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Dreams

The Second Wind Dreams program is an opportunity to expose society to the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. We fulfill those dreams.

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VDT

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is the first, and best, program available that gives an understanding of and creates a true personal connection to dementia.

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DACE

The Dementia Aware Competency Evaluation™ is designed to meet the need for observable and measurable outcomes in dementia care.

 

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We are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use Civil Money Penalty funding in skilled nursing homes through the use of the Virtual Dementia Tour®. 

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Dreams

 

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Help our elders find their "second wind."

Fulfill a Dream Below

Family & Love dreams reunite elders with long-lost loved ones.  

We live in a world where families and friends are often seperated by distance as jobs and circumstances lead us on journeys apart. We have many elders living in longterm care who are not able to travel due to financial, medical or physical reasons.  Family & Love dreams give elders a chance to reunite with people they desperately miss and have not seen in years.  If the elder is unable to travel, we help enable the loved one to do so.

 

Funding is needed to provide transportation, lodging, and/or meal costs.

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Community
Second Wind Dreams
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Adventure Dreams have been the most requested since the program began. Regardless of age, people just want to have fun!

 

Adventure dreams describe experiences that elders always wanted to have, but never did.  Some examples include flying a plane, enjoying a Hot Air Balloon ride, having the thrill of riding shotgun in a race or exotic sports car.  The sky's the limit!

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Second Wind Dreams
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Adventure

Gerald has spent many years of his life taking care of others.   We would love to give Gerald a day that was "Just for him." We would like to treat Gerald to lunch at Fazzoli's, which is his favorite restaurant, and to a concert with his favorite entertainment group, "Happy Days Entertainment."

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

Mr. and Mrs. John Brayfield, from Elmcroft of Xenia, went to visit John's sister Gladys to celebrate his 94th and her 90th Birthday .

After not seeing his sister in a long time, it was an emotional, but fun day for everyone.

This dream took place on 9th April 2017. 

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Elmcroft of Xenia
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Xenia, OH
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Family & Love

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A Day Just For Gerald

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Last Friday, we were able to fulfill a second wind dream. The resident is named Bootsie and she is a resident in our Heartland Village. She has a deep connection to all kinds of animals and she has had a great number of memorable pets in her lifetime. Whenever she sees an animal, Bootsie wants to spend time with it and take it home with her. We decided to make her day through bringing in two exotic animals: a kinkajou and a bunny. When she saw the kinkajou, Bootsie immediately took to holding the little animal in her arms and she said that she wanted to take it home with her. She was overcome with joy at the opportunity to be with such unique animals. We know that Bootsie really enjoyed the experience of getting to be with these exotic animals.

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Elmcroft of Windcrest
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Category
Relive the Past

For our committed to caring 2nd wind dreams we had a day of making memories. The day started with pictures in the style of Glamour shots for our residents. They were escorted to our beauty shop where they had their hair and make-up completed and some had extra styling of clothes and jewelry added. They then were escorted to the front to have their picture taken by Julian Price our Housekeeping Director who’s hobby is photography. In the afternoon the residents were treated to a banana split sundae bar and had the opportunity to choose a present off the table. Presents ranged from scarves and sun hats to coloring books and perfume.  All residents that attended stated that they had a wonderful time. 

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PruittHealth - Blythewood
Location
Columbia, South Carolina
Category
Adventure

Ms. Latson is a beautiful member of the Pruitt Health Home First Savannah Source program family.  She is a recent amputee and a prior stroke survivor who when asked revealed that she has never been to a circus before and was very excited when she heard that a unique kind of circus was coming to Savannah, Georgia. The Cirque Italia water circus presented an excellent opportunity to provide our member with a once in a lifetime experience that she was both excited and extremely grateful to witness.

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PruittHealth Home First-Savannah
Location
Savannah, Georgia
Category
Adventure

EVERY LITTLE GIRL  DREAMS OF ONE DAY BECOMING  A PRINCESS  AND FOR JENNIFER SMITH, THAT DREAM BECAME A REALITY  WHEN AS A HIGH  SCHOOL STUDENT, SHE WAS CROWNED PROM QUEEN.  THE GLITZ  AND GLAMOUR OF DRESSING UP FOR A DAY, DANCING WITH FRIENDS  AND PARADING AROUND IN A CROWN MADE THAT EVENING ONE SHE WILL NEVER FORGET. HOWEVER, THINGS CHANGED DRASTICALLY  FOR JENNIFER WHEN SHE WAS INVOLVED IN  A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN 2016 AT THE AGE OF 54.

JENNIFER LOST THE USE OF HER LOWER EXTREMITIES AND BECAME IMMOBLIZED  IN A SPLIT SECOND. BECAUSE OF THAT, SHE HAS H.AD TO ENDURE MANY HARDSHIPS, TRIALS AND SETBACKS. THOUGH  SHE HAS QUITE  A BIT TO GO, JENNIFER HAS SHOWN  DETERMINATION TO NOT LET LIFE GET IN THE WAY OF HER JOURNEY.  

WHEN ASKED IF SHE COULD GO B.ACK IN TIME AND RELIVE ANY MOMENT, THERE WAS NO HESITATION IN HER RESPONSE OF: "PROM. IT WAS THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE."  AND AFTER SPEAKING TO SEVERAL OTHER RESIDENTS,IT TURNED OUT THAT A HIGH SCHOOL PROM WAS A FOND MEMORY OF MANY MORE.

ON APRIL 4,2017, PRUITT HEALTH CARE'S SECOND CHANCE PROM TOOK PLACE. THE VENUE, WHO GRACIOUSLY DONATED THEIR SERVICES,WAS THE BARN AT HERITAGE FARM, A BEAUTIFUL BARN/WEDDING VENUE WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS OF PILOT MOUNTAIN  AND HUNDREDS OF ROLLING ACRES. ADD IN A DJ, A PHOTOGRAPHER, APPETIZERS, DECORATIONS AND A PINCH OF A DOZEN WELL-DRESSED, EXCITED RESIDENTS AND THERE IS A RECIPE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE PROM NIGHT.

THE DAY STARTED WHEN RESIDENTS HAD A PROFESSIONAL MAKE UP ARTIST COME AND DO THEIR HAIR AND MAKE UP. WITH  FANCY CLOTHING AND DATES TO MATCH,THE JUBILENT BUNCH ARRIVED AT THE ROUNDABOUT OF THE BARN AND TOOK TURNS ENTERING THROUGH THE BIG MAIN DOORS.

AT 6:45 PM, SECOND CHANCE PROM ANNOUNCED A PROM QUEEN, BECAUSE NO PROM CAN BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A QUEEN. TEARS AND SNIFFLES COULD BE HEARD THROUGHOUT AS JENNIFER'S NAME WAS CALLED. AS SHE MADE HER WAY TO THE MIDDLE OF THE DANCE FLOOR AND ACCEPTED HER CROWN,THE ENTIRE ROOM LIT UP WITH CHEERS AND APPLAUDING!

THE EVENING CONTINUED WITH DANCING, SINGING AND MAKING  MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME. THE QUEEN OF COURSE RECEIVED SPECIAL TREATMENT AND GOT THE CHANCE TO RIDE AROUND THE FARM IN A 1961 CHEVELLE  AS SHE WAVED TO HER FRIENDS.

WEDNESDAY MORNING STARTED AS USUAL- BREAKFAST WAS BEING SERVED IN THE DINING HALL, EMPLOYEES WERE CLOCKING IN, AND RESIDENTS WERE UP AND ABOUT READY TO START A NEW DAY. BUT THIS WEDNESDAY WAS DIFFERENT- MAYBE NOT FOR All, BUT DEFINITELY FOR SOME. THERE WERE TWELVE RESIDENTS WHO SMILED A LITTLE BIGGER; FOURTEEN EMPLOYEES WHO FELT A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENT IN THEIR CAREGIVING; AND ONE PRINCESS READY TO CONTINUE HER JOURNEY, WHO NOW BELIEVES THAT DREAMS REALLY CAN COME TRUE MORE THAN ONCE.

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PruittHealth - Elkin
Location
Elkin, North Carolina
Category
Relive the Past

Bootsie

Memorable Pets

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Making Memories

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Christine

To See the Cirque

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Second Chance Prom

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Second Chance Prom

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           Pruitt Health Pickens and the corporate office of Pruitt health Toccoa chose a special lady to fulfill a dream for this year.  Mrs. Norma Smith has been a resident of Pruitt Health Pickens since 2014.  However, Norma was no stranger to us because her husband had been a resident here for several months before he passed away.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the sweetest couple, and Norma visited him often and became familiar with the facility and the staff. Norma herself later became a resident of Pruitt Health Pickens when she was no longer able to live alone. 

            Norma has been a true blessing to our facility!  She is a quiet lady who is shy and prefers to stay to herself.  However, once she begins to open up she loves to sit and talk and is a wonderful storyteller.  During the past six months or so, Norma has made efforts to come out of her shell a bit.  She plays the piano for other residents, takes part in facility shopping trips, and even attended our “Red Carpet” Valentine’s Day dance and had a great time!  The other residents, our staff members, and even Norma’s family members were getting to see a side of Norma that is loved by everyone, and we did not want it to stop there. 

            We just knew Norma would have a special memory she would want to re-live.  When we asked Norma about it, she did not hesitate to tell us her story.  She did not even have to think about it!  Right away, Norma told us how special the time was that she spent with her husband and how much he meant to her.  She shared many heart-felt stories of experiences shared with her husband but one story in particular caught our attention. Their hobby was classic cars, and they owned a 1935 black Ford Coupe.  That Ford Coupe was Mr. Smith’s “baby”, and he did not want Norma driving the coupe.  Well, one day Mr. Smith was at work, and Norma decided she needed to make a run to the grocery store.  She was trying her best to be extremely careful and guess what happened. She ran into the mailbox while turning to sharply into the driveway and scraped the back of the car!  She was beside herself upset and told him immediately when he got home.  But, Mr. Smith just laughed and assured her, “I’m not mad – I will still keep you”.  The accident has turned into a family story that is re-visited and laughed about often by Norma and her family. The couple’s favorite Sunday pastime was to take a ride in their classic car up to Aunt Sue’s Restaurant on Highway 11 for lunch and ice cream with the children.  While listening to Norma, we felt the love and happiness her good memories brought her.  Norma said she would love to re-visit that memory and ride in a classic car to lunch at Aunt Sue’s. 

            Thanks to Second Wind Dreams, we were able to allow Norma to fulfill her dream.  We worked very hard to locate classic cars that could be available for a road trip and visited Aunt Sue’s Restaurant to ask them permission to host the event at their place and arrange for lunch to be served.  We also contacted Norma’s family who was thrilled about the prospect of making this happen for Norma.  All the arrangements were made with trip planned for March 18, 2017, but then we started getting discouraged after hearing the weather forecast for that day.  There was 50% chance of rain, and we were receiving phone calls with people cancelling to bring their classic cars due to the possibility of water damage occurring to the cars.  However, with much prayer and great volunteers, we were able to make it happen! Because Norma wanted to share her dream with other residents, we loaded up 20 residents and hit the road for Norma’s Memory Ride to Aunt Sue’s for lunch.   And oh the smiles that were shared!  We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and even had music played for us by a DJ. 

            The day started with rain and clouds, but Norma was all smiles when she took her seat in the passenger seat of a GTO car.  Her son even surprised her by finding a picture of her and Mr. Smith’s car!  The rain and clouds soon turned to SUNSHINE and beautiful weather for the perfect end to our trip.  We hope you were able to experience some of the laughs, fuzzy heart moments, and smiling faces that making this project happen brought us.  Norma is still thanking us and talking about how much it means to her that we chose her dream to fulfill.  She is thrilled with the possibility of helping Pruitt Health Pickens win first place with this project and receive much needed re-modeling.  Regardless of the outcome, Pruitt Health Pickens has been greatly blessed and again, extremely thankful, for the opportunity to play a part in this special event.  

 

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PruittHealth - Pickens
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Six Mile, South Carolina
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Relive the Past

The Dream That Keeps On Giving

PruittHealth Eastside Adventure Park

In Recognition of Mr. Ralph Kitchens

 

 

What Inspired this Dream? Our Resident Mr. Ralph Kitchens everyday around 2:00PM always asks to go outside. Several of our Management team assist him in walking in the grassy area in front and on the side of the building, where he always stopped and let the sunshine kiss his face and then he smiles.

 

 

So our C2C team met with Mr. Kitchens and asked if he had one wish what would it be? He replied, "I love to be outside!" "Listen to the birds, sitting in the sun, walking around; just to smell the fresh air!"

 

 

 This is when our C2C members went to our Maintenance Director and asked how can we make his dream a reality. He then constructed a swing, gardening tables, picnic tables, and a park sign.

 

 

Once everything was finished, the C2C team stained all the benches the garden tables, and the sign was hung. The garden tables were all filled with collards, tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce planted by C2C members as requested by our residents.

 

Lastly, A beautiful flower garden was planted to give the park a more elaborate sense of outdoors!

 

PruittHealth Eastside Adventure Park came alive for Mr Kitchens and our residents.

 

This is a gift that will keep on giving!

 

 

 

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PruittHealth - Eastside
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Macon, Georgia
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Adventure
Our team gathered many wonderful ideas for future endeavors during the dream discovery interviews. One interviewer stood out amongst the rest as we pondered our options. Pruitt Health Fairburn as well as Long Term Care in general is no longer exclusive to the elderly. Our services are being rendered to a younger population year by year. This year’s Dreamer is a 44yr man named Tremayne Watkins .  Due to multiple health issues he requires a level of care and assistance that brought him to us 4 years ago. Unfortunately limiting his ability to be an active as before in the life of his then 9 year old son, Tremanye Jr. aka TJ. Tremayne suffers with aphasia and is a very quiet man of few words. During dream discovery he mentioned wanting to see one of his son’s football games and just do normal stuff with him. He expressed regret that the only memories he makes with his son is spending a few hours together when he  comes to visit him every other Saturday and  football season had ended. Our team thought of how simple his dream was and how many parents take for granted the memories we make with our kids on a daily basis…Tremayne touched us. 
 
We set out to plan a seemingly normal father-son outing that would be memorable for them both. We planned a day of fun games and food at Dave and Buster’s for Tremayne SR, TJ, and Tremayne’s Step-father. We topped the afternoon off with a helicopter ride over the City of Atlanta. TJ is just as shy as his dad, but his excitement was infectious. He really enjoyed spending time with his Dad and grandfather. The trio was very thankful. Our C2C team also was able to provide each family member with a video of their day as a memento. 
 
It was our pleasure to help this family experience a day that to us is just a normal occurrence in our day to day lives. Thank you to Pruitt Health and Second Wind Dreams for allowing us to serve our residents and be a part of making “Simple moments into lifetime dreams”. 
 
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PruittHealth - Fairburn
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Fairburn, Georgia
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Family & Love

I married my wife when I was younger. We were so much in love. But, a lot of things happened, and we got a divorce. Looking back, I can see that a lot of it was me. I didn’t treat her right.

Later on in life, I got sick. It was then that I saw my wife, and she decided to give me a second chance and we got married again. I have many regrets about my first marriage, and I want to express to my wife how much I love her.

Problem is, I have cancer. I’m still able to get up and around, but I can’t eat anything. I survive on Ensure. So, when we go out to eat, I can only drink.

When our anniversary came around this year, I wanted to do something special for my wife. One last trip to the mountains. There’s a place in Townsend, Tennessee that we used to go to. Very romantic. Cabins are warm and comfortable, and there’s a horse farm there.

When the Social Worker told me about the project hospice was doing, and that we could be included in it, I was so happy!

We went with my brother and his wife and had a great time.

Thank you for fulfilling my wish, so I could show my wife how much I love her…

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PruittHealth - Rome
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Rome, Georgia
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Relive the Past

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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One Last Anniversary Trip

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VDT

“My mom struggled with dementia for 12 years, but it wasn’t until I spent 8 minutes inside the Virtual Dementia Tour that I truly understood what her world was like.” 

–Leeza Gibbons, Leeza's Care Connection

The original, research-based, and time-tested...

Virtual Dementia Tour®

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By accurately simulating what it is like to live with dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour opens the eyes and hearts of those who experience it. To get a sense of the profound effects felt by participants of the Tour, we invite you to spend four minutes viewing this video featuring TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons…

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  • It has been experienced by more than two million people in 20 countries
  • It has been translated into eight languages
  • And is used by medical schools to simulate dementia for student learning and overall dementia sensitivity

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