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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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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Sometimes we just have to go with the flow here. The residents started by playing chair kickball. This turned into a fun game of toss and laughter in the beautiful afternoon sun we had today. They played for almost an hour and a half and had so much fun!
05-22-2017
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We are so excited to announce our First Annual Talent Show here at Bloomington Bickford Senior Living. We have a ton of individuals with amazing talents that we can not wait to have showcased! Sign up for the talent show will begin next week, , 5/22. The sign up sheet will be in the living room ... Read Full Post
We are so excited to announce our First Annual Talent Show here at Bloomington Bickford Senior Living. We have a ton of individuals with amazing talents that we can not wait to have showcased! Sign up for the talent show will begin next week, , 5/22. The sign up sheet will be in the living room activity sign up book. This event is open to all BFM's, and their family as we are hoping to make this our monthly family day! We hope to see you all there!!!
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Spring Fever has hit in our Mary B's program. Our Assistant Director Katie is seen here with some of our memory care residents assisting them in painting some flower pots to bring some amazing smells into the building and really brighten the place up!
05-15-2017
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In Mary B's we strive to keep that feeling of home. Memory Care is about retaining daily skills as long as possible. Here we have a picture of one of our Bickford Family sorting through magazines and rewriting it to assist in remembering the ingredients. She made a shopping list for ingredients she ... Read Full Post
In Mary B's we strive to keep that feeling of home. Memory Care is about retaining daily skills as long as possible. Here we have a picture of one of our Bickford Family sorting through magazines and rewriting it to assist in remembering the ingredients. She made a shopping list for ingredients she needed from the store and talked about why this recipe was so appealing to her.
05-15-2017
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Music is such a catalyst for memories. we are thankful for our Developing Melodies program that comes in to help with retrieving those memories through music. We are so grateful for the program and the bright smiling faces that so many of these songs create.
05-09-2017
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We had so much fun yesterday learning a new game to play. It definitely is going on the list of favorites. It is called Left Right Center and everyone loved it!!!
05-09-2017
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Part of memory care is creating an opportunity to remember past experiences. Here one of our gifted CNA's is guiding a group from our Mary B's program through a meditation walk on a beach. Remembering sights and sounds, smells and feelings is key to happiness and this was truly one seed planted ... Read Full Post
Part of memory care is creating an opportunity to remember past experiences. Here one of our gifted CNA's is guiding a group from our Mary B's program through a meditation walk on a beach. Remembering sights and sounds, smells and feelings is key to happiness and this was truly one seed planted that our folks will remember.
05-08-2017
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We had the opportunity to listen to the children at St. Mary's middle school perform and share their talents with everyone here at Bickford on Friday. The students performed solos as well as ensemble works. The energy the students brought to the living room was so uplifting. Every resident truly ... Read Full Post
We had the opportunity to listen to the children at St. Mary's middle school perform and share their talents with everyone here at Bickford on Friday. The students performed solos as well as ensemble works. The energy the students brought to the living room was so uplifting. Every resident truly enjoyed the performance. Thank you St. Mary's for sharing your talent with us!
05-08-2017
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Our CNA's had a blast celebrating with our residents too.
05-08-2017
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Last week we celebrated Cinco De Mayo with our folks at Mary B's They had a ton of fun wearing different Mexican attire and trying different foods.
05-08-2017
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Hey all we are currently looking at growing our volunteer program for our weekend and nightly activities. But we also have a high demand for daytime activity help as well. If you are interested please contact Luke at Bloomington Bickford Senior Living. We would to have you join our team and make ... Read Full Post
Hey all we are currently looking at growing our volunteer program for our weekend and nightly activities. But we also have a high demand for daytime activity help as well. If you are interested please contact Luke at Bloomington Bickford Senior Living. We would to have you join our team and make the activities something out of this world!
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Our Lunch outtings are a huge hit with the Bickford family. So many smiles and laughs are had during this time.
05-02-2017
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Our Folks on Mary B's enjoy their time with our Chaplins coming in and talking about the Word of God and spending time with each other. Everyone gets involved!
05-02-2017
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Passing by this morning, one of our residents began playing the piano. In a short time a crowd formed and listened to her play. What a fun impromptu event!
04-26-2017
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Another Great Example of music and how it effect memories is the sound of a piano, and the memories a few chords can elicit. Below one of our BFM's comes to play piano for the residents and picks a selection of music from the 40's, 50's and some big band era music. The faces of our family members ... Read Full Post
Another Great Example of music and how it effect memories is the sound of a piano, and the memories a few chords can elicit. Below one of our BFM's comes to play piano for the residents and picks a selection of music from the 40's, 50's and some big band era music. The faces of our family members here at Bickford just light up when they hear the first few chords come off the piano. They love when Tiffany comes to play. The residents here afterwards sit and talk with Tiffany and share memories of songs she played and events in their lives they remembered from listening to that song.
04-26-2017
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Marj likes to get together with everyone and tell as many stories as she can fit into any given amount of time. In this picture, Marj is explaining her life as a farm girl and her knowledge of planting. She was so excited to be able to share her knowledge and relive some of her childhood memories. ... Read Full Post
Marj likes to get together with everyone and tell as many stories as she can fit into any given amount of time. In this picture, Marj is explaining her life as a farm girl and her knowledge of planting. She was so excited to be able to share her knowledge and relive some of her childhood memories. Just look at that smile! She was beaming all day long after our meeting!
04-26-2017
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Music Therapy is such an important part of memory care. We have two different groups that come in to aide in this service. We also try to incorporate as much music into our day as possible. Yesterday we had students from Illinois State University come to share their passion of music and movement ... Read Full Post
Music Therapy is such an important part of memory care. We have two different groups that come in to aide in this service. We also try to incorporate as much music into our day as possible. Yesterday we had students from Illinois State University come to share their passion of music and movement with our family here at Bickford.
04-26-2017
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Our very own Marj won the raffle drawing, she decided to turn the candle ring into a hat!!! She is so creative!
04-25-2017
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We had the ladies from Deck the Door come in to do a presentation on how to make door wreaths. We had a ton of fun watching them and even got the opportunity to purchase some of their products! Thank you for the fun day!
04-25-2017
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We had so much fun today with music therapy!!! The way music lights up the faces of our residents is absolutely amazing!
04-18-2017
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Here is one of our residents definitely ready to cruise the open seas! :)
04-17-2017
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We had a ton of fun for our Cruise the Open Seas day last week. We had a shuffle Board, Beach Balls toss, Pictures by the sea, and so much more!!!
04-17-2017
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We had so much fun doing the Bunny hop with the Easter Bunny and telling him what we wanted for Easter.
04-17-2017
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sorting through all the treasures we found from our Easter Egg Hunt!
04-17-2017
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WE had a wonderful time during our Easter Egg Hunt!!!
04-17-2017
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THis will be a fun group!! Look forward to seeing everyone there!
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Today we had our Developing Melodies Group. Music really brings out the best in people and it is amazing to see them light up with a familiar song!
04-03-2017
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Here are some of the group that went to lunch! Who couldn't resist some Cheddar Bay biscuits from Red Lobster! They were so good we brought some back for our CNA's too!
04-03-2017
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Friday we went to lunch and then the group went for a ride to Dawson Lake to see some deer, squirrels, and a ton of other wildlife.
04-03-2017
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Immediate openings for Assisted Living. Planning ahead is very important as well. If you know at some point you will need Assisted Living put down a refundable deposit to get on the wait list. Do you have challenging schedules? I am available to tour on weekends and evenings. To schedule a tour ... Read Full Post
Immediate openings for Assisted Living. Planning ahead is very important as well. If you know at some point you will need Assisted Living put down a refundable deposit to get on the wait list. Do you have challenging schedules? I am available to tour on weekends and evenings. To schedule a tour call Brandy Espeland 217-493-7556.
03-31-2017
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Take a Look at our News Letter!
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Please Join us for a fun filled time, making memories and having a great time!
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Music Therapy, and Music Memory. Learning new rhythms to move to, and Songs to sing.
03-30-2017
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along with Beach Volley Ball, we had a Sea Shell Search, Sand Dying and A TON of food! No one left bored or hungry!
03-30-2017
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Jim showed us his fishing skills and caught himself a whopper of a Goldfish! Way to go Jim!
03-30-2017
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Tossing the Beach Ball during our Beach Party yesterday! We had so much participation and so much fun!!! Great time had by all!!!
03-30-2017
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We had Tiffany M come play piano for us and Dixie sang every single song Tiffany played. What fun, what great memories were stirred. Thank you Tiffany for coming in and sharing your talent with us!
03-30-2017
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OUr Drive to Dawson Lake! It was chilly but between the singing and joke telling, fun was had by all!
03-30-2017
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Our major Winner from Casino Day! She won so much stuff she had to use her shirt as a pouch to get her loot back home! Way to go Dottie!!!
03-30-2017
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Linda at our Mall walk a few days ago. Having fun making faces at the Mall Walkers.
03-30-2017
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preparations are well underway for our upcoming Beach Day and final touches are being prepared as we speak! We are very excited for the activities and games we have planned. Since the weather is a little chilly still we are moving the beach inside so no need to lather on sunscreen, come as you are ... Read Full Post
preparations are well underway for our upcoming Beach Day and final touches are being prepared as we speak! We are very excited for the activities and games we have planned. Since the weather is a little chilly still we are moving the beach inside so no need to lather on sunscreen, come as you are and have some fun. Feel free to drop by to our Beach Party at 1:00 PM tomorrow, 3/29, for some refreshments, snacks, games and fun times spent with your family members here at Bickford! We look forward to seeing you all there!
03-28-2017
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Thank you for your service!
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Hope to see you all there!
Check out the PDF 03-03-2017
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BICKFORD HOUSE HAS IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR INDEPENDENT OR ASSISTED LIVING. WE HAVE A COUPLE DIFFERENT SIZE 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS OPEN. CALL BRANDY TO SCHEDULE A TOUR 217-493-7556
03-03-2017
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Happy Valentine's Day!! Today we had an amazing lunch with steak or shrimp scampi, loaded baked potato and asparagus followed by a party where the 2017 king and queen were crowned.
02-15-2017
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Enriching happiness with one of our residents celebrating a 95th birthday. Her request was granted with a yummy chocolate cake.
01-26-2017
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Family Day is this weekend! Hope to see you all there!
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Cake Day is Coming!!!
01-19-2017
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