Angela Lavigne, Administrator for Heartland Hospice serving The Peninsula, and her team are always looking for ways to enrich the quality of care and help fulfill “heart’s desires” for the hospice patients they serve. Recently they were able to fulfill patient, Walter Kuszelewicz’s heart’s desire to go see a movie.
“During a conversation, Walter mentioned that he hadn’t been to the movies for as long back as he could remember,” said Angela. That’s when the Heartland Hospice team went into action and put together a memorable heart’s desire for Walter.
On the “big day,” a chauffeured limousine from Dynasty Limo arrived at the assisted living facility to pick up Walter and the hospice team consisting of: David Lekarczyk, Chaplain; Laverne Lide, RN Case Manager; Alyshia Musgrave, CNA; and Sabrina Sampson, Social Worker. In true celebrity-style, the limo driver pulled out a red carpet and helped the team transport Walter from the facility into the limo. The thoughtfulness of the team working together to give Walter this special day brought tears to his eyes as he exclaimed, “I am so overwhelmed.”
The royal treatment continued as Walter was given a warm welcome from Sandy Triolet, manager of Peninsula Movie Bistro, and her staff. They even placed a sign outside of the Bistro front door that said, “Welcome Walter” which was in full view as Walter opened the limo door. More tears flowed during this grand welcome.
Earlier during the planning process, Sandy told Angela that the movie theater had closed due to power outages but she promised with power restored that she was going to open the theater just for Walter and his hospice team. Sandy stated, “We want this to be a special day for Walter!”
As they entered the theater, everyone was surprised to see that Sandy had planned a private showing of Walter’s favorite movie, Dark Tower, along with meals of their choice to eat during the show. Brian Maskland, Peninsula Movie Bistro team member, presented Walter with two movie posters of Sci-fi Planet of the Apes and Kong, to take back and display on the walls of his room. More tears flowed as Walter thanked Brian.
“Walter said this was the most wonderful day and the movie was the best!” commented Laverne. “He was truly given royal treatment as king for a day…a day in which all of us participating will never forget!”