Hope and purpose synonymous with nature
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — Lisa Bailey
Volunteers are creating a pretty view from the patio at Streamway Villa. All around are well tended beds of colourful flowers and hanging baskets of red, robust geraniums and other natural beauties suspended from the patio canopy.
The helping hands of volunteers, including two teenagers and three adults with family or friend connections to Streamway Villa, are looking after the flower beds. And it’s very much appreciated by the home and its life enrichment team.
The volunteers are deepening the residents’ enjoyment of the outdoors in summertime, which contributes to their quality of life.
“The gardens are looking fabulous,” life enrichment aide Nancy Williams says.
“We like to keep our gardens looking so nice, and the patio and gardens is one of the attractions of our home,” she says.
From the patio, which is just off Streamway Villa’s dining room, the flower beds rim the perimeter of the yard and abut the building.
The volunteers carried out the planting and spread black mulch which accentuates the colour of the many blooms.
Residents are definitely noticing the volunteers’ handiwork during walks and from the patio, Williams says. The patio is a popular spot, visited by residents after every meal and into the evening. Campfires and other activities are held in the patio and yard area too.
It’s a place not only to connect with nature but also to the community as passersby are visible and sounds like church bells are audible.
Residents at Streamway Villa are also engaged in a gardening program at the home, tending to a raised vegetable garden that is right outside the dining room window – a great vantage point to see the growing foods.
Williams says gardening and connecting with nature is part of daily living for many people, and that continues for residents at Streamway Villa.
“It gives hope and purpose and (a sense of) belonging because they’re helping to maintain (living) things,” Williams says.
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