Spending time out in the - somewhat unreliable - British sunshine and enjoying the company of friends and loved one’s is definitely one of the best things about summer. Looking at the brightly coloured plants and flowers that are out this time of year makes it even better. Here at Swanstaff we love making a difference and want to share some of the joys of summer with those in nursing and care homes.
Studies prove that those suffering from dementia strongly benefit from what is sometimes known as “gardening therapy”. Research conducted by the Thrive Charity, who work to improve people’s lives through gardening, revealed that the purposeful activity of planting and growing flowers improved the overall well-being of all those involved in the study and particularly in early stage dementia patients.
Common themes such as self-identity and improved mood repeatedly came up in the feedback from those participating. Not only is it a great way to create a sense of group belonging, whilst socialising and planting these flowers but it also suggested that attending a group activity in a non-hospitalised environment was hugely beneficial for self-identity.
Although the study focussed on the 45-65 age group, it does seem to have significant relevance to people living in care homes of all ages. Gardening can be quite physically demanding but even residents who are not as able can plant pots to keep in their rooms or put out in the gardens around their homes.
These give the residents a talking point to share with visitors and can even be done with family and friends who may be visiting at the time.
Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition. This includes everyday activities such as walking, gardening or dancing, as well as sports and exercises with the specific aim of improving fitness.
With this in mind, Swanstaff Recruitment would like to offer to send FREE packets of seeds to UK care homes who may be interested in this type of activity. To register your interest and receive your free seeds please email us firstname.lastname@example.org whilst stocks last!