The Villages at Greystone sits peaceful and hidden in the back streets of Beaver. It’s a place where senior citizens can relax while getting the assistance they need, and staff love planning activities the residents can have fun with.
This time they were joined by volunteers from the Raleigh County Community Action Association after Greystone Activities Director Betsy Cole was contacted by a friend.
“The lady who set this up is actually a friend of mine from church and she said ‘We would like to get our volunteers connected with Greystone,'” Cole said. “So we decided to do a project that would involve planting.”
With spring in the air, they decided to do a project that involved planting succulents. About ten residents, including Margaret Wheeler, were guided by the volunteers in potting their own succulent plants.
“I had a good time with it,” Wheeler said. “I put the dirt in the pot and then set the plant in the pot, then put the gravel around it.”
Wheeler and the other participants brought the finished product to their rooms after, where they will water it once a month. While it may seem like a simple activity, Cole explained it as an educational experience for residents who love to keep their minds flowing with knowledge.
“We love to have the residents involved,” Cole said. “So many of them have been gardeners, they love plants, they probably know more about them then we do, so we interact with them quite a bit to get their interests as well as provide opportunities to do things that they love to do.”