Official opening of Ronald Gibson House’s new sensory garden

Residents, staff, volunteers and fundraisers at a Tooting care home will be celebrating the official opening of a new sensory garden on Tuesday 12th April.

Ronald Gibson House provides nursing and dementia care to 56 older people, and the new garden is specifically designed to provide an outdoor environment specifically tailored to the needs of residents with dementia. It is the culmination of two years of planning and fundraising, including generous grants from the City Bridge Trust, the Albert Hunt trust, and the garden will be officially opened by the Worshipful The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Nicola Nardelli.

The garden includes raised flower beds containing sensory plants such as herbs and flowers, with bright colours and fragrances that all residents, both standing and in wheelchairs, will be able to see, touch and smell. A number of reminiscence features have been included throughout the garden, designed to trigger memories and provide links to familiar activities, such as a small potting table, a bus stop and bench, and a traditional washing line to help residents feel at home.

Home manager Victor Njoku says: “We are absolutely delighted that our new garden is about to be opened, after everyone has put in so much hard work to make it happen. It has created a wonderful environment that will provide many sensory and health benefits to people living at Ronald Gibson House for years to come.”

Residents, staff and volunteers at the home will be joined by friends and family, along with invited guests, for the opening ceremony at 2pm followed by a High Tea.

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