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Nursing home residents enjoy plane rides

— Kenilworth Care & Rehabilitation Center recently took a group of nursing home residents on an airplane ride as part of its company-wide Spring Break event.

The group saw Highlands County from a bird’s-eye view when they flew out of Sebring Regional Airport in a small Cessna. The event tapped into a local youth aviation program – the Experimental Aviation Association Young Eagles.

The program was recently expanded to allow elders the same opportunity. Afterward, each elder received a certificate making them an official Eagle member and enjoyed a cookout.

The company-wide Spring Break is one of a series of synchronized events organized annually by Kentucky-based Signature HealthCARE.

“With the weather changing, our residents were so eager to get outdoors,” said Luis Rodriguez, quality of life program director. “We’re very appreciative to Scott and Terri Crutchfield for taking us up in their plane. We enjoyed an awesome airplane ride, a wonderful cookout with the aviation club members and a great quality of life experience for what matters most – our elders.”

“I loved seeing Sebring from the air,” said one resident. “It was beautiful.”

Another resident remarked about it being a dream come true. “What makes it so special is that I’m 89 years old, so I can cross this off my bucket list,” she said.“But I’m not done yet, so look out!”

For more information, visit KenilworthCare.com.