Northern California Living October 2009
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GIVING BACK | story: Sandie Tillery | photos: Julie Eaton
Chore or Score? Just tell your wife you’re
saving water and teaching the children hand-eye
coordination… Like you, we’re always looking to raise
our game. It’s one thing to say it; another to get away
from the everyday. So ditch the dishes and head for Sweet Ruby sits with a screwed-up face, confusion evident, as she
the great outdoors at Rolling Hills. twists the lap belt that keeps her secure in her wheelchair. I caress
For the sportsman, our hunt club offers upland game
her shoulder and kiss her gently on the cheek before greeting her
birds, duck hunting, wild boar, fly fishing and trap/ cheerfully. She perks up, and with her characteristic warmth, says,
skeet/sporting clays… there is plenty to ensure any “Oh, how you doin’ today?” I think she knows it’s me, her daughter-
sportsman has an exciting adventure while visiting us. in-law.
Parked in the lobby later, with the sunshine floating dust specks
between us, we comment quietly about how beautiful the sky is
today, how lovely the flowers look just outside the window, and how
much shade the big sycamore tree provides. Sometimes we carry on
brief conversations, remembering people and events from the past.
Sometimes we sit peacefully, I writing in the journal we keep by her
bedside and she humming bits of old hymns. I especially love those
moments when I start singing a favorite gospel song and Ruby joins
in as the words come back to her, her natural harmony flowing in and
around my precarious melody. That’s when I sense she has returned to
M A R Q U I S S H A S TA H E A LT H C A R E a place of joy, a time when she sings duets and trios and stands amidst
her friends in the choir.
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Ruby lives at Marquis Care Shasta in Redding, a skilled nursing
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facility, where I visit her twice a week. I have come to greatly
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program they offer to their residents. My mind has been spinning,
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trying to figure a way for Ruby to benefit from it.
It is a beautiful idea: granting wishes to our elders, similar
to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for terminally ill children.
Think about it—making dreams come true in the last years
of life; letting seniors revisit cherished places, experience
again their favorite activities, or cross off one more item on
their bucket lists. “We’re never too old to aspire or set goals.
Besides, a dream come true must first start with a dream,”
says Julie Eaton, Marquis Care Shasta activities director.
Two residents have been granted their wishes at Marquis
Care Shasta. Earl, 74, has a need for speed, but now is
slowed down by his wheelchair. In earlier years, he raced
at Laguna Seca and Sears Point. In July 2008, Marquis
Care Shasta made it possible for him to relive his youth
when he again slid through the window of a race car at
Shasta Raceway Park in Redding. Staff and family members
cheered him five times around the half-mile track as he
raced at speeds in excess of 100 mph. “I never thought I
would do this again!” he exclaimed at the start.
80-year-old Alma wanted to see the world from 10,000
feet above the ground. Dave Everson, owner of Air Shasta,
gave Alma the thrill of her life when he took her up in his
four-passenger helicopter for a tour of the area, including a
view of Shasta Dam that her father helped to build. Earlier
in the year, Alma had been chosen 2009 Marquis Care
Shasta Rose Queen. First item on her calendar as reigning
queen was to experience her dream come true.
The program is funded by the Vital Life Foundation, a
nonprofit organization founded by Marquis Companies
and Consonus Healthcare Services. The foundation’s
mission is “to support organizations and programs that
provide meaning and vitality in the lives of seniors and staff
members living and working in long-term care.”
The foundation partners with community and national
organizations to raise funds to support such things as
providing backpacks and school supplies for local students,
the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Ronald McDonald House
and the Alzheimer’s Foundation, among others. It is the
hallmark of Marquis Companies’ “giving back” philosophy.
Eaton, who has the privilege of planning the New
Chapters events for the residents in Redding, says their
objective is not just to fulfill dreams, but to get to the very
heart of residents’ desires. She says they want to “make
the last memories the best.” And it is not just her. She and
Administrator Jeremy Pantovich involve the whole staff,
encouraging them to listen and watch, to be alert as they
serve the residents. If an aide or a food server nominates
someone, they are invited to participate on some level in the
event. “It’s a change in our culture,” Eaton explains of their
efforts to get rid of the stigma of the institutional setting.
Eaton wants everyone—staff, residents, families—to share Calling all photographers Readers will vote online for their favorite from Infinite Designs ($100 value).
five entries between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31. The four runners up will receive a free
in the excitement of the “changing social climate.” Your photo could be on the cover of an upcoming An expert panel will choose the winner photography class from Crown Camera
I am excited. Join me in discovering how we can make issue of the North State’s premier lifestyle magazine. from those five photographs. and a $50 gift certificate from Infinite
dreams come true for seniors. Information is available at Designs. Their photo and name will also
vitallifefoundation.org or by contacting Julie Eaton or Professional and amateur photographers are invited In addition to having his or her photo
be included in Enjoy Magazine.
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