As many of our Adare and District Nursing Home residents love to garden, or just sit and look at the flowers growing outside, the care team wanted to add colour and brightness to the outdoor space, and add to the life and culture of our residents’ home-from-home.
Our Social Care Practitioner, Bridget, came up with a lovely idea to cut some simple guttering into shorter strips, paint the strips in different colours, plant winter flowers in them, and hang them from our fences.
With the help our ever obliging maintenance man Michael, who helped cut and hang the guttering, Bridget painted every second gutter pink and yellow, so they would really give a ‘pop’ of bright colours to stimulate our residents, and further enhance the quality of life of our residents with dementia or a cognitive impairment.
One of our very keen resident gardeners, Ann Fitzgerald, helped fill the planters with compost and we began to plant our lovely blooms. Ann is so very proud of the ‘guttering garden’ and, although other residents helped with the planting, Ann embraced the activity whole-heartily and firmly took the lead.
Ann was very particular and kept an keen eye on her fellow residents, making sure to fill the holes evenly after the flowers were planted. Ann enjoys watering and feeding the plants every week with Bridget, and she loves looking out the window at them, and telling visitors to the home about them. Our ‘guttering garden’ provides Ann with a special place to enjoy a hobby she loves.
Our garden now provides a special spot for our residents to sit and enjoy the flowers, to socialise with eachother, to visit with friends and family and to share a memory or two of their favourite gardens of the past.
The ideas keep flowing as to ‘what do do next?’ in our garden…. watch this space!
Bridget Duggan (Social Care Practitioner)
Adare and District Nursing Home
Another wonderful example of the team working together The MOWLAM Way – delivering QUALITY OF CARE, with excellence.
Care Note: gardening activities offer a great opportunity for our residents to stretch their muscles and gently increase their heart rates. Planting flowers, weeding and watering are also great occupational therapy activities. The garden colours, aromas and social interaction that gardening brings are so beneficial for our residents overall mood and wellbeing. They love it!
We are very proud of our homely and welcoming atmosphere at Adare and District and would be delighted to show you around so that you can experience it for yourself.
Adare & District Memory Care Centre, Croagh, County Limerick,
Phone the Director of Nursing on 069 64443
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