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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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Grants

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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Gifts of Light

 

Thanks to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors who brighten the lives of nursing home elders with little or no family every Holiday season! 

 

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Fulfill a Dream Below

Joan Geise will have her Second Wind Dreams Day on Wed. Jan.24th, 2018. Her dream is called "Pamper Me Day!". She will be greeted by Belk employees to assist in her big day. She will be taken to a special decorated fitting room where she will be helped in choosing a few new outfits. Then she will be escorted to the beauty counter for a Belk Makeover just for her. She and family will meet at Elmcroft afterwards for a special luncheon by Olive Garden for her and her guests along with a local singer to bring joy to her and her guests.. Publix will supply flowers, Kindred Care will supply photos albums and crown/Community Hospice will supply lunch.

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Adventure

Our Heartland Village couches have “hosted” family gatherings for many, many years. A lot of good times and laughter have been exchanged because of them, with many things “spilled” over from one event to the next. Unfortunately, their heavy use is now showing and they need to be replaced with firmer, easy to clean seating, high enough for residents to stand from.

The common area space is very small and only allows for 2 loveseats. We need to purchase these two items at the cost of $600 each for the total of $1200. The replacement of these couches would allow for residents and their families to continue to enjoy good times together!

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Family & Love

Wanda has never been to the San Diego Zoo.  We would love to be able to take her but we need your help! The experience she would love to be a part of would include being a Zookeeper for the day!   We want her to feel like royalty by providing the best adventure for her to remember. Please help us! 

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Community
Vista Village
Location
Vista, CA
Category
Adventure

Titus, 'T.J' was a very talented woodworker and carpenter. He has some of his pieces he has made hanging in his room.

We would love to have a wooden sculpture or plaque donated to him to put in his living area. I have also seen animals carved into wood, so that may be a option.  He would really enjoy having a new addition to his room because he cannot participate in woodworking anymore, but still loves the art form. Prices for these items vary greatly depending on size and detail. I would assume a small/medium sized carved sculpture would run about $100-300. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Berwick
Location
Berwick, PA
Category
Relive the Past

Joan

Pamper Me Day

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Joan

Pamper Me Day

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HeartlandVillage

Sit Down, Let's Talk

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HeartlandVillage

Sit Down, Let's Talk

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Wanda

Wanda Gets To Go to the Zoo

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Wanda

Wanda Gets To Go to the Zoo

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Titus

Woodworking and Carpentry

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Titus

Woodworking and Carpentry

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Peter is a resident at Elmcroft of Berwick who loves to reminisce about going to the casino with his kids. We would love to be able to try and take him to the casino for a day of slot machines and fun!

His memory of winning on the slots is a favorite story that he likes to share with us. We would like to give  him a gift card so he can have a relaxing day full of new memories.

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Community
Elmcroft of Berwick
Location
Berwick, PA
Category
Adventure

Wanda loves country music! She loves to play the piano and sing gospel and country music. She would like to see Travis Tritt at the Irving Arts Institute.  Tickets are $60.00 each. She needs a ticket for herself and would love to take her 3 children. This would be so awesome for Wanda because she has recently been put on hospice. Her children say this would be a wonderful gift for her. Thank you so much for the consideration.

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Community
Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, TX
Category
Heart & Soul

Mr. Shelley has been a resident in our facility a little over  a year.  He moved here from Florida, so he could be closer to his daughter and son-in-law.  Mr. Shelley worked as an electrical engineer for the Air Force in a civilian capacity.  Syd received his engineering degree from Auburn University here in Alabama.  I think that most of the country knows that college football is a big deal in the South, especially in the State of Alabama.  Mr. Shelley and his family are huge fans of his Alma Mater, and their athletics.  Auburn University has a Raptor Center, where they educate students and the community about these large birds. One of the types of birds that they have is a Golden Eagle, which is one of the team's mascot.  The Golden Eagle attends their home games and is a beautiful site on the field.  One of the services that the Raptor Center provides, is an educational program that they take on the road.  They have 7 raptors that they bring and tell the audience about, and one of these is one of their great Golden Eagles (I think they have 2).  We would love to have the Raptor Center Come to our facility for Mr. Shelley and his family.  We would use this opportunity to educate our residents and community.  This is a rather expensive program, and we would love to do this for him.  He is  reserved and quiet, but we are pretty sure this will give him something to smile about.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Adventure

Mary is from Gainesville, Florida and is a true Gator fan!

She will have a special party with all of her friends in Heartland Village along with her family.  Mary will be crowned Queen Gator to start her day. She and her guest will have a Pizza Party for lunch and the Village will be decorated in blue and orange with a lot of Gators!. Al Monte will be coming to provide music for her and all of her guests.  Mary will also receive some special gifts to remember her big day! 

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Relive the Past

Peter

Casino

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Casino

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Wanda

A Night with Travis Tritt

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Wanda

A Night with Travis Tritt

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Syd

War Eagle

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Syd

War Eagle

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Mary

Gator Time!

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Mary

Gator Time!

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Connie has always loved Italy and a few years ago was able to go visit and had a blast. We want to recreate her dream of going back once again. We will include all her friends who live here in the community. We will offer Italian snacks like anise biscuits, small pizzas, small anti-pastas and warm garlic knots. Dean Martin will be playing her favorite song, "That's Amore" in the background and we plan to show the DVD of photos from her last trip to Italy. It will be a swell day to remember Connie's love for Italy.

 

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Community
Mariposa Point of Gilbert
Location
Gilbert, Arizona
Category
Heart & Soul

Carol and her late husband used to own a very well know animal and livestock feed store in town. Her dream is to revisit the store, show it off to her friends who also live here in our community and grab a hot dog from the food stand next door. "Even though I have had hundreds of hot dogs over the years, nothing is as good as one from there." she says.

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Mariposa Point of Gilbert
Location
Gilbert, Arizona
Category
Relive the Past

Sarah has never had a moment to relax.  She currently assists with taking care of her husband who has memory impairment but throughout her life never received a massage or a spa day.  We talked with her and asked what is one thing she would LOVE to do-- and she said I have never had a massage or a day to herself!  We would love to give her lunch (something really fancy, a new nice soft robe, a limo ride and a day that really allows her to enjoy her!)  Sometimes you need a break too! Can you please help us fund this?  

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Community
Vista Village
Location
Vista, CA
Category
Family & Love

We purchased tickets for residents of the nursing home and assisted living to see our local, Theatre Downstream production of Annie.  We had 3 of the assisted living residents who were able to have their photos taken on stage with the cast!  They are right in the center of the photo, the lady with the necklace, the lady in the wheel chair and the lady right behind Annie and Sandy wearing red.  The lady on the far right in black is the Executive Director at the Assisted Living.  I love this photo it looks like they were in the production.  The other photos were taken in the auditorium before the play.  I think we had 10 residents and 3 staff members attending.

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Community
Providence New Castle
Location
New Castle, KY
Category
Adventure

Connie

Take Me Back to Italy

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Connie

Take Me Back to Italy

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Carol

Feed Store and a Hot Dog

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Carol

Feed Store and a Hot Dog

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Sarah

Sarah needs a day to enjoy!

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Sarah

Sarah needs a day to enjoy!

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Annie

Made It To Broadway

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Annie

Made It To Broadway

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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®

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nsne9-QZQH4

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…

Some quick facts about the VDT:

  • 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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