Our stunning dementia-friendly garden
16th January 2017
Our team has been working with residents and their families to develop a dementia-friendly garden at the heart of the home which includes raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and flowers as well as chickens and a garden shed.
Designed around a central pergola that will be swathed with climbing roses and scented blooms in the summer months, the garden provides plenty of shady spaces for residents to relax and opportunities to tend the plants and feed the hens. Vegetables, herbs and eggs produced by the garden are used by the kitchen team in their freshly-prepared recipes.
Cheltenham MP, Alex Chalk returned to Wentworth Court to visit the garden, 16 months after officially opening the home in May 2015.
“Life doesn’t stop when people move into a care home, and many of our residents have enjoyed looking after their own gardens before living here.
“There are many therapeutic benefits to creating a sensory garden for people with dementia. Being outside in nature, amongst plants and flowers can be very relaxing and the peace and quiet can help with easing symptoms of anxiety and stress, which are often present with dementia. Not least, it’s empowering for people living in a care environment to have some control by telling us what they’d like to see in the garden.” Activities coordinator, Suzanne Meadows