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.


Emery Place

In February, Congressman Rod Blum hosted a senior wellness fair. Darlene mentioned she would love to visit NewBo Market and meet Rod Blum. We took Darlene and a group of her Emery Place friends to the wellness fair. Emery Place treated the residents to lunch and drinks. They enjoyed fresh coffee and fine chocolates. Everyone enjoyed samples from all of the restaurants. Dill pickle popcorn was a favorite. Darlene ventured out of her comfort zone and ordered a Mac n’ Cheese Burger! The sandwich was “huge” and she had no idea that it actually came with mac n’ cheese on it but she liked it. The highlight of the day was meeting Congressman Rod Blum! Darlene and her friends made the news that evening and were featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette the next day.  Darlene had a wonderful time and enjoyed her newspaper celebrity-status.


Arlington Place of Oelwein

Lil is new to Arlington Place and has been excited since she first toured. Our Health Care Coordinator told her she would need to do an assessment before she moved in and Lil handed Terri her coat and began jogging down the hall to get started. During a group craft she shared with the group how she missed games they would play as children. One being “Button, Button, Where is the Button?” For Dare to Dream, I asked Lil if she would like to play as a group. She thought that would be a great time. We got a good group together and after two rounds of we were all in a fit of giggles. No one more than Lil.


Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Jeanette does not have to tell you what her hobby is. When you walk into her apartment she has scraps of fabric scattered about and, lo and behold, you will find a craft table with a sewing machine on it! Jeanette is a quilter, a seamstress, a knitter, a crochet-er and an all-around crafty kind of gal. “Everybody can use a quilt,” she says. Jeannette loves to use her talents to make someone’s day. For her Dare to Dream Jeannette opened her quilting doors for a resident with a bath robe that she had to hold closed because it needed some stitching. Kaylene, introduced the two and Jeannette was overjoyed to have a job; something to keep her hands busy! If having purpose wasn’t enough to make her day, the joy and gratification of the resident in need sure did.


Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Ann has played a big part of Grundy County. Closer to her heart, is Ann’s heavy involvement in her Church, Bethany Presbyterian. She has been an organist, a Sunday School Teacher, and Church Secretary. Ann did it all, arranging weddings, funerals, baptisms, and baby showers. Ann has had some physical difficulties that have kept her close to home and going out into the community a rarity. For her Dare to Dream, we were able to take her out to our community Lenten Lunch hosted by her church. It was neat to see all of the people’s lives she had been a part of.


Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Alice is a makeup-wearing, accessory-dazzling, video-gaming, life-of-the-party kind of gal. Every night she encourages the night shift staff member to sit in the comfy chair opposing her, eat a piece of chocolate and talk about life in general. If you ever are fortunate enough to meet Alice, you would be shocked to learn she is 104 years old! Alice was a teacher in a one room schoolhouse and has always had a love of teaching, sharing, and writing. The way she talks about the written word and the value of hand written documents and print is truly rare. Then there are her journals. She says, “of course I journal!” She says everyone has a story to write and this one is hers, although she doesn’t want to be around when people read it! For Alice’s Dare to Dream the Grundy Register did a beautiful piece on our amazing resident, and it was a front page article to boot!


Glenwood Place

Esther is 99 years young! After only three months of retirement (her husband retired as well) she just couldn’t take it and returned to the workplace for another 20 years working. Since moving to Glenwood Place in 2009, Esther is usually the last resident in her apartment every night and also the last one to get up every morning. Very happy and easy going the only time she complains is when the piano is out of tune. One afternoon in the Community Room at Glenwood Place, residents were waiting for Clarisse to play the piano and were wondering how much longer they were going to have to wait. Esther just popped up and walked over to the piano and starting playing! After a bit she started asking for requests and totally entertained the residents for over an hour.  It was incredible.  They clapped after every song too! She has an organ in her apartment but never plays it because as her daughter states, she doesn’t have an audience!


The Lakeside Village

Milly was quite the artist as a painter in her younger years. It has been many years since she had the opportunity to paint. We arranged a paint party “Create your Own Masterpiece – Lighthouse at the Lake.” This event was open to the residents at a reduced cost and to the public. Milly did a fabulous job and also enjoyed the company of her son who also is talented with painting. She so enjoyed the night.


The Lakeside Village

Painting was a significant hobby of LaVaun’s, but she has not had the opportunity to paint for several years due to her health and other circumstances. We arranged a paint party “Create your Own Masterpiece – Lighthouse at the Lake.” This event was open to the residents at a reduced cost and to the public. She had a great time and sat next to her lunch partner, Milly. LaVaun’s finished product was much better quality than even many of our staff participants, which made her sparkle.


Arlington Place of Oelwein

Malvin has lived at Arlington Place for almost two years and loves to talk to his friends about his house and farm. We took Malvin to his house one day and he was happy to talk about when he first initially bought his house. He said his wife “forced” him into buying a house when he thought a trailer would be just fine. He owns about 200 acres of land. As of now, his neighbor farms his land since he is unable. He plants corn and alfalfa on his land. He told Shari about his neighbors’ cows and other animals. He is very proud of his land and all he has achieved as a farmer.


Arlington Place of Red Oak

Evelyn wanted to paint a picture to surprise her daughter. We had The Creative Canvas come to provide step-by-step instructions and invited all staff and residents in our community to join the party. Pictured is a Universal Worker, Teresa, assisting Evelyn in preparing her painting.