City Bridge Trust support Sensory Garden at Ronald Gibson House

City Bridge Trust support Sensory Garden at Ronald Gibson House

Brendoncare’s Ronald Gibson House has received a grant of £9,200 to create a sensory garden for elderly residents with dementia. This generous grant was awarded by the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust.

Brendoncare’s Ronald Gibson House has received a grant of £9,200 to create a sensory garden for elderly residents with dementia. This generous grant was awarded by the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust.

The care home in Tooting currently has a garden with a good-sized area of grass; however, Brendoncare are planning a number of improvements to ensure it is specifically dedicated to the needs of residents with dementia. These improvements include an extension to the patio to allow for tables and chairs; and a new path through the garden to guide residents to the different activities available to them.

The installation of a raised flower bed containing sensory plants such as herbs and flowers will ensure that all residents can see, smell and touch the flowers and plants, even those in wheelchairs. A handrail will be placed around the beds to provide support for the residents. Other features will include a small potting table for residents to pot plants and seeds, a bus stop with a bench, a washing line and a basket to help residents feel at home.

The garden will not only provide a stimulating environment, but will enable residents to relax outside and participate in gardening activities, promoting physical wellbeing and independence.

Care home manager Victor Njoku said: “We are delighted to have received this grant, which will help us create a wonderful environment that will provide many sensory and health benefits to our residents for years to come”.

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