Bickford of Bloomington

Offers Assisted Living and Independent Living

23 Reviews
14 Heartland Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704
Call (800) 385-2527
Bickford of Bloomington (800) 385-2527

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Assisted Living Reviews for Bickford of Bloomington

February 27, 2020

By Cindy

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Bickford of Bloomington is really laid out very nice. There are 3 floors and my mom is on the main floor. She's kind of in-between the dining room and the main room where there's a TV and fireplace and they do a lot of activities in there. They've got exercises every morning, and people just kind of sit around during the day, so she can sit out and talk to somebody. The staff is very good. My mom is a picky eater and complains about the food but I have eaten there a couple of times and the food is fine. I think the price is a little high but it's cheaper than any place else in town.

November 26, 2018

By Rene

I visited this facility

We weren't real happy with Bickford of Bloomington. The rooms were not the cleanest. It's just an old facility and you could definitely tell. It felt dark in there and it wasn't real welcoming. It seemed like a maze, which would be difficult for my mother-in-law. We were only in contact with two people and they were both very nice. There was an outdoor patio that overlooks some trees.

June 10, 2016

By Linda283171

I visited this facility

Bickford of Bloomington was OK but way too expensive. It seemed nice when I walked through it. There was a $500 fee per month for 10 months, so basically, there was a $5,000 fee upfront. The staff seemed nice and friendly, but the place had an old feeling to it. It was big and looked like they had a lot to do. They were doing some renovations, but it just had a dark feeling to it. It’s in a good location.

May 10, 2016

By Barb39

I visited this facility

like the layout and the size of the rooms at Bickford of Bloomington during my visit at the place. I thought the sizes of the rooms that I saw were ample. I like that there is an actual kitchen in them. I like that they allow pets and they have a nice dining room. The staff was very nice and informative. They are very accommodating as well. It has a nice family room where families can gather and celebrate.

January 13, 2016

By Mom's #1 Daughter

I am a friend or relative of resident

We recently moved our mom to Bickford of Bloomington from another facility. It has been so far a wonderful change for mom. She has been treated with kindness and compassion from all the staff. The director, Brandy, recently went out of her way to help my mom. She truly loves helping her residents and making them feel comfortable and safe. Mom feels she can trust Brandy and the staff to have her best interests in mind. The residents go out of their way to greet and meet new residents. Mom has already met a wonderful new friend. Bickford feels like a comfortable home. Our family is relieved to know that she is cared for by a staff that truly cares about the residents and their job.

April 25, 2015

By wang

I am a friend or relative of resident

It's very beautiful place to live for my friend. Now they have new managers, they're very sweet & nice. They'll be very patient to listen to my friend. RN coordinator always happy smiling and very patient to talk to my friend. Marketing lady try do her best to find the perfect room for my friend . They do their best to meet my friend's requests. The room is very big. My friend is very busy to enjoy all kinds of activities, not so often call me like before. She told me that she has lots of friends there now. She is very happy. It is the best place for all of people. I gave 5 stars. I really appreciated all of staffs to help my friend.

March 31, 2015

By Bob's Daughter

I am a friend or relative of resident

This place is amazing!!!! I had to place Dad in an assisted living facility after trying to keep him home for sometime. The Bickford House rekindled his spirit and as one of this grandchildren said, the Grandpa grin is back and that had been gone for quite sometime. The staff is exemplary from the directors down to the food/cleaning staff!! The food is awesome and he has even gained a few needed pounds. When I go there to lunch with him and his buddies, I'm treated just like family! He is always busy with activities they provide and as he says doesn't have time to watch TV. Dad has had a couple set backs recently and he will be discharged from the nursing home/rehab shortly. We have had several options to chose from and he is with it enough to decide, and his eyes lit up when Bickford was a choice. I cannot express my gratitude and heartfelt thank you to all of the staff there who have made this place a home for those who can't stay at home. If anyone wants to talk with me personally about Bickford, I am available.

March 31, 2015

By Linda104400650

I visited this facility

I did not find a peer. I was looking for people who are more my age; however, Bickford of Bloomington has much older than I am. There isn't anyone that I can really think of as a peer. The rooms were very small. As for indoor activities, on my visit there weren't any happening. The dining area looks appropriate, but we were not offered a meal. I saw a library and a little store.

July 23, 2014

By smax

I am a friend or relative of resident

We moved our relative into Bickford of Bloomington and we are very upset and unhappy with them...........first of all they lied to us to get our relative in there and his money. They promised us that he could stay there for the rest of his life. They were aware that he had alzeithemers and still said he would be fine. We saw some thing that did not really make us happy, but tried to work thru that. He fell and broke his hip and from there, it was even more downhill. he started complaining a lot so I sent another relative in to check on him. She could not find any staff in 20 minutes because she was unaware of his room number or location. Next thing we found bed sores. He slept in a recliner so Bickford asked us to get him a hospital bed so they could clean him up and move him off pressure points. We did this and then moved him to a larger room to make it all more acessable to the staff. The bed sores continued to be there. Finally we decided to "UP" his care as we had done several times. When we first put him at Bickford, I asked about his needing more care as he went along with the disease. We were told, "Oh we will just "UP" his care level (and costs of course) and that is how he could stay there till he died. Then they evicted him and others I understand because they did not have a license to care for someone like him and others they had there. We live out of state and immediately had to find him a new place. They could have told us they were evicting him over the phone so we could have taken days off work. I would not recommend this home to anyone thinking of this place for their relative. Also the ceiling fell in in the dining room and was still not fixed the last time I was there.

March 01, 2014

By dunca

I am a friend or relative of resident

My mother is currently there and needs level 5 assistance. With this she is suppose to have 2 caregivers available to get her up and down to the bathroom yet they just have 1 person on staff. She pushed her emergency button for 45 minutes to go to the bathroom and finally got herself there and puled the emergency cord to get help off and no one came for 35 minutes. The other times she presses the button a helper comes in because the are to respond in 15 minutes turns off the button and says she will be back when she has time as she is serving dinner. also after wiping my moms behind they put her in her chair and without washing their hands they go back and serve food. This place is a disaster and needs to be investigated.

July 20, 2013

By safety4u

I am a friend or relative of resident

I recently visited this facility for the purpose of transporting my aunt back east for a six week stay. The facility was informed of the 14 hour trip several weeks in advance in order to prepare medications and ensure she was ready for the trip. When we arrived, we immediately noticed several sores on her feet, She is diabetic and her feet are supposed to be checked regularly but nobody seemed to be aware of the sores - including the nurses. The head nurse refused on 2 occasions to discuss her medical condition or medications with us saying it would be unethical. (Sending an elderly, sick woman on a 14 hour journey for a 6 week stay without reviewing her medicines and condition with her daughter is dangerous and borders on malpractice.) When we returned that evening to pick up the medications they were not ready and the evening nurse knew nothing about them. She contacted the head nurse and she said she would be in the next morning to prepare them (she knew that we wanted to leave early) but she did not have any more than a few days supply because she had to order them. I insisted that she have them ready by 6:30AM the next day. When we arrived, she was not there and were were handed 2 boxes of meds with 4 pages listing meds and instructions. As we were leaving my aunt said she did not get her meds that day so we asked and no one was sure. They were also going to send her on a 14 hour journey with bandages on her feet that were soaked from her shower. We insisted that they be changed. As we watched, it was apparent that the nurse did not understand the concept of cross contamination and infection control. While driving home we tried to understand the list of meds but I was sure it was not accurate. There were 7 listings for insulin each with its own schedule. There were several allergy meds, several pain meds, several anxiety meds, etc. It was enough to put down an elephant. The only medicine we gave her was insulin based on her glucose levels. By the time we arrived home she was crashing from no medications and was errational and violent. We had to get her to an emergency room. Two doctors and a nurse were unable to decipher her meds. We made several calls to Bickford but there was no answer even though there is supposed to be a nurse on call 24/7. We were told at the hospital that someone should be fired. It will probably take the six weeks to get her back to normal. In addition, her housekeeping is supposed to be done for her. Her bathroom was filthy. There were used towels bunched on the floor and the smell of urine was so strong that I wouldn't even think of using the bathroom. I observed other problems but this should give someone pause and let them know that this facility needs close monitoring.
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Independent Living Reviews for Bickford of Bloomington

July 29, 2016

By Kathy710644

I visited this facility

Bickford of Bloomington was very nice but very pricey at $6,000 to $8,000 a month. It was very clean and nice with no odor. The one- and two-bedroom apartments were very nice. They were very honest and open with me. The dining room was very nice and set up like a restaurant. It had everything Mom and Dad would need there. They could have pets there and have a little garden outside, so it was nice. I'll give it a 4 because I thought it was extremely expensive.

November 15, 2015

By Christine112323550

I visited this facility

They weren’t expecting us even though the appointment was supposed to have been set up, but they were accommodating, which was nice. My mom just wasn’t as impressed with Bickford. It looks a little run-down and older, but the staff was very friendly. We were just surprised that they didn’t seem to have knowledge of our appointment. They still have not returned the deposit we paid two months ago, so that doesn’t make us happy.

June 26, 2014

By Marlene21

I visited this facility

Bickford is small, about 60 or 90 people. They will help me if I need help with my husband. The staff is fine. The food is not bad at all. It's really pretty good. We did look at all the places here in Bloomington, and we found that Bickford had bigger rooms, and chose it because we wanted a two-bedroom. It has a kitchen and a living room, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms. So it's a good size, and we're happy with that. We're moving in September.

September 23, 2013

By Paul19

I visited this facility

Bickford House was a new place. It was a small facility but it looked great. I talked to a lady there and I had a tour. The amenities were the same with the other facility. They had three meals a day as well as transportation.
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Services and Amenities of Bickford of Bloomington


  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: We Offer A Month To Month Rental
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $4106/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $4106/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Spa
  • Features Extra: Library, Fitness Room/Gym

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Internet Enabled Rooms
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Medication Management
  • Nurse On Staff: Yes


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Fitness Room
  • Arts And Crafts

Financial guidance

  • Home Sale Assistance
  • Va Benefits Consultation
  • Financing Advice

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Diabetic
  • Low Salt


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 45
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Pets: Yes

Types of care

  • Walking Wheelchair Assistance

Training Areas

  • Memory Care Training


  • State Licenses: 5100240
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About Bickford of Bloomington

Bickford of Bloomington is one of Illinois's premier assisted living communities. Located on Heartland Dr., Bickford of Bloomington is conveniently located for residents and their families. Residents can enjoy the full expression of assistance that comes with an intimate understanding of every resident. Services are available to meet any need, and the community works with each resident to find the best solution for them. At Bickford, seniors aren't asked to give up their home or their treasures or memories when they come into the assisted living community in Illinois. Instead, staff wants them to bring all the pieces that make the home they love into the assisted living community and make it theirs.

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