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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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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Join us!
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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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August calendar & newsletter!
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We are so very honored to have so many brave and selfless friends that will be recognized during this event!
Check out the PDF 08-04-2014
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Yesterday,at supper,the dining room was all a-buzz with excitement about today's trip to historic Bishop Hill. So, when we were boarding the Bickford bus and settling in for an hour long journey, I was hoping the experience would live up to the expectation--and that the predicted rain would hold ... Read Full Post
Yesterday,at supper,the dining room was all a-buzz with excitement about today's trip to historic Bishop Hill. So, when we were boarding the Bickford bus and settling in for an hour long journey, I was hoping the experience would live up to the expectation--and that the predicted rain would hold off! Wow! It turned out to be a fantastic day! Two museums, stories shared, a great lunch, a beautiful, sunny day, and meeting brand new friends! A perfect trip.
08-01-2014
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I have a confession. Getting to play "Name That Tune!" is one of the reasons I love what I do! While putting together the songs for this game, I've learned so much about the music of the 20's - 50's. There are some wonderful songs out there! "Name That Tune" is a favorite of my residents and, boy, ... Read Full Post
I have a confession. Getting to play "Name That Tune!" is one of the reasons I love what I do! While putting together the songs for this game, I've learned so much about the music of the 20's - 50's. There are some wonderful songs out there! "Name That Tune" is a favorite of my residents and, boy, am I glad!
07-30-2014
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Let's see who the winning team will be!
Check out the PDF 07-25-2014
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A walk in the park that plays a huge role in Peoria's history!
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Some things are worth the wait. This group of passionate Bridge players have been trying to get a game together for weeks. Juggling appointments, family, other activities--something always pulled one of them away. Finally, today, the planets aligned and the cards were dealt!They decided it's a ... Read Full Post
Some things are worth the wait. This group of passionate Bridge players have been trying to get a game together for weeks. Juggling appointments, family, other activities--something always pulled one of them away. Finally, today, the planets aligned and the cards were dealt!They decided it's a perfect foursome! From now on, nothing gets in the way! A weekly game date is carved in stone!
07-24-2014
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The delicious, "monthly meeting" of our Bickford Brunch Club took place at Bob Evans, yesterday. If anyone needs a review of local eateries, this is the group to ask! So far, Le Peep, is the reigning champ...we'll see what next month brings...
07-24-2014
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Antique Car Show and Health Fair! June 14, 2014 1pm - 4pm IVAC is celebrating it's 60th anniversary with us! Come check out the vehicles! Then get yourself checked out at our Health Fair! Vendors include: Family Medical Haynes Family Chiropractic Homebound Healthcare Hospice Compass Rosewood Care ... Read Full Post
Antique Car Show and Health Fair! June 14, 2014 1pm - 4pm IVAC is celebrating it's 60th anniversary with us! Come check out the vehicles! Then get yourself checked out at our Health Fair! Vendors include: Family Medical Haynes Family Chiropractic Homebound Healthcare Hospice Compass Rosewood Care Center
06-06-2014
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Our successful Gardening Club will meet again this Saturday at 10AM. We'll be getting the beds and containers ready to plant! Full details in the PDF.
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Please join us for our spring Dementia Support Group activity at Bickford Cottage May 5th. Music Therapist Emily Mullins will be here at 10:30AM. Full details in the attached PDF.
Check out the PDF 04-28-2014
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Join Bickford of Peoria at the Alzheimer's Association's signature event May 3rd at WeaverRidge Golf Club. Champagne and Champions is a Kentucky Derby Party with auctions, games, and whiskey from Peoria's newest distillery J.K. Williams. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Chapter of the Alzheimer's ... Read Full Post
Join Bickford of Peoria at the Alzheimer's Association's signature event May 3rd at WeaverRidge Golf Club. Champagne and Champions is a Kentucky Derby Party with auctions, games, and whiskey from Peoria's newest distillery J.K. Williams. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Bickford of Peoria will be in attendance and auctioning off 2 premium towers of Fannie May chocolates for a cause near and dear to our hearts! (See the PDF for full details).
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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!
Check out the PDF 04-18-2014
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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!
Check out the PDF 04-11-2014
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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.
View PDF 04-07-2014
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Flyer for the Cottage Family Council Meeting on April 17. Looking forward to seeing everyone this week and next.
Check out the PDF 04-07-2014
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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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