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Lincolnshire Families to Benefit from New Sensory Garden

Over 13,000 families in Lincolnshire are affected by dementia in some way, and an innovative garden being created by Tanglewood Care Homes in Spalding will soon allow elderly residents to enjoy the outdoor environment safely and independently.

Work on the brand new purpose-built garden is already in progress at Cedar Falls care village in Spalding, which is part of Tanglewood Care Homes.

As part of the Cedar Falls Community Garden Project, Tanglewood has partnered with Living Through Landscapes, Thrive, Groundworks, Tesco and Homebase to carefully form every element of the design by taking into consideration the needs of those living with dementia.

Founder and Director of Tanglewood Care Homes, Tracy Ann Shelbourn, said:

“The Cedar Falls Community Garden Project is one of our most ambitious outdoor projects to date and will be available for all Cedar Falls residents to enjoy as well as visitors from the surrounding communities.

“All too often people living in residential care settings do not have access to safe environments where they can spend time independently outdoors, particularly people living with dementia.

“We’re continuing to develop our outreach programmes which focus on residents living with dementia, and we wanted to design an outdoor model of care to reflect this and to inspire other care homes to also use their outdoor space more effectively.”

Key features of the new sensory garden include:

- Pergola walkways offering a 360-degree sensory experience for people at all heights and mobility preferences.

-  A flower planting and vegetable growing area that has been carefully curated to provide sensory stimulations ranging from scent to touch to taste

- Flexi-pave resin-bound surfacing which is suitable for wheelchairs

- Gazebo space for private relaxation with family members, suitable for all weathers

- Bird-friendly area with feeding tables

- Multiple entrances to allow residents to come and go independently

As well as welcoming the wider Lincolnshire community it’s hoped that when complete, the community garden will be used as a venue for further dementia care education programmes.

Tracy added:

“The garden project is already included in the University of Kent’s study into outdoor living for those with dementia.

“Some people enjoy more active pastimes, whereas others prefer to simply relax in the garden, and we’re sure that the new community garden will have something on offer for everyone.

“We’ve received overwhelming support from relatives of Cedar Falls residents and Tanglewood staff that have either donated money directly for items within the project, or sponsorship of the garden planting areas of specific foliage or plants. We look forward to welcoming families across Lincolnshire who have been touched by dementia in some way to come and enjoy this new space.”

The first phase of the Community Garden Project at Cedar Falls care home in Spalding is due to be completed in April 2018 and the final phase will be completed in June 2018.

For more information about Tanglewood Care Homes visit the website: http://www.tanglewoodcarehomes.co.uk/


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