Sunshine and Serenity: Exploring the Endless Benefits of the Great Outdoors at Birchwood House
With National Walking Month in full swing and May also seeing National Garden Day, it seems a fitting time to draw focus to the myriad benefits brought by the great outdoors at both Birchwood House and beyond.
It was Hans Christian Andersen who once proclaimed that “just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”. It is in this spirit that Birchwood House strives to bring this ethos to each resident in the way that best works for them.
The power of all things yellow, green and blue
The reported benefits of the sun, sky, and gardens for ageing populations are manifold. Whether achieved in moderation or excess, every step towards incorporating an accessible form of movement and the outdoors into residents’ lives is just as powerful as the next.
Something as simple as breathing in the fresh, outdoor air can refresh the nervous system and stimulate the brain. Long, deep patterns of breath can centre the mind and calm the body. Sitting amongst the greenery, soaking up some sun, or just generally moving the body are also all linked to a broader, more holistic range of benefits including:
- Reducing chronic illness and pain
- Increasing energy
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving memory and concentration
- Relieving stress and anxiety
Building on this, for seniors beginning to experience the first stages of memory loss, fresh air and sunshine can improve particular behavioural symptoms such as agitation, aggression, and wandering.
Thus, no matter the ailment or health of an individual, a bit of sunshine and serenity is sure to amount to something positive, and no time well spent outdoors will be wasted.
Thinking outside of the box
The team at Birchwood House strives to create dynamic and immersive opportunities for residents to engage with our beautiful, lush gardens. A range of outdoor activities are always at the forefront, developing a sense of structure, accessibility, and guidance through a range of activities. From medieval garden parties and enchanted woodland events to the annual Summer BBQ and Harvest Hoedown, the great outdoors at Birchwood House are often used in new and exciting ways. For those who appreciate more freedom and less facilitation, or who simply wish to peacefully commune with the natural world, the gardens provide a great environment for morning walks and afternoon strolls.
Residents are also encouraged to make use of the spacious grounds that surround them on a daily basis. Well maintained and beautifully kept, the sprawling grounds at Birchwood House are both a wonder and haven for all residents. Whether they want to sit, step, or stroll, every individual is offered ample opportunities to make the most of this beautiful asset in the way they are most comfortable.
Having this conversation anew each day, being understanding and adaptable to changes in mood, preference, and capabilities is a key strength of the team at Birchwood House. After all, they are first and foremost there to support each resident to live their life not only to the fullest but to their own personal best too. The team take a tailored approach, knowing which signs to observe and what questions effectively gauge residents’ changing state of being. Because of this expert knowledge, Birchwood House understands how best to encourage each resident to enjoy the natural world each day.
Putting your best foot forward and walking into wellness
At Birchwood House, the great outdoors is always embraced to improve the well-being of elderly residents. From the refreshing air to the warmth of the sun and the beauty of nature, outdoor activities the range of benefits are always sought and enjoyed. Whether through structured events or peaceful walks, Birchwood House ensures that residents can connect with the outdoors in ways that suit their preferences. By harnessing the power of the natural world, Birchwood House creates an environment that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being for its residents.