Tracey Aviary

Our memory care residents had a great time at the Tracey Aviary the other day. It was such nice weather all the birds were out and about! We saw baby flamingos, peacocks wandering around, owls and all sorts of birds! There are so many flowers and gardens too that we enjoyed. And it was even more special to have all our family members come enjoy it with us! To top it off we ended our trip with a picnic lunch in the aviary! It was a great day!

 

ZOOmania

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!

Louis

Our wonderful volunteers

Headed back to the bus after a wonderful outing

Lynn H.

Marilyn, Norma, and Rhea

Lisa watching the polar bears

Molly watching the seals

Gloria and Glendora watching the seals

Time to see the elephants

Scott

Molly

Jeane

Our volunteers hard at work

Marilyn watching the lion stretch

Giraffe

Lion

The elephant was putting on a show

Sea lions

Polar bear saying hi

Tiger

Red panda

Is it an alligator or crocodile? Do you know the difference?

Baby orangutan

The orangutans were playing

 

Presentation Day

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!

Balloon badminton

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!

We love volunteers!

At Carrington Court we love volunteers! Involving the community in what we do is important to us. So, it was really fun to have this big group from Castle and Cooke mortgage come and join in activities with our memory care residents. Some played basketball, others did a really fun craft, some did puzzles, and others just sat and visited. It was such and enjoyable morning we were sad to see them go.

 

National Blueberry Month

July was national blueberry month! And to celebrate we made some blueberry sorbet! It was tasty and the perfect summer treat!

 

Happy Pioneer Day!

Pioneer Day is such a fun holiday, with a lot of memories of traditions for some of the residents.  Our memory care residents celebrated for a few days, with so many different activities and crafts we couldn’t fit them all into one day.

One day we made little dolls out of yarn! At first they seemed complicated but everyone figured it out and they turned out so cute!

Then, it was hard work but well worth it to make our own butter! We just shook up some cream and salt until we had butter! It tasted really good especially on the muffins we made that morning.

It was hard work cutting and gluing everything together but a lot of fun to make these covered wagons! We are grateful we didn’t have to travel in these!

On Pioneer Day we all sat down and watched the parade on TV! Parades are full of tradition, especially for this holiday, and it’s so nice to watch it inside with air conditioning! After the parade, we played a fun horse race game.

These next pictures are of the handkerchief dolls we made!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise visits are the best

We here at Carrington Court are blessed to live in a wonderful neighborhood. A few weeks ago a group of girls decided to pop in for an impromptu visit. They performed some music and acrobatics for us and then played balloon badminton with us. We had so much fun during this surprise visit. We really love our little neighborhood and are so glad to have such wonderful people surrounding us.

Larry, Jeane, and Marilyn posing with the girls

Group picture

Window decor they made for us

Showing us how to do a bridge

Ukulele time

Everyone here loves piano music

It’s so fun to listen to the ukulele

The girls all performed for us. It was very fun to watch

Homemade Ice Cream

Our Memory Care residents had such a fun time making ice cream! It brought back a lot of memories for some and freezing cold hands for all. We shook up the ingredients in bags of ice, after a while we wrapped them in blankets to save our hands! It was well worth it, and so yummy!

Pioneer Day Floats

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

Marilyn

Jim

Norma

Floyd

Eulala

Gloria

Vicki, Rhea, Molly, and Carolyn

Rockets away!

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