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.


Arlington Place of Oelwein

What’s better than taking a long road trip in the fall with the beautiful views of the leaves changing… Nothing, if you’re asking Helen! Well maybe a few friends and some lovely singing songs. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Shari, took Helen and the ladies on a fun fall road trip to Balltown to enjoy the beautiful fall views. Helen could not have asked for a more perfect day!


Arlington Place of Oelwein

Marilynn loves going out to eat with her friends. Getting all the ladies together sometimes seems to be a task. Shari Life Enrichment Coordinator, took all the ladies out and Marilynn got to eat at her favorite restaurant. They even had her favorite pie! Marilynn couldn’t have been more pleased with the lady’s lunch outing!


Arlington Place of Oelwein

Sheldon has always been a big Cubs fan so he was excited that they finally made it to the World Series. Sheldon has been waiting all his life for this moment and it is finally here to watch his Cubs win! He has been a Cubs fan since he was a little boy and still loves to watch the Cubs still to this day.  Sheldon recalls watching them while growing up and receiving so much joy watching the cubs win. We got him a win flag and are proud to be flying it in his honor. This flag was flown through the duration of the World Series and more!

Robert, Jerry & Fran

Arlington Place of Pocahontas

Robert, Jerry, and Fran all enjoyed a picnic at Elbert Park. Residents  were discussing how many years it has been since they have  been on a swing. With some encouragement from life enrichment coordinator, Tricia, she talked them into trying to swing. Tricia helped them  to the swings and got them ready to swing. This was such a great moment. They all stated how they felt like a child again.


Brown Deer Place

Janet loves the Hawks so much she has Hawkeyes on EVERY wall in her apartment, including a fully Hawk-i-fied bathroom. On October 1st, we took Janet out on a first in a life time trip to Kinnick Stadium before the Homecoming football game between her beloved Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats. We left Brown Deer Place in the morning and caught the Hawkeye Express. We were able to arrive just in time to get a good place along the Hawk Walk, the path where fans can wait for, and greet the players’ busses to arrive and cheer on the coaches, stall and team as they arrive for the game. Janet said “I’ve waited 70 years for this” about a half a dozen times, and proudly told everyone we encountered that this was her first trip to Kinnick Stadium and she was so excited to be there! Although the Hawkeyes came up a little short that rainy, misty, Homecoming morning, there was one big Hawkeye fan still smiling from ear to ear after the game!


Parker Place

Darlene went back to her old stomping grounds, The Cooler.  Darlene was a former resident of Shell Rock, IA. She loved going to The Cooler to socialize with friends. She said every Saturday her and her husband would go to The Cooler to grab a pizza after their long day of shopping in Waverly. Inside the jail is where they would sit so that is where she wanted to sit for lunch.


Parker Place

On September 30th we took our residents to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Urbandale. Unfortunately our resident who served in the Vietnam War was unable to make the trip with us. It was definitely worth the 2 hour trip.  They loved being out and seeing a part of our history. Bob (left) was a part of WWII  and enjoyed this adventure the most. It was a part of history he could relate to.



Arlington Place of Red Oak

Helen’s son, Terry, completely refurbished and donated a rocker glider chair that previously belonged to his grandmother, Helen’s mother. Helen was pleased to have this gift in honor of her and her late husband, Ruhl.


Brown Deer Place

When you meet the lovely Sandy, one of the first things that you find out about her is how much she loves her father and how much she misses golfing.  Sandy and her father started golfing together when she was six years old and it became one of her favorite hobbies.  When asked why she enjoyed golfing so much she replied, “It was something special that my father and I shared together.”  Brown Deer Gold Course in Coralville is one of the best courses in the area.  The golf pro there was kind enough to let Sandy visit, hit a couple of balls, and tour their beautiful course.  As you can see in this picture Sandy had a blast!


Edencrest at Green Meadows

Last fall while at Disney on Ice, Cynthia said to her daughter, “You know, I’ve always wanted to drive one of those Zambonis.” Fast forward a couple months and Cynthia’s dream came true! She rode alongside the driver of the Zamboni at the Des Moines Buccaneers game on Sunday, February 26th. She smiled and waved at her family and friends as she circled the ice and they all cheered her on. This is so much more than just a dream coming true for our resident, this is something her children, grandchildren and great children will hold in their hearts forever. What a great lesson that was taught that day, for all of us in attendance!  You are never too old to dream!