Flower Shop Mural and Artificial Flower Display
As with all Find’s murals, the visuals must be recognisable to create a clear destination point. However, Find aim to go so much further than making a wall look great. We aim to create spaces that are socially engaging and interactive and therefore the right furniture and accessories are also essential to designing dementia-friendly areas
To compliment the Flower Shop mural, Find can supply a display unit Artificial Flower Display that includes three flower buckets with a range of several types and colours of floral arrangements –
hopefully, something for everyone. This is a great start; however, the shop is not a picture, but should be as true to life an experience of shopping for flowers as possible. So, it must be kept stocked and
ideally there should be a focus on seasonal flowers to help with orientation. Depending on space available, a counter can be added. Other items can be available too such as birthday cards, balloons, and decorations.
We display flowers in our own homes, often seasonal – daffodils in Spring are a perfect example. Flowers are always present at weddings – the bouquet, posies, buttonholes, and table centrepieces. They are always carefully chosen to suit our tastes and colour preferences. You can learn a lot about a person by their choice of flowers and can open up conversations and link very well to reminiscence.
- Conversation starters on a daily basis. Every person is different, some will go directly to the shop and their favourites blooms, others can be directed there. Do not forget to include any valuable information in the person’s care plan.
- If a person is agitated or distressed, a carer can take them to the shop and suggest choosing flowers for their bedroom, arrange a centrepiece for a dining table or coffee table, or arrange in a vase the reception. For many, this would be a meaningful task and something they could take pride in.
- Flower arranging activity sessions – great for social interaction as well as engagement with the environment. These sessions can be seasonal – Valentine’s Day for example
- Everyone could be taken to the shop to collect a red rose, a chocolate heart, and a home-made card.
- Making door wreaths for Christmas is an excellent activity in the build up to the big day and helps with orientation
- Making Easter bonnets (ideal for flower or hat shops) is fun
- Make items to sell in the shop – cards and lavender bags are easy
- Planting bulbs – daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. These can all stay inside and also be transferred to a patio when the weather is warmer.
- If you plant flowers in the garden, these could be picked and added to the flower shop display.
These are just a few suggestions but encourage your staff to be creative and they will have other ideas too. Consider ideas for group interaction and others on a very person-centred basis. Finally, include dedicated events in your activity planner
Celebrating International Flower Day - 19th January
A day in the events diary to be celebrated annually. It is a day in which we can spread happiness to others by simply giving a flower.
The giving and receiving of flowers have always been a
lovely way of celebrating anniversaries and expressing gratitude.
As a loving gesture, we send flowers:
- For a birthday
- For a wedding anniversary
- As a thank you gift of appreciation
- To say I love you, which would of course include red roses on Valentine’s Day
- To cheer someone up, perhaps to say get well soon
- As a sign of respect at a funeral
Celebrating International Flower Day in a care setting is a fantastic way of promoting respect, appreciation, and gratitude. Flowers can make a person pause and reflect on their relationships in the current day, but can also bring back memories of earlier times, important people, places, and events that residents can recall and talk
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