Cheadle care home residents get ‘green fingers’


Residents at a Staffordshire care home have been getting green fingers following the launch of a gardening club.

Care UK’s Abney Court care home in Cheadle celebrated the opening of the club with a visit to Wilmslow Garden Centre.

Tracy Mitchell, home manager at Abney Court, said: “At Abney Court, we want to ensure our residents can continue with activities they are interested in. This new club allows them to take ownership of their hard work, which provides a great sense of purpose, all whilst getting outside in the fresh air.

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“Over time we hope to be able to invite local horticultural organisations and groups to come along and share their knowledge with the club. We also hope that in a few months members of the ‘Green Fingers’ club will be able to create their own vegetable patch.”

Several residents are avid gardeners and the new club offers a therapeutic activity which provides a sense of calm, relaxation and great satisfaction. Members will be helping to transform the raised planters and create their very own gardening space for the home.

Abney Court has been designed to enable residents to live fulfilled and active lives, with care and activities tailored to each individual. There is a cinema, hairdressing salon, coffee shop and for those who want to relax outdoors and safe and secure landscaped gardens with attractive patio areas.

The care home is helping to meet local demand for a range of care services, including residential, dementia and short-term respite care.

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