On Thursday 28th July, Trixie and our team attended Aycliffe Care Home in Newton Aycliffe to deliver a free taster session for the benefit of the care home residents. This meeting was organised by the staff at the Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust’s Care Home Wellbeing Service. The Care Home Wellbeing Service is an NHS funded scheme that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of both care home staff and residents across the TEWV region.
We arrived nice and early after doing a little research about potential routes directly accessible from the care home itself. By luck, just a very short cycle from the main entrance of the care home was access to a cycle path that circled the care home and also took in the nearby playing fields, so passengers could see people walking their dogs and children playing together. Our early arrival gave us chance to check the route with the trishaw before taking the residents out for a ride.
During our visit, we met six wonderful residents who shared some delightful tales from their lives including meaningful moments shared with their family members, travel and worldwide adventures, experiences of parenting, car mechanic skills and fears of snow, all while we were out on the trishaw riding around the care home. We also met members of staff, three from the Care Home Wellbeing Service and three from Aycliffe Care Home.
We had a lovely afternoon spending time with a melting pot of individuals with so many stories to tell. We hope to be back in the future so that we can expand on these stories with the residents.
If you have a family member who is resident in a care home, or you work in a care home yourself, and you think that the care home would like a trishaw trial taster session, please get in touch.