With their 23rd wedding anniversary approaching, Paul was excited to celebrate with his wife, Kathy, a resident at ManorCare Health Services—Hinsdale. When the couple met with Kellie Peterson, Activity Director at ManorCare—Hinsdale, Paul informed Kellie of his wife’s condition and how he had tried to bring Hawaiian dancers to her hospital room but was unable to. He also shared about their approaching anniversary and their ties to Hawaii, including their honeymoon in 1992 during Hurricane Iniki and several return trips to Hawaii, as well as a trip to adopt their daughter, Christina.
Paul explained that their favorite restaurant has always been the Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines, Ill. where they are regulars for the dinner and dancing and are big fans of The Barefoot Hawaiian Dance Troop. Recognizing a perfect opportunity to fulfill the couple's Heart’s Desire, Kellie contacted Gwen Kennedy from The Barefoot Hawaiian Inc. to inquire about having the dancers come to ManorCare - Hinsdale and perform for Kathy in her room. They were delighted to do something nice for the community.
On Friday, Sept. 5, Paul and Kathy’s 23rd wedding anniversary, The Barefoot Hawaiian Dance Troop put on an hour-long show complete with lessons. Paul had invited Kathy’s mom (Mary Lou) and sister (Donna) and their 15-year-old daughter (Christina) to join in the celebration, the latter two participating in the lessons with Paul. Kathy remained in bed for comfort, but she was given a Hawaiian scarf and lei along with a coconut cup filled with volcano punch. Ms. Kennedy was sure to perform one of their favorite anniversary songs, “Blue Hawaii.”
“Thank you for a wonderful anniversary present. Kathy enjoyed it,” said Kathy’s husband Paul.
Heart’s Desire was designed to help make our resident’s dreams come true. HCR ManorCare developed the program in 1997 as a supplement to existing customer service programs, and it quickly became a hallmark in the industry. The program was honored with a Silver Anvil, the Public Relations Society of America’s highest award.