Bickford of Bloomington

Independent & Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Bloomington, 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 and 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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Here is our September News Letter!
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Here is an example of just how excited our BFM's were to listen to the Peoria Area Accordion Club!
08-16-2017
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Music is key to memories. We had a group come in to unlock those memories in a very unique style by playing accordions. Everyone enjoyed them tremendously!
08-16-2017
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Friday we are having a benefit car wash to help raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. We are suggesting a $5.00 donation for the car wash and anything additional for the hot dog lunch we will be providing. We look forward to seeing you all there to get your car clean for a great cause!
Check out the PDF 08-14-2017
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We had fun games like Snake in the Hole which is played a lot like bean bag toss, and in the picture below, Jim and Ginny, are playing Horse Shoes! Ginny surprised herself playing several games and winning most of them! Way to go Ginny our new Horse Shoe Champion!
08-10-2017
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Ruth liked our LEC's hat so much she asked to have her picture taken wearing it. Yee Haw Cowgirl!!
08-10-2017
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Some of our BFM's decorated their own cowboy/cowgirl hats. Below is a picture of Karen with her decorated hat she wore all day long!
08-10-2017
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Yesterday we had our monthly theme day. It was Western day and we had fun games like Snake in the Hole, and Horse Shoe, as well as some square dancing, and lots of yummy food, like trail mix for those long nights on the trail, chips and salsa (Not from New York City) and Fire Popping Corn. We also ... Read Full Post
Yesterday we had our monthly theme day. It was Western day and we had fun games like Snake in the Hole, and Horse Shoe, as well as some square dancing, and lots of yummy food, like trail mix for those long nights on the trail, chips and salsa (Not from New York City) and Fire Popping Corn. We also had Cactus Juice Punch and we all know cowboys like their root beer from the local saloon, so we had root beer floats!
08-10-2017
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Music is the key to many memories. During our Developing Melodies Session yesterday our BFM's got to get hands on with some fun musical instruments and sing some songs from their childhood.
08-08-2017
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We celebrated a very happy 80th birthday with this lovely lady today. She had a barber shop quartet come in and sing happy birthday to her.
08-08-2017
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Yesterday we had one of our local pianists come to play piano for us. All the BFM's love when she comes to share her talent with us! Thank you so much Tiffany!
07-21-2017
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BFM's were given a place mad with 5 empty slots on it and fun culinary facts about gelato. They were then given samples of the gelato and they had to come up with the flavor of the gelato and write their guess on their place mat. When the tasting was over we all went over the answers. Some were ... Read Full Post
BFM's were given a place mad with 5 empty slots on it and fun culinary facts about gelato. They were then given samples of the gelato and they had to come up with the flavor of the gelato and write their guess on their place mat. When the tasting was over we all went over the answers. Some were really creative!!!
07-21-2017
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We even transformed our activity room into a real life Italian Gelato Shoppe where family memebers could come taste different authentic flavored gelato and learn what the difference between Italian gelato is compared to American ice cream that we are used to having all the time.
07-21-2017
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Incoming! A few new pictures from our Italian Theme day. Italian day is one of our annual Pearls Passions. The staff really got into the Italian mood and we did a lot of fun things with the theme. Here is a picture of our transformed Bread Basket tables to mimic an Italian eatery.
07-21-2017
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07-18-2017
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It is true!!! There is gold at the end of the rainbow. If gold is happy and caring staff with hearts of gold and residents who live life to the fullest, having fun every day! This is Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington, Illinois! You can feel the love radiate from its doors. Welcome home!
07-11-2017
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A view of our seats on the field. What a fun night! We even had an opportunity to catch a foul ball from our seats. What an exciting night!
07-11-2017
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On Saturday we went to a semi professional baseball game. We got amazing tickets just by 3rd base from one of our local contacts who works for the Cornbelters. We had so much fun, there were plenty of laughs, food and much needed comic relief. The Cornbelters lost, but it was a great outing and ... Read Full Post
On Saturday we went to a semi professional baseball game. We got amazing tickets just by 3rd base from one of our local contacts who works for the Cornbelters. We had so much fun, there were plenty of laughs, food and much needed comic relief. The Cornbelters lost, but it was a great outing and amazing weather!
07-11-2017
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IT is true there is Gold at the end of the rainbow. If gold is happy and caring staff and residents who live life to the fullest having fun every day! This is Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington, Illinois!
07-11-2017
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After the talent show on Friday, several residents signed up to go to lunch. The restaurant of choice was Red Lobster. Here they are before stuffing themselves full of sea food and cheddar Bay Biscuits! It certainly was a delicious treat!!!
07-03-2017
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Friday we took a Bus Trip to Dawson Lake. Residents saw deer, geese, squirrels and a beaver. We had the bus at full capacity. 14 spots were available. 14 spots were taken. It is such a great feeling to know everyone is taking advantage of these outings.
07-03-2017
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Karen performed an interpretive dance for everyone including one of her favorite songs and a Red Rose.
07-03-2017
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Ginny, shared with us all her published autobiography. She explained to everyone what her career was when she was working and how this book is the story of her life and the process she had to go through in order to publish it. What an accomplishment! Thank you!
07-03-2017
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Here is another picture of our Talent Show where Glendine show cased her pictures she had colored and created a story pertaining to the War and how each picture evoked a certain feeling from that time period. It was really interesting to see how she could take a picture, add color to it, and bring ... Read Full Post
Here is another picture of our Talent Show where Glendine show cased her pictures she had colored and created a story pertaining to the War and how each picture evoked a certain feeling from that time period. It was really interesting to see how she could take a picture, add color to it, and bring depth and feeling to a piece of work not generally associated with the art she had colored. Well done Glendine!
07-03-2017
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Our first Annual talent show was a huge success. We had so much fun and our presenters were so proud of their talents. A huge shout out of thanks to our MC Sarah from Vitas Hospice who assisted in announcing each performer and talk a little bit about each talent that our performers show cased!
07-03-2017
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Today was the Senior Expo day and Brandy Espeland, our Happiness Sherpa, got to dress up like a clown (notice the red nose in her hand!) as the theme for the Expo was Carnival! We will post a finished product too! She was very excited to be a clown and to share the Bickford Story with everyone at ... Read Full Post
Today was the Senior Expo day and Brandy Espeland, our Happiness Sherpa, got to dress up like a clown (notice the red nose in her hand!) as the theme for the Expo was Carnival! We will post a finished product too! She was very excited to be a clown and to share the Bickford Story with everyone at the Expo!
06-23-2017
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Today we had a full bus for our country drive to Lake Bloomington. We had 12 passengers and 2 wheelchair riders! And to top off the fun ride we all got Dairy Queen on the way back!
06-23-2017
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Some times we all need to be reminded what a great job we are doing and how much each of us is appreciated! In the picture we have a our activity assistant rubbing the back of a BFM, while having her back rubbed by another BFM and one of our CNA's rubbing the BFM back!
06-23-2017
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Art is something we all hold dear in one form or another. Some people are artists, some people are art admirers. Jeannette is definitely an artist. she was very particular on how her sun catcher would dry and catch the colors. She had so much fun and made a lot of great memories.
06-22-2017
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We had some very special guests today! the Pre-K class from a local preschool came to share their morning with us. They sat down with residents and decorated planters and planted flowers in them. The residents and the children all had a great time!
06-22-2017
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It doesn't matter your age, birthdays are still a special time to celebrate a person. We Celebrate each and every BFM's birthday here at Bickford in Bloomington. Yesterday we celebrated this special person! Happy birthday Mary!
06-16-2017
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As I have said before. We try to incorporate music into as many activities as we can during the day. This activity was sing along, and our of BFM and her daughter joined us. THey sang together and you can just see the memory being created for her daughter in this moment.
06-16-2017
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Tiffany M comes to share her talents with us once a month. Her skills on the piano are amazing and the BFM's love listening to her play songs that bring back so many memories. You can hear BFM's sharing stories from their past in between songs and lots of smiles, singing and humming along as she ... Read Full Post
Tiffany M comes to share her talents with us once a month. Her skills on the piano are amazing and the BFM's love listening to her play songs that bring back so many memories. You can hear BFM's sharing stories from their past in between songs and lots of smiles, singing and humming along as she plays. Thank you Tiffany for sharing your gift with us!
06-16-2017
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Here is a sneak peek of our July Newsletter
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John from Smiling Memories and Melodies will be back again to join us in October. We are excited for his presentation on music of the 1950's!!!
06-15-2017
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Here at Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington, we try to incorporate music into everything we do. Music sparks memories, and memory care is what we do best! Yesterday we had a radio talk show host named John Korsgaard come and entertain us with some music from the late 50's and early 60's. He ... Read Full Post
Here at Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington, we try to incorporate music into everything we do. Music sparks memories, and memory care is what we do best! Yesterday we had a radio talk show host named John Korsgaard come and entertain us with some music from the late 50's and early 60's. He talked about the history of the music and allowed the residents to get up, sing and dance. While we didn't have any BFM's get up and boogie, they all found the presentation very entertaining and enjoyed themselves listening to the music and reminiscing where they were when this music was on the radio.
06-15-2017
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Hey Everyone, We are only 15 short days away from our family day and first annual talent show. We have a few BFM's signed up but we have plenty of space for more of you to showcase your talents. Don't be shy!!! Come on in and sign up on the sheet in the living room and spend the afternoon with ... Read Full Post
Hey Everyone, We are only 15 short days away from our family day and first annual talent show. We have a few BFM's signed up but we have plenty of space for more of you to showcase your talents. Don't be shy!!! Come on in and sign up on the sheet in the living room and spend the afternoon with friends and family and sharing talents we are proud to have! If you have questions feel free to contact Luke, the LEC here at Bickford in Bloomington. We look forward to seeing you all there.
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Even our Fireplace got into the island spirit and became our backdrop of paradise! Here is one of our BFM's really getting into the Hawaiian spirit and almost hearing the waves and smelling the beach!
06-09-2017
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We had tropical bowling as well. We used a real coconut and water bottles.
06-09-2017
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This crazy trio decided they were all Tiki goddesses and crowned themselves with the rings from ring toss. Silly ladies!
06-09-2017
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We were taught how to Hula Dance by one of our own BFM's. She had so much fun teaching these two how to do it!
06-09-2017
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Yesterday was our annual luau party. We had such a great turn out and so much fun!
06-09-2017
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Sometimes no matter how much we plan and try to keep our BFM's entertained and active, Mother Nature has other plans for us. Today on Mary B's our residents were enjoying the summer sun and beautiful breeze while blowing bubbles on our covered patio. The warm sun and cool breeze over came most of ... Read Full Post
Sometimes no matter how much we plan and try to keep our BFM's entertained and active, Mother Nature has other plans for us. Today on Mary B's our residents were enjoying the summer sun and beautiful breeze while blowing bubbles on our covered patio. The warm sun and cool breeze over came most of them and it turned into a late morning nap time. Staff came to me and said the activity was a lot of fun, but the fresh air just promoted a sunny day nap. I couldn't help but take out my camera and capture this moment of absolute peace being enjoyed by everyone. What better way to enjoy the outside but to relax in it and embrace the relaxation!
06-05-2017
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Dexterity is important for all ages, especially as we grow older. a large part of our exercise program at Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington is making sure those joints and muscles stay limber. This prevents falls and more serious injuries. The residents like to make jokes during exercise time ... Read Full Post
Dexterity is important for all ages, especially as we grow older. a large part of our exercise program at Bickford Senior Living in Bloomington is making sure those joints and muscles stay limber. This prevents falls and more serious injuries. The residents like to make jokes during exercise time and it is constantly being said we sound like a bowl of Rice Crispies cereal with all of their snap, crackle, and popping that is happening. All jokes aside though, the movements that they are doing really help keep them limber and ready to seize the day.
06-05-2017
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Bloomington is fortunate to have a lot of interesting and scenic drives available to us. On Friday we took a full bus of BFM's out to Funks Grove. The Funk family played an important role in developing and settling Bloomington/Normal. It also is home to a large section of sugar maple trees which ... Read Full Post
Bloomington is fortunate to have a lot of interesting and scenic drives available to us. On Friday we took a full bus of BFM's out to Funks Grove. The Funk family played an important role in developing and settling Bloomington/Normal. It also is home to a large section of sugar maple trees which make amazing maple syrup. The residents love the history of the area and always sign up when it means going out and being a part of nature and learning some history along the way.
06-05-2017
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Music is the key to memory. It evokes memories and carries the power to create new memories. We love music here and any chance we get we try to include music in what we do. Yesterday, one of our very own BFM's came in to perform for our residents and share her talents. Thank you Tiffany for sharing ... Read Full Post
Music is the key to memory. It evokes memories and carries the power to create new memories. We love music here and any chance we get we try to include music in what we do. Yesterday, one of our very own BFM's came in to perform for our residents and share her talents. Thank you Tiffany for sharing and for allowing our family to explore their memories through your music.
06-01-2017
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Happy Memorial Day to all. Today we remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their county. Today at lunch we also gave our friends and family with a military service background who are no longer with us an honorary moment of silence. Thank you for your service and for the love ... Read Full Post
Happy Memorial Day to all. Today we remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their county. Today at lunch we also gave our friends and family with a military service background who are no longer with us an honorary moment of silence. Thank you for your service and for the love of our country.
05-29-2017
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He had a lot of fun on Tuesday. A group of residents decided to play cards, they all agreed to play poker and Karen ended up winning after 2 hours of laughs and jokes. It was a great impromptu activity that turned into a couple hours of fun and memories.
05-25-2017
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Part of keeping BFM's happy is keeping them engaged. One of our family favorites is the game Jenga. It provides so many different challenges from fine motor function, to muscle memory and even hand / eye coordination. One of our newer BFM's is shown really calculating her next move and watching as ... Read Full Post
Part of keeping BFM's happy is keeping them engaged. One of our family favorites is the game Jenga. It provides so many different challenges from fine motor function, to muscle memory and even hand / eye coordination. One of our newer BFM's is shown really calculating her next move and watching as pieces are removed and which way the tower moves. I hear from a lot of BFM's new to playing Jenga, after the game, they realized while playing, they hadn't used that much concentration in a long time. It is a great tool to keep our loved ones minds active and healthy.
05-23-2017
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The musical talent we have here at Bickford is amazing. Today one of our very own put on a short impromptu piano concert and a gathering of about 15 residents enjoyed the beautiful notes and chords that came from his fingertips. Thank you John for the performance.
05-22-2017
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