With spring already in full bloom, elderly residents of care homes across Glasgow are looking forward to spending time outdoors after the colder months.
Now, as green-fingered residents prepare to garden, Scottish care home provider Renaissance Care has published an appeal for funds from the local community.
In hopes of freshening up the garden at the Rosepark Nursing Home, the staff are on the lookout for patio furniture, tools, plants and ornaments.
With art supplies, the nursing home happily accepts donations in need of a little love or paint, while the home has avid gardeners willing to get their hands dirty with seeds or bulbs.
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The focus on gardening aligns with Renaissance Care’s health and wellbeing strategy, which prioritizes the emotional, mental and physical health of those in need of care.
Following Winter Olympics activities, with residents embracing the colder weather, Renaissance Care has set aside time for gardening to ring in the new season with a garden refreshment.
As well as focusing on embracing nature, Renaissance Care hopes to develop lasting partnerships with the nearby community that could be nurtured through the shared goal of improving the local area. The employees of the home are happy about every helping hand that would like to support the initiative.
The Rosepark Care Home began its facelift last month as it wanted to create a fresh space to enjoy in the summer, especially with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations coming up.
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Staff hope the work done outdoors will benefit their indoor spaces as well, as they take part in an online webinar hosted by Nursing Inspectorate and Trellis, allowing residents to grow their own vase of flowers in their rooms.
Annette Frew, Activities Coordinator at Renaissance Care’s Rosepark Home, said: “Here at Rosepark we care about the outside of our home as much as we do the inside, so we’d like to give the garden a little spruce after the colder months.
“Our residents love to sit outside, so we’d like some fresh flowers for them.
“If someone would like to help us with the redesign of our garden, we are very happy to accept it.”
Jessie Park resident, 98, said: “We are fortunate to have a lovely garden at Rosepark which I really enjoy in the warmer weather. I can’t wait to see what we achieve!”