“This was one of the best days of my life,” says a Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) client about a special trip to the Puyallup Fair.
Biggest Smiles Ever
“Our clients were absolutely beaming,” says Katrina Nelson, RN, Outpatient Program, who helped with the trip. “They told me about all the rides they’d gone on and the foods they’d eaten. On a few clients I saw bigger smiles than I ever had before. The event was so special and important!”
“I went to the fair with a very happy client,” says Jo Ann Chin, PCT, Inpatient Program. “She loves games and she played every ring-toss, ball-rolling, duck-floating, balloon-popping game available.”
Thanks to a Donor
When longtime donor Debbie Killinger wanted to gift a recreational event that clients always ask for, Executive Director Brian Knowles suggested the Puyallup Fair. She agreed on the spot to support the fun outing that they had been requesting for years. “It made my heart sing to give them a day to enjoy themselves,” says Debbie. “It was incredible for me to see their fun photos and excited comments on Facebook. The event was a big hit!”
Recreational therapists Sofia Foster, Sandra Morrow and Amy Harris met daily for weeks to plan the event for 88 clients and residents accompanied by 21 staff members and three volunteers. They rented a charter bus and three wheelchair accessible shuttles, and worked to make sure each client would enjoy the fair.
Contributing to Quality of Life
“This outing gave our clients and residents a chance to leave life and health struggles behind and simply enjoy a day out together as a part of our local community,” says Sandra Morrow. “This sort of experience is very meaningful to them and can make a long-term impact on the well-being and quality of life of our clients and residents. This is why donations like the one made by Debbie Killinger make such an impact at Bailey-Boushay House.”