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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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!
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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!
Check out the PDF 10-16-2016
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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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Mary B's has been hopping this week with live music! We had Dean Maxwell on Tuesday and Pat Lydon on Wednesday. They both sang and played guitar and piano. It was great to see the resident's enjoying themselves so much! We also have music therapy every week in Mary B's, this is more personalized to ... Read Full Post
Mary B's has been hopping this week with live music! We had Dean Maxwell on Tuesday and Pat Lydon on Wednesday. They both sang and played guitar and piano. It was great to see the resident's enjoying themselves so much! We also have music therapy every week in Mary B's, this is more personalized to each resident. The therapists do group and one on one sessions, they also send me progress notes after each session, which let's us know how each resident is responding to the visit etc. Most residents that participate are very active throughout the session which is great!
10-06-2016
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Today we made and decorated Halloween cookies in Mary B's! I attached a photo of Dean helping me frost them.
10-06-2016
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This week was Audrey Meyer's special day. She had a history of loving cats and having several of them. So we had 'pet therapy' with the Bickford community cat. In addition, hand massages, pizza and music are also favorites of Audrey. Everyone enjoyed the pizza for lunch and the music therapy ... Read Full Post
This week was Audrey Meyer's special day. She had a history of loving cats and having several of them. So we had 'pet therapy' with the Bickford community cat. In addition, hand massages, pizza and music are also favorites of Audrey. Everyone enjoyed the pizza for lunch and the music therapy program in the afternoon.
10-01-2016
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Please join us Thursday, Oct. 13th at 3pm at Bickford of Urbandale's 3rd Annual Puppy Spooktacular! There will be puppies in Halloween costumes, a puppy snack bar and a trick or treat bar for our residents and guests! We'd love for you to come!!
Check out the PDF 09-28-2016
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Another busy fall week! We had a new entertainer here in Mary B's today, and the resident's really enjoyed his performance. He sang and played the guitar to the tune of their favorite oldies. Tomorrow in AL we have a comedy/magician performing, we are looking forward to this as it's something ... Read Full Post
Another busy fall week! We had a new entertainer here in Mary B's today, and the resident's really enjoyed his performance. He sang and played the guitar to the tune of their favorite oldies. Tomorrow in AL we have a comedy/magician performing, we are looking forward to this as it's something different for us! The New Horizon's Band is a 30 piece orchestra/band that's performing here on Thursday night. They were here last year and it was a big hit!
09-27-2016
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This week was Dean Borcherding's day. This is a type of "resident of the month" we started celebrating a few months ago. It's been very popular and a great way to get to know our residents on a different level. With Dean we planted Mums, listened to country music, served chocolate pie (his ... Read Full Post
This week was Dean Borcherding's day. This is a type of "resident of the month" we started celebrating a few months ago. It's been very popular and a great way to get to know our residents on a different level. With Dean we planted Mums, listened to country music, served chocolate pie (his favorite) and examined car parts (he owned his own mechanic shop).
09-23-2016
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Last week we had a pretty good time with the Iowa VS Iowa State game. We had a tailgate party with pizza, games and family members being invited to share the fun.
09-17-2016
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Check out what's going on at Bickford of Urbandale in October!
Check out the PDF 09-15-2016
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Check out our September Mary B's newsletter! Lots of fun stuff going on!
Check out the PDF 09-13-2016
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Pizza is everyone's favorite, including here at Mary B's. We made mini pizzas as an activity and then ate them for supper. It's always a big hit and it's always a surprise who takes the lead in assembling them. Last time it was Jim, today it was Dean. I always make sure we wear gloves to keep ... Read Full Post
Pizza is everyone's favorite, including here at Mary B's. We made mini pizzas as an activity and then ate them for supper. It's always a big hit and it's always a surprise who takes the lead in assembling them. Last time it was Jim, today it was Dean. I always make sure we wear gloves to keep things clean. And yes, I always have my eye out for someone wanting to stick their finger in the bowl when we make batter or cookies.
09-09-2016
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Today at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care we are celebrating all things Iowa & Iowa State Football! Which team are you representing this weekend? As an IOWA Alum, I'll have my HAWKEYE gear on! Come join us for our tailgating party at Bickford of Urbandale TODAY!
09-09-2016
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Well today was a busy day! We took 13 residents to Chicago Speakeasy for lunch. They all love this restaurant's prime rib! Tonight we have a special night in Mary B's. We will be having our quarterly Mary B's night, with a tailgate theme for the upcoming Iowa VS Iowa State football game. We have ... Read Full Post
Well today was a busy day! We took 13 residents to Chicago Speakeasy for lunch. They all love this restaurant's prime rib! Tonight we have a special night in Mary B's. We will be having our quarterly Mary B's night, with a tailgate theme for the upcoming Iowa VS Iowa State football game. We have all kinds of food, drinks and games for our resident's and their families. Always a great time!
09-08-2016
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I cant believe its already the last week of August, and Labor Day is upon us.. This week we are going to start practicing golf, as we will soon start playing with Senior Suites of Urbandale. Our first game is next Tuesday already! Next week, we have our chaplain lunch outing and tailgating, that ... Read Full Post
I cant believe its already the last week of August, and Labor Day is upon us.. This week we are going to start practicing golf, as we will soon start playing with Senior Suites of Urbandale. Our first game is next Tuesday already! Next week, we have our chaplain lunch outing and tailgating, that evening in Mary B's for Iowa VS Iowa State game coming up on Saturday the 10th. September will be a fun and busy month!
08-29-2016
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This month one of our 2 residents of the month was Louise Hannagan. The entire day of activities is centered around her history and likes. We painted crosses as a craft, make pecan pie muffins (they really did taste like pecan pie! Everyone loved them). Louise loved sewing and singing in her ... Read Full Post
This month one of our 2 residents of the month was Louise Hannagan. The entire day of activities is centered around her history and likes. We painted crosses as a craft, make pecan pie muffins (they really did taste like pecan pie! Everyone loved them). Louise loved sewing and singing in her younger years so we did both in the afternoon. It was a fun and busy day.
08-26-2016
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Check out our September Newsletter! We will have a busy start to Fall. We have a couple of fun outings we do annually, 50's day, football games, the Alzheimer's Walk and much more!
Check out the PDF 08-17-2016
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More cooking continued this week with making fudge and smoothies. I laughed at what one of our CNA's told the residents, "It's what all the young folks are drinking these days." We were lucky to have pet therapy twice last month. One is a certified therapy dog who visits once a month. The other ... Read Full Post
More cooking continued this week with making fudge and smoothies. I laughed at what one of our CNA's told the residents, "It's what all the young folks are drinking these days." We were lucky to have pet therapy twice last month. One is a certified therapy dog who visits once a month. The other one is my dog which I'm allowed to bring to Bickford. She will start coming about once a month. She is small (10lbs), adorable and the residents love her. I'm lucky to work at a place that allows you to bring your pet.
08-06-2016
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Check out our Mary B's August Newsletter! Lots of fun stuff coming up!
Check out the PDF 08-03-2016
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