An Aberdeen care home has successfully been awarded a grant from Aberdeen City Council’s Great Outdoors Fund to transform an unused outdoors space into a beautiful garden for residents to enjoy.
As part of their application for the fund, Four Seasons Health Care’s Laurels Lodge Care Home drew up plans to redesign the area in order to create a stimulating, accessible and attractive space for all of the home’s community to enjoy.
It will include colourful flowers and plants allowing green-fingered residents to enjoy some gardening. There will also be a new patio with benches so that people can spend some quiet time alone or sit with friends or family. The home is also investing in work benches so residents can comfortably tend to plants.
The new outdoor area will complement the home’s existing sensory garden especially designed for those living with dementia. These gardens are specifically designed to take into consideration the impact of scent, light, colour, contrast, texture and sound in order to create a balanced and stimulating sensory environment.
Sheila Gesma, the Home Manager for Laurels Lodge, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from Aberdeen City Council that will enable us to have a new garden and outdoors space for residents and their families to enjoy. The area will provide a tranquil environment in which everyone can relax and it will make a real difference to the wellbeing of people living in the home.”
The Great Outdoors Fund bestows grants for therapeutic improvements to green spaces in Aberdeen, enabling organisations to engage with, care for and support the elderly.
Located in the outskirts of Aberdeen, Laurels Lodge provides EMI nursing care for its 45 residents who live with dementia.