Jan 22, 2015
Residents will be enjoying a trip to the Cooling’s Nature Trail as they gear up to participate in the largest wildlife survey in the world, while on Tuesday 27 January, representatives from Eagle Heights will be dropping-in to Foxbridge House with owls and birds and prey. As the experts share their knowledge, everyone at the care home will have the rare opportunity to see the birds up-close.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch encourages people throughout the UK to count the different birds which visit their garden in any one hour over the last weekend of January, as well as recording any non-bird species such as badgers and hedgehogs.
Home manager Allison Purkiss explained why Foxbridge House is one of several Care UK care homes taking part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. “Connecting with our outdoor space and taking the time to observe birds and wildlife can be extremely beneficial for residents, particularly for those who are living with dementia. We were therefore very keen to make the most of this activity by organising a trip to our local nature reserve.
“The quiet, calming nature of bird watching can help lower anxiety, while the colourful sights and distinctive sounds of our feathered friends provide plenty of sensory stimulation. Bird watching can also be a valuable reminiscence activity, with the appearance of certain species and the sounds of bird song evoking memories and helps residents recall their love of nature.
“Sitting and watching the birds come and go quickly becomes an enjoyable shared interest for residents which can help combat any feelings of isolation, while practical tasks such as helping to clean and fill bird feeders can also be very fulfilling.
“With so many benefits to be enjoyed, we were very keen to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. In preparation we have been busy setting up a bird table and feeders in our garden, as well as equipping dedicated twitching stations around the home with binoculars and guides to identifying different species. We are all now looking forward to the activity getting underway at the weekend, and to playing a part in this important national survey.”
Family carers can get advice and support on how to incorporate practical activities such as bird watching into their daily routines by visiting careuk.com and requesting or downloading copies of ‘As Easy as ABC’ – a guide to activity based care – and ‘Listen, Talk, Connect’ – which helps overcome the challenges of connecting and communicating with loved ones who are living with dementia.
For more information, contact customer relations manager Amelia Moore by emailing email@example.com or calling 01689 869580. For more information on which Care UK homes are taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, visit careuk.com/birdwatch.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 35 years, with the information collected each year helping the RSPB form a picture of bird populations across the country and highlighting any trends or changes. For more information, visit rspb.org.uk.
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