Local senior living facility makes residents’ dreams come true

Authored By Logan Garrett

Ooltewah’s Spalon Three helped pamper Foster. (Photo: Staff)

An area senior living home is attempting to make some of their residents’ dreams come true with its Second Wind Dreams program.

Every month, Elmcroft Senior Living selects one of its residents to take part in its Second Wind Dreams initiative, a program comparable to the Make-A-Wish Foundation but strictly targeting elderly adults.

July’s selected participant was Merlean Foster, an Elmcroft of Hamilton Place resident, who received a full makeover and new outfit as a part of her “day of beauty.”

Foster began her day at Spalon Three in Ooltewah, where she was given a full facial, a manicure, a haircut, as well as a violin serenade.

“We’re women, and we know what it feels like to be pampered,” Spalon Three Hairstylist Delisa Bridges said. “We may not feel so good at times, but if you get to dress up and make your hair look beautiful, it just makes your day.”

After her makeover at the salon, Merlean and her family headed to Dillard’s at Hamilton Place where she was provided with a brand-new outfit of her choice along with a pearl necklace.

Foster said this is the first time someone else gave her a makeover, and she said the feeling was indescribable.

For the past 12 years, the Second Wind Dreams program has been bringing smiles to older adults’ faces with acts of kindness ranging from presenting gifts to reuniting residents with their loved ones.

Those interested in supporting the program or the program, in general, can learn more here.