Sometimes, it’s the simplest pleasures that make a difference in residents’ lives. For retired farmer John Buller, 89, all he wanted was to get on a tractor one more time.
But scaling a tall, powerful vehicle can prove difficult for someone who receives skilled nursing care, as Fuller does at the Waterford Crossing Health Center, in Goshen, IN. Buller suffered a stroke about four years ago, and his left side is paralyzed, so “he’s pretty limited, mobility-wise,” his son told local media.
After months of planning, the former farmhand got his wish in September, as part of the “Live a Dream” program, offered by the facility and its parent company, Trilogy Health Services.
“We have been working on John’s Live a Dream for close to a year,” said Jenna Barghahn, life enrichment director at Waterford Crossing. “It is quite challenging getting on board a tall tractor due to his physical limitations, but we were not going to give up.”
With a hand from the local church, friends, family, nursing home staff and a forklift, Fuller was raised off his wheelchair onto a tractor at Deer Grove Farm, in Goshen, for a quick ride on Sept. 5. He wasn’t disappointed.
“I thank them very much from the bottom of my heart,” Buller told local media. “I just really enjoyed the minutes, yes I did. It’ll be a memory I’ll cherish for a long time.”