LEEDS, England, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Bupa care homes' residents have their watering cans at the ready as they prepare to 'grow their own' for 'Community Crops'.
'Community Crops' is a Bupa care homes (http://www.bupa.co.uk/care-homes) initiative which promotes the health benefits associated with gardening and growing your own fruit and veg.
The project is being supported by young people involved with The Prince's Trust, who are linking up with Bupa homes, including nursing care (http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/care-homes/types-of-care/nursing-care) homes, across the UK to help sow and grow the crops.
Residents have also been inviting local schools and community groups to lend a hand with planting and start their own vegetable plots.
Caroline Davy, Bupa's community affairs assistant, said: "This is a great way for our residents to appreciate the fresh air, stay active and get a real sense of achievement by tending to the crops and watching them grow.
"For our residents who were keen gardeners before they joined us, 'Community Crops' offers a great opportunity to get back involved, but it also helps minds as well as bodies. Particularly for our residents receiving dementia care ( http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/care-homes/types-of-care/dementia-care), sharing stories about 'dig for victory' and the tradition of growing your own are excellent memory triggers to aid connections with the past."
Helen Thurston, from The Prince's Trust, added: "'The Community Crops' campaign is a fantastic project which provides our Prince's Trust XL club members with the opportunity to get involved with their local community. It enables young people to engage in a positive way with a different generation and learn about the importance of healthy eating."
Altogether, the Community Crops campaign has taken root in gardens and greenhouses in over 300 care homes across the UK
About Bupa Care Services:
Bupa Care Services runs 305 nursing and residential homes in the UK and cares for almost 18,500 people. Its homes are open to everyone - with over 70 percent of UK residents receiving state funding. It is the only company to offer Alzheimer's Society-trained Dementia Champions in its UK specialist care homes and over 25% of its beds in the UK are registered for specialist dementia care. Bupa Care Services employs over 27,000 people and owns care homes in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand
About Bupa Group:
Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading international healthcare group, it offers personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.
With no shareholders, Bupa invests its profits to provide more and better healthcare. It is committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.
PR Contact: Caroline Davy Community Affairs Assistant Bupa Care Services Bridge House Outwood Lane Horsforth Leeds LS18 4UP +44(0)113-381-6255
SOURCE Bupa Care Services