Bickford of Iowa City

Assisted Living

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Iowa City, 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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We just received word from Cowboy Jim that he has the flu and won't be able to join us today. Darn!
02-21-2017
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We hope everyone enjoyed their President's Day! We decorated the building red, white and blue and made flower arrangements to match, enjoyed live music and had some presidential BINGO too!
02-21-2017
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You are invited to join us tomorrow for a great performance by Cowboy Jim! Yee Haw!
02-21-2017
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We are #1 in the company for resident and family happiness!
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We hope to see you at our Family Council meeting tomorrow - Thursday, February 16 at 5:30 pm!
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We would like to invite you to join us for our Valentine's Day concert by Bluestem Trio today at 2 pm in our family room! Happy Valentine's Day!
02-14-2017
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There are still a few spots available for the VNA Foot Care Clinic happening tomorrow! When: Tuesday, February 7 Where: Bickford of Iowa City Time: 8:30 am - Noon Cost: $12.00 (cash or check (payable to VNA) only - we cannot add to your Bickford bill) Insurance is not applicable. To sign up please ... Read Full Post
There are still a few spots available for the VNA Foot Care Clinic happening tomorrow! When: Tuesday, February 7 Where: Bickford of Iowa City Time: 8:30 am - Noon Cost: $12.00 (cash or check (payable to VNA) only - we cannot add to your Bickford bill) Insurance is not applicable. To sign up please email our RNC, Marcia Baldridge, at Marcia.baldridge@enrichinghappiness.com or call the branch directly at 319-351-3200.
02-06-2017
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Here is our February newsletter and calendar! Check out all the fun things we have scheduled and photos from last month!
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Lindsey Doty who leads the University of Iowa Tau Chapter of Delta Gamma volunteers, shares her thoughts about being a Bickford Angel (also known as a volunteer). "By just one visit into Bickford, you feel as though it is a community that you can bond with the residents, that they will make you ... Read Full Post
Lindsey Doty who leads the University of Iowa Tau Chapter of Delta Gamma volunteers, shares her thoughts about being a Bickford Angel (also known as a volunteer). "By just one visit into Bickford, you feel as though it is a community that you can bond with the residents, that they will make you want to come back. It really is a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to come back too. My favorite part about being a volunteer at Bickford is being around the residents. I love coming into Bickford, and having the residents recognize me and ask me how my time at Iowa is going. I also love seeing how happy they get when we do our Delta Gamma cheer right before we depart. It’s rewarding knowing that our time at Bickford is fun for both myself and the residents. Ever since I have been a Delta Gamma at the University of Iowa, volunteering at Bickford has been an opportunity for us. This is my second year of volunteering." Send an email to iowacitylec@enrichinghappiness.com if you're interested in learning more!
01-31-2017
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Happy Chocolate Cake Day!
01-28-2017
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There are still a few spots available for the VNA Foot Care Clinic! When: Tuesday, February 7 Where: Bickford of Iowa City Time: 8:30 am - Noon Cost: $12.00 (cash or check (payable to VNA) only - we cannot add to your Bickford bill) Insurance is not applicable. To sign up please email our RNC, ... Read Full Post
There are still a few spots available for the VNA Foot Care Clinic! When: Tuesday, February 7 Where: Bickford of Iowa City Time: 8:30 am - Noon Cost: $12.00 (cash or check (payable to VNA) only - we cannot add to your Bickford bill) Insurance is not applicable. To sign up please email our RNC, Marcia Baldridge, at Marcia.baldridge@enrichinghappiness.com or call the branch directly at 319-351-3200.
01-28-2017
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As we've said before, our volunteers truly are spectacular! Sally A Hall has been with Bickford longer than many of our staff! She spends not one but TWO MORNINGS a week with our lucky residents. Frequently she even ADDS MORE DAYS to her schedule with us to lend a hand when we have outings or ... Read Full Post
As we've said before, our volunteers truly are spectacular! Sally A Hall has been with Bickford longer than many of our staff! She spends not one but TWO MORNINGS a week with our lucky residents. Frequently she even ADDS MORE DAYS to her schedule with us to lend a hand when we have outings or whenever help is needed. She brings homemade goodies for the residents every Tuesday to enjoy while she shares stories and also provides top-notch manicures and hand massages on Wednesdays and SO much more! Special kudos and thanks go out to Sally! Our branch wouldn't be the same without you!
01-24-2017
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Moments of Happiness
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Here are the dates for our Family Council Meetings. We hope to see you there!
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If you'd like to join us, please email Harmony at iowacitylec@enrichinghappiness.com to RSVP by 1/24 please!
01-22-2017
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We've had our morning walk, enjoyed Sally's homemade goodies and listened to wonderful stories and now it's time to have fun putting together a new puzzle!
01-10-2017
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As we get older, there is a greater risk of developing medical conditions or developing problems with memory. It is important to know what to look for and when to seek medical help. To help, here are 7 signs your parents may need help: 1. Is food in the refrigerator uneaten or outdated? Are the ... Read Full Post
As we get older, there is a greater risk of developing medical conditions or developing problems with memory. It is important to know what to look for and when to seek medical help. To help, here are 7 signs your parents may need help: 1. Is food in the refrigerator uneaten or outdated? Are the fridge and cabinets bare? 2. Do they look like they’ve lost a lot of unexplained weight? 3. Have they ignored their personal hygiene? 4. Are there obvious signs of unpaid bills? 5. Do they seem confused or lost in the neighborhood? 6. Are they missing medical or social appointments? 7. Do they seem abnormally disconnected or confused? These signs could be an indication that your loved one is dealing with physical limitations, memory loss and depression. If your loved one is dealing with the challenges of aging, Bickford Senior Living is here to help. Relieve some of that stress and let Bickford help you and your loved one work with their physicians to identify problems and suggest alternatives that may help lead a more active and comfortable lifestyle.
01-09-2017
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Happy New Year! Here is our January newsletter and calendar.
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Watching the Hawkeyes win with courtside seats was a great way to end the year!
01-02-2017
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We are looking for both a licensed cosmetologist and a barber to work in our beauty salon. If you or someone you know is licensed and looking for some extra work in a wonderful atmosphere with friendly folks, please reach out to Harmony at iowacitylec@enrichinghappiness.com.
12-27-2016
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Congratulations to our Kitchen Manager extraordinaire, Linda Bowman, for being the newest Diamond member of the B91 club for enriching happiness at our branch for over 5 years!
12-22-2016
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Friendly reminder that we hope to see you at our annual Bickford Family Christmas Party this Thursday, December 15 from 6 - 8 pm!
12-13-2016
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We hope you will join us for our annual Bickford Family Christmas Party on Thursday, December 15 from 6 - 8 pm!
12-06-2016
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Here is our December newsletter and calendar! We hope you will make special note to join us for our Bickford Family Christmas Party on Thursday, December 15 at 6 pm!
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Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!
11-23-2016
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We would love for you to join us for this fun event by Vino Van Gogh! Please email me (Harmony) at iowacitylec@enrichinghappiness.com to RSVP!
11-21-2016
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We hope to see you tonight at our Family Council Meeting in the living room at 5:30 pm. Erin Droll of Corridor Care Management will be here to share information about POA's and conservators to start us off!
11-17-2016
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We are so proud of Jim, Sally, Bernice and Hartley who received awards for being the most improved in their strength through our Live 2B Healthy classes!
11-08-2016
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We will begin our Halloween morning to make sure we are all in the spirit with a drive to enjoy all of the fabulously decorated houses!
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We are looking forward to visiting Wilson's Orchard tomorrow! We hope to see you there!
10-22-2016
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I am so excited to announce we have a new Bickford family member, Monica Buckman! She is our new Life Enrichment Assistant! Please help me welcome her to our Bickford family!
10-17-2016
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Here is our October newsletter and calendar!
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Walk to End Alzheimer's Update! Our Bickford of Iowa City is officially the TOP fundraising team! Woo hoo! Thanks so much to all who supported us. Donations are still being accepted until December. If you'd like to support this worthy cause, you can here: http://act.alz.org/goto/Bickford 1. ... Read Full Post
Walk to End Alzheimer's Update! Our Bickford of Iowa City is officially the TOP fundraising team! Woo hoo! Thanks so much to all who supported us. Donations are still being accepted until December. If you'd like to support this worthy cause, you can here: http://act.alz.org/goto/Bickford 1. Bickford of Iowa City $4,516.11 2. Team Compassion $4,473.00 3. Gary's Group $4,240.00
09-30-2016
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We hope you will join us tonight!
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There is still time to join our team to walk this Sunday and to donate! Go to http://act.alz.org/goto/Bickford to sign up or make an online donation today! Our team is currently ranked #2 for fundraising. Let's go for #1!
09-16-2016
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We hope you will join us for our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Grandparent's Day 9/11 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Click on the flyer for more details.
08-29-2016
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We will be ordering Bickford t-shirts for alzheimer's awareness and to wear at the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Our own Caitlin and Dawn designed these beautiful shirts! Please place your order by Sunday, August 28 to Harmony. Don't you want one of these great shirts?! If you haven't joined our ... Read Full Post
We will be ordering Bickford t-shirts for alzheimer's awareness and to wear at the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Our own Caitlin and Dawn designed these beautiful shirts! Please place your order by Sunday, August 28 to Harmony. Don't you want one of these great shirts?! If you haven't joined our Bickford of Iowa City team for the walk on Sunday, September 18, you can sign up or donate here online: http://act.alz.org/goto/Bickford I am pleased to share our team is growing everyday as is our fundraising total! Woo hoo!
08-24-2016
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We hope you will join us this Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 pm in the living room for exciting Bickford updates! This is a great opportunity to meet other resident family members and ask any questions you may have!
08-17-2016
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Check out all of the delicious produce our courtyard garden has produced in the last few days! Turns out they taste even sweeter when grown with love.
08-05-2016
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Here is our August newsletter and calendar! Enjoy!
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Goodbye from Ali & Tami: As I leave Bickford to pursue an exciting new career path, outside of health care, know that I will sincerely miss my Bickford family. I have truly appreciated the opportunity to welcome many wonderful residents and their families in to Bickford over the years. It has been ... Read Full Post
Goodbye from Ali & Tami: As I leave Bickford to pursue an exciting new career path, outside of health care, know that I will sincerely miss my Bickford family. I have truly appreciated the opportunity to welcome many wonderful residents and their families in to Bickford over the years. It has been an honor to care for our residents and learn from their Life Song stories. I wish you all the very best. Thank you for sharing yourselves with me these past six years. ~Ali It is with mixed feelings that I write this note to let you know I will be leaving my position at the end of the month to become the RNC in our Marion branch. It saddens me to be leaving however, after making a two hour commute for over five years, I am pretty excited about a 50 minute commute and new challenges. There are not enough words to explain what all of you have meant to me, so all I will say is thank you for the memories and letting me be a part of your lives! ~Tami
07-21-2016
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Can you believe our HUGE harvest from our courtyard garden today?! Everyone enjoyed these fresh veggies with their appetizer at lunch today. Yum!
07-18-2016
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Check out this gorgeous strawberry we found this morning! Ramona was in the right place at the right time and said this beautiful Bickford berry was delicious!
07-14-2016
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We are all very excited to return to Cedar Ridge Winery next week to celebrate our Italian theme day on Thursday, July 21! Can you think of a better way to enjoy an Italian theme than with gourmet wood-fired pizza and an exclusive private wine tasting and tour?! Delizioso! If you'd like to join us, ... Read Full Post
We are all very excited to return to Cedar Ridge Winery next week to celebrate our Italian theme day on Thursday, July 21! Can you think of a better way to enjoy an Italian theme than with gourmet wood-fired pizza and an exclusive private wine tasting and tour?! Delizioso! If you'd like to join us, please email me at bickfordactivities.iowacity@gmail.com.
07-12-2016
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We hope you had as much fun as we did celebrating our nation's independence!
07-05-2016
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Have you saved the date (August 12) for the Silver Games yet?! This only happens once every four years! I am making a list of folks who are willing to volunteer at this event. If you are willing to join us, please email me at bickfordactivities.iowacity@gmail.com right away! There will be a free ... Read Full Post
Have you saved the date (August 12) for the Silver Games yet?! This only happens once every four years! I am making a list of folks who are willing to volunteer at this event. If you are willing to join us, please email me at bickfordactivities.iowacity@gmail.com right away! There will be a free lunch and LOTS of fun!
06-28-2016
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A Toy Story We often see, and encourage, grand kids and great grand kids, (heck, all kids!) to visit our branches and make themselves at home. I was at my Macomb Branch a while back, and as I was walking out, a resident, her husband, and their children were sitting on the front porch. They were ... Read Full Post
A Toy Story We often see, and encourage, grand kids and great grand kids, (heck, all kids!) to visit our branches and make themselves at home. I was at my Macomb Branch a while back, and as I was walking out, a resident, her husband, and their children were sitting on the front porch. They were taking much delight in watching their grand kids color beautiful pictures on the sidewalk using chalk. They told me how they loved to watch little kids play. It reminded me of when I went to my own grandparents home. My siblings and cousins and I would drag out a big box of toys that my grandma kept for us. She would love to watch us from the kitchen or sit outside and enjoy our play. I wanted to recreate that same feeling for our residents. Soon, you will find a basket similar to the one pictured at each of my locations on the front porch or the courtyard. The grand baskets are filled with fun outdoor activities to not only entertain our little visitors, but to provide a bridge between generations. After all, we are all kids at heart. <3 Beth
06-24-2016
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Here is our July newsletter and calendar. Enjoy!
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We had fun making edible flags. Have you ever eaten an American flag? They are delicious!
06-16-2016
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On the Road Again! That's the song that repeatedly ran through my mind the last 2 weeks of May as I traveled each day to one of my 10 branches to attend our Family Council Meetings. I felt like a politician on the campaign trail as I zipped from one location to the next, often criss-crossing across ... Read Full Post
On the Road Again! That's the song that repeatedly ran through my mind the last 2 weeks of May as I traveled each day to one of my 10 branches to attend our Family Council Meetings. I felt like a politician on the campaign trail as I zipped from one location to the next, often criss-crossing across Iowa and Illinois. Although it made for some late evenings, I truly enjoyed coming into the branches at a different time than normal, visiting with caregivers and families that I don't always see when I am there during the morning/early afternoon times. For those that attended, thank you for taking the time to meet with us, and learn about the HappYness Survey, and our exciting plans to make our branches even better! For those that were unable to attend, I hope to see you at the next council, which is in August. Please feel free to stop in your local director's office any time if we can do something to help make your experience the best it can be while at Bickford. Until then, happy trails!
06-10-2016
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