Assisted Living

Watch your loved one thrive in an environment that feels like home

In assisted living, seniors get personalized help with the activities of daily life, such as meals, grooming, and medication management.

Private Apartments

Help whenever
you need it

Vibrant Community
& Activities

Many seniors equate greater independence with staying put at home, when in fact the opposite can be true.

The reality is that a family home can slowly turn into an oppressive environment for some seniors.

Seniors at home may risk:

  • Feeling lonely and isolated
  • Higher chance of falling or accidents
  • Finding it hard to handle household tasks and personal needs
  • Not eating well or preparing meals properly
  • Having trouble keeping track of medications
  • Feeling limited by struggles with transportation
  • Missing out on social activities and friends
  • Slower response to emergencies or health problems
  • Declines in overall wellbeing and happiness

Getting support for the basics can prolong your loved one’s autonomy

In assisted living, seniors get help with daily tasks like meals and medication, easy access to healthcare professionals, and a vibrant community. It’s an environment that allows them to focus on what truly matters most — living the best life possible.

See how our residents are living happier, healthier — longer

Did you know

Nearly 80% of seniors in assisted living deal with some form of dementia

Common Questions about Assisted Living

Assisted living is a type of housing for older adults who need some assistance with daily tasks but can still maintain a level of independence. Residents live in their own apartments or suites but have access to assistance, social activities, and on-site amenities. They may receive help with tasks like taking medications, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, grooming, meals, transportation, and laundry services.

A nursing home or SNF provides a higher level of care than an assisted living facility. It’s a more medical environment, like a hospital. Nursing homes tend to be more expensive than assisted living due to the higher level of care and medical services provided. That said, many people are surprised by the amount of care available in assisted living’s home-like setting. At Bickford, we pride ourselves on being able to care for seniors who have a high level of need. Our nursing assessment will help determine if assisted living is the best environment for your loved one.

Housekeeping difficulties, medication issues, increased isolation, hygiene troubles, and cognitive decline are all signs it may be time for assisted living. Click here to read more about what to watch for.

Home care involves receiving assistance and support in one’s own family home. Caregivers visit to provide help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medication management. It can be a great choice for some circumstances, but often the physical home setting can get hard for a senior to manage. Home care also doesn’t provide the community social interaction and round-the-clock availability that assisted living offers. And if your loved one needs a lot of it, it may cost more than assisted living for the same level of attention. Learn more about Bickford Home Care >>

Understanding how to pay for assisted living should be easy. We offer simple, all inclusive pricing and a free financial concierge service through Elderlife Financial to help you navigate your options. Select a Bickford branch to see pricing and get information about Elderlife.

Assisted Living may be more affordable than you think

You may be surprised to learn that many older adults spend more money living alone and paying separately for mortgage or rent, utilities, groceries, home care and transportation than they would living at Bickford. Try our cost comparison tool to help you compare your current living expenses to living at Bickford.

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Assisted Living At Bickford

We take the golden years seriously. That means providing delicious cuisine from our Bread Basket Scratch Kitchen, caregivers available around the clock, and a stimulating calendar full of activities to keep our residents engaged and fulfilled. We’re here to do whatever it takes to help your loved one live happier, healthier — longer.

Made from Scratch

Homestyle food with made-from-scratch recipes. Fresh bread daily.

High Quality Ingredients

Only the best Choice and Prime grades of Certified Angus Beef. High-grade poultry, pork, and seafood. In-season, local produce.

High Culinary Standards

Cooks are trained daily on proper culinary techniques. All our recipes are dietician-approved.

Special Diets

We accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions and preparations (i.e. gluten-restricted, diabetic, no added salt).

Restaurant-Style Dining

Three meals served daily. Breakfast is cooked to order. Multiple entree selections and additional a-la-carte items available.

The Family Table

Food is best when shared. Celebrate special occasions with your loved one in the Private Dining Room.

Daily Activities

We offer activities designed to engage the whole person. Choose your fun every day, with options like daily exercise, guitar sessions, happy hour, and much, much more.

Outings

Whether it's trying new cuisine, taking in a show, or enjoying the great outdoors, community trips help your loved one experience life to the fullest.

Community Involvement

We partner with passionate individuals and organizations to share their talents and interests — from music performances to pet therapy sessions to visits from local students.

Theme Days

Costumes + decorations + themed meals & activities = even more fun. Cruise the open seas, explore a Winter Wonderland, cheer along for the Kentucky Derby — we’ve got new events every month.

Family Gatherings

Bickford is for families. We design special events that we know the whole family will enjoy (i.e. Thanksgiving, Grandparents Day, Easter Egg Hunts)

Secure Building

Controlled access provides resident and visitor security.

Pull Cords

Residents can request assistance from caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with strategically located pull cords in their apartments.

Wearable Call Button

If your loved one is having trouble, a simple press of a button will start two-way audio communication and summon caregiver help.

Wander Management

Never worry that mom could end up somewhere unsafe. Our wearable devices provide real-time location information, allowing us to prevent incidents before they happen.

Intelligent Fall Detection

AI-powered wearables alert caregivers of a potential fall, so we can take action right away.

Howie the Bus

For routine scheduled appointments (i.e. doctor visits, dialysis) and group outings (i.e. shopping trips, special events) our bus Howie is at your service.

Transportation Coordination

For ad hoc personal transportation requests, we’ll coordinate third-party providers to get your loved one there.

Caregiver Escort

Your loved one doesn’t have to go it alone. Our Bickford caregivers can provide 1:1 support whenever your loved one leaves the branch (extra fees apply).

Multi-faith Support

No matter your beliefs, we’ll coordinate resources to support your personal faith journey.

Religious Services

Within the branch, we offer regular church services, music, Bible studies and small group meetings.

On-Staff Chaplains

Most senior living communities rely on volunteers for spiritual care. Not us. We partner with MarketPlace Chaplains to provide reliable, consistent, professional support.

One-on-One Visits

Your loved one won’t be just another face in the crowd. Our chaplains offer routine personal visits in order to build individual relationships.

Offsite Visits

No matter where life takes you, our chaplains are by your side in moments of crisis. We’ll provide spiritual support even at hospitals, skilled care facilities, or funeral services.

Pets Welcome

Pets. Are. Family. We welcome all shapes and sizes.

Pet Assistance

Know your loved one and their pet are thriving together. We provide assistance with all pet care needs, including feeding, litter box, and outdoor time.

Branch Buddies

These furry full-time Bickford family members bring the love to all of our residents. (They’re usually our most popular caregiver.)

Pet Therapy

Knowing that pets can reduce loneliness, anxiety and stress, we partner with various organizations to have traditional and non-traditional pets visit.

Certified/Licensed Personnel

All medications are administered by trained healthcare professionals.

Electronic Medication Administration

Twenty different pills per day? No problem. We use computerized records and tracking systems to keep it all straight and documented.

Prescription Fulfillment

Never risk dangerous medication gaps or missing refills. We handle coordination of new and existing orders.

In-House Pharmacy

Get total peace of mind with a seamless pharmacy experience built just for our residents.

Prescription Review

Our nurses and pharmacists routinely review medications, dosages, and administration times in order to avoid dangerous drug interactions and improve effectiveness.

Physician-Ordered Treatments

We’ll provide or coordinate any physician-ordered treatments (i.e. TED hose, breathing treatments, dressing changes).

Individualized Service Plan

A nurse will review your loved one’s plan at least every 90 days to ensure it’s meeting their evolving needs and desires.

5 Levels of Care

Your loved one shouldn’t have to move every time their care needs change. From minimal to advanced, our five levels of care allow your loved one to age gracefully here at Bickford.

Certified Caregivers

Great care requires great caregivers. We seek the people who are made to love, and invest in their training, certification, and development.

Personal Care Assistance

Bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, mobility, and more. Our professional caregivers do whatever it takes to keep your loved one healthy and happy.

Maintenance-Free Living

We’ll handle all the household chores. Housekeeping, laundry, home maintenance — no more! (And yes, we’ll even help with the TV remote.)

On-Site Primary Care

You get 24/7 access to a physician-led care team specializing in senior health. See your doctor any time, right where you live.

High-Performing Care Network

We’ve curated the top care providers (i.e. therapy, hospice, home health) in our area. We’ll ensure that this team consistently produces better health outcomes.

HigherPath Councils

An interdisciplinary care team routinely meets to proactively guide the path of your loved one’s journey.

Integrated Health Records

We break down the silos of health information to provide a more holistic view of each resident’s wellbeing.

Outcome-Focused Technology

Wearables, monitoring devices, and machine learning help us prevent incidents before they happen.

Medicare Health Plan

Not all health plans are designed to get seniors on the HigherPath. Our partners will help you select the Medicare health plan with the best, most cost-effective benefits for you.

Detailed Life History

We’ll capture your loved one’s full life story in what we call their “Lifesong Document.” These details enable our caregivers to thoughtfully enter their world every day.

Lifesong Baskets

When residents with dementia get anxious or agitated, it’s helpful to have access to meaningful, familiar stimulation. We create custom baskets full of photos, hobbies, collectables, etc., to help reorient their focus in a positive direction.

Specialty Trained Caregivers

All Bickford caregivers consistently receive advanced training in dementia care.

Family Support Group

Having a loved one with dementia is hard. It’s helpful to know you’re not alone. This is your community to ask questions, get advice, and find support.

Companion Care

Our Bickford caregivers can provide 1:1 support to maximize your loved one’s engagement and wellbeing (extra fees apply).

Get your loved one on the HigherPath

Many assisted living facilities seem similar. But Bickford’s nationally recognized senior health model is taking the road less traveled and championing a higher standard of senior care.

Most senior care today is reactive, siloed and confusing. With our nationally recognized senior health model, we’re taking the road less traveled and championing a higher standard of senior care.

We’ll work together to help your loved one live happier, healthier — longer.

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