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!
Our assisted living crew went to see the Days of ’47 parade floats a few days before the parade in order to see them while having air conditioning. We had a lot of fun getting to see all of the beautiful floats, voting for our favorites, getting to interact with the Days of ’47 royalty, and getting to see some of the performances. Vicki was especially excited as the royalty took time to pose with her and get to know her. Our assisted living crew is so glad that our community makes sure that those who are more sensitive to heat and sun get a chance to see the floats and have fun with the parade participants.
Vicki with the Days of ’47 Queen and First Attendant
Vicki, Rhea, Molly, and Carolyn
One of the best parts of living in a small community is how often Carrington Court receives visitors and offers to interact with various groups in our community. Recently a group of children from one of the neighborhoods close to Carrington came to ask if we would like to participate in launching foam rockets at a local South Jordan park. We, of course, said yes and we are very glad we did. The group consisted of Frank Loeffler (the previous LDS president for Carrington), his son, and his grandchildren. The adults showed us how they created the rocket launchers and showed us how to set them up. They then let us fire the rockets and the children ran after them to bring them back for the next person. We had so much fun interacting with the children and learning from the adults. Our assisted living crew is so thankful that we were able to participate in this awesome activity!
Rhea getting ready to set off one of the rockets
The rocket retrievers. We had so much fun hanging out with these guys!
Glendora and Paige
Frank’s about to set off his rocket
Jim taking a turn
Peter’s up to bat
Floyd about to set off a rocket
Frank was all smiles today
He needed some water in order to keep retrieving the rockets
The kids worked hard to gather all the rockets after they were fired off
He got one!
He got two!
Running the rockets back for the next person to fire them
Setting up to fire the rockets
Homemade rocket launcher. Very cool!
Everyone was very intrigued by the set up process