Dreams Come True
Being a part of the Senior Housing family of communities means adhering to a very special set of values. One of these values is ensuring that our team members get to know each and every one of our residents not only in regards to health care, but also as a unique and vibrant person.
Our goal is to make at least one resident dream come true each month in every one of our assisted living and memory care communities. These dreams can range from modest to elaborate based on the unique experiences and backstories of each individual resident. The stories shared below only offer a glimpse into the vast collection of dreams come true throughout Senior Housing’s history of fulfilling hundreds of resident dreams.
To date, Senior Housing Companies have made over 1,000 Dreams come true.
Virgil & Dennis
Arlington Place of Pocahontas
Virgil and Dennis both grew up on family farms. They were raised doing chores typical farmers were responsible for: feeding animals, tending land, etc. Moving to Arlington Place of Pocahontas was a bit of an adjustment for them, including the new routine. Kelly, Life Enrichment Coordinator, arranged for Virgil and Dennis to spend the morning on a farm for their Dare to Dream. They did a few chores and were able to feed and care for the animals. They felt right at home and you could tell they enjoyed their day spent back in their “element.”
Beth is a retired music teacher and joined our community just over a year ago. She enjoys playing piano and often practices on the piano in our front family room. When Misty, Life Enrichment Coordinator, came across the posting of a concert at Lowe Park in Marion, she invited Beth to join her. Midwest Dueling Pianos held an outdoor concert on Saturday, July 15th at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater. It was 85 degrees with a nice breeze, a perfect night for a concert. Beth enjoyed singing along with the large crowd and had a great time.
Country Meadow Place
Jo Ann grew up in Clear Lake, Iowa but had never been on the Lady of the Lake so we arranged for the Lady to welcome Jo Ann aboard! The Lady of the Lake is North Iowa’s premier cruise “ship.” Jo Ann got to sit back and enjoy a 1½-hour public cruise around Clear Lake, a natural, spring-fed lake located in Clear Lake, Iowa. Jo Ann enjoyed a couple beers and snacks and got to stop for a special lunch on her way back to the Community. She had an awesome time.
Edencrest at Riverwoods
Eileen is our fashion diva. She loves jewelry and getting dressed up for special occasions. She mentioned to us that she has never been pampered and that she would love to be pampered just once. We set appointment for full manicure, pedicure and massage. Eileen was so excited that the night before she said that she could not sleep. After the appointment she was so excited and giddy. Showing everyone her beautiful nails… even guests at Edencrest!
Edencrest at Green Meadows
One of the first things JoeAnne will let you know about herself is that she is a huge Elvis Presley fan! Her Elvis calendar positioned next to her bed, the Elvis coffee mug she drinks from and the small Elvis tapestry she hangs from her walker, make it easy for everyone to recognize her love for Elvis. Coming up with a “Dare to Dream” for JoeAnne, was very simple! We wanted “Elvis” to perform for her! Not only did “Elvis” come and perform, staff dressed up in 1950’s attire for the day. JoeAnne sat in the front row and sang along to every single song. When “Elvis” held her hand and sang directly to her she beamed and tears ran down her face. This was a “Dare to Dream” that the entire staff was able to become part of making it even more special! To see JoeAnne filled with sheer joy and happiness makes one realize how meaningful Senior Housing’s “Dare to Dream” program is.
Brown Deer Place
Brown Deer Place took Larry to the 12th Annual Old Settlers Stumptown Tractor Parade, and Farmer’s dinner. This is an event that Larry was an avid participant in, as he is a former collector of Oliver tractors and farm equipment. “I probably had 12 of them at one time,” he would say to us. “Had one of those, we had one like that too.” Larry spent a good many years after that farming with, collecting and cherishing Oliver tractors. “They were made right here in Iowa,” he told us, “Charles City.” Several people that Larry used to ride with, farm with and know from years back greeted and shook hands with him. Every tractor he looked at he also would ask, “Is that Darryl, is that Wayne over there, well there’s Jack!” Larry’s daughter informed us when we were planning this surprise that the last time he rode in this parade he knew he would never be able to do it again and it was really hard for him to give up. On the van ride back to Brown Deer Place an emotional Larry thanked us by saying “Thanks guys for bringing me along tonight, it was a lot of fun”
A day at the spa is what Dorris wanted when I asked her what her dream was. Her favorite nail salon is right up the road from Garnett Place. We made arrangements to take Dorris out for this special treat. Dorris was thrilled when Lindsey approached her and asked if she was ready to go. At the salon she first got a pedicure and manicure. When we were done she said “she felt like she was in another world” since she was so relaxed!
Clover Ridge Place
Mary loved to play cards. In the past, you could find her in Lost Nation, Wyoming, Monticello, Maquoketa or Delmar, playing cards… wherever family and friends gathered. The cards were always out on the table, ready to play. Mary had recently moved to Clover Ridge Place and was yearning to play cards with her friends again. So, with a quick call, we got the gang back together and invited them to play with her friends once more.
Robert approached us in the days leading up to Flag Day and mentioned he wanted to host a flag folding ceremony at Garnett Place. We thought this would be perfect to arrange for his Dare to Dream. Two of his fellow servicemen came down from the American Legion to help with this special ceremony. They unfolded the flag for us and we all recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Robert had the special opportunity to describe to all of us what each fold of the flag represents. Following this he explained that there are thirteen folds made, to represent the thirteen original colonies. Afterwards Robert and his colleagues from the American Legion socialized with the group. Thanking the veterans that were in the audience and talking about which wars they served. Thank you Robert for leading us through this wonderful ceremony. Thank you to the American Legion Post 298 from Marion for joining us on this special day.
Arlington Place of Oelwein
One of Hattie’s favorite pastimes was going up to the Mississippi River with her sister, Kay. When Life Enrichment Coordinator, Shari, heard Hattie’s wish to return, she didn’t think twice on getting everything lined up for a day on the river. Not only did they enjoy a beautiful afternoon drive up north, but they also took full advantage of the perfect weather by visiting Pikes Peak and finishing the day with a great lunch at Beer and Brats in McGregor located right on the Mississippi River.