Survey! The Enriching Happiness Survey was created to give our Friends of the Family a chance to tell us what they like and what we need to improve on. After each survey, we transform ourselves by working with our families to create an agenda to improve targeted areas together. Bickford focuses on "Top Box" scores to differentiate between happiness and satisfaction. On a typical 5-point satisfaction scale, this means calculating the percentage of those who say they're highly satisfied (5's) instead of showing the overall average score. We compare ourselves to the high standard of Top Box scores, so that we know that we have more than satisfied residents – we have residents whose happiness has been enriched. Congrats to Bickford of Peoria for enriching our residents happiness!
02-28-2014
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It may STILL be snowing outside - but a little bird told me that folks are "springing" into Bickford of Peoria this month! Welcome to our newest residents: Carol, Jerry, Dorothy, Lois, Sandra, and Marilyn!
02-27-2014
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After our dementia support meeting this month (where many of us wondered aloud about our predisposition to Alzheimer's given our family histories), I came across an article by WSJ writer Matthew Hutson that used a quote by technologist Emerson Pugh: "If the human brain were so simple that we could ... Read Full Post
After our dementia support meeting this month (where many of us wondered aloud about our predisposition to Alzheimer's given our family histories), I came across an article by WSJ writer Matthew Hutson that used a quote by technologist Emerson Pugh: "If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't." It is important to be reminded that DNA isn't destiny. Almost no traits are the expression of a single gene. Memories are rerecorded each time they're called up - so the self is what you make it.
02-20-2014
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Happy Valentine's Day!
02-13-2014
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Thank you to all the folks who came out this evening for our dementia support group meeting! We had wonderful attendance and learned so much from each other. Tom Shoemaker from OSF put on a fantastic program. Stay tuned for another educational event in April.
02-13-2014
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The Olympics are in full swing in Sochi and we're cheering on our own athletes here at Bickford Cottage! We just completed a month of activities that included the accomplishments of both Elvis and Martin Luther King Jr. - and this week, The Beatles 50th anniversary and Valentine's Day.
02-12-2014
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Please join us next Thursday for our February Education Event at 6PM in the Bickford House Library. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tom Shoemaker MSW will be presenting "Managing the Behaviors of Persons with Dementia". This event is free and open to the general public. As THE leader in Memory ... Read Full Post
Please join us next Thursday for our February Education Event at 6PM in the Bickford House Library. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tom Shoemaker MSW will be presenting "Managing the Behaviors of Persons with Dementia". This event is free and open to the general public. As THE leader in Memory Care here in Peoria, we hope that you will utilize our resources regardless of where your family is in the process of exploring senior care. For the complete details, please click on the pdf link.
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As a vital part of the Bickford family, our full time, non-denominational chaplains lead regular church services, engaging Bible studies and small group meetings. Currently, church services are held at 1PM Sunday on the Garden Level and Bible Study is at 6:15PM in front of the main fireplace.
02-02-2014
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It is important to Bickford that we meet our resident's spiritual needs. On Wednesday mornings, a Catholic Mass is held in the Garden Level Chapel. This is permanent sanctuary that contains beautiful items donated from the downtown Peoria Cathedral. All residents in the House are encouraged to ... Read Full Post
It is important to Bickford that we meet our resident's spiritual needs. On Wednesday mornings, a Catholic Mass is held in the Garden Level Chapel. This is permanent sanctuary that contains beautiful items donated from the downtown Peoria Cathedral. All residents in the House are encouraged to attend the coffee hour after Mass.
02-02-2014
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Resident families are an active part of our community. The latest gifts have been additions to our library. Check out the newest science fiction books this week: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Both books have been donated as LARGE PRINT ... Read Full Post
Resident families are an active part of our community. The latest gifts have been additions to our library. Check out the newest science fiction books this week: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Both books have been donated as LARGE PRINT editions.
01-25-2014
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Although guests are always welcome to stay the night with their friends and family at Bickford, sometimes our visitors travel great distances and would like a temporary space of their own in Peoria. Thanks to Sara Simpson, one of our resident's family members and the Director of Sales at Staybridge ... Read Full Post
Although guests are always welcome to stay the night with their friends and family at Bickford, sometimes our visitors travel great distances and would like a temporary space of their own in Peoria. Thanks to Sara Simpson, one of our resident's family members and the Director of Sales at Staybridge Suites - a special rate has been established at the hotel. Ask for the Bickford Senior Living Rate at: (309) 673-7829 or online at: StaybridgeSuites.com/peoriadtnil
01-21-2014
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Our Downton Abbey study group through Bradley University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI) is full! Please sign up on the waiting list, so that OLLI can determine the interest in repeating the class. Looking forward to seeing those in attendance on March 3rd!
01-21-2014
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Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey Bradley University OLLI Study Group at Bickford March 3rd to April 17th 9:00 am to 11:15 am Cost is $45 payable at the time of registration. Five spots will be reserved for Bickford residents until Monday, February 17!* *If those spots are not filled by Bickford ... Read Full Post
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey Bradley University OLLI Study Group at Bickford March 3rd to April 17th 9:00 am to 11:15 am Cost is $45 payable at the time of registration. Five spots will be reserved for Bickford residents until Monday, February 17!* *If those spots are not filled by Bickford residents, they will be available to OLLI members. Registration for the spring will be open online or by phone (677-3900) at 2pm on January 15, 2014.
01-18-2014
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We look forward to seeing you next Monday!
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Alzheimer's affects more than five million Americans. So there was quite a bit of buzz last week when a Veteran's Affairs study claiming that Vitamin E can slow Alzheimer's decline was met with skepticism by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Concensus in the medical community ... Read Full Post
Alzheimer's affects more than five million Americans. So there was quite a bit of buzz last week when a Veteran's Affairs study claiming that Vitamin E can slow Alzheimer's decline was met with skepticism by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Concensus in the medical community encouraged those worried about developing the disease to exercise and eat healthy foods rather than take supplements. At Bickford of Peoria we are committed to a healthy lifestyle for all our seniors. Exercise programs are conducted twice a day, along with healthy made-from-scratch meals.
01-06-2014
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Happy New Year! Congratulations to the winners of our Holiday Elf Game - we hope that you are warm and toasty this winter season. Thank you Margaret Clement and her daughter Sophie for donating their prize to another deserving resident here at Bickford House. Other winners were: Karen Ramp & her ... Read Full Post
Happy New Year! Congratulations to the winners of our Holiday Elf Game - we hope that you are warm and toasty this winter season. Thank you Margaret Clement and her daughter Sophie for donating their prize to another deserving resident here at Bickford House. Other winners were: Karen Ramp & her son Dakota, and Bickford House members - Brigid Kelley, Roy Pollock, and Sandra Strappe!
01-01-2014
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Not to late to send in your answers to our Holiday Elf Game! Players have until Friday at 5PM. I've been getting emails this morning from folks all over Illinois. Will yours be the first email from out-of-state?
12-24-2013
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Day 7: Elf magic helps Merry curl up high next to the fireplace. Cats and dogs can curl up next to their owners at Bickford of Peoria for pets are members of our family too! Where Could Merry Be? P.S. Christmas Eve is our last day of this Holiday Game! Email your seven room guesses to ... Read Full Post
Day 7: Elf magic helps Merry curl up high next to the fireplace. Cats and dogs can curl up next to their owners at Bickford of Peoria for pets are members of our family too! Where Could Merry Be? P.S. Christmas Eve is our last day of this Holiday Game! Email your seven room guesses to lynette.steger@enrichinghappiness.com by December 27th for a chance to win one winter blanket from Land's End and give another one to a resident here. Winners will be contacted by email for their shipping address or they make pick up their blanket here at Bickford of Peoria. Residents' blankets will be delivered peronally and will be chosen by our email winners. All winners will be congratulated on the blog.
12-23-2013
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Day 6: Merry likes that many special people and certified caregivers at Bickford help her with personalized care, maintenance, transportation, and activities. If Merry wants to spend time in this room with her friends at Bickford of Peoria she can, but she can also have assistance - since wet ... Read Full Post
Day 6: Merry likes that many special people and certified caregivers at Bickford help her with personalized care, maintenance, transportation, and activities. If Merry wants to spend time in this room with her friends at Bickford of Peoria she can, but she can also have assistance - since wet things can be heavy for a little elf. Where Could Merry Be?
12-23-2013
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Day 5: Merry loves to play with the children that come to visit and stay with their grandparents at Bickford. In this room of Bickford House, Merry can play in a space just her size. There's a pool table, puzzle area, and a large screen for movies! Where Could Merry Be?
12-20-2013
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Day 4: Merry likes to socialize! In this room, her friends from Bradley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute meet for study groups! Shelves and shelves of Large-print books and audio/visual materials can be requested and checked out. Plus clubs, crafts, and a HUGE public kitchen. Where Could Merry ... Read Full Post
Day 4: Merry likes to socialize! In this room, her friends from Bradley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute meet for study groups! Shelves and shelves of Large-print books and audio/visual materials can be requested and checked out. Plus clubs, crafts, and a HUGE public kitchen. Where Could Merry Be?
12-20-2013
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Day 3: A whirl, a soak, and a bubble - sounds Merry can hear in this room. After a long day up and about with her friends at Bickford House, Merry likes to take it easy in this room. She particularly likes that there is a "special sliding door" that allows her to climb in without a risk of falling. ... Read Full Post
Day 3: A whirl, a soak, and a bubble - sounds Merry can hear in this room. After a long day up and about with her friends at Bickford House, Merry likes to take it easy in this room. She particularly likes that there is a "special sliding door" that allows her to climb in without a risk of falling. Where Can Merry Be?
12-20-2013
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Day 2: How do you think Merry keeps her legs looking this good? Well, in this room at Bickford House she has MANY choices to keep her body and spirit in shape. Where Could Merry Be?
12-18-2013
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Let's begin our holiday game! Grab a piece of paper and number a list from 1 to 7. For the next seven days Merry will be somewhere in Bickford House. Today, she started out the morning in a place we call the "The Bread Basket". She had the best apple muffins made from scratch! Where Could Merry Be? ... Read Full Post
Let's begin our holiday game! Grab a piece of paper and number a list from 1 to 7. For the next seven days Merry will be somewhere in Bickford House. Today, she started out the morning in a place we call the "The Bread Basket". She had the best apple muffins made from scratch! Where Could Merry Be?
12-18-2013
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Family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will always love and be loved for the rest of your life no matter what. (Artist: Michael Macone)
12-16-2013
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What a joyous day listening to the music of harpist and pianist Val Springborn during our Holiday Party! Thank you to all the families who filled this House with carols and love!
12-15-2013
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Watch for a little fun (“elf-size” to be exact)starting Wednesday, December 18th at Bickford of Peoria! Details in the attached flyer.
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