“A whole new world (Don’t you dare close your eyes). A hundred thousand things to see (Hold your breath, it gets better).” – Lyrics from Disney’s Aladdin
There is something about getting a package in the mail that makes it feel a little bit like Christmas.
For the residents here at Josephine though, Christmas will come again in the Spring. Shannon Terpak in Activities received a grant that allowed her to purchase not one but TWO Trishaws! (If you’ve never heard of a Trishaw, think rickshaw but with the cart on the front of the bike instead of the back.)
These amazing Trishaws will open up a whole new world of possibilities for our residents. Starting when the weather gets a little nice, the Activity staff will be able to take a wheelchair bound resident, load them onto the Trishaw (wheelchair and all) and literally ride the bike wherever their heart desires…ok within reason. The Trishaws are even electric so its not a strain on the person peddling.
Why do I call this a whole new world then? So many of our residents haven’t been on a bike ride since they were young (some maybe never) so the opportunity to take them on rides through town to see the sights, get coffee or simply just enjoy a breath of fresh air in the quiet of a beautiful afternoon. While we do offer scenic drives to our residents so they can get out of the building for a bit, the Trishaws will let them live life a little more up close and personal.
We are currently looking for volunteers to be bike “drivers” so if you want to see life from a new perspective reach out to Shannon Terpak in Activities. She is actively enlisting drivers to make sure as many residents as possible get this amazing opportunity.
Customer Satisfaction Leader