Bickford of Ames

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Ames, 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 services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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As summer is almost coming to an end we are changing our focus to our Walk to End Alzheimer's team. We hope to raise $2,250 as a team here at Bickford. We are looking to the community to help us with our fund raising efforts. All proceeds of our fund raisers will go to the Alzheimer's Association. ... Read Full Post
As summer is almost coming to an end we are changing our focus to our Walk to End Alzheimer's team. We hope to raise $2,250 as a team here at Bickford. We are looking to the community to help us with our fund raising efforts. All proceeds of our fund raisers will go to the Alzheimer's Association. We will be selling T-shirts as well as doing a free will offering breakfast and horse drawn carriage ride on 9/10/17. Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. I personally plan to walk for all of the residents that I have had the pleasure of caring for over the years and my aunt. Who do you plan to walk for? A loved one, maybe a friend, or even yourself? With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and an American developing Alzheimer's every 66 seconds there is a high likelihood that we all are effected by this disease. We are challenging all of you to join forces with Team Bickford on October 7th here in Ames for the 13th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.
08-15-2017
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As summer is almost coming to an end we are changing our focus to our Walk to End Alzheimer's team. We hope to raise $2,250 as a team here at Bickford. We are looking to the community to help us with our fund raising efforts. All proceeds of our fund raisers will go to the Alzheimer's Association. ... Read Full Post
As summer is almost coming to an end we are changing our focus to our Walk to End Alzheimer's team. We hope to raise $2,250 as a team here at Bickford. We are looking to the community to help us with our fund raising efforts. All proceeds of our fund raisers will go to the Alzheimer's Association. We will be selling T-shirts as well as doing a free will offering breakfast and horse drawn carriage ride on 9/10/17. Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. I personally plan to walk for all of the residents that I have had the pleasure of caring for over the years and my aunt. Who do you plan to walk for? A loved one, maybe a friend, or even yourself? With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and an American developing Alzheimer's every 66 seconds there is a high likelihood that we all are effected by this disease. We are challenging all of you to join forces with Team Bickford on October 7th here in Ames to Walk to End Alzheimer's.
08-15-2017
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Unbelievable, summer is almost in the rear view mirror! Fall and all of its amazing color is quickly approaching. I’m looking forward to Fall with school starting, football games and Bickford Happenings. The one thing that I am personally concentrating on this Fall is taking more time and energy ... Read Full Post
Unbelievable, summer is almost in the rear view mirror! Fall and all of its amazing color is quickly approaching. I’m looking forward to Fall with school starting, football games and Bickford Happenings. The one thing that I am personally concentrating on this Fall is taking more time and energy to meet the unrecognized need(s) of family members. I will strive to become more prolific on delivering the things residents never would think to ask for. I hope these unrecognized needs are met in a surprising manner and “enrich the happiness” of our family members. I feel happiness is generated by memorable things which happen when a person does not expect them. As for gearing up for happiness, once again this Fall we will be supporting the Alzheimer’s Walk (October 7) at the Ames Middle School. Prior to the walk, we will be having a “Family Day” (9/30) for all friends and family of Bickford family members to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness. This will include a terrific breakfast, as well as fun activities for all. Also, on 9/13 we will have a “50’s Day” full of exciting activities. These are great ventures to open up our house to all and enrich happiness amongst each other. Lastly, during the first half of September we will be having our annual “Happiness Check” wherein one family member from each family represented at Bickford will score us, on behalf of their family, as to the happiness that is shared at Bickford. We are looking for top box scores of “5s” in each category listed! Scorecards will be taken into consideration as we move into the Fall and beyond to address our resident’s core, care, and unrecognized needs. We so want to continue to create a culture of happiness with our family members. Thanks in advance for being a vital part of our “Happiness Check!” Whatever it takes to make you happy!
08-14-2017
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We have heard that it is better to give than to receive. However, Shirley was ecstatic to be the recipient of this needlepoint made by Darla. Shirley was brought to tears by the kind gesture. Thank you Darla for making Shirley so happy.
07-26-2017
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Here is what is happening in August!
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Winnie is practicing getting rigatoni onto spaghetti.
07-20-2017
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We celebrated Italian Day yesterday by playing a Minute to Win It game. It took a little practice to be able to get six pieces of rigatoni pasta on a spaghetti noodle without breaking the spaghetti.
07-20-2017
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Here is the July newsletter.
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Winnie did a great job drawing a chicken!
06-27-2017
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We played Pictionary last week. We had a great group playing the game with us.
06-27-2017
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Had a fantastic Father's Day Dinner with residents & their families on 6/15. 34 additional guests were served - family & friends of our residents. Excellent BFM team building, as well as interaction with residents & families.
06-22-2017
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Thank you to all of you amazing families that took the time to attend our Father's Day BBQ here at Bickford. We had such a great time celebrating the fathers. All of us here at Bickford love the chance to interact with all of you. We enoyed wonderful grilled food, great conversation, and ice cream ... Read Full Post
Thank you to all of you amazing families that took the time to attend our Father's Day BBQ here at Bickford. We had such a great time celebrating the fathers. All of us here at Bickford love the chance to interact with all of you. We enoyed wonderful grilled food, great conversation, and ice cream sundaes to top the night off.
06-22-2017
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Vanilla milkshakes...a nice way to cool down.
06-21-2017
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Yesterday was National Vanilla Milkshake Day. We celebrated in style...vanilla milkshakes for everyone!
06-21-2017
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We had a big group play noodle balloon. The more players...the more fun!
06-13-2017
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We snacked on pineapple boats...
06-13-2017
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Shirley practiced the hula...
06-13-2017
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There were a lot of photos taken at our photo booth.
06-13-2017
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We also played Flamingo Toss.
06-13-2017
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We celebrated Luau Day last week by with Coconut Bowling.
06-13-2017
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Tom enjoys helping water flowers.
06-13-2017
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The McCollum Duo was here for a patriotic performance.
06-07-2017
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Janie loves to help. She helped peel potatoes over the weekend.
05-30-2017
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The June newsletter is here.
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Georgia helped us with gardening. She loves to garden.
05-29-2017
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We have an organ we are looking to get rid of. The organ is FREE. Call 515-233-6000, if you want more information.
05-29-2017
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Hi everyone, I am Annessa Pruismann. I am now the Aciting Director here at Bickford of Ames. Steve Brouwer our former Maintenance Coordinator is now our new Assistant Director. We would love the chance to meet with you all. We are both excited for your new roles. We also wanted to remind everyone ... Read Full Post
Hi everyone, I am Annessa Pruismann. I am now the Aciting Director here at Bickford of Ames. Steve Brouwer our former Maintenance Coordinator is now our new Assistant Director. We would love the chance to meet with you all. We are both excited for your new roles. We also wanted to remind everyone that we host a Dementia Support Group on the third Thursday of every month at 2:00pm here at Bickford of Ames. Everyone is invited to attend.
05-17-2017
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Mother's Day breakfast.
05-15-2017
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There were many family members that attended the breakfast in honor of Mother's Day.
05-15-2017
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Judy enjoyed listening to Aaron perform.
05-15-2017
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Aaron was here to perform last Friday.
05-15-2017
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Karen from Home Instead volunteered yesterday. Some of us played board games with her.
04-28-2017
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Dave Gray was here to perform yesterday. We enjoy listening to country music.
04-28-2017
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We are excited to celebrate Mother's Day with a family brunch.
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Here is our May Happenings!
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We sent a creative request for the Ames Police Department to have the donutmobile stop at Bickford today. Well, this afternoon....we received a delivery of donuts. They were delish! Thank you to the Ames Police Department and Iowa State University Police Department for the delivery and all that you ... Read Full Post
We sent a creative request for the Ames Police Department to have the donutmobile stop at Bickford today. Well, this afternoon....we received a delivery of donuts. They were delish! Thank you to the Ames Police Department and Iowa State University Police Department for the delivery and all that you do!
04-21-2017
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Our Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month. The meeting starts at 2 pm. Please RSVP by calling 515-233-6000.
04-17-2017
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Betty and Shirley helped fill Easter Eggs. We needed a lot of help. They filled 300 Easter Eggs. Way to go! Thank you for your help.
04-13-2017
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Our Easter Egg hunt was held last Saturday. Lucy and Jeana helped fill Easter Eggs.
04-13-2017
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Phyllis also has an April Birthday. We wish you happiness today and for many more years to come, Phyllis.
04-13-2017
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Today, we celebrated April Birthdays. Happy Birthday Bob. We wish you happiness today and for many more years to come!
04-13-2017
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We really enjoy noodle balloon.
04-07-2017
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Not only is noodle balloon good for a laugh or two, we also get some exercise.
04-07-2017
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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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Royce Johns was here to perform today. Everyone enjoyed listening to Royce sing and play the guitar.
04-03-2017
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Check out what is happening at Bickford of Ames in April.
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Phyllis was ready for the Super Bowl.
02-07-2017
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Janie, LeeAnna and Jens were ready for the Super Bowl.
02-07-2017
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Dorothy was ready to cheer while watching the Super Bowl.
02-07-2017
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Darlene was ready for football...
02-07-2017
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