The dementia garden at Pendleton Court Care Home in Salford has been awarded a highly commended certificate by HC-One following work undertaken by Garden Needs. HC-One specialises in Dementia, Nursing, Residential and Specialist care with homes throughout the UK.

Garden Needs has re-worked the garden over the last 5 months to create a place that staff and residents can enjoy and where residents can get involved in gardening. The commendation was in recognition of Best Garden, Garden Bed Display and, Garden Colour.

Julie from Garden Needs headed up the dementia garden project which began in July and has worked hard to involve the residents along every step of the way to ensure it is truly their garden. Weekly visits to the garden have led to much development and Julie has built a real rapport with residents.

Speaking about the project, Simon Colderlay, Development and Operations Manager at Garden Needs says: “This has been an important project in which both Julie and the dementia garden have flourished. The change in the garden and the change in the residents that engage in the activities have been noticed by the staff at Pendleton Court and they are keen to keep up with the service.”

Garden Needs will continue to visit the garden every week to work together with residents. Next year the team intend to grow more vegetables and fruit in the garden which can then be used in the kitchens of Pendleton Court.

In other news at Garden Needs…

This week has seen two new faces at Garden Needs. Mark and Anouska are Salford University third year students on an occupational therapy course. Both students have settled in well and are contributing their occupational therapy knowledge to what we already offer at Garden Needs.

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They will be working across the whole range of services we offer to our volunteers and so far have got really stuck in with everything. They will both be with Garden Needs until Christmas.intern2 cut

Garden Needs also played host to a group of MSc students from Salford University who attended as part of their MSc in Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment on a unit called Dementia: Therapeutic effects of gardens and being outdoors. Simon took the students through the whole service offered at Garden Needs then went on to more detail on the involvement of people living with dementia and the activities we have developed both in the Garden Centre and in care homes including dementia gardens. Salford University were impressed and are looking to develop the session into an online resource where the talk and activities delivered will be filmed and put on the Salford University website.