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WHAT Allows wheelchair bound senior residents at a nursing care facility to ride a specially designed senior bicycle along with another person.
WHYSo that elderly can take advantage of the therapeutic exercise, a bike ride and get out into the community in ways that they would not otherwise be able to access.
WHEREYaletown House
Vancouver, BC. Canada. Bicycle designed by:
Robert Hoening - Germany.

Program Description

"Yaletown House is a non-profit 130-bed long-term care facility in downtown Vancouver. Many residents are wheelchair-bound and, in spring 2009, Yaletown House launched its Duet Bike program to provide modified-bike transportation for its patients." "Duet Bike Program"

The senior bicycle combines a wheelchair for the senior resident and a mountain bike for a volunteer to ride along on. The bike is an eight-speed modified tandem bike made in Germany, with a trailer attached to a lightweight, sturdy wheelchair. The wheelchair is also usable separately.

Senior bicyles can be taken along the ocean on the seawall for a lovely view providing fresh air and promoting senior health and well-being.

Bicycle training and orientation including transport safety is provided to volunteers who would like to help the elderly.

Senior residents who would like to be a wheelchair passenger in the "Duet Bike" Program must receive a health assessment and written consent from family members or guardians and a doctor referral. Seniors should be able to transfer themselves from one wheelchair to another and have sufficient upper body movement.


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