Bupa Care Homes 'Grow Their Own' For Community Initiative
Released on: May 24, 2011, 2:05 pm
Bupa care homes' residents have their watering cans at the
ready as they prepare to 'grow their own' for 'Community Crops'.
'Community Crops' is a Bupa care homes
initiative which promotes the health benefits associated with gardening and growing
your own fruit and veg.
The project is being supported by young people involved with The Prince's Trust,
who are linking up with Bupa homes, including nursing care homes,
across the UK to help sow and grow the crops.
Residents have also been inviting local schools and community groups to lend a hand
with planting and start their own vegetable plots.
Caroline Davy, Bupa's community affairs assistant, said: "This is a great way for
our residents to appreciate the fresh air, stay active and get a real sense of
achievement by tending to the crops and watching them grow.
"For our residents who were keen gardeners before they joined us, 'Community
Crops' offers a great opportunity to get back involved, but it also helps minds as
well as bodies. Particularly for our residents receiving dementia care, sharing
stories about 'dig for victory' and the tradition of growing your own are
excellent memory triggers to aid connections with the past."
Helen Thurston, from The Prince's Trust added: "'The Community Crops' campaign
is a fantastic project which provides our Prince's Trust XL club members with the
opportunity to get involved with their local community. It enables young people to
engage in a positive way with a different generation and learn about the importance
of healthy eating."
Altogether, the Community Crops campaign has taken root in gardens and greenhouses
in over 300 care homes across the UK.
About Bupa Care Services:
Bupa Care Services runs 305 nursing and residential homes in the UK and cares for
almost 18,500 people. Its homes are open to everyone - with over 70 percent of UK
residents receiving state funding. It is the only company to offer Alzheimer's
Society-trained Dementia Champions in its UK specialist care homes and over 25% of
its beds in the UK are registered for specialist dementia care. Bupa Care Services
employs over 27,000 people and owns care homes in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
About Bupa Group:
Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading
international healthcare group, it offers personal and company health insurance, run
care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services,
health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health
coaching, and home healthcare.
With no shareholders, Bupa invests its profits to provide more and better
healthcare. It is committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable
healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and
Community Affairs Assistant
Bupa Care Services
0113 381 6255
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