The wishes that residents put on their home’s wishing tree can be small or large. What’s important that each wish is treated equally and is made to happen by our creative and energetic teams.
Bob Trulocke, a resident at Care UK’s Millers Grange in Witney, Oxfordshire, has always wanted to go skiing, describing it was a ‘boyhood ambition’. However, at the age of nearly 93, he thought he’d missed his chance. However, when Millers Grange colleagues told him about the home’s wishing tree, he knew exactly what his wish would be.
Colleagues, working with Snozone in Milton Keynes, enabled Bob to use an accessible ski, rather like a taboggan, that was pushed by an instructor. By skiing in a stable sitting position, he could try the slalom – weaving between poles.
Bob said: “I had a wonderful day that I will never forget. I loved whizzing down the slope in the slalom, it made me feel alive. Age doesn’t have to hold you back from your dreams.”
When keen former angler, Roger Tinkler, went on a special angling trip, organised by the team at Oak House, his Care UK care home in Slough, he did not expect to catch his biggest ever carp – but he did that, and more.
Roger and Oak House’s Maintenance Manager, Martin Blackmun, himself a keen angler, set their fishing gear up alongside Holme Grange Reservoir and within minutes the pair were catching numerous carp. Roger caught a 14lb whopper, his personal best, plus a number of roach and even a stone loach, which is a very elusive species. Martin says, “The stone loach was beautiful and really did make it a very special day.”
At Milner House in Leatherhead, Iris, who is living with advanced dementia, wished to be up close to horses again. Iris volunteered at the Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders when she was young, and for over 20 years she mucked out, taught riding and helped with fundraising. Although nowadays she is too poorly to leave the home, that didn’t stop the Milner House team inviting a friendly cob called Daisy into the home to visit Iris.
It was all about bikes for 85-year-old Bob Shuck when he was asked what his wish would be. Bob, a resident of Chandler Court in Bromsgrove, has loved motorbikes all his life and is particularly fond of BSA motorbikes. He’d watch workers factory test the bikes outside his home when he was growing up. The Chandler Court team got in touch with the local BSA Owners’ Club, who brought along various bikes to show Bob.
Bob says, “It was so good to see the bikes again and remember how much I love the way they looked. It was a day I will never forget!”