Whatever it takes. These words are so ingrained in our culture, our philosophy, and our care. Whatever it takes to care for your loved one, to make them feel at home, to give you peace of mind, to enrich your family's happiness. This week I had the privilege of seeing these traits on display in the person of Teepa Snow. Teepa has literally decades of experience and a wealth of expertise in geriatric care, but her passion is helping and loving those with dementia and educating others on how to do the same. She is simultaneously hilarious and heartfelt, and the experience is an unforgettable one. I want to extend a sincere thanks to Circle Center Adult Day Services for hosting this event and Teepa for taking the time to educate over 200 people this week. And also thank you to Angie, our Mary B's activities director, for making sure I was still breathing in between laughing so hard during this event.
It's been a wonderful morning with the Heartstrings coming in to serenade us with Christmas music! Thanksgiving was late this year, so we're giving Christmas some extra love. Come check out one of the caroling choirs that are coming in this month! (There are four of them, so no excuses...)
We'd like to extend a huge welcome to Angie, our new Life Enrichment Assistant for Mary B's! It was her first day and she got everybody dancing. We think we'll keep her...Welcome to the Bickford Family, Angie!
I really couldn't help but post an entire album of the week we've had - so many fun things! On Veteran's day, we had a ceremony honoring not just the men who have served but also the wives and family members of those who served. We got to hear drum line solos, hear about Arlington National Cemetery, and (my personal favorite) ride motorcylces. I seriously love being part of this community where there's a constant stream of exciting things happening. HUGE shoutout to our activities director, Peggy, for putting this all together!
Bickford's third Chili Cookoff was a big hit! Our very own Nancy got to revel in the glory of victory after her daughter, Diana, took home the coveted Bickford Chili Cup. We had such a fun time with everyone and want to give a special shout out to our friend Chris and his wife Rachel from Fox Rehab who brought in their own deliciously spicy chili (no Texas Pete required. So good). And we can't forget Crystal from Richmond's Habitat for Humanity who brought us some amazing cornbread because she knows having chili without cornbread is like having a pencil with a broken tip...("pointless").