Mrs. van Erven is the first to test the VeloPlus wheelchair bike (photo: RTV Focus Zwolle)
Elderly get out more with a wheelchair bike
Westenhage, Ensemble and Wendakker are the three residential care homes that received the wheelchair bike VeloPlus. This bike was sponsored by various parties, such as the municipality of Zwolle, the province of Overijssel and the Rabobank club action. The foundation ‘Vrienden van WEW’ has actively received donations for the wheelchair bicycle also. The three residential care centers are homes where elderly can live and receive as much care as they need.
During a festive gathering, the residents of the homes received the wheelchair bike. Mrs. van Erven, a resident of one of the homes, tested the bicycle with her wheelchair. She liked the bike and found it comfortable. Now and again she walks a bit in the backyard with her walker. With the wheelchair bike VeloPlus she can be outside but get a lot further in comparison with her walker.
The wheelchair bike will be used for the three residential care home. Three people from the homes will coordinate the use of the bicycle. In addition to the wheelchair bike, a wheelchair can also be borrowed. In this way, persons with a walker can also use the bike with a caregiver or family member.