Memory Care

An intimate, engaging environment designed specifically to help seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s live their best life.

Specialized Programming

Purpose-Built
Environment

24/7 Professional Care

Having a loved one with dementia is heart-wrenching

Dementia is not a normal part of aging — it destroys the brain’s ability to function properly. Your loved one with dementia seeks to be busy in a variety of ways:

  • Wandering
  • Rummaging
  • Exit seeking
  • Aggressiveness & outbursts
  • Other difficult behaviors

These are their efforts to engage in the world that’s real to them. It’s difficult to know how to respond helpfully.

Did you know

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

How can your loved one who suffers from dementia live their best life?

Dementia/Alzheimer’s is a scary, horrible disease. But there ARE many things we can do to give your loved one the best quality of life. It’s why we started Bickford Senior Living, and it’s become our life’s work.

Welcome to Mary B’s Memory Care Neighborhood

Mary B’s is Bickford’s purpose-built memory care environment.

In Mary B’s, we have one simple goal:

Your loved one is engaged in meaningful moments throughout the entire day.

Enhanced sense of wellbeing

Improved overall behaviors

Better nighttime sleep patterns

Lifesong

We’ll capture your loved one’s detailed life history in what we call their “Lifesong Document.”

We want to know the things that have been important to them, such as:

  • Daily routines
  • Family history
  • Occupations
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Religious experiences
  • Etc.

These details enable our caregivers to thoughtfully enter their world every day.

Cuetivities

We intentionally, proactively engage your loved one throughout the day so they’re not left to their own devices. We call these specialized activities that cue meaningful moments “Cuetivities.”

  • Small, dedicated groups
  • Planned activities 5 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Personalized to their interests
  • Impromptu activities when residents are exhibiting difficult behaviors

Built Environment

Mary B’s Neighborhood is specifically designed to set up a resident with dementia to succeed. We use the “whole-home” concept, where residents’ apartments are simply bedrooms, and the communal living room, dining room, and kitchen provide settings to encourage interaction.

  • Murals disguise exit doors
  • Smaller spaces decrease anxiety and frustration
  • Secured courtyard provides safe access to the outdoors
  • Custom baskets and stations full of photos, hobbies, collectables, etc. cue meaningful interactions

From our family to yours

Mary B’s Memory Care Neighborhood is a place close to our family’s heart. It’s the environment we would have wanted 30 years ago for our own grandmother, Mary Bickford, who suffered from Alzheimer’s. While we can’t take away the painful effects of this horrible disease, there are SO many things we can do to give your loved one the best quality of life. It’s why we got started, and it’s become our life’s work.

The Bickford Story

Common Questions about Memory Care

Nearly 80% of seniors in assisted living deal with some form of dementia. Since our assisted living communities use controlled access for security, residents in the early to mid stages of dementia/Alzheimer’s are able to be safe and thrive in an assisted living environment. Mary B’s is designed for residents with a higher level of dementia/Alzheimer’s. Our nursing assessment will determine if your loved one needs this higher level of care.

Yes. Not all Bickford assisted living communities have a dedicated memory care area (Mary B’s Neighborhood), but all Bickford locations offer dementia programming. This includes engaging residents in small, meaningful activities personalized to their interests. Specialty trained caregivers can provide impromptu activities when residents are exhibiting difficult behaviors. Additionally, 1:1 companion care services are available to maximize your loved one’s engagement and wellbeing.


Ready to help your loved one live their best life possible?

An intimate, engaging environment designed specifically to help seniors with dementia & Alzheimer’s live their best life.

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Bickford of Ames

  • Assisted Living
Welcome to Bickford of Ames

Phone: 515-512-5507

Bickford of Aurora

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Welcome to Bickford of Aurora

Phone: 630-526-7709

Bickford of Battle Creek

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
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Phone: 269-520-7451

Bickford of Bexley

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
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Phone: 614-972-1692

Bickford of Bloomington

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care
Stop by for a tour at Bickford of Bloomington

Phone: 309-725-2802

Bickford of Bourbonnais

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
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Phone: 815-671-4345

Bickford of Burlington

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Welcome to Bickford of Burlington

Phone: 319-271-6421

Bickford of Canton

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Stop by for a tour at Bickford of Canton

Phone: 734-888-4433

Bickford of Carmel

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Stop by and visit us at Bickford of Carmel

Phone: 317-981-7317

Bickford of Cedar Falls

  • Assisted Living
Welcome to Bickford of Cedar Falls

Phone: 319-658-5014

Bickford of Champaign

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Stop by for a tour at Bickford of Champaign

Phone: 217-909-9035

Bickford of Chesapeake

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Stop by and visit us at Bickford of Chesapeake

Phone: 757-792-8411

Bickford of Chesterfield

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
Welcome to Bickford of Chesterfield

Phone: 804-944-2185

Bickford of Clinton

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 563-227-9963

Bickford of Crawfordsville

  • Memory Care

Phone: 765-305-4892

Bickford of Crown Point

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 219-246-5943

Bickford of Crystal Lake

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 815-859-9637

Bickford of Davenport

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 309-865-5116

Bickford of Fort Dodge

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 515-605-7649

Bickford of Grand Island

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 308-568-0499

Bickford of Greenwood

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 317-751-7146

Bickford of Gurnee

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 224-219-1741

Bickford of Iowa City

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 563-316-6346

Bickford of Lancaster

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 740-218-5051

Bickford of Lincoln

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 402-623-6331

Bickford of Macomb

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 309-252-4847

Bickford of Marion

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 319-318-6493

Bickford of Marshalltown

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 641-354-5996

Bickford of Middletown

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 513-586-5350

Bickford of Midland

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 989-373-7394

Bickford of Moline

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 309-865-5116

Bickford of Okemos

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 517-901-7096

Bickford of Omaha – Blondo

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 402-858-9188

Bickford of Omaha – Hickory

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 402-858-9188

Bickford of Oswego

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 630-345-4896

Bickford of Peoria

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 309-247-7035

Bickford of Portage

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 269-399-3564

Bickford of Quincy

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 217-919-5662

Bickford of Rockford

  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living

Phone: 815-957-6028

Bickford of Rocky River

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 440-597-3337

Bickford of Saginaw Township

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 989-341-8518

Bickford of Upper Arlington

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone 380-235-7562

Bickford of Shelby Township

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 586-371-6850

Bickford of Sioux City

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 712-208-8334

Bickford of Spotsylvania

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 540-701-5961

Bickford of St. Charles

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 630-454-8175

Bickford of Suffolk

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 757-239-3953

Bickford of Tinley Park

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 708-634-5745

Bickford of Urbandale

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 515-854-5216

Bickford of Virginia Beach

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 757-792-8411

Bickford of Wabash

  • Assisted Living

Phone: 260-888-3484

Bickford of West Des Moines

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 515-854-5160

Bickford of West Lansing

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 517-589-4418

Bickford of Worthington

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Phone: 614-896-9185

Linn & Johnson Counties

  • Home Care

Call us 319-946-4041

Eastern Iowa/Rock Island

  • Home Care

Call us 563-655-4108

Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

  • Home Care

Call us 224-271-9099

Sioux City

  • Home Care

Call us 712-377-3627

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