Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Debbie G. as the Wellness Star for March 2020. And it’s her love of nature that helped her to be recognized for this award. Each month, we look at various types of wellness, including the environmental dimension of wellness. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and one’s personal environment.
Debbie is a nature lover. In fact, it started when she was a child. Debbie’s dad and grandmother taught her about different birds and she enjoyed feeding birds in her grandmother’s garden. She and her grandmother would spend hours watching birds and chipmunks.
Today, Debbie’s love of birds helped her to create a habitat for them to live within our community — specifically the Wood Ducks and Purple Martins. She made three new Wood Duck boxes and replaced two Purple Martin houses near the boat ramp. Debbie says the new houses are easier to clean and have bigger apartments for the birds.
In July of last year, Debbie noticed several feral cats within the community. With the help of a friend, they began putting out traps. The goal was to capture the cats and take them to the SPCA for neutering, rabies shot, and de-flea medicine. Some of the cost came out of Debbie’s own pocket, but several residents helped to cover costs. Seven cats were taken to SPCA to be neutered. Out of the seven, two cats became house pets.
When asked what wellness means to her, Debbie replied, “Life in balance, focused on now and trying every day to do better.” Good advice from this month’s Wellness Star award winner. Congratulations Debbie!