A visit to Noosa Care's Carramar dementia wing sensory garden highlights the possibilities that can be achieved to provide a feeling of home for residents and sense of relief for family.
Divided into 4 settings of Beach, River, Rainforest and Rural Setting, residents and family can freely stroll and spend time outdoors in gorgeous natural settings.
The Rural Setting includes chooks, mens shed and edible garden. The "gardeners" (residents) spend time propagating, seeding, planting, watering and harvesting the crops, which are used in the kitchen on a daily basis.
With a real running stream complete with rockery, washed up boat, tussock and bridge, residents, family and friends can wander through the tranquil river setting - day and night, with well maintained walk areas and subtle lighting to guide. Looking outwards and upwards, natural bushland surrounds the facility.
The project is a dream come true for Noosa Care Group Care Manager Sandra Gilbert. "This is a culmination of my research and dream to provide an area that is locally meaningful and calming to our dementia residents. I am very thankful the Board supported this project. We are thrilled with the support and enthusiasm from community, local businesses and families."
Sandra worked closely on the sensory garden project with Horticultural Therapist Cath Manual from Soil to Supper.
I left with the feeling that Wow! I would happily place my parent here.