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Navigating the aging journey is difficult.

We understand what’s at stake here: it’s not just someone, it’s your loved one.

Meanwhile, it’s on you to make the difficult decisions.

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Senior care today is reactive, expensive, and siloed. It’s a sick-care system, not a health-care system (designed to keep seniors healthy). Most of us have accepted this status quo because it feels too big and complex to change. Not us. We’re taking the road less traveled and championing a higher standard of senior care.

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Our family of caregivers will do whatever it takes to care for your loved one

 

Meet Ames' Leadership Team

  • Annessa Pruismann

    Executive Director

  • Darrbie Helton

    Family Advocate

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Assisted Living

Personalized help with the activities of daily life, such as meals, grooming, and medication management.

Happenings


Mercedes Cook

May 25, 2024

Happy Fri-YAY everyone!! We started our morning off with arts and crafts. We’re hoping our caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. We spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and enjoying this beautiful weather we’re having before more rain hits. We indulged in snacks with happy hour as well as music throughout the day. Id say it is a beautiful way to lead us into the weekend :)

Mercedes Cook

May 23, 2024

Wow what an extraordinary Thursday we had here at Bickford! We started our morning off with pastor Greg leading a beautiful bible study as always. Afterwards we had the opportunity to have Spock’s Sanctuary from Des Moines come teach us and show us about their turtles for World Turtle Day. We had the privilege of meeting three of their turtles today. We met Tortilla (Tilly) who is a Box Turtle, Adonis the Tortoise, and an African Side Neck Turtle which we were given the privilege of naming Afro! One big take away that I learned today was if you ever come across a turtle and decide you want to pick them up do it from under their belly, not their side!! When you pick them up from their side it’s equivalent as if you were picking us humans up from under our rib cages.. and that’s not very comfortable. So take your palm and place it nicely under their belly to carry and hold them. Our residents had a great time learning, touching and asking questions about the turtles and Spock’s Sanctuary in general. They offer great services and if you haven’t heard of them I highly recommend giving them a google! We spent the rest of the day enjoying the beautiful weather and celebrating lucky penny day! Each resident got their own lucky penny for good luck and we learned some facts about pennies. I hope everyone had as good of a day as we did here at Bickford :)

Mercedes Cook

May 22, 2024

What a gorgeous day to be alive and enjoying life! The weather was beyond perfect today and we had so much fun today. We had a special visitor come and play the piano for us. Lynn plays so beautifully and is so talented, we all applauded her. The birds nests that are around the building finally have babies in them!! If you come by try to sneak a peak of them. How precious! We also played our weekly Bingo and there were so many winners today! I’d say everyone was a bingo winner today :)

Mercedes Cook

May 20, 2024

What a great day to start off our week! We enjoyed music by Tom Hofer this morning, always a lovely visit when he comes to play for our residents. We indulged in our weekly Monday BINGO and to top it off we had quite a sweet tooth today with it being National Strawberries Day! There was strawberry ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries and good ole plain strawberries :)

Mercedes Cook

May 16, 2024

Bible Study Thursday, as always Pastor Greg is starting are morning off right. Something to think of today; “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 I enjoy this verse because today we celebrate Peace Day. You are to encourage those around you to embrace peace and unity. We want to recognize the power of peace and how it can bring people close together. It can also be a means of support for those around us who may need it. Peace is possible if we all simply work together :) We also had our library services for the month stop on by to deliver new books to our residents, and let me tell ya they are so excited to read!!

Mercedes Cook

May 15, 2024

Happy Wednesday! It’s National Chocolate Chip Day, we celebrated by having double chocolate chip cookies with our bingo today :) Lately we have been having a great crowd come out and play! If bingo is your thingo come join us, we play every Monday and Wednesday at 1:45pm We also had some nice outside time today and it makes me smile ear to ear to see our table filling up with beautiful art work! I hope everyone has a great day and indulges in national chocolate chip day like we did :)

Mercedes Cook

May 15, 2024

Manicures: the secret to feeling polished inside and out. What a beautiful day to be carefree! Manicures and gorgeous weather is something we will take any day or time :)

Mercedes Cook

May 13, 2024

Can this Monday get any better? We celebrated National Apple Pie Day today and let me tell ya it paired well with Monday Bingo! Bickford was filled with lots of smiles and full belly’s. As our day concludes let us leave you with a joke on this lovely Monday. Why did the apple pie go to a dentist? Because it needed a filling!! Happy Monday Everyone :)

Mercedes Cook

May 12, 2024

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone! We had a lovely day that continued on to celebrate the special women in our lives. We’re so very thankful for each and every one of them. Give those special ladies in your life all the love and hugs they deserve today!! Here’s to celebrating mothers all around <3 Russell had a birthday today as well that we celebrated, what a great day for joyous things.

Darrbie Helton

May 10, 2024

Our home was full today, our hearts were overflowing!

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4.2

overall score based on 162 reviews

  • May 1, 2024

    Bickford went through a period of short staffing but seems to be getting better.

  • Apr 1, 2024

    I know she doesn't want to get up. But she had already missed breakfast and if I hadn't insisted would have missed lunch. She needs to eat! They must get her up by lunchtime whether she wants to do so or not.

  • Mar 1, 2024

    (name removed) & staff have been awesome to my mom.

  • Mar 1, 2024

    great staff

  • Feb 1, 2024

    Such a caring community!

  • Feb 1, 2024

    The staff in Ames Bickford has been awesome to my mom. I appreciate everything they do.

  • Jan 3, 2024

    The Bickford team in Ames is wonderful! Thanks for all you do!

  • Dec 1, 2023

    (name removed) shows some signs of change, but he still enjoys being at Bickford. Helene is getting very good care!!

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