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Crafty Care Home Resident Builds New House from Scratch

David Gault, a resident at Heatherfield House Care Home in Armadale has created an outdoor haven for the local birds to shelter from the elements in.

David decided to assemble the birdhouse after worrying how the birds were coping in the recent frosty weather.

Heatherfield’s maintenance staff member, Joe Folek, helped David make the birdhouse, pre-cutting the wood and labelling it so David could safely put it together with little support.

Woodwork is an activity that brings a range of benefits to the participant, offering a sense of independence, creativity and accomplishment. Heatherfield, part of the Holmes Care Group has a mission to provide outstanding support and care to the elderly, and staff look for opportunities to go and above and beyond to support residents’ wellbeing.

David Gault, resident of Heatherfield House, said:
“I enjoyed making the birdhouse with Joe’s help. We had a great day assembling the wood together, and I love walking around the garden and seeing all the birds who visit.”

Joe Folek, Maintenance at Heatherfield House, said:
“It was great to spend the day with David building his birdhouse. I could see how happy it made him, and I was glad to help.”