Feb 07, 2017
As well as keeping a record of the number and types of birds coming into the garden during a one hour period for the wildlife survey, residents enjoyed spending time in the care home’s gardens.
The annual Birdwatch was part of a programme of activities at Brook Court, designed to help residents to experience all the sensory benefits of the great outdoors.
Joanne Gill, home manager at Brook Court, explained: “As well as helping to support an important national initiative from the RSPB, the Birdwatch also provided an excellent opportunity for nature-loving residents to either spend time in the garden listening to bird song, or to spot visiting birds and wildlife from the comfort of our lounge overlooking the garden.
“At Brook Court, we support residents to participate in outdoor and sensory activities as they can boost emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as help residents to live meaningful and fulfilled lives. The Birdwatch also proved to be a valuable reminiscence activity for those living with dementia, and everyone enjoyed spotting and naming the many bird and wildlife species which paid us a visit over the weekend.”
For more information on the benefits of getting outdoors for people living with dementia, and practical advice for family carers, pick up a copy on Care UK’s Good To Go guide from Brook Court or download it at www.careuk.com/goodtogo.
To attract more birds to your garden, why not try making your own bird food? Visit www.careuk.com/birdwatch to download Care UK’s fat cake recipe and to see the many varied activities residents at Care UK homes have been enjoying as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
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