Planting seeds, renewing pride.

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August 4, 2021

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Elva’s garden has always been a source of pride and pleasure. But, as she grew older, her thriving garden of flowers became too much to manage.   

“Mum used to get so embarrassed about her garden because of the way it used to look,” says Elva’s daughter.

But at 92, Elva chose to make a change. Using her Home Care Package, she contacted Uniting, securing support to care for her garden.

Since that first phone call, Elva’s front yard has undergone quite a makeover. Our teams have tidied up, turned the soil and transformed her garden, creating a yard that Elva can be proud of.

“It’s so serene and beautiful – I’m delighted!” Elva says, delighted to be able to enjoy a garden – created just for her.

When the pandemic’s influence made her feel isolated and lonely, Elva enjoyed the distraction of watering her plants and watching them thrive.

She’s even inspired the local community. Her neighbours regularly pop by to take in the view, mulching and improving their gardens to match.

Justifiably proud of the progress, she loves to watch her plants grow – from her armchair inside or in the sun on her deck.

“There has been a lot of changes made to her garden, which has given her meaning to look outside at the flowers,” says Elva’s Uniting support person, Sue Sodhi.

“It has been an absolute honour for me to support Elva to live healthy, positive and productive life at home”.

Find out more about Uniting Aged Care services.

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