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Confirmed resident cases at Bickford of Portage
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Confirmed resident cases at Bickford of Portage
In today’s uncertain times, we feel a responsibility to be straightforward as to how we are being affected by COVID-19. For this reason, we are displaying the number of active COVID-19 cases for our Branch. At Bickford Senior Living we will lead with transparency so you have the best information available as you make decisions for your loved one.
Cheryl Harris, Community Relations Director

Cheryl Harris

WHY TOUCH IS GOOD MEDICINE IN CARING FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA “Touching as a therapeutic event is not as simple as a mechanical procedure or a drug, because is, above all, an act of communication…the use of touch and physical closeness may be the most important way to communicate to acutely ill (and aged) persons that they are important as human beings…” – Ashley Montagu Touch is good medicine. Research supports the beneficial effects of skilled touch as a powerful, yet under-utilized means to address an urgent need: person-centered care for people with dementia. Touch in the form of sensitive massage or attentive holding has the power to ease physical, emotional, and spiritual discomfort. In the words of anthropologist Ashley Montagu, the most important and neglected need is the need for tactile stimulation. “The elderly often have impaired hearing, visual acuity, mobility, and vitality problems that can make them feel help- less and vulnerable…it is through the emotional involvement of touch that one can reach through the isolation and communicate love, trust, affection, and warmth,” she said. Since touching the hands is so familiar, hand massage may be gladly accepted by elders in long term care. A simple way to ask permission to give the hand massage is to offer to put lotion on elders’ hands. The following simple five-minute hand massage protocol can easily be incorporated into care routines by staff or family caregivers. Following are some techniques: Preparation: Hold the hand of the resident receiving the touch, creating a connection and helping the person become focused or centered. Application of technique: Apply hypo- allergenic massage lotion. Give each of the fingers a few gentle squeezes from the base to the fingertip, pausing periodically to make circular motions. Turn the hand over and make tiny circular motions on the palm of the hand with the thumbs and massage the soft, fleshy areas on the palm. Closing: Finish by thanking the recipient while holding both of his or her hands and sharing eye contact. Mutual Benefits Even in a five-minute touch session there are mutual benefits for the elder and the care giver. For the elder, focused touch and sensitive massage can do the following: Ease aches and pains Encourage greater joint flexibility Provide sensory stimulation resulting in increased body awareness Induce relaxation response, increase feelings of calmness Support psychosocial well-being and decreased feeling of isolation Acknowledge one’s worth regardless of the condition of the body or mind
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Cheryl Harris, Community Relations Director

Cheryl Harris

They finally finished that puzzle!
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Melissa Agema, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Melissa Agema

Saturday calls for Beauty Hour!! Our ladies love getting their hair done.
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Melissa Agema, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Melissa Agema

Rainy days don't bring us down! We still got our exercise in this morning.
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Cheryl Harris, Community Relations Director

Cheryl Harris

Covid 19 "Whatever it Takes" When a family feels mom will be safer here at Bickford than at home we do whatever it takes to make that happen. Luckily it's a nice sunny day:)
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Cheryl Harris, Community Relations Director

Cheryl Harris

WHY TOUCH IS GOOD MEDICINE IN CARING FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA “Touching as a therapeutic event is not as simple as a mechanical procedure or a drug, because is, above all, an act of communication…the use of touch and physical closeness may be the most important way to communicate to acutely ill (and aged) persons that they are important as human beings…” – Ashley Montagu Touch is good medicine. Research supports the beneficial effects of skilled touch as a powerful, yet under-utilized means to address an urgent need: person-centered care for people with dementia. Touch in the form of sensitive massage or attentive holding has the power to ease physical, emotional, and spiritual discomfort. In the words of anthropologist Ashley Montagu, the most important and neglected need is the need for tactile stimulation. “The elderly often have impaired hearing, visual acuity, mobility, and vitality problems that can make them feel help- less and vulnerable…it is through the emotional involvement of touch that one can reach through the isolation and communicate love, trust, affection, and warmth,” she said. Since touching the hands is so familiar, hand massage may be gladly accepted by elders in long term care. A simple way to ask permission to give the hand massage is to offer to put lotion on elders’ hands. The following simple five-minute hand massage protocol can easily be incorporated into care routines by staff or family caregivers. Following are some techniques: Preparation: Hold the hand of the resident receiving the touch, creating a connection and helping the person become focused or centered. Application of technique: Apply hypo- allergenic massage lotion. Give each of the fingers a few gentle squeezes from the base to the fingertip, pausing periodically to make circular motions. Turn the hand over and make tiny circular motions on the palm of the hand with the thumbs and massage the soft, fleshy areas on the palm. Closing: Finish by thanking the recipient while holding both of his or her hands and sharing eye contact. Mutual Benefits Even in a five-minute touch session there are mutual benefits for the elder and the care giver. For the elder, focused touch and sensitive massage can do the following: Ease aches and pains Encourage greater joint flexibility Provide sensory stimulation resulting in increased body awareness Induce relaxation response, increase feelings of calmness Support psychosocial well-being and decreased feeling of isolation Acknowledge one’s worth regardless of the condition of the body or mind
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It is easy to say that we do whatever it takes to make our residents happy, but the real question is – are our current residents actually happy?

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The process of finding a place for your loved one is hard enough, we’re here to make it easier. To help you navigate this change most effectively we remove the barriers and give you what you really want - pricing first!

Base Rate

$95 to $150 per day

Range depends on the apartment you choose

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Care Rate

$25 to $125 per day

Range depends on the care and services needed

Whether or not our pricing fits in your budget, we ask you to consider 3 things:

Know that there may be financial resources available that you might not be aware of

To explore this, take advantage of our complimentary third-party financial concierge service through Elderlife Financial.

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Know that our rates are all-inclusive

Don’t forget our rates include meals, care, activities, basic utilities, housekeeping, linen and laundry service, and more! View all-inclusive details here.

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Know the affordability of senior living

Many families are surprised at the affordability of senior living as compared to what they are currently spending at home. Check out our Expense Worksheet to compare for yourself.

Our Menu

Garden Green Salad

Turkey Medallions with Orange Apricot Glaze

Hot Potato Salad
Warm potato salad with bacon

Parmesan Green Beans

Baked Roll

Apple Cobbler

Diabetic Dessert

Activity Calendar

Sample Calendar

10:00am Manicures

10:30am Balloom VB

1:00pm Meijer Shopping

2:00pm Manicures

3:00pm Music with Janice

4:00pm Heads Up!

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Our purpose is to do whatever it takes to make our residents happy.

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Core Needs - The pathway to happiness

Understanding your core needs allows us to know the pathway we must take to make you happy.

We have identified three specific Core Needs that must be met to enrich happiness —

Basic Needs

You need to consistently receive services in an environment that feels like home.

Care Needs

You need to consistently receive the care that your personal health situation requires.

Unrecognized Needs

You need to consistently experience small, but unforgettable moments that you'd never think to ask for.

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Bickford of Portage Assisted Living & Memory Care For Pricing & Availability: 269-200-4139
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