08 Nov 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:
- The blokes who home brew at Uniting Caroona in Yamba are making their own beer.
- Dorothy proved it’s never too late to learn a new skill when she went sailing for the first time at 102 years of age.
- Phyllis of Uniting Mayflower (also 102 years young) took a pleasure ride in a vintage car of her childhood.
- Berenice always wanted to go to New York, so the team at Uniting Mirinjani brought a slice of the Big Apple to her.
- The Red Hot Mummas of Uniting Caroona Kalina are fulfilling their dreams of the spotlight, dancing the day away for an adoring audience.
- Don of Uniting Annesley House in Haberfield walked amidst the Canadian Redwoods with the help of virtual reality.
- Brian of Uniting Mawarra in West Pennant Hills is still conquering the squash court at 83.
- The ladies of Uniting Starrett Lodge in Hamlyn Terrace became calendar girls.
- Harry recruited a crew of green thumbs and turned an unused rooftop into a thriving garden at Uniting Coleman Lodge in Woollarah.
- 91-year-old swimming champ, Don, made a comeback in the pool.
Do you have a wish-list of dream experiences you want to tick off? Tell us in the comments below.
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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.