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Estancia Senior Living Grants First Resident Wish

Estancia Senior Living is thrilled to announce that it granted its first wish, as part of the Wishes Come True program on Saturday, Sept. 18, to a special resident, Tom Caton.

Wishes Come True is a program that Soon-Gill Schnellinger, life enrichment director at Estancia Senior Living, created for residents at Estancia who have a wish to do something grand. With support from local businesses, Estancia plans, organizes and implements the granting of the resident’s wish. Each resident has an opportunity to have a wish come true.

“We are delighted to launch the Wishes Come True program to bring dreams to life for all of our residents,” Kristin Beck, executive director of Estancia Living, said. “At Estancia, our mission is to get to know each and every resident and their family including life stories, daily joys, and hopes so that we can enrich their lives through extraordinary experiences.”

Tom Caton is described as someone who loves people and entertains them with his great sense of humor. He is active at the community, starting a card group and working diligently at launching a mahjong group.

Caton has a rich life history. He served with honor in the National Guard from 1946 to 1950 and then became a printer with his own business. He married his high school sweetheart, Mickie. One of his most loved pastimes was going on motorbike rides with her. It has been a long time since his last ride.

Caton’s wish was to ride on the back of a motorbike again, particularly the iconic Harley. On Sept. 18, a group from American Legion Riders took Caton on a ride from his home at Estancia Senior Living through Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton. Then they stopped in for a tour at K9 Guardians in Fallbrook, a place that raises puppies to be service dogs for disabled veterans.

Estancia expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Tim Herington from American Legion Riders and Leisa Tilley-Grajek from K9 Guardians for helping this fellow vet out and making his wish come true.

For more information about Estancia Senior Living and the Wishes Come True program, contact us today. 

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