Bob was accepted as a resident at Crown Ridge on Dec. 20, 2017.
A couple of months after he got settled Katherine Burns talked to me about the Wishes and Dreams program. She asked if I thought Bob might have a wish. Being an avid Blue Jay’s fan I said Bob would probably like to see a Jay’s game.
Bob has Huntington’s disease and is not very communicative.
Katherine casually went in and asked Bob, if we can make it happen, would he like to go to a Jay’s game? He did a quick thumbs up.
A lot of planning went into this wish for Bob. There was transportation, a driver, tickets with wheelchair accommodation and two psw’s to volunteer on their day off. A few months after asking it all came together. Bob patiently waited for his special day.
Although Bob has very little facial expressions due to this disease, I could tell he was enjoying the game. Did I mention this wonderful group sent me too, his Mom? Watching my son enjoy what might be his last Jay’s game filled my heart with love and gratitude to all the wonderful people involved that made his dream happen.
Carol Eckert – Bob Hayden’s Mom
In the early days, after Bob’s admission, we conducted some education sessions on Huntington’s disease. Soon after my staff members attended the first session, we discovered that Bob would love to go to a Blue Jays game. The next time I saw his Mom, Carol, I prompted her to submit this to our Wishes and Dreams committee. I knew it would mean taking some chances and would require a lot of planning to go smoothly, but I also knew how meaningful this would be for Bob and his Mom. After all, that’s what the Wishes and Dreams Program is all about. Everything came together perfectly for a wonderful day on August 12, 2018, thanks largely to Glenda, PSW, and Rod, our bus driver, and Carol, for all of her support and patience, as we planned the trip!
Katherine Burns – Life Enrichment Coordinator, Crown Ridge Place