NEW WHEELS: Resident Trevor Kuhl with Diversional Therapist Charmaine Smith, and Maintenance Officer Chris Pattie. Picture: Contributed
NEW WHEELS: Resident Trevor Kuhl with Diversional Therapist Charmaine Smith, and Maintenance Officer Chris Pattie. Picture: Contributed

NEW WHEELS: Retirement home now mobile

RESIDENTS and staff of Ridgehaven Retirement Complex in Monto are thrilled to have some hot new wheels for their facilities.

A new HiAce van has been purchased after generous donations were made to the centre from anonymous benefactors in the community.

Ridgehaven facility manager Mary Sharp said the bus would allow residents to leave the centre for a number of medical and leisure reasons.

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“The bus will enable residents to attend community events and specialist medical appointments, take trips around the district and further, once travel restrictions are lifted,” Mrs Sharp said.

Clinical Manager Tracey Pattie, Board Member Connie Forsyth, Resident Trevor Kuhl and Diversional Therapist Charmaine Smith. Picture: Contributed
Clinical Manager Tracey Pattie, Board Member Connie Forsyth, Resident Trevor Kuhl and Diversional Therapist Charmaine Smith. Picture: Contributed

“The residents can’t wait to get out and about again, and this bus will make group outings possible.”

The 12-seater bus has been specially re-fitted to take seven passengers and a wheelchair, allowing for a number of residents to leave at a time.

Four graphite wheelie walkers are now stored on the bus, kindly donated by the family of the late Erica Riley.

The cost of the colourful logo adorned to the side of the Ridgehaven bus was also attributed to Mrs Riley’s family, according to Mrs Sharp.

“We at Ridgehaven are enormously grateful for the support and generosity of our community, residents and their families,” she said.