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.
The Lakeside Village
Marcia had been talking about making, and more importantly eating, her spicy chili recipe all winter. We figured if her dream is to eat her spicy chili, we could make a special event out of it! Manager, Amanda, entered Marcia in the Casey Iowa Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Casey Service Club. With Amanda’s assistance, Marcia prepared a pot of her Spicy Chili and entered the competition. Marcia sampled several chili recipes from the other 13 entrants, but she expressed that chili is something that is unique to a person’s taste and she really only LOVES hers. At the end of the evening, the judges agree! Marcia was awarded Spiciest Chili of 2018. She was presented an award certificate and a medal!
Arlington Place of Oelwein
Bill no longer lives with his wife, Margret, and he seems lost without her sometimes. Margret comes to Arlington Place every day to visit Bill. Bill had let us know that he and his wife use to make bird houses together and he missed that time with her. With a little help from the Arlington Place Team, Bill was able to build and paint a bird house and have it all ready as a Valentine’s day present for his wife. It was a very sentimental Dare to Dream for all of us!
Arlington Place of Oelwein
Marylin was a teacher at Wings Park Elementary School for 27 years. This was her first Valentine’s day without her family so TJ, Manager, took the opportunity to reach out to Wings Park to set up a Valentine’s day party in her former 3rd grade classroom. Marylin was over joyed to be back at school and able to interact with the children again. The new 3rd grade teacher and the class enjoyed her company so much that we are setting up more dates in the near future to come back again!
Bill was a freshman at Iowa State University in 1944 and that year they went all the way to the final four! He beams when he talks about his career at Iowa State and starting as a freshman. Glenwood Place found out that he was being honored at ISU, so we talked with a friend of his and arranged for him to attend the event. To help accommodate the evening, we paid for transportation as the entire evening was sponsored by the alumni. Pictures really tell the tale of how Bill’s collegiate experiences impacted his entire life!
Edencrest at Beaverdale
Kristie came to us from Chicago where she loved history and of the state of Illinois. Now that she lives in Iowa with her brother close by, she wanted to learn more about Iowa. Life Enrichment Coordinator, Sara, talked to her about going to the State Historical Museum of Iowa. She nearly jumped out of her chair excited to go. Kristie loved learning how they restore art and other Iowa artifacts. Among her favorites were the painting of the very first governor of Iowa, and the giant pie made as an advertisement for RAGBRAI bike riders. She even recalled hearing of the beginnings of RAGBRAI when the ride was first established. She was so excited after the trip she was telling everyone at the dinner table about her experiences. The smile and excitement on her face just tells the story.
John Deere Retirees
Sunset Park Place
Jim and Bob are John Deere Retirees. Betty worked in the cafeteria before her children were born and her husband also retired from John Deere. JoAnn’s first husband was a retiree as well as her current husband Bob K. Each had the opportunity to have a 1 ½ hour riding tour at John Deere. “Boy things have changed!” was a common statement. They shared stories of working there and others talked proudly of driving John Deere tractors on their farms. The retirees and tour volunteers recognized each other immediately and enjoyed spending time together. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane.
Frieda and her late husband, Daniel, owned Curley’s Bakery, a Marshalltown staple that they owned and operated from 1948 to 1974. As Glenwood Place was preparing to complete in a “Chamber Cookie Challenge” at the Annual Chamber Appreciation Luncheon, we knew immediately we wanted to ask Frieda for a cookie recipe they commonly used in the bakery. After discussing the idea with Frieda, she was excited to provide her “Million Dollar Cookie” recipe. The day of the competition, Glenwood Place honored Frieda and her Bakery by decorating the table with articles and photos from the Bakery over the years. Antique cake platters displayed the freshly baked cookies, which were made in the Glenwood Place kitchen with Frieda’s help just a few hours prior. The display table also included framed newspaper articles about the bakery and old photos provided by Frieda’s daughter. Afterward, Frieda’s said, “When are we going to bake some cookies again?!”
Prairie Hills at Clinton
In 1947 Harold bought a 74 Overhead Harley Davidson, it only had 500 miles on it and paid $900 for it. Harold states “It took me a week to break it in to get it to go faster than 65 mph!” Later that year, Harold and his brother, Ralph, took off on there trip of a life time! They visited three countries and put on 13,000 miles. Harold has his trip mapped out in red yarn on a map in his a apartment and loves to tell all about the experience. For his Dare to Dream, our Maintenance Coordinator, Mike, found a picture that was the identical to the bike that Harold had bought in 1947 and put it in a frame. He also found a Hot Wheel of the identical bike and gave them to Harold. Harold was so surprised and happy that he has them hanging next to his map!
Brown Deer Place
Judy was in “Hog Heaven” when she got to relive the glory days and ride a Harley Davidson! When Judy was younger, a friend of hers took her on a ride on his motorcycle and it was a wrap after that, she knew that she belonged on two wheels. Judy has owned many motorcycles in her past but she was never able to get a Harley because they were always too tall for her to get on. That was until they released a lowboy and she was bound and determined to get one. Unfortunately, she could not afford to make the purchase. Tanner, Assistant Manager, reached out to the Coralville Harley Davidson store and they were almost as excited as we were at the opportunity to get Judy on a Harley! When Tanner invited Judy to go out on a ride with him she was ecstatic and she had no clue that they were going to end up at one of her favorite stores ever. Tanner soon informed her that she going to be taken on the ride of a lifetime. Darcy, the salesperson fitted Judy with her own helmet and they jumped on the hog and were off – literally through the front doors of the store, for a 45-minute ride around Kent Park so Judy could enjoy the beautiful weather and look at the Fall scenery. Judy only had one request and that was that they would, “go really fast,” but she used a different group of words to express her excitement for this! Darcy told Judy to come back whenever she wants and she smiled ear to ear! Judy loved her ride on a Harley and went on to say, “Have I died and gone to Heaven? I knew they had Harleys up there!” On the ride back to Brown Deer Place, Tanner gave Judy the Harley Davidson shirt and mug that he got for her. Judy told him that the Harley “rode like a Cadillac andpurred like a kitten with a little rumble.” When they got back to Brown Deer PlaceJudy gave Tanner a big hug and told him that she will cherish this moment forever!
Arlington Place of Red Oak
Di Smith, Manager, was able to drive Barb to Cedar Rapids to meet with her family for a surprise 80th birthday party! Barb got to spend the night with her family, keep in mind she doesn’t live close to them so doesn’t get to visit often. This visit will definitely be one to remember! Her son took her out to her favorite restaurant and she enjoyed a margarita. He also bought her a delicious champagne cake which she brought back to the community to share!