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.


Sunset Park Place

Jon, had lived in Potosi for several years before coming to Sunset Park Place. He had been suggesting we go to the Potosi Brewery and the National Brewery Museum for quite some time. We put it on the calendar and Jon invited his friends to join us. Everyone enjoyed the scenic drive, wonderful meal and a tour of the museum as well.


Parker Place

Dorothea has been talking about visiting her 95yr old sister-in-law in Grundy. So… when in Grundy eating at Pizza Hut, one must make a surprise visit to see this wonderful sister-in-law! They giggled like two little school girls. It was a wonderful birthday gift for Dorothea’s sister-in-law. Even if it was a little belated!


Parker Place

Janis milked cows by hand wearing a dress in her day. She said it was tough work morning and night, rain or shine. For her Dare to Dream, we took Janis and some friends to Hansen’s Dairy Farm. She was ecstatic to pet the calf. She couldn’t believe they milked 170 cows a day! She said, in her day, there was never that many to milk nor could they milk that many in a day! She was very impressed by all the hard work they do at Hansen’s Dairy Farm.


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.


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.


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.



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!


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.


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!