Rosebridge Manor residents getting ready for the gardening season

Rosebridge Manor volunteer Gillian Organ, seen standing, is helping residents plant flowers that will soon be placed in the home's gardens.

Rosebridge Manor volunteer Gillian Organ, seen standing, is helping residents plant flowers that will soon be placed in the home’s gardens.

Home’s garden club gets residents reminiscing, supports OMNI’s mission

Rosebridge Manor residents are preparing to have the Jasper, Ont. long-term care home’s gardens and flower beds looking at their best with an array of new perennial bulb plants that will flourish this spring.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Kathy Barr says volunteer Gillian Organ and several residents have worked hard since March 16 to get crocus, iris and freesia bulbs planted and ready for the lighted plant stand, where they’ve already started to sprout. Once it gets warmer, the bulbs will be moved outside to help beautify the home.

Barr says there are many benefits to the home’s garden club.

“There are a couple of reasons why we’re doing this,” she tells The OMNIway. “This is something that a lot of residents did when they still lived at home. There’s reminiscing, we’re bringing back old memories, and we’re also getting excited about spring and watching the flowers grow from the bulb up.”

She adds that this program also fits with OMNI Health Care’s mission of bringing hope, purpose and belonging to long-term care as well as to the organization’s focus on quality.

“And this is ongoing – it’s not just something for residents to do in an afternoon, but will continue on through the growing season,” Barr says. “When they get to the point where we can plant them out in the front garden for all of us to enjoy, they will be part of that as well.”

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