Glasgow care home residents looking for local support to refresh outdoor spaces

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Rosepark Care Home residents are asking locals to donate gardening supplies.

With spring already in bloom, elderly residents at care homes across Glasgow are looking forward to time spent outdoors following colder months. Now, as green-fingered residents get ready for gardening activities, Scottish care home provider, Renaissance Care has put out a call for donations from the local community.

Supplies required: In the hope of freshening up Rosepark Care Home’s garden, staff are on the hunt for the likes of gardening furniture, tools, plants and ornaments. With art supplies on hand, the care home will gladly accept donations in need of a little love or lick of paint, while the home boasts keen gardeners who are ready to get their hands dirty with seeds or bulbs.

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Residents repurposed other gardening items as plantersResidents repurposed other gardening items as planters
Residents repurposed other gardening items as planters

The focus on gardening falls in line with Renaissance Care’s health and wellbeing strategy, which prioritises the emotional, mental and physical health of those in its care.

Following the Winter Olympics activity which saw residents embracing the colder weather, Renaissance Care has set aside time for gardening activities in order to bring the new season in with a garden refresh.

As well as a focus on embracing the outdoors, Renaissance Care also hopes to create lasting partnerships with the nearby community which could be fostered through the shared goal of improving the local area. The staff within the home welcome any helping hands who would like to support the initiative.

Rosepark Care Home began its facelift last month, as it looked to create a fresh space to enjoy in summer, particularly with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations upcoming.

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Staff hope that work carried out outdoors will benefit their indoors too, as they are following along an online webinar hosted by the Care Inspectorate and Trellis, allowing residents to grow their very own vase of flowers in their rooms.

Annette Frew, activities co-ordinator at Renaissance Care’s Rosepark home, said: “Here at Rosepark, we care as much about the outside of our home as our inside, so we are keen to give the garden a little spruce after the colder months. Our residents really enjoy sitting outside, so we would love to have some fresh flowers for them to enjoy.

“If anyone would like to help us in our garden makeover, we would be very pleased to accept.”

Resident Jessie Park, aged 98, said: “We are lucky to have a lovely garden at Rosepark, which I really enjoy in the warmer weather. I can’t wait to see what we achieve!”

How to donate: To offer donations to your nearest Renaissance Care home, visit their website.

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