Garden Activities at Cedars Care Group Homes
This bank holiday weekend, Britons nationwide enjoyed magnificent weather, and our residents at Cedars Care Goups homes across the UK were no exception. As soon as the sun was out, so were we with sun hats galore, ready to do a spot of gardening or engage in garden games. Here are some highlights from our weekend in the sun…
At our East Sussex care home, Cedarwood House, residents and staff alike enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the garden. Resident family members who were visiting for the weekend, also took part in the activity, as we planted a selection of summer flowers. Pictured are Ann, John, George, Rose, Vivienne and Leone -all of whom are living with dementia at varying stages of severity. We find that gardening in particular is a soothing activity which helps to stimulate their sense of touch, sight and smell. It also brings back fond memories of tending their own gardens and gives them a sense of purpose with the responsibility of watering and nurturing.
Resident, Bob’s daughter Chris paid a visit to our North Somerset care home, Ellenborough to enjoy good weather in the garden with us. She and our Jenny entertained residents while building an Alpine Garden, with everyone providing input on what plant or feature should go where. We’re not sure we agree with the proverb ‘too many cooks…’ because the results were spectacular, and we firmly believe it was due to team effort.
At our Southport care home, Woodlands Manor, good weather offered the perfect opportunity for physical exercise with a game of badminton. Many of our residents who took part have dementia. Garden games like badminton aren’t just fun and engaging, they also provide mental and physical stimulation and encourage hand-eye coordination. After everyone had worked up a sweat, residents and staff settled down to enjoy tea, cakes and ice cream in the sunshine.
It was a joy to see so many sun hats at our East Sussex care home, Derwent, where the ladies and gentleman of leisure opted to while away their afternoon basking in the sunshine.The drinks were cool, the conversation was warm, and we all had a wonderful time telling great stories and reminiscing about the good old days.
Meaningful activities are a fundamental part of day-to-day life at Cedars Care Group homes. They are vital for the wellbeing of seniors, and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Pet Therapy comes pretty high up on our list of spiritual and therapeutic activities with great benefits to residents. You can find out more about our Activities Here.