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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Sally and Jan are preparing some sweet treats while Roger's on stand-by for samples!
01-20-2015
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Jan, Dell, and Ethel enjoy the festive centerpieces the K-1st graders from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria made for us!
01-13-2015
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Peoria was shut down by below zero temperatures last week. Schools and businesses were closed. We decided to see if we could conjure up a warmer climate with an impromptu Southwestern Party! Sure, the virgin margaritas were cold, the Latin music was cool, but the atmosphere was sizzlin'!
01-12-2015
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Peoria was shut down by below zero temperatures last week. Schools and businesses were closed. We decided to see if we could conjure up a warmer climate with an impromptu Southwestern Party! Sure, the virgin margaritas were cold, the Latin music was cool, but the atmosphere was sizzlin'!
01-12-2015
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Things are happening at Bickford of Peoria and we are excited about the New Year! After your visit with your family this Holiday Season you may realize that your loved one is needing more help than you thought. Bickford of Peoria is here to guide you and help you decide what is best for your ... Read Full Post
Things are happening at Bickford of Peoria and we are excited about the New Year! After your visit with your family this Holiday Season you may realize that your loved one is needing more help than you thought. Bickford of Peoria is here to guide you and help you decide what is best for your family! It is a great time to start planning for the safety and happiness of your loved one. Winter is a time of new beginnings and joy but can also be very scary and lonely for people living on their own at home. Call Carolyn DuBois at 309-689-5400 to learn more about your options. Happy New Year from the Bickford Family Members!
01-09-2015
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Onyx is long enough to get his back scratched and his head petted at the same time! What a hard working dog!
01-07-2015
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Our therapy dog, Onyx, visited today. Not only do we get lots of love, licks, and a trick or two from this pup, but he's a catalyst (...or maybe I should say "dog"-alyst...) for remembering and sharing pet related stories.
01-07-2015
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See what's happening in 2015!
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2015! Happy New Year's everybody!
12-30-2014
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Harper Valley PTA!
12-30-2014
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Happy New Year's!
12-30-2014
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One of the games we're playing for New Year's is matching our (resident's and staff's) baby pictures with the correct name. We 'old' babies are welcoming the New Year Baby! Here, three folks ponder the possibilities....
12-30-2014
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We enjoyed a steady stream of family and guests at our Holiday Party this Saturday!
12-22-2014
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Holiday Party Pics!
12-22-2014
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The Holiday Party was just getting started--friends arriving, music starting....
12-22-2014
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Mary and Sally by the gorgeous orchids at Luthy!
12-19-2014
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Wanda and Ruth investigated the Christmas trees displayed among the tropical plants at Luthy Botanical Gardens.
12-19-2014
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A beautiful shot of Lois at Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show!
12-19-2014
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Ready to roll! A snapshot from our last visit to the Wheels Of Time museum!
12-16-2014
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More cuties in action!
12-16-2014
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The Northmoor Elementary School Choir is EVERYONE'S favorite Holiday singing group! Always energetic, always cute, and always GREAT! Their teacher has been recognized by the school district for an unrivaled program. We are so very fortunate to be able to host them!
12-16-2014
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Check out our December newsletter!
Check out the PDF 12-01-2014
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Come join us!
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There are times here at Peoria Bickford House, that I get so engrossed and absorbed in the things we're doing, I don't think to capture the moment until it's over. The past two weeks we've done some wonderful things. One of the highlights was Show n Tell for Grownups. It was amazing! About twenty ... Read Full Post
There are times here at Peoria Bickford House, that I get so engrossed and absorbed in the things we're doing, I don't think to capture the moment until it's over. The past two weeks we've done some wonderful things. One of the highlights was Show n Tell for Grownups. It was amazing! About twenty of our residents gathered in a circle and shared stories and objects from their lives--fascinating tales of immigrants, pioneers, and shenanigans. Another highlight was the teddy bear program we were involved with and I did snap a shot of our Bear Tea & Craft. We had over 36 teddy bears that were dressed (families and residents made the outfits) and donated to Salvation Army's Toys for Tots program. This picture shows the finished bears and most of the proud participants.
12-01-2014
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Today's Shopper's Showcase made many of our folks happy consumers today! We had six vendors and delicious treats. I think some stockings may be over-stuffed this year!
11-14-2014
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A couple of grandkids where in the Richwoods High School marching band.
11-12-2014
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Some of our gang were excited to see friends on the VFW float.
11-12-2014
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Cold and damp is not ideal parade weather! But that was the grey, overcast reality that welcomed the Veteran's Day parade goers in Peoria. Our Bickford House group, though, was warm and snug inside our bus, Howie! We had front row seats, too. Riverside Church allows us to park in their lot which is ... Read Full Post
Cold and damp is not ideal parade weather! But that was the grey, overcast reality that welcomed the Veteran's Day parade goers in Peoria. Our Bickford House group, though, was warm and snug inside our bus, Howie! We had front row seats, too. Riverside Church allows us to park in their lot which is right along the parade route!
11-12-2014
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Can you imagine the topic of outhouses engaging a group of 30 or more cultured, educated adults? Well, it did! Vanishing Architectural Specialist, Frank Hubbel had us learning, remembering, and, definitely, laughing during his privy presentation! Complete with a slideshow and much memorabilia, his ... Read Full Post
Can you imagine the topic of outhouses engaging a group of 30 or more cultured, educated adults? Well, it did! Vanishing Architectural Specialist, Frank Hubbel had us learning, remembering, and, definitely, laughing during his privy presentation! Complete with a slideshow and much memorabilia, his show got folks sharing stories and going on a virtual, historic tour of America via the outhouse. If you have a chance to see him, don't miss it!
11-10-2014
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Privy Presentation by Vanishing Architectural Specialist, Frank Hubbell.
11-10-2014
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Someone told me recently that their Holiday goal was to get all their shopping done by Thanksgiving. How?!? It seems impossible! Of course, I wasn't thinking of things like our upcoming Shopper's Showcase. If a person has access to a temporary mini-mall in their own home, it makes accomplishing ... Read Full Post
Someone told me recently that their Holiday goal was to get all their shopping done by Thanksgiving. How?!? It seems impossible! Of course, I wasn't thinking of things like our upcoming Shopper's Showcase. If a person has access to a temporary mini-mall in their own home, it makes accomplishing such a goal much easier! Join us next Friday and see what our vendors have on display!
Check out the PDF 11-06-2014
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Folks around here are getting pretty excited about tomorrow's open house! It's got all the elements of a fantastic time--great music, delicious food, and opportunities to make new friends! I hope you're already planning on joining us. Pop by for a dessert and a song!
11-05-2014
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How many hams can you fit under one hat? Betty and Mary hammed it up at the Halloween Party. Between the kids that visited and our resident comedians, there was no shortage of smiles and shenanigans! It's good to know that as the days get colder and shorter, there's still plenty of warmth and light ... Read Full Post
How many hams can you fit under one hat? Betty and Mary hammed it up at the Halloween Party. Between the kids that visited and our resident comedians, there was no shortage of smiles and shenanigans! It's good to know that as the days get colder and shorter, there's still plenty of warmth and light inside Bickford House!
11-03-2014
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Our Halloween Party was so much fun! Little costumed dervishes whirled about and kept us all laughing!
11-03-2014
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November Newsletter & Activity Calendar!
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The Peoria area has several wonderful, seasonal Orchards that have become synonymous with Autumn. We made sure we visited all of them this month! Today was the last day for our October Tour of Orchards.
10-27-2014
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More Hoop-la pictures! So much fun!
10-27-2014
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Bickford House of Peoria's discovered a brand new way to exercise--Hooping! Our friend, Nellie Livengood, visited and shared her passion for using a hula hoop (specially weighted and designed vs the kind you might have used as a kid)for a workout. Almost everyone joined in and gave it a try!
10-27-2014
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Resident at the Peoria Bickford Cottage enjoyed a visit this morning from Sara, the dog, and her owner, Kim, who come on the first Thursday of each month to see us! Sara is a therapy dog and she and her Mom volunteer through the Peoria Humane Society. Sara brings many smiles to our residents when ... Read Full Post
Resident at the Peoria Bickford Cottage enjoyed a visit this morning from Sara, the dog, and her owner, Kim, who come on the first Thursday of each month to see us! Sara is a therapy dog and she and her Mom volunteer through the Peoria Humane Society. Sara brings many smiles to our residents when she shows them her various tricks and graciously goes around to meet everyone.
10-02-2014
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Bickford-Mary B's: Coming in October...A new Red Hats Society Club is being formed at the Peoria Bickford Cottage! We are in the process of decorating our new red hats and will hold our first Red Hats Social in October! Pictures of charter members will be forthcoming!
09-17-2014
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Coming Soon! Dress A Bear – a craft project for the Salvation Army Toys for Tots! Bickford House has received a case of Teddy Bears to dress and give back to the Salvation Army for their Toys for Tots Program. Residents, along with any of their family members that wish to participate, may ... Read Full Post
Coming Soon! Dress A Bear – a craft project for the Salvation Army Toys for Tots! Bickford House has received a case of Teddy Bears to dress and give back to the Salvation Army for their Toys for Tots Program. Residents, along with any of their family members that wish to participate, may ‘foster’ a bear in order to clothe it, make it cute and ready for ‘adoption’. Outfits may be made by hand or the bears will fit into preemie baby clothes. This is an opportunity help spread Holiday Cheer! More details to follow!
09-16-2014
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Tomorrow is 50's Day and our friend, Ruth J, had a great idea! We were finishing up our Afternoon Exercises the other day, when Ruth shared that dancing at the famous, Hub Ballroom was how she had stayed fit in the past. That statement started everyone reminiscing about the dancing and the music at ... Read Full Post
Tomorrow is 50's Day and our friend, Ruth J, had a great idea! We were finishing up our Afternoon Exercises the other day, when Ruth shared that dancing at the famous, Hub Ballroom was how she had stayed fit in the past. That statement started everyone reminiscing about the dancing and the music at the Hub. So, we decided, there's no better way to celebrate the 50's and all those wonderful memories than to have a sock hop instead of our usual exercise class! I can't wait to see the moves everyone has....I just hope I can keep up!
09-15-2014
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Check out our September calendar!
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Peoria Independent and Assisted Living
08-27-2014
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As people age, it becomes a challenge to shop for groceries and prepare meals. If your family member lives alone, the idea of cooking can become daunting. Bickford Senior Living provides three meals a day and offers a variety of menu choices. This is good news because you know that your loved one ... Read Full Post
As people age, it becomes a challenge to shop for groceries and prepare meals. If your family member lives alone, the idea of cooking can become daunting. Bickford Senior Living provides three meals a day and offers a variety of menu choices. This is good news because you know that your loved one is eating well. Mealtime also provides another opportunity to socialize and enjoy each other's company.
08-22-2014
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Everyone's got a song and a story to share! There's something really great going on here at Bickford of Peoria. We've found the perfect medium to share our stories with each other. It all started with The Bickford Press, a monthly newsletter published "by and for the residents". Editor, Roy ... Read Full Post
Everyone's got a song and a story to share! There's something really great going on here at Bickford of Peoria. We've found the perfect medium to share our stories with each other. It all started with The Bickford Press, a monthly newsletter published "by and for the residents". Editor, Roy Pollock, is open to any and all submission. However, we've discovered that some stories really need more than a couple of columns to do them justice! Thus, folks are compiling their stories, passing them out to everyone, and then meeting for discussion. The first story is about the area mining history, written by Gladys Phileschefsky. A multi-media presentation is in the works!
08-22-2014
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Our Chef Kevin, demonstrates his talents!
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Check out the photo from a recent game night with Richwoods Christian Church. A couple of our friends, Mel and Rose, were instrumental in founding this church. They took it from a handful of people meeting in their basement, to a vibrant church with hundreds of members. It's truly a privilege to ... Read Full Post
Check out the photo from a recent game night with Richwoods Christian Church. A couple of our friends, Mel and Rose, were instrumental in founding this church. They took it from a handful of people meeting in their basement, to a vibrant church with hundreds of members. It's truly a privilege to get to spend my days with folks who have made such significant and positive contributions to our community!
08-11-2014
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The Cub Scouts are coming! Get ready for energy and exuberance this evening as the boys from the Dunlap troop come by. I've been witness to a few highly competitive games of Uno during their last few visits, so the more 'laid back' among us may want to stick to Monopoly or Clue. This is a great ... Read Full Post
The Cub Scouts are coming! Get ready for energy and exuberance this evening as the boys from the Dunlap troop come by. I've been witness to a few highly competitive games of Uno during their last few visits, so the more 'laid back' among us may want to stick to Monopoly or Clue. This is a great time to teach a new generation games like Rook and Canasta and the Scouts may just demonstrate the finer points of new computer games like Minecraft!
08-08-2014
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