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Training and resources / Activities / Consultancy / Involving families and the community

Enabling people with dementia  to take part in personalised, meaningful activity is an essential component of good quality care. Providing a programme of social and therapeutic gardening activities helps meet regulatory requirements and essential care standards and demonstrate to families that your care home is a great place to live.

We work with you to make the most of your resources and put in place a practical and sustainable solution to the provision of activities. We can lead activities for you, train your staff, recruit and supervise volunteers or provide strategic advice and consultancy.

 “..the residents really look forward to the sessions and often ask when your are next coming back. This to me shows they have enjoyed it and are eager to get out again.” Activity Coordinator

Activities:

UnLtd Women WateringIt can be hard to find the time and resources to run a rich and varied activity programme which engages a broad range of people. Growing Support can help do this for you!

We work alongside carers and family members to deliver activities. We lead the session, provide the ideas, tools and materials required. All you have to do is provide us a space to work in! Read More

 

Training and resources:

Seedlings-in-tray--94x94Care staff who are not ‘green-fingered’ may not feel confident with enabling people with dementia to work in the garden. We provide practical, hands-on training supplemented by easy to follow activity plans.

We give professionals the practical strategies and confidence to deliver consistent, high quality, person centred activities both in and out of doors. Read More

Involving families and the community:

Scarecrow arms AG Mar 2015Loneliness and social isolation are increasingly recognised as serious public health issues. Older people and people with dementia are particularly at risk, especially those living in care homes where they may feel cut off from society. Growing Support opens the door to the community. We recruit, train and coordinate volunteers providing a safe way for residents to enjoy a rich social interaction and maintain an active connection with the community.

Involving families is a critical component of good quality care. We run ‘growing together’ family days giving families the opportunity to contribute more to the care received by their loved one and enabling families and residents to enjoy new, shared experiences. Read More

Consultancy:

GG-Using-Adapted-ToolEasy access to outdoor space creates an opportunity for increased social interaction, exercise and all the benefits of a connection with nature. We provide a bespoke consultancy service to give you practical and cost effective recommendations for how to use your outdoor space to improve outcomes for residents and make your home look its best.

We work with staff, service users and their families to create a therapeutic, safe and accessible space that meets their needs and can help to improve that all important first impression. Read More