Residents and team members at Gracewell of Sway are celebrating the opening of their sensory garden.
The care home on Church Lane, Sway is located in the heart of the beautiful New Forest, meaning that residents can always benefit from and enjoy the outdoors. Whilst it is situated in over 3.5 acres of land, the care team felt that it would be extra special for the residents living with dementia to have a tailored garden which is beautiful, yet practical and safe.
The garden has been created with the incorporation of ideas from all team members, as well as residents. Using these ideas, Gracewell’s gardeners brought together all the elements to create a therapeutic space which is designed to stimulate the senses and meet the physical and social needs of those living with memory loss.
With colourful flowers, plants and fun garden decorations including windmills and wind chimes to create a peaceful sound alongside ornamental butterflies, the outside space is a sublime place to relax. The garden also features herbs that can be tasted, plants such as lavender to fill the space with a beautiful fragrance with soothing qualities and is easily accessible for residents in wheelchairs or who require aids to mobilise.
The garden was officially opened recently by residents Molly and Betty, who soon settled in with a glass of sherry as they sat in the sunshine. Betty commented on how much she loves the garden and how happy she is to have a beautiful space to share with friends.
Rachel Bedford, General Manager at Gracewell of Sway, said:
“It’s so satisfying seeing just how happy residents are when enjoying a lovely space which has been created especially for them and is tailored to their needs.
“The space is so beneficial as it gives residents living with memory loss not only a space to kick back, but somewhere to reminiscence on happy times past and present.”
Gracewell of Sway provides high quality, person-centred residential and dementia care. To find out more, call 01590 637310.