A care charity has purchased a new electric trike
A new electric trike from Denmark is set to help older people get around while staying warm.
Audrey Nicoll, MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, has welcomed the launch of Simeon Care for the Elderly’s tri-shaw service.
The tri-shaw, consisting of a modified cabin attached to an electric bike, cost the care home £7,500 and was delivered from Copenhagen.
Simeon House intends to use the tri-shaw to provide outdoor activities for its elderly residents, with modifications made to ensure easy access and a blanket compartment for use on colder days.
Funding of the tri-shaw was made possible through the Scottish Government’s Adapt and Thrive programme.
Simeon Care for the Elderly, based at Cairnlee Road, Cults, is part of the wider Camphill movement and provides dedicated residential care to 23 older people.
Ms Nicoll, whose Holyrood constituency includes Cults, was delighted to pay a visit on launch day and take an opportunity to ride the tri-shaw herself.
Speaking after the launch, Nicoll said: “I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to visit Simeon House and see the tri-shaw in action. There was plenty of excitement and amusement on show which no doubt demonstrates that the tri-shaw will be put to good use by the residents.
“The Covid pandemic has been a challenge for care homes, their staff, residents and families, and projects such as these not only provide fun, but also gives elderly and vulnerable people excellent opportunities to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
“The tri-shaw is a fantastic asset for Simeon House, and I look forward to hearing of more positive experiences as the residents enjoy using it.”
Michelle Riddock, manager for Simeon House, added: “Everyone at Simeon Care is delighted to receive funding from Adapt and Thrive which has allowed us to purchase a tri-shaw. To mark the beginning of new adventures we are very excited to have Audrey Nicoll MSP visit and help us on our maiden journey.
“We feel extremely fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world and the trishaw will help us enjoy making memories."