78-year-old takes Ferrari for a spin: How Uniting made a resident’s dream come true

78-year-old takes Ferrari for a spin: How Uniting made a resident’s dream come true

At Uniting, we’ve got whole lot of love for our fun and adventurous aged care residents who are still fulfilling some of their life-long ambitions, dreams and ‘bucket list’ experiences well into their golden years.

Recently we’ve featured stories from a number of residents who live by the mantra, “Life is for living”. From learning to brew beer, to getting a hug from a New York policeman, our residents are truly living life to the full.

When 78-year-old Norman Griffiths moved to Uniting Mirinjani in Canberra earlier this year – an aged care home that’s organised as a household not an institution – he was asked the question: “Is there something on your wish-list you’ve always wanted to do?”

Topping the list for Norman was his ambition to visit the Ferrari museum in Italy. Sadly, overseas travel was off the table due to his current circumstances, but the enthusiastic care team weren’t willing to let that put a dampener on Norman’s dream.

How the dream came true

Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator, Jo Sumner, put the word out to the local community in an effort to suss out whether “anybody knew anybody who owned a Ferrari”.

From her chats with Norman, Jo knew that a racing Ferrari should ideally be red, though the two of them agreed that yellow would also be acceptable.

As luck would have it, word came back that local Canberra businessman, Angelo Defazio, owned a shiny Ferrari and was more than willing to help make Norman’s wish come true. Even better was the news that the prized vehicle was the desired colour.

The team kept their plans secret from Norman, simply telling him to “expect a surprise” before the car arrived. When it pulled up at the home, a delighted Norman exclaimed: “And it’s red!”

Norman and Angelo took a joy ride around the local area and, upon his return, Norman expressed how much better this experience was compared to visiting a museum, because going for a spin meant he could “enjoy the car in all its glory”.

Uniting residents crossing off their bucket list

Norman’s not the only Uniting resident living life at full throttle.

Read more from some of our adventurous aged care residents:

Do you have a wish-list of dream experiences you want to tick off? Tell us in the comments below.

Get in touch

For more information about how we can help you meet your lifestyle, health and care goals (and maybe even tick some items of your wish list), call us on 1800 864 846 or email us.

2 Comments
  • Jen
    Posted at 10:17h, 10 November Reply

    Fantastic.
    Bucket List Envy –
    You guys at Uniting should be so proud. This is inspiring

    • Paul Hemsworth
      Posted at 11:40h, 12 November Reply

      Thanks Jen,
      Yes our team do an amazing job and we are very proud of them. Thanks for your feedback and we would really appreciate if you leave a comment or share our Facebook post.
      Many thanks
      The Uniting team

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