Pioneer Memorial Care Center Help Make Long Held Dreams a Reality
April 17, 2012
On March 24, 2012, five residents and five staff set out to Grand Forks, North Dakota with a plan to make a dream of one of the resident’s to see Elton John in concert come true. PMCC never expected attending such a large event would be so easy, but it was. The people of the Ralph Englestad Arena were all so kind from parking the bus to wheeling the residents in wheelchairs while attempting to locate the seats. In taking the residents to the concert, residents and staff were greeted with large smiles and much recognition and reassurance in what they were doing was such an extraordinary thing for what PMCC considered themselves to be, ordinary people.
The reactions and personal meaning of the trip to each of the residents varied immensely. Surprisingly, it was many firsts for all of them. Whether that be a first time to a concert, seeing Elton John, visiting North Dakota, and returning home to the Care Center after midnight. The evening started with much uncertainty and anticipation as many of residents haven’t been away from the facility for such an extended period of time and for such an unbelievable event such as Sir Elton himself. PMCC will never forget the look on the resident’s faces when asked if they would want to go to the Elton John Concert. “If looks could tell, I do believe two faces were trying to remind me that they were 91 years old,” says Melissa Chisholm, Administrator. The nerves were soon calmed by the teams joined enthusiasm and reassurance that they would be well taken care of, and they were.
Pioneer Memorial Care Center recognizes the importance of fulfilling these dreams as most have left behind many of their worldly possessions, their homes, and their family and friends. Melissa Chisholm, Administrator comments, “That is a lot to lose for any “normal” person, but imagine when individuals have also lost their good health or ability on top of that. We at PMCC feel as though it was important to be those helping hands to make it possible and to motivate the residents to become active in the lives that they are living today.”
“Music has the power to move a person between different realities: from a broken body into a soaring spirit, from a broken heart into the connection of shared love, from death into the memory and movement of life. Music has the power to touch the heart of a soul with God." Dr. Deforia Lane