‘Cycling without Age’ program getting nursing home residents outside

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.