On April 15th and 16th, residents and staff from United Living Community were joined by local children and various family members for an intergenerational overnight trip to Joy Ranch, a barrier-free camp and retreat center in Florence, SD. The ranch opened in the spring and United Living Community was the very first nursing home to stay overnight.
Activities at Joy Farm included the following:
- Group meals.
- Sing-a-long time.
- Buggy rides.
- Pontoon rides on Lake Lyle.
- Old-fashioned activities like churning butter.
- Horse therapy.
Horse therapy is one emphasis of the program at Joy Ranch, and interacting with the horses was a favorite activity for many of the CDC children. Kris Strande, who provides behavioral health services to ULC residents said, “The Joy Ranch outing was an excellent way to boost the physical and mental health needs of the residents. Getting out into nature, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, is a great way to improve one’s mood and confidence."
The latest ULC newsletter reports that "the food was delicious, and the sleeping accommodations were comfortable and inviting." And what better way to bring the generations together than by joining in on a diverse array of group activities?