After the great success of Buchan House Care Home’s one-to-one flower arranging sessions, hosted by Lifestyle Coordinator, Debbie, it was decided that it would be good fun to get the whole home involved with one big group flower arranging activity. Lots of the people living at Buchan House were keen gardeners, and have a love of all things botanical, so the opportunity of having some creative, flower arranging time was popular.
For this activity, brightly-coloured roses, carnations and gerberas were trimmed, collated and placed in tall glass vases, over cups of tea and chat. Debbie said, “Everyone really enjoyed working as a team to create something beautiful to keep in their units and to be enjoyed by those who live, work and visit them.”
At Buchan House, activities are personalised to residents’ interests and encourage group interaction, helping to improve communication skills and strengthen the relationships between individuals. This activity was particularly enjoyable, as multiple senses; sight, smell and touch were all stimulated during the session. Research has proven that there are many benefits of flower arranging for people. As well as enabling residents to be creative and use their imagination, it also encourages use of the fingers and hands and is a great stress reliever, promoting a calm atmosphere.
The finished arrangements were beautiful and the joy of the session was continued, as residents positioned them around the care home for everyone to admire. It’ll certainly be a regular group activity as it has been so well received.