Bickford of West Des Moines

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of West Des Moines, 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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We'd love to have you come in for a tour. Just call 515-419-8872 to schedule!
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Bickford of West Des Moines has a much coveted apartment opening! If you'd like to come tour, please call Montessa at 515-419-8872. We'd love to meet you!
09-19-2017
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Mark your calendar!!
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Bickford of West Des Moines has a much coveted apartment opening! If you'd like to come tour, please call Montessa at 515-419-8872. We'd love to meet you!
07-27-2017
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We enjoyed a big turnout to make these beauties this week. Hope everyone had a fun a safe holiday!
07-07-2017
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Enjoy our July newsletter!!
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Check out our June newsletter!!
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Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!! We enjoyed a beautiful tea last weekend for our moms. Mouthwatering desserts, heavenly music, and cherished love ones. It doesn't get much better than that! A big thanks to Marcy Ostrander for the amazing piano music!
05-17-2017
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Check out our May newsletter. We welcome family and friends to join us in any and all activities!!
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Check out our bunny yarn art we did in Creative Corner this week. We welcome family and friends to join us every Monday and create with us!!
04-05-2017
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We were very excited to learn that Bickford of Sioux City was rated as one of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa! http://assistedlivingtoday.com/blog/top-10-assisted-living-facilities-in-iowa/ In case you do not live near Sioux City, Bickford has 13 Branches in Iowa and 4 in Nebraska to ... Read Full Post
We were very excited to learn that Bickford of Sioux City was rated as one of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa! http://assistedlivingtoday.com/blog/top-10-assisted-living-facilities-in-iowa/ In case you do not live near Sioux City, Bickford has 13 Branches in Iowa and 4 in Nebraska to serve your loved one's needs.
04-05-2017
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We've been making bird feeder ornaments. We packed birdseed and gelatin, then took some time in the beautiful weather to hang in our courtyard.
03-25-2017
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Time for new door decor! Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity, Easter's on its way...and we've got a ginormous carrot for him!! Beautiful work, ladies and gents!
03-23-2017
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Gettin' our St. Pat's on today! It was time to make new door decor. Erin Go Bragh!!
03-07-2017
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Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!
02-24-2017
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Our maiden voyage with our new set of wheels! Off to Tasty Taco for lunch. Yummmmm!
02-24-2017
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Making cardinals during Creative Corner today. Jayden helped his Grandma Leona too. Double blessing!
02-23-2017
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Love, love, love this!! Our President's Day inspired art session. So proud of Marvin's artwork from last week!! Looks to me like a cross between Andy Warhol and Peter Max.
02-23-2017
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Look at the Valentines we made for the children at Blank Hospital. Just beautiful!
02-23-2017
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Love is in the air! We are into February, full force! We recently have welcomed 4 new residents, are all deck out and ready for Valentine's festivities and have many fun activities to look forward to. Along with Valentine's Day, we are baking muffins, making crystals, sending homemade Valentines to ... Read Full Post
Love is in the air! We are into February, full force! We recently have welcomed 4 new residents, are all deck out and ready for Valentine's festivities and have many fun activities to look forward to. Along with Valentine's Day, we are baking muffins, making crystals, sending homemade Valentines to sick children, celebrating Mardi Gras, and last but not least, enjoying our weekly art class. Stop by, check it out and join in the fun!!!
02-06-2017
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Onward to the next holiday...We had a blast yesterday making Valentine's wreaths for the residents doors! They turned out fabulously!!
01-31-2017
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We celebrated Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, this week making Chinese lanterns, zentangling roosters and enjoying fortune cookies. We had such a fun time!!
01-26-2017
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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday, we talked about his life, promised to make a difference with kindness and created this beautiful community poster to encourage everyone to do the same.
01-17-2017
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Do you want to build a snowman? We had a blast this week making our own snow, and built a bunch of snowmen. Elsa would be proud!
01-12-2017
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Saturday Spa Day at Bickford yesterday!! We did over 15 manicures in 2 hours. Whew. The ladies are looking quite beautiful!!
01-09-2017
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We made beautiful snowflakes this week. It looks so complex, but was so easy! Here's Elaine showing off her creation!
01-04-2017
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As the 2016 comes to a close, this week we gathered to drink a little bubbly (sparkling grape juice) and talk about our New Year's resolutions. Top on the list was spreading kindness and making others smile by giving smiles abundantly. There was a lot of interest in learning a new language, ... Read Full Post
As the 2016 comes to a close, this week we gathered to drink a little bubbly (sparkling grape juice) and talk about our New Year's resolutions. Top on the list was spreading kindness and making others smile by giving smiles abundantly. There was a lot of interest in learning a new language, learning how to play the piano and learning about different religions. Fabulous responses! Cheers and Happy New Year's to all!!
12-30-2016
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Fun was had by all at the resident and staff Christmas party. We all enjoyed the games, treats and of course the gifts! Everyone received a wonderfully thoughtful, personal gift. Also, check out the handmade mason jar treats we made for the staff. We are all very grateful for a generous and blessed ... Read Full Post
Fun was had by all at the resident and staff Christmas party. We all enjoyed the games, treats and of course the gifts! Everyone received a wonderfully thoughtful, personal gift. Also, check out the handmade mason jar treats we made for the staff. We are all very grateful for a generous and blessed holiday, most importantly for our family and friends!
12-30-2016
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Santa's Workshop was alive and well at Bickford of West Des Moines this month! Overall, we collectively made over 130 gifts and cards. Whew!! We are so proud of them!!!
12-30-2016
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Director Heidi with Santa and Mrs. Claus spreading holiday cheer.
12-26-2016
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This Christmas season, Bickford of Urbandale and West Des Moines are counting down the 25 days of Christmas by performing a Random Acts of Christmas Kindness each day! So much fun for our residents!
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All the residents have been writing things they are grateful for and hanging them on our heartwarming Thankful Tree. Happy Thanksgiving!!
11-23-2016
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Here's the beautiful paper pumpkin sweet Ruth made yesterday. We love our Monday Creative Corner! :)
11-15-2016
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No words can express. Thank you for your service, for your protection and your sacrifice. We are so sorry for your loss. What a heartwarming memorial at the Urbandale Police Station. Here is the card we made from the residents and staff at Bickford of West Des Moines, nestled in hundreds and ... Read Full Post
No words can express. Thank you for your service, for your protection and your sacrifice. We are so sorry for your loss. What a heartwarming memorial at the Urbandale Police Station. Here is the card we made from the residents and staff at Bickford of West Des Moines, nestled in hundreds and hundreds of flower bouquets.
11-05-2016
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Jan mummifying Marsha at our annual Halloween party.
11-01-2016
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Mary "B"'s Halloween activity: Wearing chef's hats we had fun stirring up our treats.
11-01-2016
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Happy Halloween, everyone! In preparation for our annual Halloween party, we made these adorable mummy cups to treat the residents for our Halloween Party! We mummified cups then mixed up and filled them with yummy candy corn and roasted peanuts. So does that make them yummy mummy cups?
11-01-2016
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Wednesday we turned our zentangle onto pumpkins! Having fun with holiday flair! Ain't no stopping us now...
10-28-2016
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We love the amazing color that the turning trees are bringing so much that we preserved freshly picked leaves and made door banners today. Bringing a little bit of the outdoors in. Beautiful work ladies! And welcome to Bickford, Evelyn! Today was her first Creative Corner. Look what a fabulous job ... Read Full Post
We love the amazing color that the turning trees are bringing so much that we preserved freshly picked leaves and made door banners today. Bringing a little bit of the outdoors in. Beautiful work ladies! And welcome to Bickford, Evelyn! Today was her first Creative Corner. Look what a fabulous job she did!
10-25-2016
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It's been a busy month at Bickford of West Des Moines, taking in the autumn with beautiful weather, seasonal activities and welcoming new residents.
10-21-2016
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Let's play ball!! On Wednesday we played bean bag baseball. Bickford Bee's vs Senior Suites. I'm proud to say, Mary Ellen, Richard and Jerry brought in home runs for the team!! Here's ace pitcher, Annie Earl!
10-21-2016
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Tis the season...the season of PUMPKIN!! Monday we gathered together, measured, mixed, baked and ate pumpkin bread! The verdict? Mmmm, mmmmm good!!
10-20-2016
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Out to lunch at the Olive Garden. A fun, Yummy time was had by all!
10-18-2016
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Check out our recently erected Gallery Wall. More importantly, check out the amazing creativity and new found talent residing in our home!!! I'm so proud of our Bickford artists!!! And, so excited about the big turn out for Zentangle pumpkin time!
10-12-2016
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Oh, what a tangled web we weave...We got in the Halloween spirit today with our homemade spider webs! A very fun and creative afternoon.
10-10-2016
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First you tie and then you dye. Preparing shirts for tie dyeing. A fun time was had by all.
10-06-2016
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Bickford of West Des Moines is excited to start it's second season as part of the Beanbag Baseball League of Central Iowa! The players are practicing up as opening day is Oct. 5th!! It will be a home game, so we hope you can stop in and cheer on the Bickford Bees of West Des Moines!!
09-28-2016
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We held our first Creative Cause today. We joined together and from scratch, made Lavender Play Dough for our residents in Mary B's, Bickford's memory care area. We removed the Lavender petals, measured the ingredients, mixed it up and kneaded in the flower. Lavender's calming properties are a ... Read Full Post
We held our first Creative Cause today. We joined together and from scratch, made Lavender Play Dough for our residents in Mary B's, Bickford's memory care area. We removed the Lavender petals, measured the ingredients, mixed it up and kneaded in the flower. Lavender's calming properties are a perfect pair of the tactile activity with play dough for people with Alzheimer's or dementia. Bravo to our residents for giving back to the community, right in their own home!!
09-26-2016
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The Walk to end Alzheimer's was held September 17, 2016. After the ceremony doves were released, and the walk began. We're proud of our team, those who donated, and those made it possible. Thank you.
09-26-2016
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Check out what the residents created on Monday! Inspiration Rocks! They can hold on to them for daily inspiration or give them to a friend in need as a little act of kindness. They just turned out beautifully.
09-21-2016
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5050 Hawthorne Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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