Each year in August our assisted living crew takes a day and visits the animals at the zoo. It is one of our favorite outings and this year was no different. We were able to see the elephant perform, the lion was lazing right next to the window, the red panda was sunning himself, the sea lions and seals were racing each other, the polar bears waved by the windows, and there was a baby orangutan. We were so blessed to have the many volunteers join us to push wheelchairs and allow our residents to be comfortable while viewing the animals. It was a very successful and fun trip and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
Our wonderful volunteers
Headed back to the bus after a wonderful outing
Marilyn, Norma, and Rhea
Lisa watching the polar bears
Molly watching the seals
Gloria and Glendora watching the seals
Time to see the elephants
Our volunteers hard at work
Marilyn watching the lion stretch
The elephant was putting on a show
Polar bear saying hi
Is it an alligator or crocodile? Do you know the difference?
The orangutans were playing
At the end of each 12 week session the University of Utah students usually come by after graduation to drop off a binder that outlines what their goals, purpose statement, and end results of their visits were. However, the most recent group of students we hosted (Brandon, Monica, Tierra, and Megan) were asked by their professor to give a presentation to our residents so the residents could see for themselves what the U of U students had been working on. Needless to say it went over very well. It was really cool to learn about all of the behind the scenes things the U of U students do in order to make each week successful and it was fun to see all the questions and interaction from the residents. We hope this will continue for future groups and want to give a huge thank you to this past group of students for all of the effort they put in and sharing their time with us. Good luck in everything you do!!!
Leading the residents in exercise.
Learning about the importance of wrist and hand exercise.
We’ve had so much fun learning new exercises from this group of U of U students!
Jeane going in for the hit
Tierra almost getting hit in the head (don’t worry she got her racket up in time)
The U of U students’ purpose statement
Everyone was very focused on hearing more about what the U of U students were striving to learn
We are so proud of Brandon, Monica, Megan, and Tierra for all the work they have put it!