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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Volunteers?If you have a talent or just time to share,stop by or give us call our residents love volunteers.Please let us know what you would like to do call Bruce and set up a time. Enriching our residents lives is a daily way of life at Bickford Cottage.
08-28-2015
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As we're getting ready for our Bickford Art Show at the end of the month, check out this video on the benefits of art therapy for people with Alzheimer's. And, then, join us at the art show and see the amazing work all our residents (and some of their families) have created! ... Read Full Post
As we're getting ready for our Bickford Art Show at the end of the month, check out this video on the benefits of art therapy for people with Alzheimer's. And, then, join us at the art show and see the amazing work all our residents (and some of their families) have created! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54AtoQVGfwU#action=share
08-28-2015
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September Activities!
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A beautiful trip to the Luthy Botanical Gardens.
08-27-2015
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One of the best things about Luthy Botanical Gardens, is the strategically placed seating through-out the area. There's always a spot to rest and bask in the beauty!
08-27-2015
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If you peek through the foliage, you can see the group taking a break in the Luthy gazebo.
08-27-2015
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Friday was the perfect day for a trip to Luthy Botanical Gardens. The weather was just right! Wayne enjoyed the fountain.
08-27-2015
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Folks are literally on the edge of their seats, listening as they share life stories with one another. Thank you to the Peoria Public Library for bringing The Story Seekers program to us!
08-21-2015
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Shown here are some of our residents and their families, listening with rapt attention as stories are shared during our Story Seekers program. The program is brought to us via The Peoria Public Library.
08-21-2015
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Fabulous Week at Mary B's,filled with excitement,and birthday parties,also found the time in our busy schedule to take a wonderful field trip.Driving along the Illinois river in are incredible luxurious bus was breath taken.Come take a tour today you will understand that enriching happiness is a ... Read Full Post
Fabulous Week at Mary B's,filled with excitement,and birthday parties,also found the time in our busy schedule to take a wonderful field trip.Driving along the Illinois river in are incredible luxurious bus was breath taken.Come take a tour today you will understand that enriching happiness is a daily way of life at bickford cottage
08-21-2015
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Behind the "crime scene tape" are some of the clues from Friday's Murder Mystery Game! Residents took on the roles of various characters and spent the morning investigating clues spread through-out the building and interrogating each other. We came together in the afternoon to identify the ... Read Full Post
Behind the "crime scene tape" are some of the clues from Friday's Murder Mystery Game! Residents took on the roles of various characters and spent the morning investigating clues spread through-out the building and interrogating each other. We came together in the afternoon to identify the murderer---only one person correctly identified the killer. The stellar sleuth may be hanging out her P.I. shingle soon!
08-20-2015
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What A great Day at Mary B's Cottage from Exercise To Dominoes, and also Root Beer Floats.What a Beautiful Day in are court yard enriching happiness is a daily way of life here at the Cottage!
08-14-2015
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We have had a great week here at Mary B's Cottage, our Residents have enjoyed a visit from Luke, Luke is a Great Dane that was rescued from the Human Society here in Peoria. On Monday the Residents made Puppy Chow, they really enjoyed this and it was delicious and then on Wednesday they made fruit ... Read Full Post
We have had a great week here at Mary B's Cottage, our Residents have enjoyed a visit from Luke, Luke is a Great Dane that was rescued from the Human Society here in Peoria. On Monday the Residents made Puppy Chow, they really enjoyed this and it was delicious and then on Wednesday they made fruit pizza, which was a BIG hit. Our garden is growing and we should be able to pick tomatoes with in the next few days and plan to make homemade salsa.
08-05-2015
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August!
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Things happen around here that fill my heart with joy. Last night a bunch of us-- residents, some of their family members, and I-- went out to dinner. It was a big group. Though ultimately enjoyable, dinner out can be a challenge, reading and understanding the menus, processing the surrounding ... Read Full Post
Things happen around here that fill my heart with joy. Last night a bunch of us-- residents, some of their family members, and I-- went out to dinner. It was a big group. Though ultimately enjoyable, dinner out can be a challenge, reading and understanding the menus, processing the surrounding bustle, remembering what was ordered. I know our residents and I'm used to orchestrating the night and positioning myself in such a way as to be easily accessible to the folks who will need me the most. Last night, I got pulled in a few unexpected directions and by the time I got to a particular resident that usually needs much assistance, I was greeted by a beautiful sight. Another resident, Jim, was seated beside her and guiding her through the menu. There was such a look of calm and security on the woman's face. As the evening went on, this normally quite and anxious resident enjoyed sharing more about her life with the group than I've ever heard her share. When we left, I noticed Jim was standing taller and moving more smoothly than when we'd come in. To see how much our residents help each other and genuinely care for one another moves me. And to be able to provide opportunities for them to act on these higher emotions makes me love my job!
07-30-2015
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Sometimes I am simply awed by the caliber of some of the performers who share their time with our residents. The other day Janet Kaizer, former Bradley University music professor, and her daughter, Larraine, professional Las Vegas violinist, visited. So beautiful!
07-24-2015
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Getting our "Little Italy" ready for Italian Day! Yummy food!
07-24-2015
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Summer has arrived here in Central Illinois. The heat idex is over 90's. If you are concerned about a loved one in the extreme temperatures, please give us call. Bickford Cottage and Bickford House both offer Respite stays and Long term stays. We are here to help, give us a call or stop by for a ... Read Full Post
Summer has arrived here in Central Illinois. The heat idex is over 90's. If you are concerned about a loved one in the extreme temperatures, please give us call. Bickford Cottage and Bickford House both offer Respite stays and Long term stays. We are here to help, give us a call or stop by for a tour.
07-14-2015
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Beautifully said....
07-10-2015
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What a busy week at the Cottage. We enjoyed live music by Dennis Stremmel. Cooled off with an Ice Cream Social. We baked fresh banana bread; the aroma went thru the entire bringing back wonderful memories. We enjoyed a visit from fur-baby Slinky, his visit enriched all the Bickford Family Members ... Read Full Post
What a busy week at the Cottage. We enjoyed live music by Dennis Stremmel. Cooled off with an Ice Cream Social. We baked fresh banana bread; the aroma went thru the entire bringing back wonderful memories. We enjoyed a visit from fur-baby Slinky, his visit enriched all the Bickford Family Members day.
07-10-2015
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3 Cool Cats at the parade.....
07-07-2015
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....of course Mary knows everyone! The marchers stopped to great her!
07-07-2015
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The West Peoria 4th of July Parade! There truly isn't a better parade in all Central Illinois!
07-07-2015
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...at Mary B's
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Hope to see you there!
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July!
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June 21 was an amazing day at Mary B's for all of our Father's here at the cottage. We celebrated by fishing in the courtyard and all enjoyed the snacks and non-alcoholic beer provided. The memories we made that day will be cherished for years to come as I look back and see all the smiles on all ... Read Full Post
June 21 was an amazing day at Mary B's for all of our Father's here at the cottage. We celebrated by fishing in the courtyard and all enjoyed the snacks and non-alcoholic beer provided. The memories we made that day will be cherished for years to come as I look back and see all the smiles on all our guys faces that sunny day in June. Thank you for sharing your "Dad"s" with us , as we continue to grow as a family and love them as we age in place here on Willow Knolls Road.
06-26-2015
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https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers ADEAR maintains information on Alzheimer’s disease research, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and federal government programs and resources. AD Lib, ADEAR 's literature database, has nearly 8,500 materials related to Alzheimer's disease that includes fact ... Read Full Post
https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers ADEAR maintains information on Alzheimer’s disease research, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and federal government programs and resources. AD Lib, ADEAR 's literature database, has nearly 8,500 materials related to Alzheimer's disease that includes fact sheets, textbook chapters, journal articles, brochures, teaching manuals, directories, videos and other media, bibliographies, program descriptions, monographs, newsletters and reports.
06-25-2015
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Check out the educational opportunity we're hosting with the Peoria Public Library!
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Kind words do not cost much ..Yet they accomplish much. I think of those words when crossing the front door of the Mary B's memory unit. We must not only give what we have, we must give what we are when no one else is looking. To be a part of a team who cares for individuals with dementia and ... Read Full Post
Kind words do not cost much ..Yet they accomplish much. I think of those words when crossing the front door of the Mary B's memory unit. We must not only give what we have, we must give what we are when no one else is looking. To be a part of a team who cares for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's those are our proudest moments. To whisper kind words, to hold hands, to sing sweet songs, to dance, to be silly, to cry, in the midst of our grief when no one else is watching..... Bickford Mary B's employees, angels among us caring for your loved ones...
06-22-2015
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Happy Father's Day! We saw so many smiles today as families arrived to share breakfast with their special Dads/Grandpas!
06-22-2015
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Breakfast starts here! Our Dads & their guests enjoyed delicious cinnamon rolls from local favorite, Trefzger's Bakery while our own Chef Aaron prepared succulent breakfast fare!
06-22-2015
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Some of the gang by the gazebo at Princeville Heritage Days Festival!
06-22-2015
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Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits our home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much ... Read Full Post
Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits our home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much happiness and smiles to our Bickford families members.
06-19-2015
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Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits our home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much ... Read Full Post
Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits our home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much happiness and smiles to our Bickford families members.
06-19-2015
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Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits out home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much ... Read Full Post
Residents at Peoria's Mary B enjoyed a visit from Bow, the therapy dog. Bow is one of the many four legged fur-babies who visits out home on a regular basis. Bow and his owner come to us through the Peoria Humane Society. We appreciate our relationship with the Humane Society, this adds so much happiness and smiles to our Bickford families members.
06-19-2015
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June Newsletter.
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PAM'S POINT OF VIEW: What is your passion? Bickford Senior Living is my new passion. I have always loved senior citizens, but to love being in sales and marketing a home you have to love and believe in your product.I'm proud to be a part of the purpose and value in which Bickford of Peoria is ... Read Full Post
PAM'S POINT OF VIEW: What is your passion? Bickford Senior Living is my new passion. I have always loved senior citizens, but to love being in sales and marketing a home you have to love and believe in your product.I'm proud to be a part of the purpose and value in which Bickford of Peoria is growing towards and the impact we have on the lives of the residents who reside here. We can make a difference ,we can enrich lives, that is our purpose. Regardless of what you are earning or achieving, if it's not what you enjoy, and doesn't give you a deep sense of meaning and personal satisfaction, you aren't truly full filling your purpose or passion.Go with what brings satisfaction to your heart. The rewards will be just what you have desired.
05-14-2015
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Wow! I never knew 5th graders could sound so good! The band & choir from Monroe Middle School visited us yesterday and they were wonderful! They truly sounded like polished musicians. Kudos to their teacher and a huge thank you!
05-14-2015
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Last Friday, The Brunch Club went to the East Peoria Steak N Shake which is right on the river across from downtown Peoria. The view was grand! Sandy shared a great story about the restaurant. It used to operate as a drive-in for boaters. On any given summer Saturday back in the '60's, she and her ... Read Full Post
Last Friday, The Brunch Club went to the East Peoria Steak N Shake which is right on the river across from downtown Peoria. The view was grand! Sandy shared a great story about the restaurant. It used to operate as a drive-in for boaters. On any given summer Saturday back in the '60's, she and her husband would hop in their motorboat, cruise up and down the river, and then pull up to Steak N Shake for dinner. They didn't even have to get out of the boat! So, while the land lovers of Peoria were cruising the Main/University strip in their Mustangs and Cougars and hitting the drive-in on the hill, there was a whole different aquatic set doing their version of the same thing.
05-14-2015
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At The Forrest Park Nature Preserve, we also got to check out the displays and reptiles.
05-05-2015
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Last week's "Strollers Club on the Road" destination was Forrest Park Nature Preserve. Every other Friday, we pick a spot to walk and enjoy the outdoors. We've been to the Riverfront and Glen Oak Park, so far.
05-05-2015
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Yesterday we enjoyed a performance by the Peoria Christian Middle Schoolers. Each year they visit, spruce up our patios, plant some gorgeous flowers, and then put on a show!
04-29-2015
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See what's in store for May!
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Welcome Pam Kelly to the Bickford of Peoria! I am so excited to be here and help people find the best home for their loved one. I would love to meet you and help your family! We currently have an opening in Memory Care at our Bickford Cottage! Call me today for more information. I am here to help! ... Read Full Post
Welcome Pam Kelly to the Bickford of Peoria! I am so excited to be here and help people find the best home for their loved one. I would love to meet you and help your family! We currently have an opening in Memory Care at our Bickford Cottage! Call me today for more information. I am here to help! Pam Kelly 309-649-9689
04-28-2015
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One of our April birthday girls waves hello! We celebrated four happy birthdays this month!
04-28-2015
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A stroll around the Lagoon at Glenn Oak Park inspired tales of swimming, skating, music in the amphitheater, and, of course,visits to the zoo.
04-28-2015
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What's better than the sun on your face and the fresh air of Spring?!?
04-28-2015
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April Activity Calendar
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