Windemere resident tastes wild blue yonder

Joyce L'Heureux went for an airplane ride with pilot Michael Shabazian as part of the Windemere "wish" recreation program. Marlene Berman (left), a member of the recreation team, was along for the ride. — Photo courtesy of Betsy Burmeister

Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recreation director Betsy Burmeister works hard to help residents of the Island nursing home fill their wish list. For Joyce L’Heureux, 91, it was an airplane ride.

Last Wednesday, private pilot Michael Shabazian made Joyce’s wish come true when he took her for a flight in the skies over Martha’s Vineyard.

Joyce is also blind. “She felt the whole thing and had a blast,” Ms. Burmeister said. “We always ask the residents what their wishes are and then we try to make them come true.”

Next on the list she said is a resident who was an avid golfer and would like to go for a ride in a golf cart again. “So, we are working on that,” Betsy said.

A residents’ activity fund provides an extensive program geared to the varied needs, abilities, and wishes of its residents. It funds trips to concerts and plays, an occasional dinner out, and musicians and entertainers who are brought in to perform at Windemere. Activities for the residents are offered seven days a week.

An annual auction helps fund the program. For more information on the Windemere recreation program, or to volunteer, call 508-862-1933.