Newark care home, Bowbridge Court
, has been crowned the North Midlands Regional Winner of Ideal Carehome’s annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition.
The contest, which launched in June, encourages both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting revamp for their outdoor spaces that everybody can enjoy during the summer months.
The team and residents decided on the project theme during their monthly resident's meeting, in which residents were able to put forward ideas for things they would like to be included in the final design.
Residents and staff created a relaxing seating area which has become a fantastic spot to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and they worked together to introduce lots of new flowerbeds which featuring their favourite flowers.
The team wanted to include lots of personal touches throughout their design, including a creative mural of framed photos of smiling residents and brightly painted ‘hand castings’ were the perfect touch to the homes new flowerbeds.
Resident, Frank Cavander, said, ‘I am so proud of how the garden areas turned out. We had so much fun creating such relaxing, yet fun spaces and we are already thinking of other ideas to add before the national judging!’
Home Manager, Claire Gordon-Rundle, said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be crowned the regional North Midlands winner. All of the credit must go to our amazing residents who embraced the competition with such gusto. We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from our resident's families, our staff team and local businesses that generously donated to our garden project. It really has been a labour of love and we are so glad to see the judges were as thrilled with our garden creation as we are!’
Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, said, ‘Our wonderful team and residents at Bowbridge Court should be very proud to be our North Midlands winner. Our judges were astonished at just how much effort and thought had clearly gone into their project and how much our resident's families and friends rallied together to bring plans to life. We know that our residents take huge pride in their garden areas and we hope that the warm weather continues so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labour even more. I now look forward to visiting each of our regional winners as part of the judging panel and helping to crown our national winner in the coming weeks!’
The home now enters the final round of the competition, whereby Ideal Carehomes panel of judges will visit all regional winners in four weeks’ time to decide upon a national victor.
Bowbridge Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential care home boasting a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. All 54 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Bowbridge Court, contact Claire on 01636 605 528 or visit https://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/our-homes/bowbridge-court/.