Oshawa home organizing motorcycle event aimed
at younger residents
Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers bringing
bikes to home
Staff members at Extendicare Oshawa
are working together to organize an event that will see more than
100 motorcyclists visit the home with their bikes. The event is
aimed at younger residents, especially one gentleman who has been
a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast.
Agnes Gibson, the home’s RAI co-ordinator
and one of the event’s organizers, says staff members had
this particular resident in mind when they decided to create a program
designed for younger residents.
Through the event, the Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers
(CMC) is trying to raise money to buy a communication board for
the home’s bike enthusiast. The resident will also be named
an honorary member of the club.
The event, which will take place July 18, will
see members of the CMC, a riding organization with chapters across
Canada, mount their bikes and head to the Oshawa long-term care
home to display their motorcycles for residents and their families.
The event will also feature live music and a barbecue.
The event is designed to have a large social significance
for residents, who will have the opportunity to talk to club members
about their bikes and to vote for their favourite machine as part
of a contest.
Gibson notes that long-term care homes have an
obligation to residents to provide them with these types of connections
so people can enjoy doing the same things they did before moving
into long-term care.
While this is important for all residents, it’s
younger residents who often need these connections maintained most,
“We want people to realize that life doesn’t
end in (a long-term care home),” says Gibson, when explaining
the importance of the event. “People continue having meaningful
relationships with others in the community. . . . And I think a
lot of people will get benefits from this event.”
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