SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A group in Scott County is hoping to make the experience of hospice care patients and their families a little better.
Each week, Friends With Flowers bundle up donated flowers from Kroger, local funeral homes and Gray Arbor Farms.
They then hand deliver them to hospice patients and nursing homes across the county.
“We want to make their experiences and their life matter down to every little day,” said Pam Rowe with Bluegrass Care Navigators.
Cary Williams of Friends With Flowers got the idea 13 years ago from a group in North Carolina. She thought her community could benefit as well.
“When you are bedridden, you know you are isolated and so are the caretakers,” said Cary Williams.
She said that the weekly visits are a highlight, not only for the patients, but also their families adding a little humanity to what otherwise can be a difficult time.
“They’re ready to talk about their life, all their experiences, their children, their grandchildren,” said Williams.
Williams said that they’re not just spreading joy, they are getting it in return.
“I feel like I get more out of it than even the patients,” said Williams.
The group meets to arrange flowers every Saturday at Johnson’s Funeral Home in Scott County. They need volunteers to deliver and/or arrange flowers. For information contact Cary Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate or learn more about volunteer opportunities visit bgcarenav.org or call 859-235-7307 and speak with Pam Rowe.