Our new social and therapeutic horticulture group – or gardening group for short – has been busy planting seeds and herbs, painting mosaics tiles, making bee hotels and decorating outdoor tealights to hang out on our decking for visitors to enjoy.
Laura, one of our occupational therapists (OTs), is passionate about the gardening group: “It’s social, lifts the mood, reduces isolation, and gives our group hand therapy, as sometimes they can struggle with upper limb function. It’s brilliant to see Shirley painting the tiles all by herself; I haven’t had to help her at all, so that’s fantastic.
“Richard was a really keen gardener but now can’t manage it at home. He has a lot of experience which he can feedback to us so we’re learning from him. Also it gives his wife who cares for him at home a little break when he comes here.
"OTs help people be as independent for as long as possible and keep them engaging in things they enjoy doing and helping them to keep living."
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