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Making older people’s dreams come true

A helicopter ride, a visit to the Moscow Circus and a St Valentine’s Day Rock and Roll concert are just some of older people’s dreams coming true thanks to a program been run by a Tasmanian provider.

The Dream it, Do it program grants ‘one off’ dreams for residents and clients
The Dream it, Do it program grants ‘one off’ dreams for residents and clients

The Presbyterian Care Tasmania Dream it, Do it program was initiated by its Major Fundraising Committee last year when it agreed it would be extremely special to be able to grant ‘one off’ dreams for residents and clients. 

“The Dreams granted are unique, some lasting a couple of hours and others lasting for a remainder of a lifetime,” explains Amanda Smith, Executive Assistant/Marketing Manager, Presbyterian Care Tasmania.

To submit a dream, users of Presbyterian Care Tasmania services and/or family members simply contact a member of staff, who then completes the submission with the dream details and costs involved.

“The submission form is then given to the Manager of Care Services at their facility for their approval and also the approval of one Committee Member,” she says. “The Program has been and continues to be very successful. It is absolutely magical seeing the joy on our resident and clients’ faces.”

Just recently, two residents from Presbyterian Care Norwood experienced a helicopter ride with Helipad Adventures around the Launceston city area when they wanted a bit of adventure. “It was absolutely fantastic,” they say.

A St Valentine’s Day Rock and Roll concert was another dream coming true

Four residents, also from Presbyterian Care Norwood, recently enjoyed a day on the Tamar River Odyessy; they said it was the best trip they have ever done.

The trip to the State Moscow Circus was very memorable for seven Presbyterian Homes Hobart residents. Karen Lovering, (Care Services Manager Hobart) says two resident’s in particular had always wanted to go to the circus since childhood and were absolutely overcome with emotion. “It was great to see their faces light up with joy and their focused engagement with the event,” she says. “One resident who is constantly on the move was transfixed throughout the event.”

While many dreams are one off experiences with lasting memories, Nancy, from Presbyterian Care Tasman’s Day Respite Centre is continuing to enjoy her Dream it Do it request. Living alone in a small unit, the former cat owner was keen to have another pet.

The team took her to the RSPCA animal rescue, where she chose a 2-year old tabby and later took her shopping for all the necessary cat accessories. “I cannot believe that someone would do something like this for me,” she says. “None of my other cats have ever been this spoilt.” 

Other dreams come true include a romantic dinner for two, a Saturday night old style dance and returning to a home town to reminisce. 

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