At 96, Marcus Woell received the gift he’s always wished for: tickets to see the symphony orchestra. For his birthday, Marcus’s Nurse Care Manager (NCM), a registered nurse, gave him a birthday card with a note for him to choose a symphony to attend. Marcus, a devoted classical music lover, sat stunned, staring at the note. Until that moment, he never thought seeing the orchestra perform live was possible.
Part of the whole person senior care approach is to dig deep, listen to the client, and help them focus on goals that are most meaningful to them. It took his NCM several in-depth conversations with Marcus about purpose and passion before she began to understand his deep passion for music, specifically classical music. Marcus has always wanted to attend an orchestra performance, but somehow ‘life always got in the way.’
With his Nurse Care Manager’s help, Marcus’s wish became reality when he accompanied his daughter Nora to a live performance. To make the day even more special, his Nurse Care Manager worked with the orchestra for Marcus to go backstage to meet the conductor /music director who gave him a CD of the performance to take home. “He was overwhelmed at first,” said Nora, his daughter. “He just sat there and took it all in.” Even after the performance, Marcus could not seem to get enough of the music. Back at his apartment, he began playing the CD from the performance. As he told his NCM, “You bring me life.”