Bickford of Urbandale

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Urbandale, 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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June fun in the sun
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Please join us
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Check out what's happening in May at Bickford of Urbandale.
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I love moments like this one. Sherrie and her son Russell in front of the fireplace.
03-20-2019
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Goat therapy this week was amazing! Thanks to our friend Norm for bringing two kids to visit. Pictured here, Dick and one of the kids.
03-15-2019
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The April newsletter is here!
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Casino Day fun at Bickford of Urbandale! Pictured here: George and Betty at the Roulette table. Remember to check our facebook page for more photos from this fun filled afternoon.
03-06-2019
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After 6 years as a Life Enrichment Coordinator at Bickford of Urbandale, Rosslyn is moving on. Thank you for all the service to our residents over the years and best of all in all your new endeavors! See our facebook page for photos from last Friday's happy hour send off with Rosslyn.
02-25-2019
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2 weeks ago the staff of Bickford attended a lecture by Teepa Snow (in photo on left). She is considered a renowned expert in dementia and speaks all over the country with her humor and experience. It was a pleasure to hear her speak and learn from her years of dementia care. I highly encourage ... Read Full Post
2 weeks ago the staff of Bickford attended a lecture by Teepa Snow (in photo on left). She is considered a renowned expert in dementia and speaks all over the country with her humor and experience. It was a pleasure to hear her speak and learn from her years of dementia care. I highly encourage you to find her lectures on YouTube. You will learn you are not alone and the things happening in your loved one's life can be softened with the right tools. Teepa will give you the tools you need to help your loved one and yourself. After 6 years at Bickford this Friday will be my last. My time here has been filled with laughs, friendship and learning how to help our residents. Thank you for a great experience.
02-21-2019
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Check out our March calendar
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Join us next Wednesday, February 13th for a Valentine Party! Live music provided by Bill Connett, drinks, sweets, and maybe even some dancing.
02-09-2019
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This week Bickford Family Members attended the Teepa Snow Event at West Des Moines Christian Church. Teepa Snow is a dementia care education specialist with over 34 years of experience. We were all excited to learn new strategies to improve interactions, reduce conflict and work together with loved ... Read Full Post
This week Bickford Family Members attended the Teepa Snow Event at West Des Moines Christian Church. Teepa Snow is a dementia care education specialist with over 34 years of experience. We were all excited to learn new strategies to improve interactions, reduce conflict and work together with loved ones! Come into Bickford, so we can talk with you about all we have learned!
02-08-2019
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In Mary B's we made bread dough. It was a very popular activity! Kneading the dough was the best part. The smell of yeast mixed with the flour brings back memories of bread making when you were young and in your mom's kitchen.
02-05-2019
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Last week we had a Luau Party with fruity drinks and fresh pineapple. It was a fun day during this cold winter season.
01-29-2019
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As the song goes "Baby It's Cold Outside", but it is warm inside Bickford of Urbandale. We are battling the cold weather and winter blues with Luau Day and dreams of sunny, summer days. It seems that winter is starting later and later every year, especially this year when we had 50 degree weather ... Read Full Post
As the song goes "Baby It's Cold Outside", but it is warm inside Bickford of Urbandale. We are battling the cold weather and winter blues with Luau Day and dreams of sunny, summer days. It seems that winter is starting later and later every year, especially this year when we had 50 degree weather on Christmas Day, but alas, winter comes blasting in just the same. Can you believe we are almost to February already, 2019 is in full swing and we are gearing up for another fun filled year with our residents. Come check out our upcoming activities and don't forget the Valentine's dance is just around the corner!
01-28-2019
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It's a Valentine Party!
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Making delicious and addictive Puppy Chow in Mary B's. Everyone gets a turn shaking the bag. This is a popular snack!
01-22-2019
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Dancing in the living room to favorite music always brings cheer to winter days. Charlotte, Sue, and Jim love to get down.
01-21-2019
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February happenings
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This morning in Mary B's we had an activity called "taste testing." We compared 3 different kinds of oranges. Since it's orange season and these citrus gems are in abundance, we tried blood oranges, cara cara oranges and the familiar naval oranges. Some of the residents didn't know what to make of ... Read Full Post
This morning in Mary B's we had an activity called "taste testing." We compared 3 different kinds of oranges. Since it's orange season and these citrus gems are in abundance, we tried blood oranges, cara cara oranges and the familiar naval oranges. Some of the residents didn't know what to make of beautiful deep purple color of the blood orange but everyone was willing to try it and said it tasted like the orange they are familiar with. It's fun trying new foods.
01-15-2019
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Conversation with new friends in the living room.
01-09-2019
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Last week we made paper snow globes. They turned out pretty cute. Some cutting of paper, painting with Q-Tips and placing on the holder: Here's the gang showing off their pieces of art.
01-08-2019
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Happy New Year from George and Doris!
01-04-2019
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Welcome Glada, our newest resident to Mary B's. It was great to see you having fun at our annual Holiday Party with your daughter and granddaughter.
12-26-2018
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Post Christmas dancing in the living room. No matter what day it is this group continues to have fun!
12-26-2018
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Check out what's happening at Bickford of Urbandale in 2019
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Sherri loves helping out especially when it comes to cooking. We make a lot of recipes in Mary B's. These dog treats are for donating to the Furry Friends Rescue in West Des Moines. Just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, flour and eggs. They will be delivered next week as part of our RACK'ed charity ... Read Full Post
Sherri loves helping out especially when it comes to cooking. We make a lot of recipes in Mary B's. These dog treats are for donating to the Furry Friends Rescue in West Des Moines. Just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, flour and eggs. They will be delivered next week as part of our RACK'ed charity event.
12-12-2018
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Dolly the pet pig came for a visit today. She is very popular and everyone wants to pet her. Sherri enjoyed giving her some bread to eat.
12-07-2018
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I'm so proud of this team! Yesterday our very own Bickford Bees came home Champions of the Central Iowa Bean Bag Baseball World Series. What?!!! We were the first team there, and the last team to leave, and in the last inning of the championship we scored 31 points! Thank you to the countless ... Read Full Post
I'm so proud of this team! Yesterday our very own Bickford Bees came home Champions of the Central Iowa Bean Bag Baseball World Series. What?!!! We were the first team there, and the last team to leave, and in the last inning of the championship we scored 31 points! Thank you to the countless Bickford Family Members (staff) who made it all possible, from getting people up early, serving breakfast early, loading the bus, and everything in between. Winning isn't everything but it sure was a lot of fun yesterday. 16 teams competed and some of them were from Independent Living Communities. Congratulations Team!!!! What an amazing holiday gift!
12-06-2018
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Our outing to Flix Brewery and Movie Theater was a success! We laughed, we cried, we enjoyed one anothers' company and ate great food! Happy Friday everyone!
11-30-2018
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Madeline enjoying an evening of adult coloring. She's also the one who stays after everyone else has left to finish her masterpiece to the end. "I just can't leave it unfinished" she says.
11-29-2018
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Come cheer on the Bickford Bees today at 2pm. We have a home game against Prairie Hills. Go Bees!
11-28-2018
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Thinking of visiting your loved ones in Mary B's this week over the Thanksgiving break most of us have? Then join us for lunch on the 22nd for a fabulous spread of turkey and all the trimmings at noon. $10 per person. Please call us ahead and let us know if you're coming so we can plan accordingly. ... Read Full Post
Thinking of visiting your loved ones in Mary B's this week over the Thanksgiving break most of us have? Then join us for lunch on the 22nd for a fabulous spread of turkey and all the trimmings at noon. $10 per person. Please call us ahead and let us know if you're coming so we can plan accordingly. Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving week.
11-20-2018
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Come join us for Bickford of Urbandale's Annual Holiday Party
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Come join in the holiday fun at Bickford of Urbandale
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Making homemade soup was on the agenda for this morning's activity. Although not an exciting activity, it brings comfort and familiarity especially to the ladies. It also sparks conversation about cooking, recipes and memories.
11-15-2018
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Every year our cooks do it up in the kitchen for the Thanksgiving noon meal. If you would like to join your family member that day for lunch please call the branch at 515-331-3000 by this Thursday, November 15th, and let us know. Thanksgiving lunch is $10 per person.
11-13-2018
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Please join us for a Veterans Day Remembrance Program Friday, November 9th at 1:30 pm! At Bickford in Urbandale we will be honoring and giving thanks to all veterans. The Urbandale American Legion Post 663 will lead us in honoring Bickford's Veterans!
11-08-2018
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Halloween fun was in the hallways of Bickford last week when we invited a day care to trick or treat with us. This is a yearly event and everyone has a good time.
11-07-2018
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The Bickford Bees had an amazing comeback during their bean bag baseball game this Wednesday against The Luther Park Lightning Bolts. Unfortunately it was not enough to win, but we had a blast. The final score was Bees 18, Lightning Bolts 21.
11-02-2018
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Welcome to fall! November is here already and we are gearing up for the holiday season! I want to welcome Kait Kelly to our Bickford family, she has taken on the Happiness Sherpa (Community Relations Director) role and will be in a dual role working with Urbandale and West Des Moines branches. She ... Read Full Post
Welcome to fall! November is here already and we are gearing up for the holiday season! I want to welcome Kait Kelly to our Bickford family, she has taken on the Happiness Sherpa (Community Relations Director) role and will be in a dual role working with Urbandale and West Des Moines branches. She comes to us from South Dakota and her and her husband are excited to return to Iowa where she was born and raised. On Thursday, November 8th we will hold our Family Council meeting at the branch, following supper at 6pm. Please join us to get updates on whats happening here in Urbandale and what we can look forward to in the coming months. We will provide coffee/tea and cookies and will specifically review the annual Happiness Survey results! Thank you for all of your submissions and feedback and we look forward to seeing everyone next week!
11-01-2018
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To be a part of baseball fever last week during the World Series we made baseball necklaces.Here is George showing us the one he made.
10-31-2018
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Music was heard in the halls of Bickford last Saturday when a the Des Moines Art House Ukulele group played for an hour. Ukulele's are such a fun instrument and provide the most happy kind of music. This was the first time for this group to play at Bickford and upon them leaving we already made ... Read Full Post
Music was heard in the halls of Bickford last Saturday when a the Des Moines Art House Ukulele group played for an hour. Ukulele's are such a fun instrument and provide the most happy kind of music. This was the first time for this group to play at Bickford and upon them leaving we already made plans for a spring concert.
10-25-2018
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Visit our facebook page to check out photos from our dog show. www.facebook.com/bickfordseniorlivingurbandale Like us while you're there!
10-24-2018
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We miss you Mary Kumar! After 17 years at Bickford of Urbandale, Mary's life is taking her in another direction---Georgia. Please come back and visit us anytime, and know that you are dearly loved. Pictured here: Mary and Larry
10-24-2018
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We do several different exercises at Bickford on a daily basis. These ladies are demonstrating belly dancing scarves we use to Arabic music. It's a lot of fun twirling them around, shaking them side to side, up and down and hearing the them jingle.
10-18-2018
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Fall is here! Check out what we have going on in November at Bickford of Urbandale.
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ISU Extension specialist Mary Krisco, came to Bickford for a 4 week program called, "Stay Independent." She spoke about nutrition, exercise, food groups and let us sample several good things to eat like cucumber water, a meatless chef salad and a delicious smoothie.
10-16-2018
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Verna enjoyed arranging flowers today in Mary B's.
10-10-2018
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Fun at the pumpkin patch with Charlotte and Mary. If you are looking for an awesome pumpkin patch with beautiful pumpkins and fun for the whole family head to Geisler Farms in Bondurant.
10-05-2018
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5915 Sutton Place
Urbandale, IA 50322
515-331-3000