Loneliness Awareness Week was created three years ago by The Marmalade Trust to raise awareness of loneliness throughout the UK and to start talking about it.
This year the campaign focuses on reducing the stigma of loneliness and to promote #LetsTalkLoneliness
Many people will experience loneliness at some point in their lives. However it is known that older people are particularly vulnerable to loneliness and isolation which can have an effect on their health.
Avoiding loneliness in our homes has always been at the forefront of our work. Our staff create loving, social and active environments for everyone to take part in.
Parkland House have recently been accredited as an Eden Alternative home and joined the Eden Alternative UK Register.
The Eden Alternative is an American philosophy which compliments our vision for our homes. It is a person centred approach to care aimed to support residents play a full and active role in their community by challenging loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
We believe it helps us provide exceptional care and support from our team who are committed to promoting resident independence and well-being.
The Eden Alternative believes the solution to the three challenges are:
Loneliness: loving companionship, contact with people and animals in and out of the home.
Helplessness: create opportunities to give as well as receive care.
Boredom: Daily life full of variety and spontaneity.
Help raise awareness this week and get chatting about loneliness by tagging #LetsTalkLoneliness
This week we are celebrating National Growing for Wellbeing Week, which highlights the positive connection that growing your own produce can have on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Evidence shows the benefits of gardening can have improve mental
and physical health, confidence, concentration, communication and is a great
way of bringing others together.
Our homes each have a Gardening Club who help tend to the gardens, repotting plants, weeding and flower arranging. The clubs are always well attended with those that participate and those that just like to watch.
Parkland House have recently established a herb and flower garden on the lounge terrace. Taking inspiration from the recent Eden Association Accreditation, Parkland wanted to create a more personal gardening space. This has allowed everyone to enjoy the outdoors and grow some of their favourite herbs and flowers. So far they have grown strawberries, lavender and sunflowers for their ‘dig a sunflower’ competition.
We know summer has arrived when the hedgehog planters start
to appear in the Coppelia House gardens. Coppelia’s Gardening Club re-use
plastic bottles to create effective hedgehog shape planters so they may grow
herbs and flowers. They have also re-used milk cartons as planters to fill with
their favourite flowers.
We look forward to sharing more of the homes Gardening Club projects.