Students and faculty from the dental hygiene, respiratory therapy and nursing programs offered education resources, screenings and other services to a group of residents this spring.

Joined by their counterparts in the social work and kinesiology departments, they spent an afternoon in April working with residents of Redwood Garden Estates in Webb City.

“In the healthcare world, we know that elderly residents have a higher hospitalization rate,” said Caleb Lewis, coordinator of the university’s Simulation Center. “We know it’s important to try to decrease (that number). We want to help them live on their own more efficiently so they don’t have to go to the hospital.”

The activities also offered students a multidisciplinary view of healthcare.

“Our students worked together even though they’re trained in different areas of the school,” said Lewis. “They get a chance to see what everyone else does while providing a service to our community members.”

Stephanee Davidson, who recently graduated with her degree in nursing, said she appreciated the chance to take what she learned in the classroom and help others.

“My family is from this area so to be able to give back to the community is really special,” she said.