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.


Dick

Sunset Park Place

As a Loras College graduate, Dick had an interest in seeing fellow Loras graduate, Greg Gumbel who was the keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Dubuque. So, on the morning of the event, with the mercury dipping to nine degrees below zero, Dick along with Community Relations Coordinator, Cindy, headed out to the breakfast. The talk centered around teachers and their lessons, which was also very appropriate for Dick, since he is a retired educator!


Dawn

Courtyard Estates of Pleasant Hill

It was lunch time and Dawn was not eating much. Dawn has particular likes and dislikes when it comes to foods. She told Wally she would really like some chili. She said chili was one food that she loved to make and eat. She was thinking about when she used to make it for her family. Chef Wally made her a special bowl of chili and Dawn ate it all with a smile on her face. She said it was so good and brought back good memories.


Evelyn

Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Evelyn has resided at Arlington Place since 2009, which surprises her greatly. She doesn’t remember where she lives or how she got here. She does know, however, that she is in a place where they “take very good care of me.” One of her favorite stories is herding cows as a girl. In the summer, she would herd the cows up and down the country roads so they could graze in the ditches. She had two favorite places to take them – to the neighbors, because “she was such a good cook,” – and to the creek.  At the creek was a tree where she would find monarch butterfly chrysalises. She would bring one or two home, put them in a jar, and watch the butterflies emerge. She lights up when she tells this story of her special place. This summer we obtained a “cup of caterpillars” and watched them spin their cocoons and develop into butterflies. This is Evelyn reliving her favorite childhood memory.


Homer

Arlington Place of Red Oak

Homer is a long-time customer of Johnny’s Steakhouse. The men enjoyed an afternoon of drinks and appetizers at Johnny’s while just talking “man stuff.” Part of our men’s club, accompanied Homer on his dare to dream.


Jo Ann

Country Meadow Place

Jo Ann loves to play cards – she usually doesn’t get involved in our Community Card Clubs but we were invited to another community for treats and a game of 500. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator got Jo Ann on the bus and over to Heritage Assisted Living for an afternoon of fun.  While there, they had door prizes and Jo Ann won a $25 gift card to Hy-Vee. So on a second outing Jo Ann got to go to Hy-Vee! She bought her own flowers you can see in the top of the cart and a whole case of Kleenex you can see in the bottom of the cart along with some treats.  She was so happy on both outings – especially getting a whole case of Kleenex!


Judy

Country Meadow Place

Judy LOVES stories about the Titanic. We got a gentleman that had a Titanic collection to come to the community and he did an hour long presentation of the story of the Titanic – complete with a slide show presentation and information, newspapers and print outs of the passengers on board.  At the end of the presentation residents got to find out if their real life passenger and story on their  paper survived or perished.  Here you see Judy reading a newspaper with the article title, “The Titanic Sinks.”


Phyllis

Country Meadow Place

Phyllis was placed on hospice and wasn’t able to get around on her own any longer. She always loved music so we arranged a music presentation at the community that she’d always enjoyed and got her in a wheel chair, bundled her up and took her down to the Ivy Great Room to listen to the music that she so loved. Phyllis only lasted a few more days after this photo was taken but even at the end we were  able to bring her “Moments of Joy.”


Edna

The Lakeside Village

This 93 year-old young lady really wanted to go on the shopping trip to Des Moines but felt she could not because she didn’t have any money.  We provided her with $10.00, she was ecstatic! We put her on the bus and off she went. Upon her return she reported she had a great lunch and used the rest of her money to purchase candy cigarettes for her son for the “good ole times!”


Dee

The Lakeside Village

Sarah, one of our Culinary Team members, was pregnant and throughout her pregnancy, Dee (97 years old) expressed a great desire to see and hold her baby once he arrived.  Sarah made that happen! Four day old Maddix made his debut to The Lakeside Village and just look at the joy on Dee’s face while holding this newborn.


Bob

The Lakeside Village

Senior Housing began managing The Lakeside Village in October 2015. At the very first resident meeting, many residents had a long list of issues to discuss. Bob, came with legal pad, three pages full.  One of his requests was to hold a caucus at The Lakeside Village. January 2016 Ben Carson came to Panora, Iowa for his campaign. Yes, we got Bob there! And, he was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio as a bonus!!!