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.

Ruth Ann & Leo

Brown Deer Place

As newlyweds, Ruth Ann and Leo bought a small apple orchard in Newton Iowa. They sold apples and made Iowa’s best cider (per Ruth Ann’s good friend Linda).  Ruth Ann now lives with us a Brown Deer Place to be closer to her son but misses being on the orchard. When Ruth Ann found out there is an apple orchard close to Brown Deer she lit up and couldn’t stop talking about her apple orchard. We contacted the owners of Wilson’s and they were more than happy to give Ruth Ann a private tour of their barn and grounds. She could not stop smiling during the tour of the grounds.  Every once in a while, she would share a small story about the joys of owning an orchard. The last 10 minutes of the tour may have been the best. Seeing Ruth Ann’s face light up when she saw the same type of stove that used for years to make all her apple goodies was priceless.


Clover Ridge Place

Billie shared several months ago that she would love to go sky diving, but her doctor discouraged this. In looking for an alternative to fill the need for speed and freedom, zip line rides came up. Billie and her life long friend, Berniece, were all in for soaring on a zip line. Billie and Bernice share birthdays just a few days apart and they wanted to do this before their 90th and 92nd Birthdays. On the way to and from Chestnut Mountain in Galena, Billie and Bernice reminisced and talked about what their families would say when they told them about this adventure. When they arrived, their guide drove the ladies to the zip line, escorted them to the front of the line and announced they were riding for their 90th & 92nd birthdays. He assisted with buckling them in and telling them what was going to happen. Giggles and smiles came from the line as they were pulled up to the tower and released to soar. Upon landing Billie and Bernice, shared that it was fun, “But we wish it was longer!”


Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Alice is now 106 and her body is slowing down but her mind and memory seem to have no intentions of following suit! Alice is very frank about her current state. She asked a family member to take her to her farm one last time as her dying wish. We wanted to go on a ‘good’ day, but we all knew that lack of those were a new reality for Alice, so we picked a day and committed. That morning, Alice was a whole new woman! She put mind over matter and made what we thought was going to be an hour drive turned into a 3 hour celebrity tour through Wellsburg. The picture with the flowers is us parking the bus where she would have sat in her farm house and looked out the window. The last picture is one of the many groups of people that stopped in the bus to see Alice. She remembered EVERY NAME!




Arlington Place of Grundy Center


On August 7th, Viola turned 100! We spent July meeting some buckets list items before hitting that 100 mark. We went to Sakura Japanese Grill because she used to go to Japanese grills when she would winter in Texas. We went to the capitol building for her very 1st time! We gave our tour guide a run for her money because Vi and her husband spent their life traveling and learning everything about everything. Lastly, Vi had a 100th birthday bash with a 10 piece band, centerpieces and photos galore! As the party neared, she started to worry about who would be there and whether her 106 year old friend Alice would be able to attend. We filled our bus, Alice included, and made miss Vi’s day!


Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Jim is proud to be a World War II veteran. This fact followed by getting polio was the first things he shares about himself. When Kaylene, Manager, found out that planes from World War II would be only 30 minutes away for just 2 days we made sure take Jim. He not only looked over every inch of every plane but he began to be the speaker of the day as he shared stories with other folks that came out that day to take in the planes!


Emery Place

Marian moved to Emery Place from the family farm. On a bus trip to the store one morning, Misty, Life Enrichment Coordinator, asked the residents what they most miss from being at home? Marian was quick to answer that she missed cooking. “Pecan Pie was my favorite thing to make.” Misty chatted with Marian about her recipe, which was still at the farm.  A few weekends later, Marian went to the farm and found her pie crust and filling recipes and brought them to Misty.  Janene, Culinary Coordinator, met with Marian and they agreed on making the pies to share with the community on Marians Birthday! They worked for 2 days preparing, rolling out crust, making filling and baking the pies. Oh my goodness, it was truly the best pecan pie we have ever tasted. Marian was all smiles and has offered to make her friends more pie in the future!


Emery Place

As Emery Place Community Relations Coordinator, Sarah Zimmerman, was driving home one night after work. She saw the Guaranty Bank and Trust hot air balloon soaring over the Marion/Robins area and thought “how fun would that be!” That’s how this “Dream” came about. Sarah asked an Emery Place family if their mother would enjoy a hot air balloon ride and they said absolutely! Lottie has resided at Emery Place for a little over a year now. She has enjoyed roller coaster rides and flying all over the world in airplanes… that’s how Sarah knew she would love a hot air balloon ride! On a beautiful Sunday evening in late July, Lottie and her daughter Linda, warmly known as “Rusty,” soared above southeast Cedar Rapids. “This is awesome! The trees are so green and everything is so very beautiful from up here!”


The Lakeside Village

DeeDee was a wonderful artist once upon a time. She LOVES to paint! Now, as a resident in Arlington Place she still enjoys painting a good picture. We had a local artist come in and help her create a new painting.


The Lakeside Village

Dee wanted to see the Guthrie County Veterans Memorial. On the day we took the residents on a shopping trip, Marla, Culinary Coordinator, surprised Dee by making a detour to the Memorial so Dee would be able to see the memorial. When we arrived you could see the excitement in Dee’s eyes. He was so excited he even asked Marla if she would be able to walk him up to see the memorial and take a picture of him next to it.


The Lakeside Village

Francis asked if our community ever coordinate boat rides on the lake. When the reply was “yes we can!” he asked if we ever went fishing, because he would really enjoy going. On Saturday, much to Francis’s surprise, Mark, Maintenance Coordinator, showed up with the pontoon and asked Francis to go fishing with him and his family. Francis ended up asking if one of his old friends, Mava, could join them. After a morning of fishing they all went to lunch together. Francis had a great time, he said, thank you and that he had so much fun and that he was truly grateful.