Lotterywest funding has enabled Amana Living to purchase two state-of-the-art Optare Solo buses, presented yesterday by the Hon Tony Simpson MLA. These will mean residents of all abilities in our Perth metro sites can enjoy more outings in comfort.
“Amana Living is all about helping older people live an enriched life, whatever their mobility challenges,” said Amana Living CEO Ray Glickman. “These buses will increase opportunities for residents who are wheelchair bound or unsteady on their feet to enjoy an outing with those who are more mobile. We are extremely grateful to Lotterywest for enabling us to purchase these vehicles.”
There’s a mix of seats and wheelchair space in the Solo buses, with fold-down seats to accommodate varying numbers of wheelchairs. The interior space has been customised to accommodate the specific requirements of Amana Living. The buses ‘kneel’ to the kerb for easy access, and passengers can remain seated in comfort in their wheelchairs for the journey.
The Hon Tony Simpson MLA, Minister for Seniors & Volunteering, presented the new Amana Living branded buses to CEO Ray Glickman on Wednesday 9 September at Amana Living Karrinyup. The Minister was delighted to present the buses, and spoke about the importance of healthy ageing in our community. He then cut the ribbon to launch the buses before going for a spin with residents and staff.
The following 3-minute video review and interview with Guy Pex of Patico Automotive, distributor of Optare buses, gives an overview of the Solo model, which is relatively new to Australia. Mr Pex also attended the presentation on Wednesday.