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Pat is our second oldest resident at age 98.  She is very humble, intelligent and still very physically active.  Her daughter, Barb lives in a nearby town, Yellow Springs that just built a beautiful, "old" looking hotel with a restaurant in it.  Her wish is to tour the hotel and eat lunch with her daughter there.  We would like to have her chauffeured to the hotel in an old-fashioned car.  We will have the hotel greet her and have special seating for her lunch, with a bouquet of flowers awaiting her, and then a grand tour to follow her lovely meal.

Thank you for considering Pat!!!

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Elmcroft of Fairborn
Location
Fairborn, Ohio
Category
Adventure

Irene ruptured her disc and had surgery in 1976.  More surgery followed and has left her in terrible pain.  She loved to work in her garden before this all happened to her.  It would wonderful if I could take her and her daughter to the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta to bring back those special memories. 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Marsha was a school teacher for 20 years. Her hobbies are painting and gardening. She would love to spruce up the court yard and the raised flower beds at Elmcroft.  She has some great ideas. Hoping to fulfill her dream.

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Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, TX
Category
Heart & Soul

Mrs. Deramus (fondly known as Miss "D") is a retired educator. She taught school for 15 years and worked as an Administrator and Guidance counselor for 35 years,  She is very proud of her past work and feels that she has touched many young lives.  During her spare time, she volunteered for her church, and helped her school system organize a food drive every year.  One of Mrs. Deramus hobbies was shopping.   She doesn't get out very much now because of her health, but we would love to surprise her by taking her on a shopping spree.  It would make her day! 

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Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
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Adventure

Patricia

Exploring Mills Park Hotel with My Daughter

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Patricia

Exploring Mills Park Hotel with My Daughter

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Irene

Flower Dreams

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Shop Till You Drop

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Ms. Pentecost a resident at PruittHealth Brookhaven will be marrying the love of her life Mr. Tolleson, also a resident at PruittHealth Brookhaven.  Before being admitted to PH Brookhaven both had lived together for 29 years.  Neither had the support or the mean to tie the knot.  We at PH Brookhaven want their dreams to come true.  We have a wedding date of 3/30/2017. 

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PruittHealth - Brookhaven
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Category
Family & Love

Mrs. Shearlie Thomas has been a resident at Pruitt Health Palmyra since February 4, 2016.  After learning Mrs. Thomas and her husband had not had a date during their 17 years of marriage, the Committed to Caring Committee decided that a Date Night for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas would be the perfect Second Wing Dream project for our nursing home.

Mr. Thomas was over joyed when he was asked if he would like to treat his wife, Mrs. Shearlie Thomas to a romantic date night.  Mr. Thomas was concerned that he would not be able to afford such an elaborate night for his wife.  He was overcome with emotions when he was told the cost of this special night would only cost him his time.

The invitation was delivered on a silver tray with delicate flowers to Mrs. Thomas the week prior to the event.  She was so overjoyed when she read the invitations as tears rolled down her cheeks!

The evening began at 5:15 p.m. when the limousine arrived at the facility.  Mr. Thomas, dressed in his Sunday best with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in hand, stood by in the lobby area awaiting his wife to make her appearance.  When Ms. Thomas arrive at the nursing home in a white, stretch Escalade limo, the look on his face was priceless when he caught a glimpse of his beautiful wife being escorted out of the nursing home on the red carpet all dressed up in red…..hat and all!

Mr. Thomas proudly escorted his wife to the limousine that awaited to take them to their destination…..a reservation at Neumann’s one of Albany’s finest restaurants.  While traveling to the restaurant, the couple listened to their favorite music.

When the couple arrived at the restaurant, a special area had been reserved and decorated for their special evening.  They both enjoyed their favorite meal that was topped off with a special dessert.

When they returned to the nursing home, Mr. Thomas gave his wife a gentle kiss on her cheek.  There is no doubt….the couple had the night of their lives!

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PruittHealth - Palmyra
Location
Albany, Georgia
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Relive the Past

Sunday, March 19th, PruittHealth Fort Oglethorpe helped fulfill a dream for one long-time sports enthusiast.

Raymond Byrd, suffering with Parkinson’s, has never let the disease stop him. After moving to PruittHealth, he tried to recruit a resident softball team without success. He had a great desire to go to a game again and after interviewing him about his dreams, I was excited, believing we could make this happen. Mr. Byrd had been the Recreational Director for Camp Jordan (a local community recreational establishment) for many years. Having played, coached, umpired, and directed the camp, playing ball is in his blood. His dream was to go to a game again and to act as umpire. With the help of Camp Jordan, this dream became a reality this past Sunday. Everything fell in to place for Raymond’s big day!

Sunday was opening season for the adult leagues; the perfect occasion to surprise him and let

him be part of the games. It was Camp Jordan’s idea to make this an official “Everybody Loves

Raymond Day”!

Raymond loves life and is very content living at PruittHealth. He enjoys sharing daily jokes and making music-mix CDs for staff and residents alike.

I felt It only right to have matching softball t-shirts for the event and wondered which slogan would best fit the occasion. “Well everybody loves Raymond”, I thought, “so let’s go with it.” Sixty-five shirts later, we were ready to play ball!

Catoosa Trans-Aid also volunteered to transport seven residents to the game. One lady who has not been out of the facility since she moved in exclaimed, “I have butterflies in my stomach!”, and was ready and waiting by the front door the day of the event.

All volunteers, family, staff, and residents - as well as Camp Jordan staff - were ready for Raymond to arrive. The festivities began with a police escort, followed by a prayer, the national anthem, presentation of a plaque, an official Umpire shirt and hat – oh, and let’s not forget the clicker! Sunday was officially “Everybody Loves Raymond Day” at Camp Jordan.

Safely behind the fence at home plate, Raymond once again joyfully shouted “Play ball”!

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PruittHealth - Fort Oglethorpe
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Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
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Relive the Past

Dream weaving continued with the celebration of Mrs. Mildred Daughtry.  Mrs. Mildred is confined to her home and suffers from debilitating COPD.  It was with great honor that our staff was able to attend an anniversary celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Daughtry in honor of their seventy fifth wedding anniversary.  The seventy-fifth anniversary is often celebrated as a diamond jubilee.  The Daughtry’s were honored by their family with a reception at their home and allowed Pruitt Health Hospice to attend this event.  We are so blessed to share in the good times with our patients.  While materialism is of little value to this special couple, we were able to present them with a pewter platter with their monogram etched onto it.  The Daughtry’s were able to let us in on their secret for a long and happy life, and that is to spend lots of time with your spouse.  Mr. Daughtry stated that the only time he has ever been away from Mrs. Daughtry is when he served our country in the military for three years.  

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PruittHealth Hospice-Cordele
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Cordele, Georgia
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Family & Love

Katherine

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Date Night for Shearlie

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Play Ball

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As hospice professionals, we are often reminded that life is about living it to the fullest.  A hospice patient is given a gift, a gift that many don’t receive.  They are given the gift of knowing that their days are numbered.  Each year, the Pruitt Health corporation participates in a challenge among its entities called the Committed to Caring.  This year, Pruitt Health Hospice participated in the 2017 Committed to Caring Challenge in partnership with the Second Wind Dreams Organization. Each year, our staff looks forward to the Committed to Caring Challenge and being able to build new memories with our patients.  Hospice is such a special journey and making that journey easier and more fulfilling is a great honor.  Hospice touches the lives not only of our patients but touches the lives of our staff and offers us with great reward.

Dreams aren’t always something that must be filled while our patients are alive.  However, for one patient, Mrs. Edna Edge, it was a dream that would take place after she passed away.  Mrs. Edna wanted her husband to be able to say goodbye to her properly.  The Edge family moved in to Magnolia Manor many years ago and was unable to have a formal funeral.  A combined effort of the Magnolia Manor Staff along with Pruitt Health Hospice staff a memorial service was planned.  The activities’ center was used as the memorial service site.  The urn was prepared by Greg Hancock Funeral services.  Beautiful flowers adorned the podium.  The Magnolia Manor chaplains officiated the service while Jess Green, Assistant Administrator for Pruitt Health Hospice blessed the congregation in song by singing “How Great Thou Art.”  The patient’s husband was presented with a memorial book by the Pruitt Health Hospice staff along with  flowers to keep in his room.  A small reception was held after the memorial service to allow residents to visit with Mr. Edge.  The reception was hosted by staff and volunteers from Pruitt Health Hospice.   

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PruittHealth Hospice-Cordele
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Cordele, Georgia
Category
Heart & Soul

Sometimes, dreams can seem simple to fulfill.  This dream was to provide a patient with some much needed items that he does not have the luxury of having.  At times, we find that a patient that has been in a long term care facility for many years does not receive new clothing and simple items like a radio.  Mr. Alonzo Davis, a patient at Pine Hill Nursing Center was provided with new clothing and a radio for his room.  He was also given a surprise by his sister being able to be there with him.  Mr. Davis has a history of a cerebral infarction and rarely leaves his room.  Music is a joy that is easy to provide.  Music allows one to escape the restraints of physical debility and transports one to happier times.  

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PruittHealth Hospice-Cordele
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Cordele, Georgia
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Heart & Soul

Linda Rodgers, a 67 years old, had one last thing she wanted to accomplish.  Ms. Linda, a retired judge, now is mostly confined to her home.  She confided in her nurse, Jennifer, that she had a bucket list.  And, on that bucket list she said that she wanted to go to Callaway Gardens to attend the Fantasy in Lights Christmas Extravaganza.  Jennifer, reached out to our volunteer coordinator, Misty, and Ms. Linda’s dream began to take shape.  Callaway Gardens and its staff showed excellent community involvement by jumping into action and donating four all-inclusive tickets. It was decided, that a trip that would be made to Pine Mountain to enjoy the butterfly gardens and the Fantasy in Lights.  

                While the trip was all planned, there were many obstacles to overcome.  Ms. Linda battles multiple physical and medical challenges. She was accompanied by 2 registered nurses to ensure that her health was a priority.  She also had her 2 daughters and her sister with her.  Arrangements were made for a transport chair and oxygen to accompany her to ensure her comfort.  Walking great distances is no longer an option for Ms. Linda, so she was able to enjoy the sites from the comfort of a wheelchair.   Prior to leaving her home in Montezuma, Linda was given a cuddle basket.  The cuddle basket contained a large blanket and scarf as well as snacks for the trip.  The first stop of the day was made at the Butterfly gardens.  As a company, the butterfly is of great semblance to us.  The transitioning from the cocoon to that of a butterfly is one of life’s miracles.  The transition is both continuous and unavoidable and symbolizes the emotional and spiritual journey of healing.  The butterfly teaches us to change our way of thinking of only our loss and despair but to enjoy the celebration of life and what better way to celebrate life than with the trip of a lifetime. 

                Pine Mountain is a quaint little town which offers a wide variety of options for the average tourist.  As you know, Ms. Linda is no average tourist.  She and her family along with our staff were able to enjoy a night out at a local restaurant.   Ms. Linda stated that this was the first time that she went out to eat in many months.  She enjoyed a bowl of potato soup and eating with her family.  The most exciting part of the trip began our journey to see eight million lights.  Ms. Linda was unable to tolerate riding on the trolley as she quickly becomes very cold and was very weak and fatigued, however, a minivan full of excitement headed through the fantasy.  Seven ladies rode through the lights and sang Christmas carols together.  Ms. Linda was able to make a new memory with her daughters as well as her sister and allowed Pruitt Health Hospice to be a small part.  

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PruittHealth Hospice-Cordele
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Cordele, Georgia
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Relive the Past

On February 24, 2017 in the Chapel of the Oaks of Athens, Mr. and Mrs. James Craft came together with their families to renew their vows in marriage of 41 years. Mr. Craft has been on hospice services since 2015 and has had his ups and downs since. He began living at home under the care of his wife, but between financial struggles, health decline, health issues with his wife and the need to care for her grandchildren, Mr. Craft made the decision to transfer to a Long Term Care Facility. He had a hard time with this adjustment as he had to not only leave his home, but also be away from his wife and grandchildren. He began at the Oaks of Athens, but quickly desired to move closer to his wife who is living in Monroe, GA. After some time he was able to transfer to another facility, however with disagreements and struggles to adjust, Mr. Craft found home again at the Oaks. After settling down from the moving and readjusting, Mr. Craft began to open up with both the staff from the Oaks and Hospice. He discussed his health, the concept of death approaching, his desire to make up for lost time with his wife by treating her to everything she deserves. His love for his family showed during every visit, every phone call he would make, and every story he would tell. Due to the love he showed and his wish to do something special for his wife made this couple an easy choice for the Committed to Caring Project. After speaking with Mr. Craft’s bride, our social worker and chaplain were off to tell Mr. Craft the good news. Unfortunately, right before announcing the exciting upcoming vows labs were drawn on Mr. Craft showing that he now has Stage 4 Chronic Kidney disease. Mr. Craft handled the news well, but being told of a vow renewal brought him many emotions. Mr. Craft became tearful upon hearing the news, stating that Hospice did not have to do this for him as Hospice already does enough. Then when being told that his family, including the grandchildren, would receive new clothes for the ceremony, tears filled his eyes and he expressed gratefulness as well as excitement for the idea and plans. Plans came together with the decorations and clothing, so when the big day arrived all the family came in their new clothing with extended family present to witness. Before the ceremony was to begin with last minute details to be finished, our chaplain took the time to speak to Mr. Craft, who was nervous and excited. The ceremony began and with the assistance of Mr. Craft’s hospice CNA, he was wheeled down the aisle and then able to stand with a walker to wait for his bride as his only wish was to stand beside her. Mrs. Craft was escorted down the aisle by her oldest grandson, after their granddaughter and grandson took the honor of flower girl and ring bearer. The look of love as they both locked eyes walking down the aisle was a special moment the couple allowed us to witness. They ceremony took place, with the couple hand in hand, along with vows and an exchange of rings committing the couple together as one again. Mr. Craft was able to stand throughout the ceremony and with assistance from his CNA returned to his wheelchair for safety. The couple had exchanged the kiss of marriage and the reception was then to begin. With the tables decorated, Mr. Craft’s favorite food and the cake ready, Mr. Craft once again became tearful from excitement and joy of this recommitment. The cake was then cut with icing being smeared on the faces of the couple for fun, the food was served and everyone enjoyed the barbecue and time together as a family. Laughs were shared along with memories created to top off the rejoining of a loving couple. As Mr. Craft became short of breath and tired from the joyous event, the family began to pack up their things and split ways. While separating was the hardest part of the day, the memories created last forever along with all the pictures the families are able to treasure. A week after the ceremony, Mr. Craft was spending time with his volunteer and mentioned that “he was very happy with the service of PruittHealth as they just threw him an incredible vow renewal service.” He discussed his appreciation, the excitement for pictures to document the day, and that even in his wildest dreams, he could have never given his wife the beautiful ceremony that PruittHealth Hospice provided. 

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Athens, Georgia
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