Bickford of Marion

Assisted Living & Memory Care

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

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With the holidays approaching fast, it is important to remember these ten survival tips for families who are coping with dementia. Tip 1 - Planning can avoid holiday stress Individuals who experience the most difficulty with the holiday season are those who have given little thought to the ... Read Full Post
With the holidays approaching fast, it is important to remember these ten survival tips for families who are coping with dementia. Tip 1 - Planning can avoid holiday stress Individuals who experience the most difficulty with the holiday season are those who have given little thought to the challenges they will encounter. Consider ahead of time what may be expected of you, both socially and emotionally.  Discuss holiday celebrations with relatives and close friends in advance.  Plan to maintain a regular routine while trying to provide a pleasant, meaningful and calm holiday event.  Celebrate early in the day or have a noon meal rather than a late dinner. Tip 2 – Take care of yourself (caregiver) Remember, the holidays are opportunities to share time with people you love. Try to make these celebrations easy on yourself and with the person with Alzheimer’s disease so that you may concentrate on enjoying your time together.  Set limits by telling family and friends that you intend to control stress this holiday season.  Maintain a positive mental attitude.  Ask for assistance for you and your loved one.  Attend an Alzheimer’s Association support group that will allow you discuss ways to overcome holiday stress.  Prepare to deal with post-holiday letdown. Arrange for in-home care (respite care) so you can enjoy a movie or lunch with a friend and reduce post-holiday stress. Tip 3 – Prepare the person with Alzheimer’s for the family gathering Preparing your loved one for the upcoming holiday events can allow both of you to enjoy the warmth of the season.  Talk about and show photos of family members and friends who will be visiting.  Have a “quiet” room in case things get too hectic.  Play familiar music and serve favorite traditional holiday foods.  Schedule naps, especially if the person usually takes naps.  Schedule family and friends visit times Tip 4 – Prepare family members and friends Preparing families and friends with an honest appraisal of the person’s condition can help avoid uncomfortable or harmful situations.  Familiarize family members and friends with behaviors and condition changes.  Recommend practical and useful gifts. (See Tip 7)  Remind family and friends the best way to communicate with a person with dementia. (See Tip 6) Tip 5 – Involve everyone when selecting activities Involve everyone in holiday activities including the person with dementia.  Consider taking walks, icing cookies, telling stories, doing chores, making a memory book or family tree, or keeping a journal.  To encourage conversation, place magazines, scrapbooks, or photo albums in reach; play music to prompt dancing or other kinds of exercise.  Encourage young family members to participate in simple and familiar activities with the person. Tip 6 – Communicate with success Alzheimer’s can diminish a person’s ability to communicate. These tips may help you understand each other.  Be calm and supportive if the person has trouble communicating.  Speak slowly with a relaxed tone.  Avoid criticism. For example, when someone forgets a recent conversation, avoid saying, “Don’t you remember?”  Address the person by name.  Be patient, flexible, and do not argue with the person with Alzheimer’s Tip 7 -- Smart gift giving  Encourage family and friends to give useful, practical gifts for the person such as identification bracelet (available through Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®). Other gifts may include comfortable easy-to-remove clothing, audiotapes of favorite music, videos, and photo albums.  Advise others not to give gifts such as dangerous tools or instruments, utensils, challenging board games, complicated electronic equipment, or pets.  If possible, involve the person in giving gifts. For example, someone who once enjoyed cooking may enjoy baking cookies, or buy the gift and allow the person to wrap it. Tip 8 – Safe environment in the home Persons with dementia may experience changes in judgment. This behavior may lead to confusion, frustration, or wandering. Consider these tips to reduce the risk of injury and situations that could be confusing to someone with dementia.  Assign a “buddy” to watch out for the person to ensure their comfort.  Arrange ample space for walking side-by-side, for wheelchairs, and walkers. Keep walking areas clear.  Consider seating options so the person with Alzheimer’s can best focus on conversation and be least distracted.  Don’t serve alcohol, which may lead to inappropriate behavior or interactions with medications.  Accommodate changes in vision. Place contrasting-color rugs in front of doors or steps. Avoid dark-colored rugs that may appear to be “holes.”  Limit access to places where injuries occur, such as a kitchen or stairwell. Check temperature of water and food.  Create even level of lighting; avoid blinking lights.  Keep decorations simple; avoid using candies, artificial fruits/vegetables, or other edibles as decorations.  Supervise in taking medicine.  Keep emergency phone numbers and a list of medications handy. Tip 9 -- Travel wisely The following suggestions may ensure a positive traveling experience:  Never leave the person alone.  Use familiar modes of transportation and avoid peak travel times.  Keep plans simple and maintain daily routines as much as possible.  Allow extra time to avoid the stress of rushing.  Advise service and hospitality staff that you are traveling with someone with dementia and about the person’s behaviors and special needs.  Arrange for services, such as wheelchairs, ahead of time.  Provide identification items such as a Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®) bracelet and clothing labels. Tip 10 – Reliable sources of support Families can call the Alzheimer’s Association at 727-578-2558 or the 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-772-8672 to answer questions about warning signs and to assist persons with dementia and caregivers. The Helpline will be open all Christmas day and News Year day, as well as year round. Source: https://www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/alzheimers_disease_62487.asp
10-16-2017
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October Calendar and Newsletter!
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When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'Tis near Halloween! Come join us for our first annual Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 30th from 4-6 PM! The parking lot will be filled with trunks full of goodies, our resident's will be passing out candy inside our ... Read Full Post
When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'Tis near Halloween! Come join us for our first annual Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 30th from 4-6 PM! The parking lot will be filled with trunks full of goodies, our resident's will be passing out candy inside our Branch, and there will be games and Halloween snacks in our patio area for all to enjoy! This event is open to the public so make sure to spread the word! If you have any questions, please feel free to call (319) 373-7000 or email jacobi.feckers@enrichinghappiness.com. We hope to see you there!
10-09-2017
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Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of ... Read Full Post
Living in the Midwest gives us the advantage of not getting used to one particular season for too long! I love traveling to all of my branches to see what creative things they have come up with to ring in the new season. Fall is no exception, as I LOVE the pumpkins, colorful leaves and smell of spices in the air. This front porch is one example of the crisp autumn welcome you will get when dropping by.
10-03-2017
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September 2017 Newsletter and Calendar
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Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are ... Read Full Post
Scholarship Recipient One of the many great opportunities Bickford provides for their Bickford Family members is the opportunity to advance their education through financial assistance. Bickford offers 2 scholarships each year. The Bickford scholarship is for current Bickford Family Members who are interested in furthering their education. The Eby Scholarship is for the children of Bickford Family Members who are pursuing higher education. I was lucky enough to not only present both scholarships to 2 very deserving students in my division, but the Eby scholarship was extra special as it went to my daughter this year! Riley is going to be a sophomore at the University of Iowa, majoring in nursing. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Sorority, and has been accepted into the honors program. Congratulations Riley! Pictured is Riley (left) receiving her scholarship certificate from Divisional Director of Resident Services for Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois, Michelle Adam.
08-24-2017
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August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Here are some ways to celebrate this day and partake in a little relaxation yourself! Cuddle with a pet Smell some flowers Dance! Stretch and do yoga Look out the window Squeeze a stressball Sip a cup of green tea - (My favorite) Eat a mango and most ... Read Full Post
August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Here are some ways to celebrate this day and partake in a little relaxation yourself! Cuddle with a pet Smell some flowers Dance! Stretch and do yoga Look out the window Squeeze a stressball Sip a cup of green tea - (My favorite) Eat a mango and most importantly... Remember to breathe
08-11-2017
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August Calendar!
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Hello friends and family! The Iowa heat is giving us a run for our money, but we are making the best of it! We have purchased a variety of new courtyard furniture so the residents can all enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts! The vegetables that our residents planted in the new planters are ... Read Full Post
Hello friends and family! The Iowa heat is giving us a run for our money, but we are making the best of it! We have purchased a variety of new courtyard furniture so the residents can all enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts! The vegetables that our residents planted in the new planters are growing very well and will soon be producing yummy goodies that we can use in our kitchen! You will notice that the courtyard will be getting a nice update with some new plants and even a beautiful new tree! We have several residents and family that are passionate about working to save endangered butterflies. The Monarch Project is generously donating Monarch caterpillars to our milkweed plants so we can watch them crystallize and transition into beautiful butterflies! We will all be on the edge of our seat to watch this miracle of life take place! Our salon is also getting a makeover; it will be functional during the entire transition but by the time it is done it will have an entirely new look! Feel free to pop by and check out all the new things happening at Bickford in Marion!
07-10-2017
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Did you know that July is Social Wellness Month? Social Wellness means nurturing yourself and your relationships. You can do this by spending time by yourself and giving yourself a break. Being a caregiver does put a lot of stress on yourself and relationships. Take some time for you this month to ... Read Full Post
Did you know that July is Social Wellness Month? Social Wellness means nurturing yourself and your relationships. You can do this by spending time by yourself and giving yourself a break. Being a caregiver does put a lot of stress on yourself and relationships. Take some time for you this month to help celebrate Social Wellness Month!
07-03-2017
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July Calendar! Have a safe Fourth, everyone!
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One of our favorite outings of the month is Lunch Bunch! In June we went to Olive Garden, safe to say we had our fill! Family and friends are always welcome to join us on our outings, come spend time with us!
06-26-2017
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June is greeting us with some gorgeous warm weather! And we have been living it up, doing all we can outside to enjoy it :) Father's Day is coming up and we are so excited to celebrate with our Father's Day grill out! If your husband, father, or grandfather call Bickford home, you are invited over ... Read Full Post
June is greeting us with some gorgeous warm weather! And we have been living it up, doing all we can outside to enjoy it :) Father's Day is coming up and we are so excited to celebrate with our Father's Day grill out! If your husband, father, or grandfather call Bickford home, you are invited over for grilled steak and shrimp on Friday, June 16th! Grilling starts at 5! Just bring yourself! Have a great weekend!
06-02-2017
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend from all of us at Bickford!
05-25-2017
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June Calendar!
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Come Join The Bickford Family!
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While we wait for the weather to warm up (and stay warm) we have been dreaming of Spring indoors! We have quite a few crafty ladies and today they tried their hand at some painting! Look at Betty's beautiful butterfly! And the countdown is on! Our Mother's Day Tea is one week from Saturday! Join us ... Read Full Post
While we wait for the weather to warm up (and stay warm) we have been dreaming of Spring indoors! We have quite a few crafty ladies and today they tried their hand at some painting! Look at Betty's beautiful butterfly! And the countdown is on! Our Mother's Day Tea is one week from Saturday! Join us May 13th at 2p for some music, refreshments, and more!
05-04-2017
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Evening entertainment is a great way to unwind before bed! This week we enjoyed a group of Gospel musicians after dinner! Music is a big part of our activity calendar because it is something everyone at all levels can enjoy!
04-21-2017
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Spring has sprung in Marion and our residents are ready for months of warm sunshine ahead. Our courtyard is going to get some TLC in near future. We will be adding new gardening boxes for the residents to help plant both flower and vegetables, as well as some plants that we hope will attract some ... Read Full Post
Spring has sprung in Marion and our residents are ready for months of warm sunshine ahead. Our courtyard is going to get some TLC in near future. We will be adding new gardening boxes for the residents to help plant both flower and vegetables, as well as some plants that we hope will attract some beautiful butterflies! If you are blessed with a green thumb, or just would like to enjoy the sunshine and company, we encourage you to come join us!
04-20-2017
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May Calendar!
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Alzheimer's Communication
04-11-2017
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APRIL FOOL'S! Here is a little April Fool's Day Joke for you! Straight from the mouth of one of our very own residents! "Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down the street? They were assaulted." Get it? Haha! Enjoy your first day of this wonderful month!
04-01-2017
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APRIL FOOL'S! Here is a little April Fool's Day Joke for you! Straight from the mouth of one of our very own residents! "Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down the street? They were assaulted." Get it? Haha! Enjoy your first day of this wonderful month!
04-01-2017
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I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and had a safe and fun St. Patty's day yesterday! Can you believe we are over halfway through March? Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Family Council meeting this past week! We hold these meetings quarterly and they are a great way for family ... Read Full Post
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and had a safe and fun St. Patty's day yesterday! Can you believe we are over halfway through March? Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Family Council meeting this past week! We hold these meetings quarterly and they are a great way for family members to connect and communicate with our management team! We will see you again this summer :) Lastly, just a quick reminder that this Wednesday, the 22nd we will be having Darlene and her Accordion Gang perform for us at 2! This is a branch favorite so you won't want to miss out! Have a great rest of your day!
03-18-2017
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April Calendar!
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One week until St. Patrick's Day! Which means we are almost to the middle of March! Time flies when you're having fun, right!? Next week visit us on Monday at 10 a.m. to hear the wonderful music from our contry-western performer Tom Anderson! And just a reminder to family and friends, we have a new ... Read Full Post
One week until St. Patrick's Day! Which means we are almost to the middle of March! Time flies when you're having fun, right!? Next week visit us on Monday at 10 a.m. to hear the wonderful music from our contry-western performer Tom Anderson! And just a reminder to family and friends, we have a new chapel service time on Wednesdays. It will be held after lunch at 1:00 now instead of 11:00! Have a great weekend!
03-10-2017
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Something to make your day a little brighter: At the urging of Harry’s wife and doctor, 65 year old Harry finally made it to the gym. After consulting with one of the trainers, Harry decided to try out a steep treadmill. “Ok”, said the trainer “I’m going to set it for ten minutes, if you ... Read Full Post
Something to make your day a little brighter: At the urging of Harry’s wife and doctor, 65 year old Harry finally made it to the gym. After consulting with one of the trainers, Harry decided to try out a steep treadmill. “Ok”, said the trainer “I’m going to set it for ten minutes, if you want to go longer just press start again.” At first Harry was doing fine but after 5 seconds he started getting tired, and after a minute he jumped off gasping for breath. Walking to the side to sit down, he passed by a friend of his. “Man”, said Harry. “I could barely last a full minute on that treadmill.” “Alright alright”, said his buddy, “no reason to brag!”
03-08-2017
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Feeling lucky? This week we are looking forward to Casino Day! Just one of our "Pearl Events" this week! Stop by this Wednesday at 2 for some fun and games and a chance to win some cool prizes! And have you ever enjoyed a parfait? I love parfaits and they are so easy to make! This week we made some ... Read Full Post
Feeling lucky? This week we are looking forward to Casino Day! Just one of our "Pearl Events" this week! Stop by this Wednesday at 2 for some fun and games and a chance to win some cool prizes! And have you ever enjoyed a parfait? I love parfaits and they are so easy to make! This week we made some with flavored yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and more! Check out Shirley enjoying hers below!
03-04-2017
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March Calendar!
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Where did our warm weather go? I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the warmer temps earlier this week!!! We sure did! We spent time outside every day and now we can't wait for spring! This week we also enjoyed making s'mores cookies, decorating cakes, and a wonderful performance by the "Yodeling ... Read Full Post
Where did our warm weather go? I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the warmer temps earlier this week!!! We sure did! We spent time outside every day and now we can't wait for spring! This week we also enjoyed making s'mores cookies, decorating cakes, and a wonderful performance by the "Yodeling Sisters" for our February birthday party! Next week we say good-bye to February and hello to March! And that mean's St. Patrick's Day! We have all kinds of things in the works for this day, including a resident favorite.. Blimey Bingo! Have a great weekend, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos of all the fun we have! https://www.facebook.com/BickfordMarion/
02-24-2017
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Hello Everyone! Well, the beautiful taste of spring was fun while it lasted, but it looks as though winter is right around the corner again. Snow is in the forecast for the weekend so everyone please stay warm and drive safely. We are planning a family meeting so that family can hear some updates ... Read Full Post
Hello Everyone! Well, the beautiful taste of spring was fun while it lasted, but it looks as though winter is right around the corner again. Snow is in the forecast for the weekend so everyone please stay warm and drive safely. We are planning a family meeting so that family can hear some updates about branch activities and have a chance to ask any questions to the heads of various departments. The tentative date and time for this will be March 14th, 5:30-7p in the main living room. Formal invites will be going out soon. Snacks and beverages will be provided! Come one, come all!
02-24-2017
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Come Volunteer At Bickford!!!
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Happy Saturday! I hope you are all taking advantage of this gorgeous weather! 60 degrees in February? We'll take it! This week we had lots of fun celebrating Valentine's Day. We made and decorated sugar cookies, talked about our loved ones, and enjoyed some sweet music! We are excited for this ... Read Full Post
Happy Saturday! I hope you are all taking advantage of this gorgeous weather! 60 degrees in February? We'll take it! This week we had lots of fun celebrating Valentine's Day. We made and decorated sugar cookies, talked about our loved ones, and enjoyed some sweet music! We are excited for this coming week, the Yodeling Sisters will be here! Stop by this Thursday at 2 to hear them! Enjoy your weekend!
02-18-2017
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Happy Saturday! I hope you are all taking advantage of this gorgeous weather! 60 degrees in February? We'll take it! This week we had lots of fun celebrating Valentine's Day. We made and decorated sugar cookies, talked about our loved ones, and enjoyed some sweet music! We are excited for this ... Read Full Post
Happy Saturday! I hope you are all taking advantage of this gorgeous weather! 60 degrees in February? We'll take it! This week we had lots of fun celebrating Valentine's Day. We made and decorated sugar cookies, talked about our loved ones, and enjoyed some sweet music! We are excited for this coming week, the Yodeling Sisters will be here! Stop by this Thursday at 2 to hear them! Enjoy your weekend!
02-18-2017
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Happy Friday! And it looks like it will be a "warm" one at that! Almost 50 degrees! Enjoy it! Next week is Valentine's Day already! I hope you all find time to spend it with loved ones! We will be having a sweetheart social to celebrate, complete with sweet treats, games, and photo booth! Feel free ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday! And it looks like it will be a "warm" one at that! Almost 50 degrees! Enjoy it! Next week is Valentine's Day already! I hope you all find time to spend it with loved ones! We will be having a sweetheart social to celebrate, complete with sweet treats, games, and photo booth! Feel free to stop by, it begins at 3:00 on Valentine's Day! Have a great weekend!
02-10-2017
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February Calendar
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Happy Friday! The last Friday in January! This week lots of ladies enjoyed a morning at the "spa!" We got our feet soaked, had a massage, got our make-up done, and nibbled on some chocolate all while listening to relaxing music in a quiet room. So much fun and so relaxing! Then we ended our week ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday! The last Friday in January! This week lots of ladies enjoyed a morning at the "spa!" We got our feet soaked, had a massage, got our make-up done, and nibbled on some chocolate all while listening to relaxing music in a quiet room. So much fun and so relaxing! Then we ended our week celebrating Chocolate Cake Day! Chocolate cake. Need I say more? Next week we say goodbye to January and will welcome February! Look for more Valentine's Day decorations around the branch! Have a great weekend!
01-27-2017
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Make You Laugh Mondays: "Three Senior Pals" Three seniors are out for a stroll. One of them remarks, “It’s windy.” Another replies, “No way. It’s Thursday.” The last one says, “Me too. Let’s have a soda.”
01-23-2017
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IT'S THE WEEKEND! I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful ALMOST 50 degree weather outside! Even if it is foggy, just the temperature alone is so nice! This coming week will be full of music and at Bickford! Amy Maurer, Carroll Brown, and a special visit from the Humane Society! We can't wait! ... Read Full Post
IT'S THE WEEKEND! I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful ALMOST 50 degree weather outside! Even if it is foggy, just the temperature alone is so nice! This coming week will be full of music and at Bickford! Amy Maurer, Carroll Brown, and a special visit from the Humane Society! We can't wait! This is the last full week of the month already! Can't believe we are almost done with the first month of 2017! Have a great day!
01-21-2017
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Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready to enjoy your weekend! We had a hard time this week at Bickford, saying goodbye to our RNC Katrina who recently moved to Virginia. We wish her the best and know she will do amazing things! This Sunday is Cowboy Jim! Come and listen one ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready to enjoy your weekend! We had a hard time this week at Bickford, saying goodbye to our RNC Katrina who recently moved to Virginia. We wish her the best and know she will do amazing things! This Sunday is Cowboy Jim! Come and listen one and all! He is an absolute blast!
01-13-2017
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Moments of Happiness
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It's the last Friday of the year! How time flies!! We ended it with bingo and root beer floats! Our Friday usual :) The first week of 2017 will be spent saying goodbye to the Christmas decorations and enjoying music, animals, crafts, and games! I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable New Year's ... Read Full Post
It's the last Friday of the year! How time flies!! We ended it with bingo and root beer floats! Our Friday usual :) The first week of 2017 will be spent saying goodbye to the Christmas decorations and enjoying music, animals, crafts, and games! I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable New Year's weekend!
12-30-2016
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Another weekend is fast approaching! And December is half over! Such a busy and fun month! Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday for our holiday dinner! It was so nice to see everyone! We counted almost 150 people! It was a great success! This coming week we will have Christmas carolers ... Read Full Post
Another weekend is fast approaching! And December is half over! Such a busy and fun month! Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday for our holiday dinner! It was so nice to see everyone! We counted almost 150 people! It was a great success! This coming week we will have Christmas carolers visiting and we get to go on a bus ride to see the Christmas lights! What fun! Look at our Facebook page later this week for pictures! Have a great weekend!
12-16-2016
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Happy Friday! I cannot believe it is already December! This week has been busy as can be! Some Christmas elves have been hard at work decorating for the holiday season! Be sure to stop in and take a look around! And don't worry, we are not done yet! More to come :) In just a couple of weeks on ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday! I cannot believe it is already December! This week has been busy as can be! Some Christmas elves have been hard at work decorating for the holiday season! Be sure to stop in and take a look around! And don't worry, we are not done yet! More to come :) In just a couple of weeks on December 14th, our holiday dinner will be held! If you want to join us please let us know as soon as possible! I hope you all have had a great week and have a wonderful weekend!
12-02-2016
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Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and those of you who went Black Friday shopping.. I hope you got back in one piece! :) We are on to our last few days of November already! We will end the month with some music therapy, a visit from Kid's Inc., and prep for ... Read Full Post
Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and those of you who went Black Friday shopping.. I hope you got back in one piece! :) We are on to our last few days of November already! We will end the month with some music therapy, a visit from Kid's Inc., and prep for the Christmas season around the branch! Family members, I will be starting a monthly newsletter email next month. If you are interested in reading these, please make sure I have an email to send it to! Also, remember our annual Holiday Dinner will be on December 14th! It is appreciated if RSVP's are in by December 1st. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
11-26-2016
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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful week- the weather has been gorgeous! We have had lots of fun this week celebrating birthdays, enjoying walks outside, and visiting with furry friends! Just a couple of reminders- if you are planning to take your loved one out of the ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful week- the weather has been gorgeous! We have had lots of fun this week celebrating birthdays, enjoying walks outside, and visiting with furry friends! Just a couple of reminders- if you are planning to take your loved one out of the building for Thanksgiving OR you are planning on eating with your loved one here at Bickford, please let a member of our staff know! Also, our Holiday Dinner on December 14th will be here before you know it! If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so before December 1st! We look forward to seeing you on this fun, festive night full of great music, food, and friends! Have a great weekend everyone!
11-18-2016
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Happy Friday everybody! I hope you have all had a great week! This week has been super fun and busy, starting with our Halloween party that lasted basically all day on Monday. Then we filled in the rest of the week with music, making our own pizza, and enjoying these warm for November days! We are ... Read Full Post
Happy Friday everybody! I hope you have all had a great week! This week has been super fun and busy, starting with our Halloween party that lasted basically all day on Monday. Then we filled in the rest of the week with music, making our own pizza, and enjoying these warm for November days! We are already in November, so as you make your plans for Thanksgiving, please let Bickford know if you will be joining us for any meals! We want to make sure we have enough good food for everyone! Have a great weekend!
11-04-2016
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I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It really looks and feels like Fall and I am loving it! This week was full of fun things! Our favorite was a visit from the 6th and 7th grade girls from the Luthran Church of the Resurrection! They brought us cookies! Yum!! We also enjoyed a little quilt show ... Read Full Post
I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It really looks and feels like Fall and I am loving it! This week was full of fun things! Our favorite was a visit from the 6th and 7th grade girls from the Luthran Church of the Resurrection! They brought us cookies! Yum!! We also enjoyed a little quilt show put on by a local quilter, music with Doug, Birthday Bingo, and more! Next week begins the last half of the month already! There will be a Halloween party Monday, October 31st from 2:30-4! If you have any little ones available, feel free to bring them by to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes! See me (Eva) for more details! Have a great rest of your day!
10-15-2016
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It's the weekend! And also the first day of October! Crazy! I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday despite this wet and rainy weather. Just so you know, there was a change of schedule to the Walk Against Alzheimer's. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 15th. You can still join us! This ... Read Full Post
It's the weekend! And also the first day of October! Crazy! I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday despite this wet and rainy weather. Just so you know, there was a change of schedule to the Walk Against Alzheimer's. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 15th. You can still join us! This month we are looking forward to a quilting demonstration, flute players, lots of Fall crafts, a Halloween party... even a trip to Chili's! Should be lots of fun! Keep your eyes peeled for some Fall prevention tips around Bickford as the weather cools. I know it's not fun, but Winter is coming and we should be prepared! Have a great day!
10-01-2016
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