Heart’s Desire

Heart’s Desire

Zandex’s Heart’s Desire program is modeled after the “Make a Wish” foundation.  Every month at every Zandex facility, residents put special wishes into a hat and a wish is drawn out.  Most wishes are easy to fulfill: lunch out with a friend; a Sunday visit to the church they attended for years; a trip to a sporting event.  But sometimes the wishes are more difficult, like the gentleman who wanted to go Bungee Jumping!  Yes—he went!  Some of the more remarkable wishes we’ve fulfilled include:

  • A Carribean cruise to swim with the dolphins
  • A platinum tour of Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis
  • A trip to Las Vegas to see the showgirls
  • Flying a son in from across the country for a visit
  • Hawaii!!
  • A trip to a family reunion in Tennesee
  • A beach vacation with family to Ocean Isle, North Carolina

Helen Kohler’s wish was to accompany her family to Ocean Isle, NC for a family vacation.  Shadyside sent an aide along to care for Helen.  The photo is Helen and her family enjoying a sunny day at the beach!

Carolyn Hein learned to love art at her mother’s knee.  And her mother passed her gift for painting on to Carolyn.  Carolyn continues to paint here at Shadyside and recently wished to have one of her winter scenes made into a christmas card.  The card was made and sent out to friends and relatives for Christmas 2010. 

Katie Yonko Brown’s wish was to attend a special Shadyside High School Tiger’s football game.  She had two motivations.  Having graduated with Shadyside High’s class of 1936, Katie is Shadyside’s oldest living cheerleader!  But she has another reason to cheer.  This year her grandson Ellis Brown is Shadyside High’s star quarterback, leading the Tigers through a victorious season.  And the September 10th, 2010 game against Harrison Central did not disappoint.  The local paper reported that “Shadyside quarterback Ellis Brown passed for two touchdowns, ran for one, and sealed the victory with a game-saving interception late in the game.”  Wish Fulfilled!

Resident Don Owens had the wish to have a surprise his wife, Sue, with a special celebration on their 64th wedding anniversary.  Sue wrote the following: “Joni, it is with so much love from Don and I to thank you all for the wonderful day we had celebrating our 64th wedding anniversary.  I’m still in awe and it’s hard to believe that you set this up and the way you did it, that I couldn’t figure out what was going on.  All I knew was that Don was so excited all week and I didn’t know why.  I do know now, that it’s some kind of new program you have, and whatever it is—“IT”S GREAT”.  …When we returned to the care center(from our evening out) the wonderful set up they had for us in the activities room was out of this world.  The beautiful table setting—flowers—cake—champagne bucket, candles and glasses for the toast.  Everything made this anniversary one Don and I will remember the rest of our lives.  I’m sure to Don it was the nicest one we ever had….I just hope this program goes on for many years to come.  Your people at SCC are so precious to Don and I and I know Zandex has to be proud of you and all your employees for all you do and the way you care and show your love to all.  Thanks, thanks, thanks and thanks again.—Sue and Don Owens

The two pictures are of residents making blankets to give as Christmas
gifts.  We do a lot of small group and individual activity/heart’s desire
since patient centered care has evolved.

We took two younger residents to the village Christmas parade.
The residents voted at resident council to take two names from the community
sharing tree to buy gifts for our needy children in the community

Another heart’s desire is that a resident wanted to go to her great
grandson’s baptism and the activity department took her one Sunday morning.