Semi-truck visits nursing home providing a nostalgic walk down memory lane for residents

Earlier this month, Nebraska Trucking Association partnered with Bickford Senior Living in Grand Island, NE to give residents who previously drove big rigs the chance to relive some life-on-the-road memories.

The Nebraska Trucking Association brought a brand new Peterbilt semi-truck to the facility for residents to see.

Several members of the nursing home had previously driven big rigs or had family members that were in the industry. The chance to get up close to the semi sent many residents down memory lane, sharing stories of their connections to truck driving.

Scott Gronewoller, management coordinator at Midwest Express, discussed with residents ways trucks have evolved over the years. Kasey Wessels, Safety Manager at Crete Carriers answered any questions the residents had about the truck.

A Branch Family Member posted on Bickford’s community page about the event:

“Dave Zelnio, Director Operations & Communications from the Nebraska Trucking Association got ahold of us to do a fun event for our residents by bringing a new semi truck to Bickford. We have a couple of our very own residents who were truckers, and also some women who helped their husbands who had trucks while on the farm. We got to see all the new bells and whistles that a lot of these newer trucks have to offer. We would like to give a special thank you to all those truckers during the COVID outbreak.”

Many nursing homes across the country have had to reduce activities and visitors in their facilities due to COVID-19. The semi-truck visit provided residents with a safe event to get outside and relive their days on the road.