Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce that Polly Carland has been awarded the Wellness Star for December 2018.
This month’s award focuses on both the occupational and social dimensions of wellness. The occupational dimension can be defined as work that utilizes a person’s skills. Whereas, the social dimension one’s ability to connect with other people. Carland is a great example of someone who uses both of these dimensions in her daily routine.
Since volunteering is such an important factor on the FPH campus, the flower ministry is just one example of residents serving residents. Carland has been participating in the flower ministry for seven years. “The FPH community has been good to me and it is important to find ways to serve others,” said Carland. “By volunteering, it helps connect you with other residents, keeps you from being isolated, and provides simple acts of kindness.”
Carland explained that Chapel flowers are taken apart and redistributed in vases as part of the flower ministry. It usually takes about 45 minutes to separate and prepare the flowers. The new arrangements are then taken by a team of flower ministry volunteers to the health center. Carland not only arranges the vases, but also helps to organize the team of volunteers who receive a flower delivery schedule.
Carland says the FPH chapel is a sacred place and the flowers are part of the chapel. She is very happy the flowers continue to be enjoyed by people who need them.
When asked what wellness means to her, Carland replied, “Wellness is the ability to live a long, happy, satisfying life. FPH offers us that opportunity and how we respond to it is inside each of us.”