Bickford of Clinton

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Clinton, 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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It appears even the senior care industry has been dragged into the 'gaming' scene. Studies have shown that playing certain video games is helping patients recovering from stroke and other issues affecting motor and neural functioning. If you can't beat them- join them!!
03-29-2019
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Another wonderful week at Bickford! We have started making some spring/Easter type crafts. There are sooooo many cute ideas, we will be busy for weeks! As the weather warms up we are patiently waiting for our new Bickford Howie bus! We will really enjoy having our own bus. It is a favorite activity ... Read Full Post
Another wonderful week at Bickford! We have started making some spring/Easter type crafts. There are sooooo many cute ideas, we will be busy for weeks! As the weather warms up we are patiently waiting for our new Bickford Howie bus! We will really enjoy having our own bus. It is a favorite activity to go for a ride and see our beautiful Iowa! Today we plan to enjoy a delicious drink called a Grasshopper. It's green and made with ice cream. I pretty sure I while have lots of takers!
03-22-2019
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Top of the day to ya! We had such a fun celebration for St. Patrick's Day. Our cooks, Jen and Sandy do such a nice job of cooking the corn beef with all the trimmings. Jen, makes her special beer punch and the ladies and I make our "famous" blarney stones. Ron Lubbers topped off the night with his ... Read Full Post
Top of the day to ya! We had such a fun celebration for St. Patrick's Day. Our cooks, Jen and Sandy do such a nice job of cooking the corn beef with all the trimmings. Jen, makes her special beer punch and the ladies and I make our "famous" blarney stones. Ron Lubbers topped off the night with his wonderful singing. Thank you to all who were able to make it. Jill came and did a presentation of amphibians this week. She is such a book of knowledge. We enjoyed all of her presentations and look forward to next fall.
03-11-2019
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Happy Easter!
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March at last! The air has a fresh spring like feel. We are all predicting when our first porch sitting event will take place:) This week we enjoyed our "Casino Theme Day". Black Jack is really a fun game. We might have to start playing it on a regular bases. The noon meal was amazing. I don't ... Read Full Post
March at last! The air has a fresh spring like feel. We are all predicting when our first porch sitting event will take place:) This week we enjoyed our "Casino Theme Day". Black Jack is really a fun game. We might have to start playing it on a regular bases. The noon meal was amazing. I don't think a better meal could be found in Las Vegas! We now have our eyes set on St. Patrick's Day. It is such a fun day even if you aren't Irish. The residents also enjoyed the singing of Roger Wies this week. He sang lots of old country songs which many enjoy.
03-08-2019
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Legend says St. Patrick was actually born Maewyn Succat, but that he changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick), which derives from the Latin term for “father figure,” after he became a priest. And that supposed luck of his is the root of all the themed merchandise for modern St. Patrick’s ... Read Full Post
Legend says St. Patrick was actually born Maewyn Succat, but that he changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick), which derives from the Latin term for “father figure,” after he became a priest. And that supposed luck of his is the root of all the themed merchandise for modern St. Patrick’s Day. It wasn’t until the early 18th century that many of today’s traditions were kicked into high gear. Since the holiday falls during Lent, it provides Christians a day off from the prescriptions of abstinence leading up to Easter, and around the 1720s, the church found it “got kind of out of control,” Casey says. It was to remind celebrants what the holiday actually stood for that the church first associated a botanical item—customary for all saints—with St. Patrick, assigning him the symbol of the likewise lucky shamrock. Modern-day celebrations and themes continued to take shape during the rest of the 1700s. In 1762, the first New York City parade took place. It wasn’t until 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion, that the color green became officially associated with the day, Casey says. Up until the rebellion, the color associated with St. Patrick was blue, as it was featured both in the royal court and on ancient Irish flags. But as the British wore red, the Irish chose to wear green, and they sang the song “The Wearing of the Green” during the rebellion, cementing the color’s relevance in Irish history. As for the green beer, that’s an even later addition. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that Ireland repealed a law that initially kept everything—pubs included—shut down for the day. Since then, thanks to a marketing push from Budweiser in the 1980s, downing beer has become a common way to celebrate, regardless of how closely it’s tied to the actually meaning of St. Patrick himself. So there are some legends and festivities about St. Patrick's Day. We celebrate here with our Annual Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner on March 14th at 5:00 pm so join us for the fun and festivities and who knows you might even find a pot of gold!
03-07-2019
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Happy Ash Wednesday! If you visit the branch today, you might see a few of us with dirty foreheads. Growing up, I attended Catholic School, so Ash Wednesday services were held during the school day. After receiving our ashes, we anxiously compared who had more, who's cross was bigger, or who could ... Read Full Post
Happy Ash Wednesday! If you visit the branch today, you might see a few of us with dirty foreheads. Growing up, I attended Catholic School, so Ash Wednesday services were held during the school day. After receiving our ashes, we anxiously compared who had more, who's cross was bigger, or who could manage to keep it on all day without inadvertently wiping it off. Walking home after school past the public school we got quite the stare down, and it never failed, at least one person would mention we had something on our foreheads. So when I walked in to the Iowa City Branch today, I couldn't resist telling a few they had something on THEIR forehead as I stared back at them with the same black smudge smeared across mine. Bickford encourages our residents to engage in their faith, whether it be in church, a synagogue, or through meditation. We will happily reserve space for your own minister to come in, and we have nondenominational services with our partnership with Market Place Ministries. Please join us, we would love to pray with you!
03-06-2019
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Does old man winter have you singing the blues? Well you are not alone! At times they actually give a name to these feelings and call it Seasonal Affect Disorder. It is explained below. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly referred to as the winter blues or winter depression. People ... Read Full Post
Does old man winter have you singing the blues? Well you are not alone! At times they actually give a name to these feelings and call it Seasonal Affect Disorder. It is explained below. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly referred to as the winter blues or winter depression. People typically experience it starting in the fall and all through winter. Sunny summer days and warm weather can improve your mood, so it makes sense that the time change combined with cooler weather and shorter days can have a negative impact on your mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a type of depression and can cause increased anxiety, sadness and stress, lack of enjoyment in regular activities, feelings of isolation, mood swings, and several other symptoms that can take over your life. But there are ways to help deal with it, so gather your inner strength and kick your winter blues to the curb with these lifestyle methods to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Don't forget to exercise regularly, socialize, plan a trip, soak up the sun when it's here, open the blinds, some "me" time (Pedicure, movie, cards etc.), avoid carb overload and at times you may need to talk to a therapist or be a candidate for an antidepressant. Remember to surround yourself with family, grandkids, friends, go to church, go out for lunch, bible study and remember that this season will be gone before you know it so hang in there!
02-26-2019
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It was so nice to have John and Kay back to sing for us this week. They had to miss last month. Between sickness and the weather, we have had a lot of change to the schedule. We are all looking forward to Spring! Our Chaplain, Gloria, lead a sing-a-long with many of her favorite hymns. Jill, a ... Read Full Post
It was so nice to have John and Kay back to sing for us this week. They had to miss last month. Between sickness and the weather, we have had a lot of change to the schedule. We are all looking forward to Spring! Our Chaplain, Gloria, lead a sing-a-long with many of her favorite hymns. Jill, a talented, knowledgeable Naturalist, from the Clinton County Conservation office came and did a presentation on the beautiful Trumpeter Swan. We always learn so much from Jill's presentations. Today, we plan to celebrate Margarita Day, with a tasty cocktail and some chips with salsa! Happy weekend!
02-22-2019
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Valentine's Day is such a nice time to let our resident's know how special they are to us. The staff made sure each of them received a gift to show them our love and appreciation. We also have a lot of fun making decorations, goodie bags and gifts for any visitors. Scott one of our favorite ... Read Full Post
Valentine's Day is such a nice time to let our resident's know how special they are to us. The staff made sure each of them received a gift to show them our love and appreciation. We also have a lot of fun making decorations, goodie bags and gifts for any visitors. Scott one of our favorite singers, braved the snowy, cold weather and came to sing for us on Tuesday. Today, Randy and his Gospel Quartet will be here to entertain. The residents enjoy singing along with the old gospel songs. Such a treat!
02-15-2019
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Welcome Spring!
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This week we were so fortunate to have the "Material Girls" come to Bickford. They are a group of women who quilt and meet once a month. They brought past and present projects to show us. So beautiful and so much work! Several of our residents are also quilters so they really enjoyed seeing all the ... Read Full Post
This week we were so fortunate to have the "Material Girls" come to Bickford. They are a group of women who quilt and meet once a month. They brought past and present projects to show us. So beautiful and so much work! Several of our residents are also quilters so they really enjoyed seeing all the quilts, runners and squares. Thank you to the Material Girls for the time and effort they took to come and visit with us.
02-08-2019
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Recent scientific research has shown that there is an area in the brain that can be stimulated to produce laughter. The laughter is followed by a prolonged period of calm. While this information may prove to be very helpful in treating pain, depression and other maladies, it also proves what we at ... Read Full Post
Recent scientific research has shown that there is an area in the brain that can be stimulated to produce laughter. The laughter is followed by a prolonged period of calm. While this information may prove to be very helpful in treating pain, depression and other maladies, it also proves what we at Bickford have long known to be true- LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE! We do a lot of laughing and loving here at Bickford- check us out!
02-05-2019
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Once a month Megan a trained massage therapist comes to Bickford. For a small fee, she gives residents who want a back massage, 10 minutes of heavenly touch. The ones who participate really look forward to her visit. Ask your loved one if they take advantage of this therapy? If not, they might want ... Read Full Post
Once a month Megan a trained massage therapist comes to Bickford. For a small fee, she gives residents who want a back massage, 10 minutes of heavenly touch. The ones who participate really look forward to her visit. Ask your loved one if they take advantage of this therapy? If not, they might want to start!
02-01-2019
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Well it's the last day of January and it is COLD COLD COLD! Midwesterners trudged ahead Thursday into a familiar, grim reality: temperatures well below zero, schools and businesses closed, stern warnings to wear extra layers or, better yet, just stay indoors. The polar vortex that arrived earlier ... Read Full Post
Well it's the last day of January and it is COLD COLD COLD! Midwesterners trudged ahead Thursday into a familiar, grim reality: temperatures well below zero, schools and businesses closed, stern warnings to wear extra layers or, better yet, just stay indoors. The polar vortex that arrived earlier this week has for days disrupted life across an entire region. Deaths and injuries were reported. Decades-old records fell. And, for one more day, even stepping outside remained a painful, risky experience. At least eight deaths have been connected to the Midwest’s dangerously cold weather system, according to The Associated Press, including that of a University of Iowa student who was found behind an academic hall several hours before dawn on Wednesday. The sustained cold taxed energy systems across the Midwest, leading to some power failures and urgent calls to customers to reduce the heat in their homes. • Many schools, businesses and restaurants remained shuttered on Thursday, though some offices were reopening and many more were expected to reopen Friday. • By midday on Thursday, airlines had already canceled more than 2,200 flights in the United States, according to FlightAware. On Wednesday, cancellations topped 2,700. One of the main culprits of these frigid temps is frostbite! It can happen in 5 minutes or less with the weather that we have had at 50 below with wind chill. In such extreme cold, exposed skin can develop frostbite in as little as five minutes, said George T. Chiampas, an emergency medicine doctor and professor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The body’s first reaction to extreme cold is to restrict blood and oxygen flow from its extremities, in order to preserve major organs, Dr. Chiampas said. The first signs of frostbite including tingling or pain in the affected areas. If you think you have frostbite, you should immediately go inside and check yourself for any discoloration or other clear sign of frostbite. Fingers, toes and the face are most often affected. People with frostbite sometimes don’t realize what is happening, because their fingers or other parts of their bodies go numb as it sets in. And if they are also experiencing hypothermia, which can be deadly, their judgment could be seriously impaired. Signs of frostbite include skin that has blistered or become discolored, or that feels unusually firm or waxy. It can result in permanent damage and amputation, and can be more dangerous the longer it goes without treatment. “These are absolutely dangerous environments,” Dr. Chiampas said. “If people listen to this really, really important message, hopefully we can avoid some really unfortunate and sad outcomes.” If you think you have frostbite, avoid using a heating pad or hot water, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns: If the affected area is numb, you could get burned. Until you can see a doctor, immerse the area in warm water, change into dry warm clothes, and use blankets and body heat, such as tucking fingers into armpits. The C.D.C. warns against walking on frostbitten feet or toes or massaging affected areas, which can increase damage. So please don't go out if you don't have to but some professions, like healthcare do not have a choice. So dress in layers and take precautions as the temperatures we have been experiencing are life threatening! Keep warm everyone!
01-31-2019
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Temps are below zero today. Clinton, IA topped the charts with a record low of 55 degrees below zero with the wind chill. Bundle up , stay in doors if you can. Frostbite can occur in minutes with this weather. Signs to be aware of are skin becomes very cold, then numb, hard and pale. Will feel pins ... Read Full Post
Temps are below zero today. Clinton, IA topped the charts with a record low of 55 degrees below zero with the wind chill. Bundle up , stay in doors if you can. Frostbite can occur in minutes with this weather. Signs to be aware of are skin becomes very cold, then numb, hard and pale. Will feel pins and needles sensation or stinging. Skin will then become blue, waxy feel or appearance and possible blisters. Don't leave any skin exposed for long periods of time. Attached picture is graphic.
01-30-2019
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Well Mother Nature has given us more snow. Be safe out there Dress warm and wear proper shoes. When walking outside walk like a duck to avoid slipping and falling. Ensure your shoes/boots have good traction. Take plenty of rest periods if shoveling snow an bend and lift with your knees and not your ... Read Full Post
Well Mother Nature has given us more snow. Be safe out there Dress warm and wear proper shoes. When walking outside walk like a duck to avoid slipping and falling. Ensure your shoes/boots have good traction. Take plenty of rest periods if shoveling snow an bend and lift with your knees and not your back to avoid back strain. Stay safe and you if you like snow, go build a snowman, there is plenty; and if you don't move to Bickford, we will shovel for you! Happy Winter!
01-25-2019
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It has certainly been an interesting week. The weather has been a daily subject of conversation. It was quite funny celebrating our Luau Theme Day while the snow fell and the temperatures dropped! We all were dreaming of a tropical island. Theme days are always fun, but we actually have many laughs ... Read Full Post
It has certainly been an interesting week. The weather has been a daily subject of conversation. It was quite funny celebrating our Luau Theme Day while the snow fell and the temperatures dropped! We all were dreaming of a tropical island. Theme days are always fun, but we actually have many laughs and good times everyday. I feel so blessed to get to spend my days with the residents! Check out our Facebook page to see the crazy pictures from our Luau.
01-25-2019
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This time of the year our residents are especially thankful for their warm, safe apartments. As the weather is doing it's thing, they are nice and cozy here. Deputy Tom came this week to talk with us. We call it donuts with a deputy! He is so knowledgeable from his 30 plus years of being on the ... Read Full Post
This time of the year our residents are especially thankful for their warm, safe apartments. As the weather is doing it's thing, they are nice and cozy here. Deputy Tom came this week to talk with us. We call it donuts with a deputy! He is so knowledgeable from his 30 plus years of being on the force. We hope to go on a tour of the new jail, which should be complete this spring. We are having a wonderful time visiting with each other as I read "Reminisce, Life in America" They all have a lot to say about their lives during the Great Depression.
01-18-2019
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The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for this community. With the death of Lt. Eric Hosette and with his fellow firefighter, Adam Cain, who is fighting for his life in Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics, we have been united in showing the love and support to these families, not just ... Read Full Post
The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for this community. With the death of Lt. Eric Hosette and with his fellow firefighter, Adam Cain, who is fighting for his life in Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics, we have been united in showing the love and support to these families, not just here but all across Iowa. We must never forget the sacrifice these public servants face everyday! Not just the fire department but our police departments, first responders and the list goes on and on! They run into the face of danger to help others all the time! The feeling of love in this community has been something to witness! We have other departments in the area stepping up to fill shifts at the Clinton Fire Department so these brave men and women can have time to heal. It is truly amazing to see how everyone has stepped up and tried to do what they could to help. Makes me proud to be a part of this community! My hope is that we can make this feeling last! That this since of love and spirit of unity will continue! It starts with us folks! So as we continue to pray for the Hosette family and Adam Cain, let's do them justice and make them proud as we unite together in a unity and love that this community hasn't seen in a very long time! When firefighters die in the line of duty, this fallen firefighters prayer can be a way to honor their ultimate sacrifice while helping us to be inspired to follow their example of courage and service. Here is that prayer: When I am called to duty God, whenever flames may rage. Give me the strength to save a life whatever be the age. Help me embrace the little child before it is to late, or save the older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout. And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and give the best in me. To guard my every neighbor and protect their property. And if according to your will I have to loose my life. Please Bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife. Amen. Thank you Lt. Eric Hosette for paying the ultimate sacrifice and to fellow fire fighter Adam Cain who continues his fight in Iowa City. Prayers for healing and support to Adam and his family. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!
01-16-2019
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Check out our activities for February.
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We have had a week of birthdays, wonderful guests and fun activities. Many of our ladies took advantage of Facial Day. They all enjoyed a little pampering, and I'm just the gal to do it! Jill, our talented Naturalist came and did her presentation on animal footprints. Wonderful! Our Hat Day theme ... Read Full Post
We have had a week of birthdays, wonderful guests and fun activities. Many of our ladies took advantage of Facial Day. They all enjoyed a little pampering, and I'm just the gal to do it! Jill, our talented Naturalist came and did her presentation on animal footprints. Wonderful! Our Hat Day theme day, was such fun. We were all decked out in unique hats. Some of them antiques, or at least vintage. We ended the day with our local antique expert, Lori showing us her collection of vintage purses. We enjoyed a tea party as well! Such a good day, such a good week!
01-11-2019
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When someone says "annual Meeting" they might imagine an uncomfortable room with charts and graphs, where attendees are slumped in their chair and un-engaged. But Bickford gives that term a whole new meaning! Because we treat everyone like family, we call our annual meeting, Family Reunion, and it ... Read Full Post
When someone says "annual Meeting" they might imagine an uncomfortable room with charts and graphs, where attendees are slumped in their chair and un-engaged. But Bickford gives that term a whole new meaning! Because we treat everyone like family, we call our annual meeting, Family Reunion, and it is everything it is cracked up to be! Lots of fun, engaging activities, and of course we do throw in a little learning. Family Reunion is a time of fellowship and engagement, bringing the Bickford Family together for a time of renewal. One of the fun things we do at Family Reunion is celebrate those Bickford Family Members that go above and beyond at the Pearl Ceremony. I am pleased that in my division, this year we have a BFM up for 6 of the 7 categories! Congratulations to Macomb Kitchen Manager of the Year nominee, Shawn Carroll; Marion BFM of the Year nominee Mike Merchant; Burlington RNC of the Year nominee Teddie Rinehart; Iowa City/Marion CRD of the Year nominee Holly Blood; Cedar Falls Director of the Year nominee Natalie Feldman; and the entire team in Cedar Falls for their Branch of the Year nomination. Michelle and I had a lot of fun surprising them all with a "pearlposal" inviting them to the Pearl Ceremony held in February at Family Reunion. Congratulations to all nominees, you all are very deserving!
01-10-2019
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Happy New Year! Where did 2018 go? That is the question being asked around here. We had so much going on over the holidays, everyone is ready to slow down and settle in for a long winters nap! Many enjoyed the Rose Bowl Parade and some good football games on New Year's Day. Good job Hawkeyes! This ... Read Full Post
Happy New Year! Where did 2018 go? That is the question being asked around here. We had so much going on over the holidays, everyone is ready to slow down and settle in for a long winters nap! Many enjoyed the Rose Bowl Parade and some good football games on New Year's Day. Good job Hawkeyes! This month I really hope to focus on all of our residents getting a little more exercise. Hopefully, some who don't attend the morning exercise class will join in with walking the halls or doing a stretch video with us.
01-04-2019
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Happy New Year from the BFMs and residents of Bickford! 2018 was a great year for us. We added some really wonderful people to our team here. I celebrated 20 years as the Director at Bickford! Our residents and families thoroughly enjoyed watching the complete remodel of our branch unfold. We were ... Read Full Post
Happy New Year from the BFMs and residents of Bickford! 2018 was a great year for us. We added some really wonderful people to our team here. I celebrated 20 years as the Director at Bickford! Our residents and families thoroughly enjoyed watching the complete remodel of our branch unfold. We were excited to offer even more activities outside of our branch as we partnered with our Davenport branch to bring our Bickford Bus here. We ended the year strong with our annual resident and families Christmas party with entertainment by Travis Hossette. As usual, a great time was had by all! We look forward to this new year and the opportunity to make new 'moments of happiness' while serving our residents in 2019.
01-04-2019
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Merry Christmas! We have had a week of talented guests that have truly helped make it feel like Christmas time! So, thank you to all our carolers, band and piano players. We feel special, and loved when people make it a point to visit. The residents and I wish all of you a blessed Merry Christmas. Read Full Post
Merry Christmas! We have had a week of talented guests that have truly helped make it feel like Christmas time! So, thank you to all our carolers, band and piano players. We feel special, and loved when people make it a point to visit. The residents and I wish all of you a blessed Merry Christmas.
12-21-2018
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Happy New Year!
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Christmas is such a joyful time of the year. We have been doing lots of singing. Many of the residents went for a bus ride to see the pretty lights of the season. Clinton Middles School students came and shared their musical talents with us. Jill our knowledgeable Clinton County Naturalist gave a ... Read Full Post
Christmas is such a joyful time of the year. We have been doing lots of singing. Many of the residents went for a bus ride to see the pretty lights of the season. Clinton Middles School students came and shared their musical talents with us. Jill our knowledgeable Clinton County Naturalist gave a fabulous talk on bears. Later that same day Margo Hansen came and talked about the beautiful Poinsettia plant. By the end of the day we all felt so smart! Today, the third grade class from Prince of Peace is coming to make Gingerbread houses with us. So much fun! By the time Christmas gets here we will all need a rest.
12-14-2018
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Influenza Season 2018 Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But ... Read Full Post
Influenza Season 2018 Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly. People at higher risk of developing flu complications • Young children under age 5, and especially those under 2 years • Adults older than age 65 • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum • People with weakened immune systems • People who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and diabetes • People who are very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher Though the annual influenza vaccine isn't 100 percent effective, it's still your best defense against the flu. Symptoms Initially, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. But colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly. And although a cold can be a nuisance, you usually feel much worse with the flu. Common signs and symptoms of the flu include: • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C) • Aching muscles • Chills and sweats • Headache • Dry, persistent cough • Fatigue and weakness • Nasal congestion • Sore throat Most people who get the flu can treat themselves at home and often don't need to see a doctor. If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away. Taking antiviral drugs within the first 48 hours after you first notice symptoms may reduce the length of your illness and help prevent more-serious problems. Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. You can inhale the droplets directly, or you can pick up the germs from an object — such as a telephone or computer keyboard — and then transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth. People with the virus are likely contagious from the day or so before symptoms first appear until about five days after symptoms begin. Children and people with weakened immune systems may be contagious for a slightly longer time. Influenza viruses are constantly changing, with new strains appearing regularly. If you've had influenza in the past, your body has already made antibodies to fight that particular strain of the virus. If future influenza viruses are similar to those you've encountered before, either by having the disease or by vaccination, those antibodies may prevent infection or lessen its severity. But antibodies against flu viruses you've encountered in the past can't protect you from new influenza subtypes that can be very different immunologically from what you had before. *Source-Mayo Clinic
12-07-2018
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What a wonderful week we have had! On Monday, we had a tree trimming party with hot apple cider. Yum! Sandy and Peggy spent many hours putting up Christmas decorations and it looks beautiful! Be sure to drop by and see it. Tuesday, Ann came and played Christmas music on the piano for us. Wednesday, ... Read Full Post
What a wonderful week we have had! On Monday, we had a tree trimming party with hot apple cider. Yum! Sandy and Peggy spent many hours putting up Christmas decorations and it looks beautiful! Be sure to drop by and see it. Tuesday, Ann came and played Christmas music on the piano for us. Wednesday, some of the ladies decorated gingerbread houses that we used as center pieces at our party Thursday night. We also made fudge to enjoy. We had such a nice Christmas party on Thursday. The food was delicious, I think we used every table and chair we could find to accommodate the huge crowd, and the entertainment was festive. It is such a joy to see our residents with their loved ones. Such a blessing!
12-07-2018
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The residents and many of their family members celebrated a delicious and enjoyable Thanksgiving meal here at Bickford. We all have so much we are thankful for! Now full steam ahead to Christmas! On Monday, Megan our Massage Therapist came in to give the residents a back massage. We have several ... Read Full Post
The residents and many of their family members celebrated a delicious and enjoyable Thanksgiving meal here at Bickford. We all have so much we are thankful for! Now full steam ahead to Christmas! On Monday, Megan our Massage Therapist came in to give the residents a back massage. We have several who really look forward to her once a month visit. Gloria one of our chaplains, lead us in a sing-a-long. So many of our residents love to sing. Thank you Gloria! Today, Randy Venema, a good gospel singer is going to preform for us. We are all looking forward to it.
11-30-2018
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GIVING TUESDAY! Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off ... Read Full Post
GIVING TUESDAY! Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. So on this #Givingtuesday choose a nonprofit near and dear to your heart! It's a great way to get involved and help those in need! And that my friends is a win - win. Blessings to you this Holiday Season!
11-27-2018
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Whatever it takes! With Snowmaggedon 2018 in full force, your loved one is in good hands! Have no fear, our caregivers have done whatever it takes to drive, ski, or sled in to work. Caregivers across the Midwest prepared for the worst and came to work early, stayed over extra hours, shoveled snow, ... Read Full Post
Whatever it takes! With Snowmaggedon 2018 in full force, your loved one is in good hands! Have no fear, our caregivers have done whatever it takes to drive, ski, or sled in to work. Caregivers across the Midwest prepared for the worst and came to work early, stayed over extra hours, shoveled snow, cooked breakfast, and most importantly kept the branch running smooth and residents safe and warm. We have an assistant director remain at her branch for 42 hours. 2 caregivers came in Sunday morning, and stayed through the day and night to ensure cares were provide. Caregivers have helped others with rides to work. One branch provided air mattresses, blankets and pillows for those stranded at work. Caregivers hitched rides with 4 wheel drives and snow plows. A branch without power moved all of their residents to the living room near the fireplace to stay warm. Doing whatever it takes, happily, for our residents. Stay warm and safe, your loved one is.
11-26-2018
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Heartfelt wishes for a happy Thanksgiving from our Bickford family. We are thankful every day for the joy our residents bring to us!! We will have a full house tomorrow with many of our residents having family joining them here at Bickford.
11-21-2018
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Veteran's Day was celebrated with one of our favorite singers performing many patriotic songs for us. We also went on a bus trip to all our local cemeteries to pay tribute to those solders who have gone before us. Tuesday, a small group of ladies and I went out for Chinese food. Delicious food and ... Read Full Post
Veteran's Day was celebrated with one of our favorite singers performing many patriotic songs for us. We also went on a bus trip to all our local cemeteries to pay tribute to those solders who have gone before us. Tuesday, a small group of ladies and I went out for Chinese food. Delicious food and nice conversation. Jill, one of our Clinton County Naturalists, came on Wednesday and did a fabulous presentation on bats. Thank you Jill and we look forward to seeing you next month! Today, a group of us made apple, cranberry sauce. That beautiful smell filled the air. We will be enjoying the sauce later today.
11-16-2018
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Merry Christmas!
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Thanksgiving is only one week away - hard to believe! Most of us have wonderful memories of families around the table with a giant turkey adorning the center and grandma's delicious stuffing and pumpkin pie. My kids always want green bean casserole on the menu! We as Americans have much to be ... Read Full Post
Thanksgiving is only one week away - hard to believe! Most of us have wonderful memories of families around the table with a giant turkey adorning the center and grandma's delicious stuffing and pumpkin pie. My kids always want green bean casserole on the menu! We as Americans have much to be thankful for! Often we give thanks for the farmer's good harvest and for the Blessings we enjoy here in the United States of America. But here are some other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving: 1) Charity: Many communities create food drives that collect non-perishable packaged and canned foods for the less fortunate or find other ways to serve others. 2) Prayer: Places of worship offer special Thanksgiving Day services. 3) Thankfulness: Many families take turns sharing what they are most thankful for during their Thanksgiving meal. But we challenge everyone to keep Thanksgiving gratitude alive all year. 4) Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: In 1924, the Macy’s department store held its first Thanksgiving parade in New York City a tradition that continues today and is known as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. During the parade, larger than life balloons depicting famous characters, elaborate floats themed around history and pop culture, along with popular entertainers such as The Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall, high school and college marching bands, and musical performers travel down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square (34th Street). The Macy’s Day Parade has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. 5) Kids Crafts: Both at home and at school, children nationwide create a variety of festive crafts to commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday. From turkeys made by tracing their little hands, to Pilgrim hats. 6) Football: For many, turkey and football go hand in hand, and Americans spend much of Thanksgiving Day watching and/or playing football. Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, according to The Pro Football Hall of Fame, football games on Thanksgiving was once a tradition among colleges and high schools, but expanded once the NFL started scheduling games during the holiday. The first two Thanksgiving Day football games are hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys; and a third game with rotating host teams has been played every year since 2006. 7) Making a Wish: The wishbone (or furcular bone) is often taken out of the turkey after the roasted poultry has been sliced, and tugged on by family members in effort to crack it in half. According to the tale of the wishbone, whomever breaks off the bigger piece of the wishbone will get one special wish granted. This tradition dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C., who believed that birds were sacred. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America. 8) In 1947 President Harry Truman “pardoned” a turkey the day before it was scheduled to be served up as the main course at the White House Thanksgiving dinner. The pardoning of one very lucky bird by the President is now an annual Thanksgiving event at the White House. 9) Holiday Shopping: Recognized as the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Newspapers are filled with ads and special offers from retailers notifying consumers on Thanksgiving Day of the drastic markdowns on popular products in an effort to get as much early holiday sales as possible. So whatever your Thanksgiving Traditions - may you and your families have a very Blessed Day!
11-14-2018
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We have had such a fun week! On Tuesday, an amazing man named Danny came all the way from Waterloo to do his presentation on barn quilts. He was a wealth of information, we were all on the edge of our seats listening and looking at his over 300 slides. We also had the most wonderful country singers ... Read Full Post
We have had such a fun week! On Tuesday, an amazing man named Danny came all the way from Waterloo to do his presentation on barn quilts. He was a wealth of information, we were all on the edge of our seats listening and looking at his over 300 slides. We also had the most wonderful country singers entertain us this week. Many of our residents are true classic country music lovers. They sang along with most of the songs. Of course, we look forward to when they can return for another concert! This was one of those weeks that will be talked about for a long time to come.
11-09-2018
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Our residents in Clinton received flu shots in October to assist in warding off the flu this season. Please help in keeping them healthy by not visiting when you are sick to avoid spreading illness. Thank you for your assistance and we at Bickford hope families have received their flu vaccinations ... Read Full Post
Our residents in Clinton received flu shots in October to assist in warding off the flu this season. Please help in keeping them healthy by not visiting when you are sick to avoid spreading illness. Thank you for your assistance and we at Bickford hope families have received their flu vaccinations as well.
11-07-2018
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Bickford is again a drop off spot for "Toys for Tots". Though the official Toys for Tots was not able to be in operation this year, local merchants have come together to keep a similar program going. Please consider donating to the local children in need this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys may ... Read Full Post
Bickford is again a drop off spot for "Toys for Tots". Though the official Toys for Tots was not able to be in operation this year, local merchants have come together to keep a similar program going. Please consider donating to the local children in need this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off until December 10th.
11-05-2018
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What a fun time trick or treat was. The little 1st graders from Prince of Peace School were so cute. Lots of treats very few tricks! The residents and I often make goodies and place them by the front door for our guest to enjoy. For Halloween we made yummy popcorn balls. They were enjoyed by many! ... Read Full Post
What a fun time trick or treat was. The little 1st graders from Prince of Peace School were so cute. Lots of treats very few tricks! The residents and I often make goodies and place them by the front door for our guest to enjoy. For Halloween we made yummy popcorn balls. They were enjoyed by many! Also this week we had a new entertainer sing for us. He is a good guitarist and the residents sure sang along with his familiar song selection.
11-02-2018
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Halloween and trick or treat is in the air. Today, the first graders from Prince of Peace School and their big buddies(seniors in high school) came to trick or treat. If was so much fun seeing the little ones in costume. After trick or treating they enjoyed a goodie in the activity room. On ... Read Full Post
Halloween and trick or treat is in the air. Today, the first graders from Prince of Peace School and their big buddies(seniors in high school) came to trick or treat. If was so much fun seeing the little ones in costume. After trick or treating they enjoyed a goodie in the activity room. On Wednesday, Dean, one of our residents celebrated his 100th birthday! We are so happy for him. Today, in addition to having trick of treaters, we also found time to make pumpkin rolls and a favorite treat "white trash". We will enjoy them this afternoon while listen to Roger sing. Another happy, eventful week at Bickford!
10-26-2018
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How Halloween Began Nearly 2,000 years ago, an ancient people called the Celts lived in Ireland. Every year around the time of Halloween, the Celts held a fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sah-win'), which means 'summer's end.' They were celebrating the end of the harvest. Legend has it ... Read Full Post
How Halloween Began Nearly 2,000 years ago, an ancient people called the Celts lived in Ireland. Every year around the time of Halloween, the Celts held a fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sah-win'), which means 'summer's end.' They were celebrating the end of the harvest. Legend has it that Samhain was the time of year when spirits were most likely to pass into our realm and visit the living. The spirits of loved ones were invited to come home, and people prepared food for both the living and the dead. People wore masks and lit bonfires to ward off evil spirits. As Christianity swept through Europe, the Celtic traditions spread across Europe but changed slightly to adopt to Christian principles. Rather than celebrating Samhain, Europeans celebrated All Saints' Day, otherwise known as All Hallows' Day, on November 1. But the celebrations actually began the day before on October 31, the holiday when people dressed in masks known as All Hallows' Eve. s a large number of Europeans traveled to the United States in the 1800s, they brought the tradition of All Hallows' Eve with them. With time, the holiday became known for costumes and candy, and it took on the name 'Halloween.' All Hallows' Day also spread to Mexico, where they celebrate a holiday called Day of the Dead. This celebration, held on the first two days of November, combines All Saints' Day with the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead. Families set up altars in homes that are beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and food to honor loved ones who have passed on. It is believed that loved ones' spirits will be released from heaven to come and visit the family. Parties are held in the cemeteries, and people dress up in costume to celebrate life and ward of evil. My grandsons love the Disney movie depicting this called "Coco" - it takes this day and weaves it into a young boy's adventure with his family. I have five grandsons ranging in age from 22 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years and 8 years - all boys! They all love this movie! Our residents love to see the youngsters come from various school classes and they sit by the doors and hand out candy - it is such a joy to see their smiles both young and old alike! So enjoy this day, however you celebrate - some trick or treat, some go to Fall Festivals at local churches and of course there is Clinton's very own Mardi Gras Parade! So whatever you do - be safe!
10-23-2018
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What an enjoyable week we have had. Jim and Joyce two of our wonderful volunteers started out the week. On Tuesday, I took a group out to Homer's Deli for lunch. We really had a good time. Fringe benefit, the restaurant is connected to their bakery! Yummy! Wednesday, we took advantage of the warm ... Read Full Post
What an enjoyable week we have had. Jim and Joyce two of our wonderful volunteers started out the week. On Tuesday, I took a group out to Homer's Deli for lunch. We really had a good time. Fringe benefit, the restaurant is connected to their bakery! Yummy! Wednesday, we took advantage of the warm temperatures and stopped by our favorite ice cream shop. Thursday and Friday we went on a leaf looking adventure. We all agree the change in the seasons never gets old.
10-19-2018
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We are committed to a high standard of care giving at Bickford. Our number one goal is ENRICHING HAPPINESS through a multi-dimensional approach including spiritual, physical and social programs. Each year we measure our residents happiness by surveying our current residents and their families. We ... Read Full Post
We are committed to a high standard of care giving at Bickford. Our number one goal is ENRICHING HAPPINESS through a multi-dimensional approach including spiritual, physical and social programs. Each year we measure our residents happiness by surveying our current residents and their families. We have just received our preliminary results of this year's survey and are anxious to share them with our residents. We will also be sharing with our families at Family Council on November 7th. From here we will set our new goals for the new year! #whateverittakes
10-18-2018
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Happy November!
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Bickford Clinton will be giving Resident Flu Vaccinations on Wednesday, October 17. Please see Heidi for any questions.
10-15-2018
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Baby, it's cold outside, but it's toasty inside Bickford! Now that winter seems to be on its way, this is a great time to check out all the warm activities by the fireplace each day. Forget shoveling snow and scraping windshields, let Bickford do all the cooking and keep things tip top shape. Check ... Read Full Post
Baby, it's cold outside, but it's toasty inside Bickford! Now that winter seems to be on its way, this is a great time to check out all the warm activities by the fireplace each day. Forget shoveling snow and scraping windshields, let Bickford do all the cooking and keep things tip top shape. Check out you local Bickford and schedule a tour today.
10-12-2018
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Yesterday was National Cake Decorating Day. We were lucky enough to have the talented Jolene come and do a demonstration of her cake decorating abilities. By the time she was finished it was a work of art! A tasty one at that! Thank you Jolene. Today we are celebrating Family History Day. Many of ... Read Full Post
Yesterday was National Cake Decorating Day. We were lucky enough to have the talented Jolene come and do a demonstration of her cake decorating abilities. By the time she was finished it was a work of art! A tasty one at that! Thank you Jolene. Today we are celebrating Family History Day. Many of the residents have allowed me put on display family photos. They are so much fun to look at. We were all young once. Bob and Lori Kunz came with their traveling antique show. They brought many items that the residents tried to identify and tell its use. Many great stories where shared. Thank you Bob and Lori
10-11-2018
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Happy October! This week was a week of beautiful weather which we took advantage of by going out on the bus,often. We also had some wonderful entertainment this week. Ann, Elizabeth and Paul played piano and sang many of the golden oldies to the delight of the residents. Also, the singing group the ... Read Full Post
Happy October! This week was a week of beautiful weather which we took advantage of by going out on the bus,often. We also had some wonderful entertainment this week. Ann, Elizabeth and Paul played piano and sang many of the golden oldies to the delight of the residents. Also, the singing group the "Sunbeams" sang for us. Their songs are always very uplifting and easy to listen too. The fall craft we made turned out so much cuter than expected. Who knew we were so talented!
10-05-2018
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