ELDERLY residents and dementia patients will be able to exercise and relive memories thanks to high technology bikes at care homes and hospitals.

A total of 12 Motiview bikes, licences and smart televisions have been purchased to support residents to be more physically and cognitively active across mid and south Essex.

The pilot scheme is being used at Basildon Hospital, and a host of care homes across south Essex.

The high technology exercise bikes which have video and sound, allow the users to take cycle trips through familiar surroundings and relive childhood memories.

When not in use for cycling the Smart TV can be used for Zoom calls with family and friends as well as other activities. Health bosses say the benefits improve both physical and mental wellbeing, which is why they are piloting this initiative at a number of sites.

Tricia D’Orsi, NHS Alliance director for south east Essex, said: “We are constantly seeking innovative ways to improve the wellbeing of those in our care.

“The purchase of these bikes will support our residents to be both physically and cognitively active with the goal of faster rehabilitation and improvement to physical and mental wellbeing.

“I am confident this pilot will be a success, allowing us to increase provision across mid and south Essex.”

The technology and bikes have also been used in other parts of the country and will be used in south Essex for at least two years..

Leading councillors have welcomed the trial.

Ron Woodley, Independent deputy leader of Southend Council said: “I am very interested in adult social care and I think anything that helps dementia patients and their needs and helps them focus on the familiar is a good thing.

“I very much welcome this and we should be doing anything we can to help people with dementia and elderly people. If these trials are successful then why not bring it to more care homes. I look forward to seeing how it goes.”

Care homes using the new technology include Clifton Lodge Care Home, Balmoral Road, Westcliff, Rawreth Lane Care Home, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Delaware Care Home, Southend, Priory House in Southend and Longwood Place in Basildon.