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Nursing home residents go outdoors again, with trishaw rides at park

THE STRAITS TIMES – A trishaw ride at a nearby park on Thursday morning is nursing home resident Lim Pek Tiong’s first outdoor trip in one and a half years.

The 66-year-old from St Luke’s ElderCare Residence @ Ang Mo Kio, who uses a wheelchair, said of the outing at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park: “I’m happy to be going out again.”

He was one of three seniors from the home who were given rides by volunteers from Cycling Without Age on Thursday as the charity restarts rides for nursing home residents following the recent easing of safe management measures.

Residents from St Luke’s ElderCare Residence @ Ang Mo Kio and Sree Narayana Mission in Yishun will be the first to get to go on rides every week in the neighbourhood.

Sree Narayana Mission was one of four nursing homes that started these rides in November last year but stopped them in January this year due to the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions.

Last year, in-person visits to nursing homes were suspended as COVID-19 clusters formed in nursing homes.

In-person visits to residential care homes have been allowed since April 26, with the easing of COVID-19 measures this year.

With the group size cap lifted, volunteering activities can resume at nursing homes.

The trishaw ride scheme was started by the charity in 2017 as a way for seniors to spend time in the community.

Residents from St Luke’s ElderCare Residence @ Ang Mo Kio and Sree Narayana Mission will get to go on rides every week in the neighbourhood. PHOTO: ST
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