Designed to encourage fresh air and a change of scene, whilst stimulating memory and creativity through wordplay.
The activity can take place in the garden or out for a walk (if possible) with individual residents, or part of a small group with support.
Often the part that takes the longest is encouraging residents to go outside, so it’s worth having an incentive tea in a flask and tin of cakes. A shed or greenhouse is ideal to sit in after a wander around the grounds/ garden. Otherwise prepare chairs or a bench area with a nice view (if possible) to sit down and have your tea and discussion.
If the weather isn’t great and you need to keep moving because it’s too cold, try and draw the resident’s attention to particular plants, comment on the weather as you move around the space.
The activity can continue as a group using the words to make poems, or stimulate reminiscence through discussions around gardening, growing food, what people like to eat, favourite flowers etc.
Use the opportunity to collect leaves and plants from the garden which can then be used for painting and drawing, making still lives of flowers etc. leaf rubbings
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
If residents can write or draw themselves, fantastic, but often it is easier to capture the words, conversations and stories yourself and then read them back.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
If individual then you have lots of scope to make a personal poem, or as a group it could be a series of poems or one group poem to remember about the day.