Flower arranging afternoon at Falkirk care home helps Resident come out of her shellA Resident at HC-One’s Barleystone Court care home in Westquarter, Falkirk recently enjoyed her very own flower arranging afternoon as she helped Colleagues spruce up the home, which really helped with her self-confidence.

Barleystone Court Resident Jean, often finds it difficult to engage in activities. So today, when Colleagues decided to do some flower arranging, they asked if Jean would like to help.

Colleagues had an arrangement of flowers, yellow roses, white carnations and gypsophlia. Jean was a bit way of getting involved at first so Colleagues looked at the flowers first, then smelled them and eventually started to put them in a lovely pot.

Jean then took an active part by helping push the flowers into the oasis and then telling Colleagues where to put some of the others. 

Barleystone Court wellbeing coordinator Morag said: “It was lovely seeing Jean become so animated about the flowers. She really enjoyed herself and it is an activity we will do more together.

“Jean loved the sensory aspect of the flower arranging. She liked smelling the roses and touching the petals. She was so happy at the end.”

When they were finished, the flower arrangement was so beautiful that they have displayed it in the reception area. 

Later that day Jean had a Skype call with her daughter Catherin, where she told them all about the beautiful flowers. Catherine was over the moon as her mum doesn't usually engage in the calls.

Barleystone Home Manager Karen Syme said: “The bonus in this activity was the effect it had on Jean's mood when we called her daughter later that day.”