Golden Dreams FAQ

How do you pick who gets a dream fulfilled?

Can I direct funds to a specific dream?

Is there a financial/geographical or other limit on dreams?

How do you decide if a dream qualifies for consideration?

What if I have an idea for a dream for me/my loved one?

How do you ensure that dreams are administered fairly?

Where do dream ideas come from?

What if the dream I want to support has already received the needed funds?

How do you arrange consent for a resident to participate in a dream?  Is there a consent form that needs to be signed?  (e.g. insurance, liability)

McCormick Home already has a great life enrichment program – why are you doing the Golden Dreams program?

What is the process followed for taking a dream from an idea to reality?

Can family members/friends participate in a dream?

If a resident participates in a dream, do they have to be prepared to promote the Golden Dreams program?

I would like to take residents on a dream myself.  Can I do so?

I work/volunteer at the home and I have a loved one living here.  Is my loved one still able to receive a dream?

Is Alzheimer Outreach Services involved?

 

How do you pick who gets a dream fulfilled?

Our “Dream Team” selects candidates for our Golden Dreams Program.  In order to ensure a fair and balanced representation of perspectives, the team is comprised of a cross-section of staff from the Foundation and McCormick Home. The team’s goal is to ensure that everyone’s dream gets honoured, while considering available funds and any other required resources.

 

 Can I direct funds to a specific dream?

Eventually, yes. Part of our goal as we develop this program is to build a general dreams fund that will help assist in ensuring that everyone’s dream gets fulfilled.

 

Is there a financial/geographical or other limit on dreams?

Yes.  In order to be achievable, we are starting with a conservative approach to the types of dreams we are offering.  For example, to start, we are focusing on local areas and venues that are more easily funded.   The size of our dreams is expected to grow with the availability of funds.  Our goal is for all our dreams to be 100% achievable.

 

How do you decide if a dream qualifies for consideration?

All dream submissions will be considered by our Dream Team.

 

What if I have an idea for a dream for me/my loved one?

If you have an idea for a dream, please share it with a member of our Life Enrichment staff, who will then forward the information to us.  You may also feel free to visit us at the Foundation office, which is located next to the Tuck Shop, or call us at 519-432-2648 ext. 2318.

 

How do you ensure that dreams are administered fairly?

Because our Dream Team is comprised of staff from all areas within McCormick Home, we rely on their judgement to be fair and objective.

 

Where do dream ideas come from?

Dreams ideas come from our residents and family members.

 

What if the dream I want to support has already received the needed funds?

If your chosen dream has been fulfilled, we encourage you to consider helping to make someone else’s dream come true by donating to another specific dream or to our general dream fund.

 

How do you arrange consent for a resident to participate in a dream?  Is there a consent form that needs to be signed for insurance/liability reasons?

Yes.  We require that the resident or substitute decision maker sign any necessary forms.

 

McCormick Home already has a great life enrichment program.  Why are you doing the Golden Dreams program?

While the home provides many great outings for larger groups of residents, we are interested in focusing on fulfilling the individual dreams of one or two people at once, providing an opportunity for more a more customized experience.

 

What is the process followed for taking a dream from an idea to reality?

Once the Foundation receives a dream recommendation from the Dream Team, they work on arranging the details of the request, such as securing partnerships where necessary, arranging transportation, and/or finding volunteers in order to make the dream come true.

 

Can family members/friends participate in a dream?

At this time family members are welcome to participate in a dream with their loved one at their own expense.

 

If a resident participates in a dream, do they have to be prepared to promote the Golden Dreams program?

No.  We respect the wishes of our residents and substitute decision makers.  Your image or name will not be used in our promotions without proper consents.

 

I would like to take residents on a dream myself.  Can I do so?

If you wish to follow through on a specific dream for a resident outside of the Golden Dreams program, you are most welcome to do so.  Please note that you must seek the necessary funding and any required permissions to do so, as the Foundation would not be involved.

 

I work/volunteer at the home and I have a loved one living here.  Is my loved one still able to receive a dream?

Absolutely.  There are no restrictions on who is able to participate in a dream.

 

 Is Alzheimer Outreach Services involved?

At this time, Alzheimer Outreach Services clients and families are not involved in the Golden Dreams program.  However, our goal is to include AOS clients and families as the program grows.