Spending time out in the - somewhat unreliable - British sunshine and enjoying the company of friends and loved ones 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. That’s why Swanstaff Recruitment have launched their new initiative for residents in nursing and care homes.
The company, which has 17 branches across the UK, have decided to give away free flower seeds to care homes to help residents who have dementia. 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 wellbeing of all those involved in the study and particularly in early stage dementia patients.
Steve Rogers, CEO of Swanstaff said, “Here at Swanstaff we are committed to providing support for the communities and industries we work within. When we heard how beneficial it can be for residents in care homes to do gardening activities, we knew we just had to get involved. These give them a talking point to share with visitors and can even be done with family and friends who may be there 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.”
Alzheimer's Society, Exercise and Physical Activity
To register your interest and receive your free seeds please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your home, whilst stocks last!