Sensory garden gets thumbs up

Pictured (L-R) are chairman Madeleine Keyworth (RDaSH); nurse consultant Mark Lawton (RDaSH); Sarah Waller CBE (King's Fund) and Hedley Finn (King's Fund) with people who have helped on the project.

Pictured (L-R) are chairman Madeleine Keyworth (RDaSH); nurse consultant Mark Lawton (RDaSH); Sarah Waller CBE (King's Fund) and Hedley Finn (King's Fund) with people who have helped on the project.

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A NEW sensory garden for people with dementia has been praised by a leading charity.

The King’s Fund’s visited Windermere Lodge to see at first hand the garden which has been designed for older patients.

Sarah Waller CBE, and design consultant Hedley Finn praised bosses at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) during a visit to its base in the grounds of Balby’s St Catherine’s Hospital.

The garden, which was funded by the Department of Health through the King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment programme has used artwork, lighting and planting to create a stimulating and therapeutic space.

Mark Lawton, nurse consultant, said: “Our visitors from The King’s Fund loved the new garden.

“They were pleased to see how we had combined the use of beautiful materials, such as oak and yarrow with steel in the sensory planting scheme and thought that the water feature, ‘reminiscence walking path’ and creative lighting finished the project off beautifully.”

“We hope that the welcoming environment will help to provoke memories and bring happiness to our patients.”

A formal opening ceremony of the garden will take place in the spring.

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