Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
Flower Angels delivers joy to nursing home residents
Innovative organization repurposes wedding flowers
By Doug Karlson
Every week, Flower Angels delivers more than 200 flower bouquets to residents in nursing homes and patients in hospices throughout Cape Cod – more than 900 per month, and more than 20,000 since the charity was established in 2014. For most of those on the receiving end of the bouquets, it’s the only visit they ever get. “The people can’t believe the bouquets are for them,” recalls Flower Angels founder Suzanne Carter of East Dennis. “One person told me, ‘I’ve been here for five years and no one has ever visited me.”
It’s that loneliness and isolation that prompted Carter to launch the 501(c)3 organization. When Carter’s mother, Helen Carter, had to
move from her non-wheelchair-accessible house in Provincetown to a nursing home, she said she would only go if Carter agreed to visit. She did. Every day for 23 months.
“That’s when I realized no one had visitors,” she says. “I rarely ever saw a visitor for the patients there.” According to Carter, 85 percent of nursing home residents rarely have visitors. “It’s shocking. The elderly should be cherished instead of abandoned.”