Bickford Home Care of Linn and Johnson Counties, Iowa

Bickford Home Care of Linn and Johnson Counties, Iowa

Bickford Home Care provides compassion and personalized care to those in need in the comfort of your own home.

Wandering and Alzheimer's Disease 01/09/2024

Wandering can be one of the most worrisome symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your loved one safe and give you greater peace of mind.

Wandering and Alzheimer's Disease Learn how to make changes at home to discourage someone with Alzheimer's disease from wandering.


Our caregivers receive world-class training and opportunities for ongoing professional development to help you hone your skills and feel confident and prepared for any situation. If this sounds like the career for you, give us a call or visit

Paying for In Home Care and In Home Nursing 01/06/2024

Your mom needs help at home, but you worry she won't be able to afford it. Check out this article to learn more about programs and resources that might help.

Paying for In Home Care and In Home Nursing Home health care can cost over $4,000 per month. AARP shares resources and government programs to help make in home care and nursing affordable.

‘Knit Wits’ send love, hats to infants with heart conditions 01/05/2024

They call themselves the Knit Wits - a group of women who are “sewing" adorable seeds of joy this holiday season.

‘Knit Wits’ send love, hats to infants with heart conditions The holidays are a joyous time for many, but they can be a challenge for others. That’s why the “Knit Wits” of Edgemere in Dallas are providing some Texas-sized love through their handmade child-sized hats. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!


👉 Are you happy with your current career path?
👉Does your organization provide you with the support you need to be successful?
👉Do you feel valued and appreciated?

If you answered no to any of those questions, maybe it’s time for a change. Learn more about why professional caregiving maybe the answer for you.

Is Caregiving for You?
Professional caregiving can be extremely rewarding for the right type of person. It might be for you, if you’re looking for a job that provides:

The privilege of making a difference
Caregiving is much more than a job – it’s an opportunity to do meaningful work that changes lives, families and communities.

Qualified caregivers can usually work as much or as little as they want – there typically are full- and part-time opportunity to fit any schedule. It’s the perfect career for compassionate people at any stage of life.

Busy, challenging work
No two clients are alike and every day is different. In addition to caregiving duties, you’ll likely be asked to assess the senior’s environment and help maintain a space that’s clean and safe.

Professional development
Ongoing training opportunities will help professional caregivers hone their skills and empower them so that they’re confident and prepared for any situation.

Lasting relationships
It’s a one-on-one business, so professional caregivers often form close bonds with seniors and their family – relationships that endure long after the job is done.

Learn More About Professional Caregiving
If you’re looking for a job that gives you the support you need and the satisfaction you want, we want to hear from you. Please visit our us at


Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2024!

Couple who met as Vietnam War pen pals married for over 50 years 12/29/2023

Theirs is a love story that began with letters written more than 50 years ago and continued because of answered prayers.

Couple who met as Vietnam War pen pals married for over 50 years The couple's love story is written in the letters they sent, letters that are a reminder of what made them fall in love in the first place.


Your mom lives alone and you worry she's lonely. You've thought about getting her a furry friend, but worry that a pet may be more trouble than it's worth. Below are why the benefits might outweigh the concerns.

Benefits of pet ownership include:

❤️ Improved heart health – living with a pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
🚶 Regular physical activity – walking, grooming and playing with a pet increases the frequency of exercise.
📝 Routine – When they have a pet, seniors can’t lounge in bed or sit in a chair all day. They’ll need to establish a daily routine that keeps them moving and ensures their pet has everything it needs.
👫 Increased sociability – walking a dog, taking it to the groomer or going to a dog park gets seniors out of the house and increases opportunities to socialize with neighbors and fellow dog lovers.
🐶 Decreased loneliness – pets love unconditionally and are always on duty. They provide the kind of companionship that gives isolated seniors a source for affection, conversation and activity.
😅 Stress relief – spending time with a pet increases levels of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone that relieves stress.
🐱 Improved self-esteem – the effects of aging can be discouraging, but pets remind seniors that they are still capable of being loved and needed.
🐦 New interests – having a pet can expose seniors to new interests and activities, such as cleaning up the neighborhood park where they walk their dogs.
🐟 Sense of purpose – pets give seniors a reason to get up in the morning – eliminating feelings of worthlessness or helplessness.
⚠️ Protection – even small dogs can help make seniors feel safe and secure in their homes.

While there are a lot of upsides to pet ownership, we know they are also a big responsibility. That’s where Bickford Home Care comes in. From walking to feeding and grooming, our caregivers can help with the challenging pet chores, so seniors and their furry friends can age safely in place together for as long as possible.


Why is caregiving such an important job? Because helping seniors with tasks they can no longer complete on their own helps maintain their dignity and independence for as long as possible.

If you want to make a difference in the life of a senior, give us a call or visit


From all of us to all of you, happy holidays!

Woman plans to celebrate her 105th birthday by watching football and drinking Fireball 12/22/2023

Florence Hackman loves football, firefighters and whiskey. She celebrated her 105th birthday with all three!

Woman plans to celebrate her 105th birthday by watching football and drinking Fireball Florence Hackman plans to celebrate her 105th birthday in style this weekend.


Worsening eyesight, arthritis, memory loss and other age-related conditions can make even the simplest day-to-day tasks a little challenging - especially for seniors who live alone.

10 Tips and Tricks That Will Make Life Easier for Seniors

1️⃣ Install turntables in cabinets and the refrigerator. With lazy Susan type turntables, your senior will have easy access to items in hard-to-reach spaces.

2️⃣ Add furniture bumpers to prevent injuries. Soften sharp corners on counters, coffee tables and night stands with adhesive bumper pads.

3️⃣ Put rubber bands around glasses and jars. Arthritis and joint issues can make it hard to grip smooth items. Adding ordinary rubber bands to glasses and jars will make them easier to hold on to.

4️⃣ Use an easy-grip jar opener. These inexpensive gadgets can be used on jars and lids of all sizes. A rubber glove works pretty well, too.

5️⃣ Keep medications organized. Using a pill organizer that’s labeled with every day of the week will help ensure your senior is taking the right meds at the right time. You can also ask your senior’s pharmacist to avoid using childproof pill bottles.

6️⃣ Add raised dot stickers to TV remote controls. For seniors with failing eyesight, placing raised stickers on commonly used buttons can make them easier to locate.

7️⃣ Keep slippery soap handy. To prevent it (and your senior) from falling in the shower, put a bar of soap inside a knotted nylon and tie it to the shower head or grab bar.

8️⃣ Use simple tools to help get dressed. A buttonhook is especially helpful for those with arthritic hands and a long shoehorn can help those who struggle to bend over.

9️⃣ Color code keys. Paint the end of your senior’s keys with different colors of nail polish to help them remember which key goes where.

🔟 Add a digital assistant. Devices like Alexa can make life easier and more enjoyable - especially for seniors who are aging in place. These devices can help with appointment and medication reminders, check the weather, set alarms and more.

If your aging loved ones need more than a just simple fix, you might want to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Visit to learn more.

Activities To Do With a Family Member or Friend Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease 12/18/2023

Are you unsure how to interact with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease? You might have to modify a little bit, but here are some fun and engaging activities that you both will enjoy.

Activities To Do With a Family Member or Friend Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease Find suggestions for activities that family members and friends can do with their loved one's with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.


It can be hard to shop for senior loved ones. It can be even harder to shop for senior loves ones who have dementia. Here are a few ideas.


You want to visit your son’s family for the holidays, but you’re worried about leaving your aging parents alone. Let us help put your mind at ease. From companionship and meal preparation to personal and dementia care, our professional caregivers will provide exceptional care to your aging loved ones while you’re away.

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What’s It Take to Get to 100? 12/15/2023

By 2060, there will likely be more than 600,000 Americans who are 100-years-old or older. What does it take to get there? Here's some advice from three special centenarians.

What’s It Take to Get to 100? Centenarians share their advice for others


When you visit your aging parents, what are they doing? Are they active or are they sitting on the sofa watching Gunsmoke reruns? Here are ten things you and your senior can do to make the most of your time together.

🍽️ Enjoy a meal - It’s also a great opportunity to talk, laugh and share stories.

🚶 Go for a walk - Regular physical exercise is critical to healthy aging.

📷 Look through special photos - Photos have the power to transport us back in time – helping us relive fond memories.

🎶 Listen to music - Like photos, music can bring back special memories.

📺 Watch a favorite movie or TV show - Watching a classic movie or TV show with an older loved one can be nostalgic and heartwarming.

🖼️ Work on puzzles - Whether it’s a jigsaw puzzle or the daily crossword, puzzles are a great way to exercise your senior’s mind.

🃏 Play cards or a board game - From Gin Rummy to Monopoly, games are a great way to engage your senior loved one.

👫 Bring a family member or friend with you - Bringing family members and friends to them can be a great day-brightener.

💻 Video chat with family members and friends - If it’s not possible for family members or friends to visit in person, connect them with your loved one via video chat.

🐶 Bring a pet - If your loved one loves furry friends, bring yours the next time you visit. They can be a great source of joy and comfort.

❤️ All About Quality Time ❤️
Remember – it’s not about what you do, it’s about quality time spent together.


We are expanding our team of caregivers!

If you bring the desire, we’ll arm you with the skills you need to become an exceptional caregiver and truly make a difference in someone’s life.

We offer extensive paid training, flexible schedules, an uplifting work culture and the opportunity to provide meaningful servicer to seniors.

Apply today!

Create a Respite Plan to Give Family Caregivers a Break 12/11/2023

Caring for older family members is very rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. Taking a break every now and then is good for you and your loved ones.

Create a Respite Plan to Give Family Caregivers a Break As a caregiver, it's important to avoid burnout. Learn to how to create a family respite care plan and what outside respite resources are available.

Three generations of the same family born on the same day 12/08/2023

Three special birthdays... one BIG party!

Three generations of the same family born on the same day A North Dakota mother welcomed a baby on the same day as her birthday -- and her mom's birthday.


Shopping for older loved ones can be difficult. Shopping for older loved ones who have dementia can be impossible. Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect, practical holiday gifts.

1. Weighted stuffed animals.
Also known as sensory stuffed animals, these can provide a sense of comfort and grounding for people with dementia. People who can no longer have pets may feel especially comforted by a stuffed animal that looks like a former pet.

2. Calming scents.
Scented candles, diffusers or essential oils an be used to create a calming, stress-free environment. Lavender and chamomile are very calming scents – just be sure that they’re not overpowering.

3. Fidget toys.
They keep hands and minds busy in safe, soothing ways. These types of toys are especially helpful for someone who’s anxious, pulls at their clothes, wrings their hands or picks at their skin.

4. Oversized digital clock.
A simple, easy-to-read clock with programmable reminders can be very helpful for those with dementia. It’s a good way to prompt them with standard, daily routines, such as taking medications.

5. Jumbo print wall calendar.
A calendar that’s easy to read and understand can help people with dementia keep track of time.

6. Universal big button TV remote.
With only a few large, back-lit buttons, this remote can replace most standard TV controllers – which may be confusing to loved ones who have dementia.

7. Sound reduction devices.
Noisy environments like stores or restaurants can cause sensory overload for someone with dementia. Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones will help muffle sounds, so they can stay calm and enjoy and outing.

8. Massage tools.
Handheld massagers or massage pillows can do more than soothe sore muscles and improve circulation.They can also provide a sense of relaxation and comfort for those with dementia – especially those who experience restlessness or have difficulty sleeping.

9. Activity books.
Coloring books or puzzle books promote cognitive stimulation and reduce boredom. Caregivers, friends and family members can also use the books to encourage engagement and social interaction.

Every Person with Dementia is Unique
It’s important to remember that every individual with dementia is unique – what works for one may not work for all. Be selective. Look for products that will meet your loved one’s unique needs, so that you can create a supportive and nurturing environment – one that will improve everyone’s quality of life.


Family gatherings can be hard for seniors - especially if they have mobility or memory issues. Here are some things you can do to make sure everyone enjoys the holidays.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit 12/04/2023

When you visit the doctor, do you leave with more questions than answers? If so, here's some information you might find helpful.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit View an infographic on how to have an effective conversation with your doctor.


While caring for aging loved ones is very rewarding, it can also be very challenging and frustrating. Here are a few tips to help lighten the load.

A Holiday to Remember | Chevrolet 12/01/2023

Grab some tissues, because this new ad doesn’t just tug at the heartstrings… it pulls them with the force of a thousand holiday emotions!

A Holiday to Remember | Chevrolet The best part of the holidays is the memories, the ones we make and the ones we reminisce.Watch this heartwarming story about a woman’s holiday journey to gi...


The holiday season brings out the best in most people. But for some, it brings out the worst. Here are some tips to protect your older loved ones from holiday scammers.

Experts at the FBI recommend you encourage them to:

💻 Practice good cybersecurity hygiene
Avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments in emails, on websites and social media. Be especially wary if a company asks them to update their password or account information.

🌐 Know who they’re buying from.
Check each website’s URL to make sure it’s legitimate and secure.

💳 Be careful how they pay.
Never wire money directly to a seller. Avoid paying for items with gift cards. In these scams, sellers will ask them to send them a gift card number and PIN. Instead of using that gift card for payment, the scammer steals the funds and never sends the items. Use a credit card when shopping online and check statements regularly.
Report suspicious transactions to their credit card company and dispute the charge.

🚚 Monitor the shipping process.
In order to follow the shipping/delivery process, they should always get tracking numbers for items purchased online.


If you’re looking for a career that offers more than a paycheck, join our team. We’re currently hiring caring, compassionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Apply today!


Alzheimer's Disease: Common Medical Problems 11/27/2023

If you're caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease, you know there are many challenges - including other medical issues. Because your loved one may not be able to verbalize what is wrong, it's important for you and other family members to watch for signs of these common problems.

Alzheimer's Disease: Common Medical Problems When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, watch for these common medical problems, including fever, pneumonia, dehydration, incontinence, and falls.

Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers 11/25/2023

Caring for an aging loved one is very rewarding... but it can also be very challenging. That's why taking care of yourself is one of the mosot important things you can do as a family caregiver.

Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Find tips for making time for yourself.

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