AHC Foundation donation supports Adult Day Services wheelchair-accessible swing

Shelly Haberman
ADS swing

St. Agnes Hospital Adult Day Services clients will be enjoying a new wheelchair-accessible swing thanks to a $17,000 grant from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Adult Day Services fund.

WhisperGLIDE swing offers a seat for everyone - whether able to walk or using a wheelchair. The swing’s exclusive attribute is its ability to bring together those confined to a wheelchair and the able bodied in a relaxed and socially inviting atmosphere.

Since the entire platform swings, the wheelchair remains in a level position during the arc so all swing occupants can enjoy the same swing motion simultaneously. The smooth and consistent swing movement provides a therapeutic motion for all occupants, promoting a sense of tranquility and social interaction resulting in bringing joy to life.

“We are so very excited about the many opportunities this gives to our Adult Day Services clients and their families to have meaningful interactions no matter what physical limitations they may have,” according to Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president. “We know this new swing will help enhance the quality of life for those we serve by giving another option whether visiting with one another or just simply enjoying the fresh air and warm sun. This can be very peaceful and rejuvenating.”

Part of the grant was made possible due to donations made in memory of Virginia “Ginny” Steffes, a long-term Adult Day Services volunteer who passed away in 2017. Steffes, a 1957 graduate of Fond du Lac Senior High School, worked for many years at Nazareth Heights as a nursing aide, as a crossing guard and she drove for Fond du Lac County Medical Transport.

Family and friends recently came together to view the new swing firsthand, and to celebrate Steffes’ contributions to the Adult Day Services program.

Adult Day Services, located at 420 E. Merrill Street, Fond du Lac, is a day program that helps meet the healthcare, personal care and socialization needs of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled in the Fond du Lac area. To learn more, call (920) 921-5812.

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