During our summer months we take advantage of our beautiful Junior Olympic size pool equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp. The pool not only serves as a recreational activity but is used for aquatic therapies as well. This allows the less mobile residents a great opportunity for exercise and rehabilitative therapies that they would otherwise not have. All of the pool staff have been trained in CPR/AED and there is always a trained lifeguard on duty. The pool is loved by so many of our residents we hope to eventually expand our swimming season through solar panel heating.
We have formed a wonderful relationship with Hope Reins at Marcody Ranch in New Smyrna Beach, Florida-a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of special needs riders of all ages through a high quality program of therapeutic riding and horse-related activities such as grooming to positively impact the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of people with disabilities. Hope Reins provides therapeutic horseback riding for several of our residents. All of the staff and volunteers at Hope Reins are fantastic and truly care about the work they are doing. For more information visit the Hope Reins website. www.hopereinsinc.org
Our Recreation Department takes several trips to our local State Parks for nature walks. Sometimes the residents even get to have a class with the Park Ranger who shows them around the park and everything from trees to plants, even baby alligators! Recently we have taken ECO Boat tours on the St. Johns River. We have found a wonderful company that has wheelchair accessible boats available. The residents enjoy the sightseeing and the serenity of nature, especially the birds, turtles, manatees, and alligators they see along the way.
On campus we have a completely customized two seated side by side bicycle that makes it possible to take residents out for a bike ride. The bicycle includes two seat-belts for safety as well as special gears that allow individuals with disabilities to ride safely with the assistance of a staff member.
We take several trips during the year to Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach to see The Daytona Cubs play during the baseball season. When we go it is a "Picnic in the Park". We have wonderful food and our residents really enjoy watching the excitement of the baseball games!
Our residents are always out in the community doing everyday normal activities such as going to local stores to buy clothes, food, or any other items they may need. The community also serves as a learning tool. Residents learn how to mail letters, the importance of recycling, motor vehicle safety, and fire safety, just to name a few.