[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 12, July 2011].
Now that the Summer is here, patients on the special-purpose Dementia Ward (D22) at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton are getting the benefit of their own securely enclosed secret garden.
The 20-bed ward specialises in caring for elderly acute hospital patients suffering from dementia as well as a physical illness. As a therapeutic activity, patients worked on the garden design and development themselves. They were also involved with local artists to design three mosaics on the theme of flowers, butterflies and dragonflies and pieces of glass art in the shape of butterflies.
The garden has shaded seating areas and a wheelchair-accessible soft safety surface. The garden was funded through the Kings Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment programme. The patient artwork was funded by the Arts in Health programme.
Matron Karen Bowley commented:
“We are delighted with the new garden. It provides a calm, quiet space where patients can sit and relax and is a fantastic addition to the new ward. Patients have enjoyed potting seeds and picking their own themes and colours for the artwork; involving them in stimulating activities is an important part of their care.”
Patient garden is blooming lovely (Press Release). Wolverhampton: Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, June 30th 2011.
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Persons wishing to learn specifically about the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project and its use of support from the King’s Fund EHE may wish to read the following: