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.


Julie

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Julie loves to dance. She can remember going to the Coliseum as a teenager. Recently, the local historical society bought back the Coliseum and redid the whole thing. Julie was so happy that they had done that. She couldn’t wait to go back and Dance the night away again.


Dorothy

Arlington Place of Grundy Center

Dorothy loves books! She especially loves being read to. Lenah, Life Enrichment Coordinator, has been reading to her every day for 10 minutes before she leaves and Dorothy acts like a kid going to Disneyland! They had been reading a book by an Iowa native, Melissa Tagg. We took Dorothy to a presentation by the author and she loved it! She insisted on getting her own copy of the book and was overjoyed when the author signed it. She then did a parade lap all throughout Arlington Place as she made everyone see her autographed book!


Betty

Arlington Place of Oelwein

Betty Is one of our Memory Care Residents. Betty has recently been put on hospice so with that news Life Enrichment Coordinator, Shari, worked with Betty’s daughter, Deb, to set up a little family reunion. Betty’s daughter recently took over a restaurant in Oelwein called Delish. So what better place to gather than to bring Betty down and have lunch? Betty was ear to ear smiles with her family there. And got to eat her favorite meal:  Cashew Chicken.


Jim

Country Meadow Place

Jim is a resident in our Memory Care Program and has always been intrigued by snakes, but has never been up close to one. We arranged to take Jim to the Nature Center when they were having a traveling Zoo-mobile at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Jim got to go up front and actually touch a snake. He wasn’t quite sure what to think at the time, but once he was done was so happy with himself. We finished the day off with a photo session and lunch.


Jean

Garnett Place

Golfing, in FEBRUARY?! When Iowa’s weather turned 70 degrees, we took advantage! On the first nice weather day, Jean mentioned how she and her husband would always go out to St. Andrew’s Golf Course as soon as it turned nice. After all, it’s important to start warming up for the golfing season. So when we were sure the weather was going to stay, we whisked Jean off for her first round of golf for the 2017 season. Jean probably drove around 150 golf balls that morning out onto the range! After her morning on the course, we took her out for a special lunch at the Starlight Lounge. Jean was ecstatic to enjoy a good Reuben! When she came back to Garnett Place her smile was from ear to ear!


Bill & Pat

Country Meadow Place

Bill and Pat were celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary. We brought in a huge cake, flowers and catered in Applebees for a special meal for them. Bill gave Pat the flowers and we had candles and music playing. They even shared the cake with the rest of the residents. Their family came later to join in on the celebration as well!


Margery

Garnett Place

Margery loves to give grand tours of her personal gallery within her room. Margery was an avid painter, and her daughter had even more of her pieces. Margery only wished she could continue to paint. Margery told us that she used to work at Vera’s Craft Shop in Missouri. They were offering painting classes and she was told anyone could learn to paint. She started lessons, and has loved it ever since. Margery began painting at the age of 40 and has enjoyed this hobby for 50 years. She especially enjoys painting buildings and landscapes. Her favorite painting is a scene of Herman, Missouri, where she and her husband used to live. She started with oils, progressed to water colors and then tried her hand at acrylics. In brainstorming how we could help Margery continue her art career, we teamed up with the Cedar Rapids Public Library to display Margery’s work in an official gallery! A special thank you to her daughter, Deb, for helping us make this dream happen!


Betty

Brown Deer Place

One thing that everyone at Brown Deer Place knows is how much Betty LOVES Craft Corner. She is always the first one there and the last one to leave. If you are ever at Brown Deer she would love to show her beautiful collection! Betty knew on the day of her Dare to Dream we were heading out for an activity but she did now know that we were heading to a do-it-yourself pottery store. When we arrived she couldn’t believe that there was such a place to pick out and paint your own piece of art! Betty found a jewelry box with the sun and moon on it. She said it was perfect! When we got back to Brown Deer Place, Betty was more than happy to tell everyone what she made, and how it looks. She was even happier to find out that she didn’t miss Craft Corner!


John

Brown Deer Place

John needs to write a book on being the perfect husband! He is most proud of is how he surprised his wife and built her a house! John started building in 1949 and finished in 1951. John and his wife, Alice, loved the house so much that it was the only house they lived in for their entire marriage. As a surprise to John, we went to see the house and told John that we were just out enjoying the beautiful weather. He was so happy to see it again and was proud to tell us about the two car garage that he added and the extra bedroom in the back when he found out they were expecting their third child. On the way home, John was so happy that he couldn’t think of how the day could get any better. We took that as a challenge! John LOVES root beer floats, so we stopped and picked some up! When we got back to Brown Deer Place John started telling his neighbors about his wonderful trip!


Marie

Country Meadow Place

When we asked Mary about a possible Dare to Dream, all she wanted to do was go out for lunch. In conversation, she revealed as a child she used to fly kites with her father every summer by the lake. So Amber, our Life Enrichment Coordinator, arranged a session at the local Art Center for Marie to make a kite – after the kite was made and dried they tried flying it in our secure courtyard after taking Marie out for lunch. Marie got a little teary eyed thinking of flying a kite with her father as a child.