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.
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!
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!