WOW! Moments: Gone Fishing
When one resident shared his love for fishing and being on
the water, we decided to turn this into a special WOW! Moment. The resident had
been living at Waterview Court for about a year, but hadn’t been participating
much in our planned group activities. In an attempt to help him engage in the
activities that he loves, we asked him about his favorite leisure activity.
From a young age, the resident loved fishing and told us
that his days spent fishing were his favorite days—even when he didn’t catch
anything. He just loved being outdoors and near the water.
We really wanted to bring this resident back out on the
water so that he could once again enjoy his favorite pastime. So, in May 2016, the
Waterview Court Senior Living staff arranged to take him on a fishing trip! At
first, he was hesitant because he was unsure of his gait and physical abilities;
it had been quite some time since he had last gone fishing, so he worried that
his skills would be too rusty. However, with patience and a little reassurance
from our senior care staff and his daughter, our resident fisherman agreed to
take us up on our offer.
What a beautiful day it was! We fished for several hours,
sitting on a long, sturdy pier that had enclosed rails for everyone’s safety.
Our resident had a great time; he even caught two fish! We were touched to see
how much joy and emotion this brought to our resident. He and the others on the
trip had such a great time that we decided to plan a second trip in June. Our
resident fisherman attended that trip as well and was just as successful as he
was on his first trip with us!
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