The COVID-19 pandemic caused many retirement and long-term care homes like The Elliott Community to temporarily close and to find new ways of delivering care and recreation programs for our residents. While virtual visits via video or phone chat have worked well for residents, it has been challenging to find innovative ways to deliver recreation programs that help keep our residents engaged on a social and physical level during a time of recommended social distancing and self-quarantine.
This year, in order to protect the health of our community and residents, we are going virtual for The Great Escape 2020. We are raising funds to purchase four virtual bikes. Virtual bikes provide opportunities for residents to virtually leave the four walls of their community and engage with the world in ways they never thought possible. Residents have an opportunity to take a bike down memory lane by revisiting their childhood home, wedding location or anywhere else from their past.