‘Cycling without Age’ program getting nursing home residents outside
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — It can be difficult for some nursing home residents to get time outside, but a new addition at one area facility aims to change that.
The Onalaska Care Center launched a ‘Cycling Without Age’ program Friday.
They recently bought a modified tricycle that includes a seat in the front, allowing staff and volunteers to take residents outside for rides around the neighborhood.
“It’s all about giving the residents a really great experience to feel the wind in their hair, to be a part of the community, make them take a walk down memory lane, have them get out and remember what it’s like to be on a bike,” said the Recreation Therapy Director Joey Roberts.
The tricycle includes electronic assistance for the pedals and a canopy for the passengers.
The Onalaska Care Center is hoping to raise enough money to add a second one to their fleet soon.
They say they’re about halfway to their $7,000 goal.
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