Residents and staff at Ruckland Court Care Home in Lincoln have been taking part in Country Court Care in Bloom, a companywide gardening competition to encourage residents to get involved in gardening projects at their care homes. To celebrate their efforts at Ruckland Court Care Home in Lincoln residents invited Cllr Chris Burke, Mayor of Lincoln to join them for a Garden Party.
The garden looked spectacular in the sunshine and residents enjoyed entertainment from local singers the ‘Blighty Belles’ followed by afternoon tea in the garden.
“Our residents were delighted to invite the Mayor into their home, he spent the afternoon chatting to each of the residents and staff as well as enjoying the entertainment”. Said Home Manager, Juliette Oates. “We’ve worked really hard on the garden” explained Juliette “residents, staff and families have all got together to create a wonderful space for our residents to enjoy”.
Well-being and Activities Coordinator Lesley Burland has led the gardening activities, she has been working with residents on planting vegetables and flowers in the gardens. “Resident Mary Amy has been giving great advice on how to care for the tomato plants and resident Fred Warren has his own greenhouse and has grown some fantastic vegetables” explained Lesley.
Staff members including the maintenance team, hairdresser, carers, as well as their families got together and created a new flower bed at the front of the home which looks very welcoming. Dementia Champion Sharon Robinson has created sensory areas in the courtyard garden with wind-chimes for sound, hanging baskets and a wonderful dementia awareness garden feature with pictures of all the residents and yellow and blue planting to reflect the colours of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Residents have also made a great scarecrow which they’ve named ‘Charlie’ and now takes pride of place in the garden. “It’s been wonderful to see our residents get so involved in the garden, it’s been lots of work but we’ve had great fun along the way. Let’s hope we have plenty of sunshine this summer so we can get out and enjoy the results of all our efforts!” said Lesley.