Garden Wildlife Week 2021: Gardening Activities at Churchfields

This week marks Garden Wildlife Week 2021 and there’s no better time to get green fingered, embrace the great outdoors and appreciate the wildlife than with the arrival of the summer sunshine too!

Garden Wildlife Week, which runs from 31st May to 6th June, aims to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture and promotes ways to help preserve and support our well-balanced ecosystem, better known as our gardens.

At Churchfields Care Home, we take time to allow our staff and residents to enjoy the outdoors and benefits that gardening brings to our emotional, psychological, and physical health.

We believe it’s important now more than ever before to find simple and positive ways to relax and feel happy. The extensive gardens at Churchfields have become our residents’ favourite place to relax and unwind.

A garden in full bloom can be pleasing to the eyes and nose, but tending to beautiful gardens also has a huge impact on our overall health.

Here, we have outlined some of the beneficial aspects gardening brings to our residents’ lives at Churchfields:

 

Creates a sense of responsibility

Having a small plot of land or garden to tend to, gives everyone involved in the project a sense of responsibility.

Caring for plants or vegetables is a great way for our residents to show their respect for other living things, and is a fulfilling, enjoyable activity, where our residents love to connect with one another, and work together to tend to the garden and vegetable plots.

Helps dementia

It’s very satisfying to nurture plants and it’s an activity that people feel naturally connected to. For people with dementia, gardening can bring peace and concentration, while relieving any tension, or frustration.

Going outdoors is also very important for sensory stimulation too. Some of our residents may not be able to participate as actively anymore in gardening, but they can still hold the earth, feel the texture, and smell the herbs and flowers in our garden.

Increases vitamin D

Getting regular time in the sun is important for getting enough vitamin D. Not only is it a good mood regulator, vitamin D aids calcium absorption, bone health, and your immune system.

Encourages relaxation

Gardening allows our residents to relax and unwind.

There’s something about tending to a garden or plot of land that helps to soothe and calm, while helping to relieve stress, which is great for our resident’s overall wellbeing.

Exercise and burning calories

Taking care of a garden or vegetable plot is a form of physical activity, which means that it’s good for our residents’ bodies as well as their minds.

As we age, our joints and range of motion can become more limited. Gardening is a great way to get regular exercise, lubricate joints, and strengthen mobility for everyone.

In honour of Garden Wildlife Week, we’ve stopped to smell the roses and have planted a few of our own flowers. Our residents have also enjoyed spending time admiring the flower gardens, tending to our vegetable and herb garden, watching the animals and wildlife, sitting in the sunshine, and playing outdoor games.

To keep up to date with what our residents are up to each day, like our Facebook page where we regularly post pictures and updates.

To find out more about Churchfields, call us on 01865 881440 or email enquiries@churchfieldscarehome.co.uk.

 

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