Swanstaff began giving away Flower seeds to care and residential homes in August after discovering the benefits of gardening for Dementia patients. Since the giveaway started we have sent seeds to 126 care homes. Due to the unprecedented demand we stocked up with more seeds and are putting a closure date of Friday 30th September for organisations to claim their seeds.
Ellie Lewis, Head of Marketing said "The response has been fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing some photos of the seeds being planted by residents. As a provider of staff to the healthcare industry we understand the important of providing activities service users and we felt that providing seeds to assist gardening activity would be a great way to get involved".
A study in 2011 from Thrive showed that 6 months in to a Gardening Programme for Dementia patients, there were clear positive outcomes including:
i) Self Identity – An example of this was “gives her a purpose”
ii) Companionship – “Gives her a talking point when she is with other people”
iii) Orientation – “Helped with orientation, he usually seems to know when it is a Friday and his visit to Thrive.”
If you would like to claim Seeds for your Care home please email details of your Home Manager/Activities Coordinator and full postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org