Bickford of Urbandale

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Urbandale, 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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Check out what's happening in June!
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Last Friday was the Mother's Day Tea. It was beautiful to see all our residents enjoying their families and having cookies especially made by Jill, our CMA and professional cookie master. Each cookie is a piece of art! Mary B's was also just as busy and a piano player in each area provided ... Read Full Post
Last Friday was the Mother's Day Tea. It was beautiful to see all our residents enjoying their families and having cookies especially made by Jill, our CMA and professional cookie master. Each cookie is a piece of art! Mary B's was also just as busy and a piano player in each area provided delightful live music. Father's day is around the corner and yes, we've already started planning it. BBQ fun is coming
05-15-2017
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Mother's Day Tea is THIS FRIDAY. You're invited! Please come and enjoy some refreshments with us and your loved ones starting at 2:00PM. Call Bickford at 331-3000 to let us know you're coming. We look forward to seeing you.
05-09-2017
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We had a great time during our bean bag baseball game today even though we lost 9-16. Thanks to Edencrest for travelling to our home turf for the game!
05-03-2017
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Today the Bickford Bees host Edencrest for our bean bag baseball game. The game runs from 2-3pm. Please come join in the fun!
05-03-2017
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Yay, it's May! Mother's Day, Memorial Day, the end of school and warmer days are here. You are invited to our Mother's Day Tea on May 12 at 2:00 PM for refreshments and entertainment. Please RSVP with us so we can plan accordingly.
05-02-2017
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Yesterday the Urbandale Bickford Bees came home with another win in Bean Bag Baseball. They won the game against Bickford of West Des Moines 10-8. A big thank you to West Des Moines for hosting a really fun game!
04-27-2017
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check out what's happening in May!
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Hard to believe April is almost over. We were busy this month painting and making Easter things and Spring things. A couple of popular crafts were the popsicle stick chicks and the paper spring bouquet.
04-26-2017
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Lots of birthdays in Mary B's this month. We do something special to recognize the day with birthday cake, shakes or donuts. Birthdays in April are Ruth Yanko and Jim O'Callahan both on the 23rd and Audrey Meyer on the 10th.
04-13-2017
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Live music with John Schumaker is today right after lunch. Feel free to drop by anytime and enjoy John's great music on guitar with your relatives in Mary B's. He sings all kinds of music from Johnny Cash to Gene Autry. Give us a call to find out what day he plays. He's here once a month.
04-06-2017
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We were very excited to learn that Bickford of Sioux City was rated as one of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa! http://assistedlivingtoday.com/blog/top-10-assisted-living-facilities-in-iowa/ In case you do not live near Sioux City, Bickford has 13 Branches in Iowa and 4 in Nebraska to ... Read Full Post
We were very excited to learn that Bickford of Sioux City was rated as one of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa! http://assistedlivingtoday.com/blog/top-10-assisted-living-facilities-in-iowa/ In case you do not live near Sioux City, Bickford has 13 Branches in Iowa and 4 in Nebraska to serve your loved one's needs.
04-05-2017
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On this last day of March I look back over the month and see our accomplishments with great pride. We did a lot of baking! Chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, Heath bits cookies, sugar cookies, trail mix and banana bread. Nothing makes our residents more happy than a cookie and cup of coffee in ... Read Full Post
On this last day of March I look back over the month and see our accomplishments with great pride. We did a lot of baking! Chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, Heath bits cookies, sugar cookies, trail mix and banana bread. Nothing makes our residents more happy than a cookie and cup of coffee in the afternoon. We MAKE them in the morning, I BAKE them after lunch has been served and we eat them around 2;30pm. Come by and join us any day for our snack time at 2;30. Bring the grandkids too.
03-31-2017
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Great weather today on the first day of Spring. We did a spring art project with flowers and even had the door open for a little while to let in the fresh air. Other Spring crafts and themes are on the schedule for the next couple of weeks.
03-21-2017
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Check out whats going on in April at Bickford of Urbandale!
Check out the PDF 03-17-2017
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Check out our April Mary B's Newsletter! We have lots of music, an Easter Egg Hunt, several birthday's and much more planned!
Check out the PDF 03-09-2017
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It's been about 2 weeks ago we had our quarterly "Family Night" in Mary B's. It's a great opportunity for the family members of our residents to join us for some food and activity. We started off the evening with pizza and 30 people in attendance! The program was "A Night of Chocolate" in keeping ... Read Full Post
It's been about 2 weeks ago we had our quarterly "Family Night" in Mary B's. It's a great opportunity for the family members of our residents to join us for some food and activity. We started off the evening with pizza and 30 people in attendance! The program was "A Night of Chocolate" in keeping with the February theme. Dove Discovery Chocolates had Sherree Adams, pass out samples of smoothies, chocolates and cookies in addition to chocolate history and trivia. It was a fun night!
03-08-2017
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Are you aware of our music program in Mary B's? We have a music therapist from "Kids in Harmony" who comes twice a month. Her name is Karrin Vomacka and she's terrific! We also have live music with John Schumacker once a month. His guitar sounds so clear and our residents enjoy the oldies he sings. ... Read Full Post
Are you aware of our music program in Mary B's? We have a music therapist from "Kids in Harmony" who comes twice a month. Her name is Karrin Vomacka and she's terrific! We also have live music with John Schumacker once a month. His guitar sounds so clear and our residents enjoy the oldies he sings. Last, we have Maggie with "Music Speaks" who also comes twice a month to sing and play instruments. She also has a lovely voice and engages our residents.
02-20-2017
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Although still February it feels like spring with the high temperatures so we opened the door to let some fresh air and warm sunshine in. In addition, celebrating Valentine's Day was enjoyed by art, crafts, special cookies and donuts and a Valentine dance.
02-17-2017
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Here is our March Newsletter! Check it out. Busy Busy!
Check out the PDF 02-16-2017
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Check out our March Mary B's Newsletter! Busy month ahead. We have 3 theme days scheduled, lots of music, special days for residents, and performances! Next week is our Chocolate Extravaganza night in Mary B's. The evening will be complete with pizza, a presentation on the history of chocolate, and ... Read Full Post
Check out our March Mary B's Newsletter! Busy month ahead. We have 3 theme days scheduled, lots of music, special days for residents, and performances! Next week is our Chocolate Extravaganza night in Mary B's. The evening will be complete with pizza, a presentation on the history of chocolate, and lots of tasting :) Will be a lot of fun for our residents. Pictures to follow.
Check out the PDF 02-14-2017
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Thanks to a donation of nail polishes, we have several new colors and going manicure crazy! Actually we have always had a nice assortment of colors, but now it has doubled in choices. I made some nail bowls by upcycling the bottom of 2 liter pop bottles. I can just throw them away when we are ... Read Full Post
Thanks to a donation of nail polishes, we have several new colors and going manicure crazy! Actually we have always had a nice assortment of colors, but now it has doubled in choices. I made some nail bowls by upcycling the bottom of 2 liter pop bottles. I can just throw them away when we are finished. So next time you are in visiting, take a look at the lovely hands of your relative.
02-06-2017
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Check out our February Mary B's Newsletter!
Check out the PDF 01-31-2017
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We are having a Chocolate Party in Mary B's on February 23rd! Once a quarter we have a family night in Mary B's, in which we have pizza, play games, and do crafts. This Mary B's night we are changing it up a bit and having a presentation on chocolate with plenty of samples and tasting! If time ... Read Full Post
We are having a Chocolate Party in Mary B's on February 23rd! Once a quarter we have a family night in Mary B's, in which we have pizza, play games, and do crafts. This Mary B's night we are changing it up a bit and having a presentation on chocolate with plenty of samples and tasting! If time allows, we have a "chocolate"craft to do after dessert. After all, who doesn't love chocolate!
Check out the PDF 01-23-2017
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Check out our February Newsletter! We have our new bus now, so we will be taking more shopping trips with our resident's! We will also have our General Store open several times a month. Our annual Sweetheart Dance is on Feb. 9th, with Bill Connett performing for us.
Check out the PDF 01-17-2017
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Check out our January Mary B's Newsletter! We have started the New Year off right with a busy schedule. Music Therapy is every Monday, and then John Schumacher performs on the 15th. Pet Therapy visits several times a month bringing dogs and cats. The Blank Park Zoo will be bringing 4 animals in on ... Read Full Post
Check out our January Mary B's Newsletter! We have started the New Year off right with a busy schedule. Music Therapy is every Monday, and then John Schumacher performs on the 15th. Pet Therapy visits several times a month bringing dogs and cats. The Blank Park Zoo will be bringing 4 animals in on the 26th. Cant wait for that! Everyone stay warm!
Check out the PDF 01-12-2017
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Come join us for our Annual Sweetheart Dance!
Check out the PDF 01-11-2017
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Today we are braving the cold and heading to a great restaurant, Jesse's Embers! We have a full bus load of people going so it should be fun. This Sunday, we are celebrating Elvis's Birthday, with Elvis himself making an appearance, and doing a performance for us. We will also be having birthday ... Read Full Post
Today we are braving the cold and heading to a great restaurant, Jesse's Embers! We have a full bus load of people going so it should be fun. This Sunday, we are celebrating Elvis's Birthday, with Elvis himself making an appearance, and doing a performance for us. We will also be having birthday cake to celebrate the big day! Next week we are opening our General Store, so we started passing out our Bickford Bucks for resident's that participate in activities. Pictures of the store will be up next week!
01-05-2017
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As we wind down the year at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care of Urbandale it's nice to take a moment and reflect on all of the blessings this year has brought. May the New Year bring you and your loved ones happiness and peace.
12-29-2016
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I cant believe the holidays are over, and now we're welcoming the New Year. We've been so busy this month, with lots of entertainment, food, and family. Today we made a snow globe for a craft that was a lot of fun, with many participants! I attached a photo of some of our crafters from today. We ... Read Full Post
I cant believe the holidays are over, and now we're welcoming the New Year. We've been so busy this month, with lots of entertainment, food, and family. Today we made a snow globe for a craft that was a lot of fun, with many participants! I attached a photo of some of our crafters from today. We are looking forward to Friday for our annual New Years Party. We have lots of dips and other foods, drinks and noisemakers! Happy New Year everyone :)
12-28-2016
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Check out our January newsletter! Many fun and new activities coming up in the new year, and of course we will be doing many of our old favorites as well!
Check out the PDF 12-15-2016
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This week has been busy preparing for our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK). Mary B's is helping me prepare homemade goodies to give to the Des Moines Police department and our Hospice care workers from Suncrest. Treats such as Chex Mix, cookies and cookies will be included in the care ... Read Full Post
This week has been busy preparing for our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK). Mary B's is helping me prepare homemade goodies to give to the Des Moines Police department and our Hospice care workers from Suncrest. Treats such as Chex Mix, cookies and cookies will be included in the care packages.
12-09-2016
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Check out our December Mary B's Newsletter!
Check out the PDF 12-07-2016
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Happy Holidays! We have so busy like usual this time of year. I attached a photo of some of the crew watching our Christmas Piano Recital this past Saturday. We have had many holiday performances from local churches, schools etc over the last week. The residents love our local music volunteers! ... Read Full Post
Happy Holidays! We have so busy like usual this time of year. I attached a photo of some of the crew watching our Christmas Piano Recital this past Saturday. We have had many holiday performances from local churches, schools etc over the last week. The residents love our local music volunteers! Last night we took a trip to The Jolly Holiday Lights, I had amazing feedback from the 14 people that went! Something we will definitely do again next year. We are also getting geared up for our Bean Bag Baseball Tournament (aka World Series) this Friday with all the other communities we have playing against this season. It will be a fun day!
12-06-2016
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This Christmas season, Bickford of Urbandale and West Des Moines are counting down the 25 days of Christmas by performing a Random Acts of Christmas Kindness each day! So much fun for our residents!
Check out the PDF 12-06-2016
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It's been a busy week celebrating Polly's birthday and our resident of the month, Fran. "Cupcakes for everyone" was Polly's mantra. Thank you, John, for including everyone in the building on Polly's birthday. Fran was our other resident of the month (we have 2 per month). The day is centered ... Read Full Post
It's been a busy week celebrating Polly's birthday and our resident of the month, Fran. "Cupcakes for everyone" was Polly's mantra. Thank you, John, for including everyone in the building on Polly's birthday. Fran was our other resident of the month (we have 2 per month). The day is centered around Fran's favorite things. We sung hymns, made a Christmas craft (made cards), did a Sunday school craft (painted crosses) and had orange ice cream floats. Everyone loved the floats. Several had seconds. I will put this popular snack on rotation here in Mary B's now that I see how popular they were.
12-01-2016
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Our residents of the month are Ruth and Fran for December. Ruth's special day was filled with things that made her happy like visiting dogs and a Mickey Mouse craft. Mary Pat picked out a new foam puzzle with extra large shapes (the size of your hand)for Mary B's. It was a big hit! It's geometrical ... Read Full Post
Our residents of the month are Ruth and Fran for December. Ruth's special day was filled with things that made her happy like visiting dogs and a Mickey Mouse craft. Mary Pat picked out a new foam puzzle with extra large shapes (the size of your hand)for Mary B's. It was a big hit! It's geometrical pieces all fit together. You can't go wrong. Come by and take a look at it, play with it with your loved one and don't forget to look at the Mickey Mouse pumpkin.
11-25-2016
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Lots of festivities this week with Fran's birthday yesterday. Her family bought a cake big enough for everyone in the building to have a piece! We have a new resident to Mary B's & she is a pleasure to have. Welcome Cheryl! She has a fantastic smile and gives great hugs. Also new to Mary B's is ... Read Full Post
Lots of festivities this week with Fran's birthday yesterday. Her family bought a cake big enough for everyone in the building to have a piece! We have a new resident to Mary B's & she is a pleasure to have. Welcome Cheryl! She has a fantastic smile and gives great hugs. Also new to Mary B's is Vel. She is very observant, likes to participant in activities (yea!) and has a laugh that's contagious. Welcome Vel!
11-18-2016
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Check out our Mary B's November Newsletter!
Check out the PDF 11-16-2016
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Check out our December newsletter! We have so many fun things planned, from several holiday performances to visiting the Jolly Holiday Lights, to our annual Family Holiday Party on the 15th. December is my favorite month of the year, also the busiest! I love seeing the magic of the holidays on all ... Read Full Post
Check out our December newsletter! We have so many fun things planned, from several holiday performances to visiting the Jolly Holiday Lights, to our annual Family Holiday Party on the 15th. December is my favorite month of the year, also the busiest! I love seeing the magic of the holidays on all our resident's faces.
Check out the PDF 11-15-2016
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As we celebrate the Chicago Cub's win of the World Series last night, I thought I'd post two of Bickford Bee's allstars. During yesterday's bean bag baseball game both Louise and Carole got solo home runs as well as grand slams. Way to go ladies!
11-03-2016
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We had our trick or treaters here last Friday, I attached a photo of John handing out candy. It was so fun for everyone to see all the kids dressed up! After we passed out candy we made pumpkin crafts with the kids. They were very well behaved five year olds! Today we had a big art project. We made ... Read Full Post
We had our trick or treaters here last Friday, I attached a photo of John handing out candy. It was so fun for everyone to see all the kids dressed up! After we passed out candy we made pumpkin crafts with the kids. They were very well behaved five year olds! Today we had a big art project. We made cornucopias filled with lots of Fall goodies to put on each person's door. It was the largest group we have had for art class, yay!
11-03-2016
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The attached photo is from last weeks Bean Bag Baseball game against Vintage Hills. This week we went to Edencrest in Johnston, they won but we still had a great time! We are looking forward to our Trick or Treaters tomorrow, I have a ton of candy for the resident's to pass out! We are expecting ... Read Full Post
The attached photo is from last weeks Bean Bag Baseball game against Vintage Hills. This week we went to Edencrest in Johnston, they won but we still had a great time! We are looking forward to our Trick or Treaters tomorrow, I have a ton of candy for the resident's to pass out! We are expecting about 25, 5 year olds which will be very cute I'm sure :)
10-27-2016
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With Halloween around the corner we made two crafts with pumpkins this week. One was lead by Tacara our nursing aide. She did a great job cutting the pumpkin and cleaning it out. The residents took turns painting it. The jack-o-lantern sits in the living room and looks great! Today we made a craft ... Read Full Post
With Halloween around the corner we made two crafts with pumpkins this week. One was lead by Tacara our nursing aide. She did a great job cutting the pumpkin and cleaning it out. The residents took turns painting it. The jack-o-lantern sits in the living room and looks great! Today we made a craft using ribbon, artsy tape and stickers on felt and foam cut out pumpkins. They turned out very colorful.
10-21-2016
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We had so much fun at our annual Halloween Dog Show last week! I attached a photo of one of our dogs dressed as a Chicago Cub! Go Cubs!! We had about 20 dogs participate and 10 judges who voted for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place best costume. And of course lots of treats for the dogs and humans! We have ... Read Full Post
We had so much fun at our annual Halloween Dog Show last week! I attached a photo of one of our dogs dressed as a Chicago Cub! Go Cubs!! We had about 20 dogs participate and 10 judges who voted for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place best costume. And of course lots of treats for the dogs and humans! We have been busy with our new season of Bean Bag Baseball that started last week. We practice and play other teams three times a week. The resident's enjoy getting out and meeting people at other communities around our area. We won our game at Vintage Hills yesterday which was pretty exciting!
10-20-2016
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Check out whats coming up in November at Bickford of Urbandale!
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We decorated cookies this week in Mary B's, in addition to making home made butter. Cooking is always fun. Everyone seems to enjoy it and some even ask to lick the spoon. If I'm making something with raisins or chocolate chips, I always give everyone sitting around the table a few tastes of those. Read Full Post
We decorated cookies this week in Mary B's, in addition to making home made butter. Cooking is always fun. Everyone seems to enjoy it and some even ask to lick the spoon. If I'm making something with raisins or chocolate chips, I always give everyone sitting around the table a few tastes of those.
10-15-2016
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Today at 3 pm is our annual "Puppy Spooktacular" dog fashion show. This is one of our favorite events of the year! Check our page tomorrow for pictures of this much anticipated event.
10-13-2016
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Check out our Mary B's newsletter! We have been having a busy month, with lots of music entertainment and Fall/Halloween activities.
Check out the PDF 10-12-2016
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Some more of our finished cookies!
10-06-2016
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