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.


Sharon

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Sharon has resided in Arlington Place’s Memory Gardens since January of this year. Sharon talks frequently about her love of collecting antiques and blue glassware. Arlington Place’s Life Enrichment Coordinator, Shari, spent the day with Sharon visiting various antique shops around Oelwein. The highlight of Sharon’s day was finding a set of blue plates that match her other blue plates and bowls at home. Sharon was so happy and bragged about them to the other residents when they returned.


Jean

Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Jean has lived at Arlington Place for 15 years. If you ask her when she moved in she will tell you she was a part of the construction. On Easter, Jean was injured at a family get together and had to stay in long term care to recover. Arlington Place is home for Jean and celebrating her birthday without her family and friends felt wrong. For Jean’s birthday, the coordinators and staff worked together to bring Jean to Arlington Place for an afternoon surprise birthday party.


Gary

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Gary is our newest Memory Care resident! He loves telling the staff stories about working on his old dairy farm. Gary and his wife, Mary, had more than 50 cows on their farm. He always says that he considered his cows more of a pet than a job. Shari, Life Enrichment Coordinator, took Gary to the local Stempfle Dairy Farm. Gary was very interested in the different milking processes that larger farms use. Also, he enjoyed learning about the new technology cow farms use.

 


June

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Most of June’s family lives in Colorado so she’s only able to see them once a year. Her son, Jim, made a surprise visit and June was thrilled! While Jim was in town visiting, he came to Arlington Place to enjoy musical entertainment with June. Jim and June danced around the dining room for the majority of the show! Another great part of this visit was that June was able to finally meet her great granddaughter that was born in April!


Shirley

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Shirley loves sports cars and has always been fascinated with them. Unfortunately, lately her desire to go on outings has waned. When Arlington Place heard that one of their Resident Assistants, Connie, owned a Sports Mustang, we knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to get Shirley out and about again. Connie took Shirley on a ride around town and stopped by Dairy Queen for lunch. Shirley showed Connie where she used to live prior to Arlington Place. This was a very nice treat for Shirley and you could tell she appreciated the one-on-one time with Connie.


Mary Ann

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Mary Ann taught at the school in the small town of Oran. She always complained that the children misbehaved and did not listen to her so when she had an opportunity to change schools, she jumped at it. She began teaching at a local amish school and soon there after, she knew she made the right decision. She never felt more love from her students like she did there. Many of her past students continue to visit Mary Ann at Arlington Place. Shari, Life Enrichment Coordinator, took a day to travel with Mary Ann to the Amish School she taught at. Mary Ann talked with all the children and told them about her time teaching there. This was a wonderful day for Mary Ann and she had a smile ear to ear while talking with the children.


Leroy

Clover Ridge Place

Leroy is going to be 104! One day he told Rebecca, a Resident Assistant at Clover Ridge Place, they should run off on a trip together. Rebecca smiled and asked where they should go. Leroy’s response was Germany. They laughed about it for a moment and Rebecca asked. “Why Germany?” Leroy, said that he had never been there and that was where his Dad was from. He shared that he had come to the US when he was just 13. Days went by as the team at Clover Ridge tried to figure out how to make this happen for Leroy. After enlisting some assistance from others to help brainstorm, a virtual trip was planned. Flight 205 was ready for takeoff from Clover Ridge Place! Takeoff was in the hallway at 11:15 A.M. The itinerary was loaded in fun. The flight was equipped with stewardess, safety instructions, snacks and great commentary. Upon landing at the Berlin Wall in Germany, Leroy enjoyed a short visit there talking about the history and architecture. Then it was off to the Rothenberg to visit the Christmas Village, followed by a 25 minute virtual tour of the country with visits to many sights and a few castles. A special visitor arrived to Barbara’s Gasthaus just in time for lunch! Johannes, a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Germany, joined Leroy and his traveling companion Rebecca for lunch. They dined on a German meal including brats, sauerkraut, warm German potato salad and  German beer. Leroy finished his trip with souvenirs, a passport, boarding passes and a complete scrapbook of all his German travels!


Fran

Arlington Place of Pocahontas

A whole community came together to make Fran’s dream come true! Fran, a resident of Arlington Place of Pocahontas, had a dream to wear a long formal gown and go to a dance with a handsome young man on her arm. Lauri, Manager, mentioned this dream to the Pocahontas Rotary Club asking if anyone knew of any dances in the area which a formal gown would be appropriate. It turned out that the Wild Rose Casino was having a formal that very weekend! Lauri quickly purchased 5 tickets for the event to accommodate Fran, her date, Fran’s daughter; Cyndi, and two of Arlington Place’s Resident Assistants. Wendy Kirchhoff, of Hair Cuts and More, provided a long formal gown, with the permission of Chelsea Kenne of Pocahontas, owner of the gown. New Impressions opened their doors the day of the Prom to do Fran’s hair and nails. Our Culinary Coordinator volunteered her husband, David, as Fran’s date. David was more than happy to ask Fran on a date for the evening. Fran of course said yes! David, just so happened to have a friend named Matt Welter, owner of Party in Motion, and was able to get a limousine for the evening. Matt graciously donated the limousine and his time to make this dream come true! Fran was ecstatic when David presented her with a rose and as
ked her to accompany him. She had such a great time, they didn’t return until Midnight!