Bickford of Portage

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Portage, 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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Today is the official start of baseball season and we are celebrating in Portage. Here are some interesting facts about baseball The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3. The unofficial anthem of American baseball, ... Read Full Post
Today is the official start of baseball season and we are celebrating in Portage. Here are some interesting facts about baseball The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3. The unofficial anthem of American baseball, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” is traditionally sung during the middle of the 7th inning. It was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game. The life span of a major league baseball is 5–7 pitches. During a typical game, approximately 70 balls are used. When Jimmy Pearsall hit his 100th home run in 1963, he ran the bases in the correct order but facing backward to celebrate. Babe Ruth’s top salary was $80,000 (in 1930 and 1931). Adjusted for inflation, that’s the equivalent of a little more than $1.1 million today. While baseball initially started in the U.S., it has spread worldwide. Today more than 100 countries are part of the International Baseball Federation. Japan has the largest pro baseball league outside the U.S. The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, which is more than any other team. Baseball’s L.A. Dodgers, originally founded in Brooklyn, are named after the legendary skill that that local residents showed at “dodging” the city’s trolley streetcar system. Fourteen players have hit four home runs in one game. Check out more facts by clicking on the link! http://www.tipsywriter.com/blog/interesting-facts-baseball/
03-28-2019
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Casino Day is coming up fast- March 6th! Join us for a fun afternoon at Gun Lake Casino. We will be leaving at 10:00 am to arrive at the casino around 10:30 am. We will have lunch at the Sandhill cafe and then hit the casino floor! RSVP to Amber
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Music and Life Lessons: A Q&A with Rita Wilson Known as an actor (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Girls”) and film producer (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Rita Wilson is also an accomplished songwriter with three albums to date. Her latest album, “Bigger Picture,” is about “taking stock ... Read Full Post
Music and Life Lessons: A Q&A with Rita Wilson Known as an actor (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Girls”) and film producer (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Rita Wilson is also an accomplished songwriter with three albums to date. Her latest album, “Bigger Picture,” is about “taking stock of who you are.” We sat down to talk with Rita about her family’s journey when faced with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Rita, how has Alzheimer’s disease touched your life? My mother had Alzheimer’s. Her name was Dorothy and she was a vibrant soul. It was very difficult to see such a lively, funny person start losing her faculties, getting angry for no reason, or thinking that someone was ‘out to get her’; all of the things that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's when the brain starts to go. Near the end of her life, when she was bedridden and couldn't speak anymore, with our whole family surrounding her, our priest came to visit. I said to him, "Why is God doing this? Why does God keep her here? Why doesn't he take her?" His answer was simple: "She's still teaching you." And he was right; we were learning every day. We learned how to care for Mom through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and then how to cope near the end of her life. My mom taught us so many important lessons. Tell us about your family’s experience caring for your mom. Fortunately, my mom lived really close to me, so my brother, sister and I could see her often. She also had a full-time caregiver. Caregivers are just unbelievable. I am in awe of their ability to do their job and care for someone with Alzheimer's and still make the person with the disease feel happy. They make them feel like they're still living their lives fully, and because of that, caregivers are amazing angels. You recently released a new album. How is your music and the music you love rooted in your own memories? Every occasion has a song connected to it! The first dance at Tom and my wedding was “True Love Ways” by Elvis Costello. I also vividly remember my son's kindergarten class performing “What A Wonderful World” with both music and sign language. To see such small children so pure in their expression was emotional! When my dad died, my family hired a Bulgarian folk singer to sing at his funeral accompanied by a gaida, which is akin to a bagpipe. No matter what culture you come from, music is embedded in your life and all your experiences. Do you associate any particular songs or types of music with your mother? Mom loved her Greek music and would always translate the mournful lyrics to me. But she also loved The Beatles! She would listen to the radio and say, in her Greek accent, “That song’s going to be a hit!” She was always right. She had a good ear. You've said that your music is the most honest way to express yourself and bare your soul. How do you approach this openness with each new record? “Bigger Picture” is a musical scrapbook. So many fragments of memories, experiences — both joyful and painful — that make up a collection of experiences in my life. The songs are so intimate. I hope that they resonate with other people going through both good and difficult times. Every time I write a song I consider it a minor miracle. You walk into a room with nothing and walk out with something. Where did it come from? How did it happen? It’s always about telling a story. I want to hear them and I want to tell them. What is something you learned during your Alzheimer’s journey? If someone you love is dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, it teaches you enormous compassion. The person with the disease may feel like he or she is losing everything, and there is nothing that you can say. The person isn’t going to get up the next morning and discover that this disease is gone, like a cold that goes away overnight. Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease, and it is not a disease that progresses with a lot of happiness attached to it. It's very tough, it's painful ... and it teaches great compassion for others. Despite the way I learned it, it’s another lesson I am glad to have had. Sometimes the heavier moments of the Alzheimer’s journey are interspersed with a touch of humor. Can you recall one of the lighter moments of your mom’s journey with the disease? Absolutely. Our last full conversation went like this: "Hey Mom, how are you?" In her Greek accent: "I am good." "Well, that's great, Mom. Do you know who I am?" "Of course, you're my daughter." "That's right. Which daughter am I?" Because I have a sister, she couldn't answer. "Well, it's me, Mom. It's Rita.” "You're too good-looking to be Rita." I think I'm taking that as a compliment. About Rita Wilson: Rita released her third album, Bigger Picture, on September 27. The actress and singer-songwriter has joined forces with some extraordinary musical collaborators and crafted a revelatory set of songs allowing her to tell stories — including her own — in entirely new ways. Rita’s tour included her debut at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry on October 23. Learn more about “Bigger Picture” here.
02-12-2019
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Congratulations to Bickford of Portage's Cheryl Heinzman! She is nominated for our 2018 Caregiver of the Year award and will attend our 2019 Pearl Ceremony! Cheryl was one of three caregivers nominated out of nearly 3000 company-wide. Cheryl is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose ... Read Full Post
Congratulations to Bickford of Portage's Cheryl Heinzman! She is nominated for our 2018 Caregiver of the Year award and will attend our 2019 Pearl Ceremony! Cheryl was one of three caregivers nominated out of nearly 3000 company-wide. Cheryl is a great example of someone who lives our Core Purpose of Enriching Happiness through consistently meeting our residents Core Needs. Congratulations Cheryl!
01-23-2019
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Our Residents and Staff rang in 2019 with a Noon New Year's Eve Party! We celebrated the new year with lots of yummy food, noise makers, and confetti poppers.
01-04-2019
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Our Mary B's Residents have been loving their out to eat Trips! Ruthann and Sharon were all smiles at Ryskes!
01-03-2019
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We had a Spooktacular Halloween at Bickford! Our halls were packed with costumes and candy galore! Our residents, families, and community all had a blast Trick or Treating the Hallowed Halls of Bickford on Saturday.
10-30-2018
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It's that SPOOKTACULAR time of year! Tell your friends & family to join us for our annual Halloween Party & Trick or Treating! Saturday, October 27th 2:00-4:00pm.
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Happy October! We have some spooktacular things to get excited about this month! From Wagon Rides to a Special performance by the King lots of fun and laughs this month will bring!
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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend whether you are home or away! We have so much to look forward to this Fall including trips to the apple orchards, fall color tours and our annual Halloween Party (save the date October 27th)! Happy September Everyone!
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Hollywood's new IT Girl Nancy!
08-28-2018
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Hollywood A-Listers hitting the red carpet.
08-28-2018
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We had an absolute blast celebrating Hollywood Day!
08-28-2018
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Bob taking in the great views while cruising around Lake Michigan.
08-22-2018
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Captain Pro and his first mate Theresa!
08-22-2018
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Setting Sail in Saugatuck.
08-22-2018
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This tiny dancer was cutting a rug with Garnet and mom!
07-19-2018
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Ondrea and her four beautiful children join us each month to host a special afternoon activity. Sometimes we play games, do a craft or even have a dance party in the middle of the living room. No matter what we have planned our residents love spending time with this wonderful family.
07-19-2018
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Kids make everything more fun!
07-19-2018
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Bill and Dee enjoying a s'more or two on the patio.
07-11-2018
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Lois and Harriet enjoying a perfect July evening.
07-11-2018
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Carol leading our Campfire sing-a-long. She recommended we practice a few more times before we take our show on the road.
07-11-2018
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Garnet and Max made a great s'more assembly team!
07-11-2018
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Enjoying summer nights and s'mores!
07-11-2018
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It is hard to believe that June has come and gone so fast! We had such a great time and we are just warming up for more fun days ahead! Wishing everyone a safe and fun 4th of July!
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Today some of our out to lunch bunch ventured out for a picnic at the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park. A great lunch and beautiful weather made for a fun afternoon outdoors. What a great way to kick off the holiday weekend!
06-28-2018
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Paul and John taking inventory of the colorful selection!
05-25-2018
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We had a blast checking out Schram's Greenhouse! We were blown away by all the beautiful plants!
05-25-2018
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Today's Mystery Trip took us to see a lady about some tomatoes. Not just any tomatoes... Juliet Hybrid tomatoes to be exact. "The best plant money can get!" according to our friend Jack.
05-25-2018
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Our newest BFFs to join us at Bickford of Portage. We are excited to watch our Robin babies grow!
05-22-2018
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We kicked off Derby Weekend with the first annual running of the Bickford Derby! We had some tough competition among the jockey's and their horses. Eleanor and Trigger showed real promise and were out of the gate early. Gayle riding Giddy Up & Go were off to an early lead but couldn't keep up with ... Read Full Post
We kicked off Derby Weekend with the first annual running of the Bickford Derby! We had some tough competition among the jockey's and their horses. Eleanor and Trigger showed real promise and were out of the gate early. Gayle riding Giddy Up & Go were off to an early lead but couldn't keep up with the pack. The true race was between Garnet on Dolly and Leona riding Buster. The pair rode neck and neck throughout the event but Dolly pulled ahead just in time to cross the finish line! What a race!
05-05-2018
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Derby Day is under way! Our Derby Darlings had a wonderful time crafting and creating some beautiful hats to wear for today's festivities!
05-05-2018
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Happy May Day (a day early)! It felt like we would never kick our cold weather but warmer days are on their way! There is so much to look forward to this May! We are celebrating the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5th. On May 11th we are hosting our annual Mother's Tea Party ... Read Full Post
Happy May Day (a day early)! It felt like we would never kick our cold weather but warmer days are on their way! There is so much to look forward to this May! We are celebrating the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5th. On May 11th we are hosting our annual Mother's Tea Party and Men's Club BBQ and trip the Air Zoo. So many fun and exciting days to look forward to!!!
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Duane was so excited to spot this little warthog in the desert exhibit.
04-20-2018
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Miss Garnet trying to decide which orchid is her favorite...tough call!
04-20-2018
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Eleanor looking just like a butterfly who escaped the sanctuary!
04-20-2018
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Our crew had a great time visiting Frederick Meijer Gardens!
04-20-2018
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April is just around the corner which means very soon Spring will be in full swing!
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Two peas in a pod!
02-28-2018
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Some days you just need to put on a fun hat and take a silly picture! Miss Molly and Cheryl showing off during our Hat Fashion Show.
02-28-2018
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March is such an exciting time of year. You can really start to feel the momentum of life shift from slow, cozy Winter to the exciting buzz and promise of Spring! We have so many fun things to look forward to this March. On the 8th we are celebrating our Casino Fun Day with a trip to FireKeepers ... Read Full Post
March is such an exciting time of year. You can really start to feel the momentum of life shift from slow, cozy Winter to the exciting buzz and promise of Spring! We have so many fun things to look forward to this March. On the 8th we are celebrating our Casino Fun Day with a trip to FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek. On the 16th we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day in a BIG way with Irish Dancers from Quinn School of Irish Dance, Happy Hour and live Celtic music from the band An Dro. We hope everyone is able to celebrate Spring and anxiously await the arrival of warmer weather!
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Happy February Everyone!
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We had a blast making some beautiful valentine cards with Karen from Close at Heart.
02-05-2018
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Some of our crew having a blast during Pass the Hat. Maxine walked away our champion!
01-19-2018
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Paul sporting his favorite Detroit Tigers hat!
01-19-2018
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Leona looking quite fashionable wearing her favorite sun hat for hat day!
01-19-2018
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Happy December Everyone! It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bickford and a very busy month!
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I think this sums up our trip perfectly! Thank you Dunkin' Donuts for your SWEET appreciation. Our veterans really enjoyed their coffee & donuts!
11-11-2017
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Summer Thyme Cafe...the food is EXCELLENT and the pie is even BETTER!!!
11-11-2017
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Another great lunch with friends at Summer Thyme Cafe!
11-11-2017
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4707 W Milham Avenue
Portage, MI 49024
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