Care home residents ride to victory

Photo: Gareth Jones

STAFF and residents at a care home involved in a project in which residents cycle a virtual bike ride around Liverpool have won a top award.

Stapely Care Home in Mossley Hill received a specially adapted bike linked to a digital screen which projects a route of local landmarks, including Anfield and Goodison Park football stadia and the Pier Head.

It forms part of a Sport England funded scheme run in conjunction with technology firm Motitech and the council’s adult services and sport and recreation teams, to encourage care home residents to be more active.

Council staff Yvonne Fitzgerald and Christine Escoffery visited the home every week, supporting residents to get on and off the bikes and encourage them to cycle.

Staff and residents took part in the ‘Road World for Seniors’ contest, which saw 122 teams from six countries competing against each other to race the furthest over a period of 25 days. They were awarded the ‘Crew of the Year’ prize for being the most engaged and motivated team.

Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for adult health, said: “This is a great project which has energised and motivated residents at Stapely Care Home into getting active without having to go outside.

“It is a brilliant achievement to win this award and congratulations to them and all of the staff involved who have gone the extra mile to really make this project work.”

Staff from technology firm Motitech, who supplied the bike and screen and run the Road World for Seniors competition, visited the home to present them with their award.

President of the Road Worlds for Seniors, Jan Inge Ebbesvik, said: “At Stapley Care Home the staff made a huge effort to really get the residents engaged on a journey they hopefully won’t forget.

“They paid special attention to each and every one of the cyclists, exemplified by the handing out personalized buttons to all participants at the medal ceremony.”

Stapely Care Home Trustee Philip Ettinger said: “We warmly congratulate our Activities Co-Ordinators Sarah and Andrea and Sarah who have helped bring this wonderful initiative to fruition and on winning this award.

“We were delighted to partner with Liverpool City Council and to have their sports and fitness coaches Yvonne and Christine working with us on this initiative where so many of our residents gained a fresh interest and outlook and found themselves cycling, an activity they thought they may have left behind many years ago.

“We are thrilled that so many of our residents had the benefit of using this terrific concept to their great enjoyment and physical and mental benefit.”