Residents and staff at Care South’s Buxton House care home in Weymouth are rejoicing after its garden received a complete makeover.
A major revamp has seen the grounds transform into a beautiful and tranquil space for residents to enjoy all year round. The home is owned and operated by not-for-profit charity, Care South, who understand the importance of access to safe, green outdoor spaces for residents, and is committed to investing in its homes.
Rachel Sohorye, Peripatetic Home Manager at Buxton House, said:
“Residents in our care have been excitedly following the renovation work in the garden. The outdoor space was in desperate need of some TLC, but now thanks to the investment we have a wonderful outdoor space for residents to enjoy along with their visiting family and friends. They were so excited to get outside and explore our new garden, their smiles say it all.
“Access to outdoor space is important for us all, not least our elderly residents and those living with dementia who need safe, tranquil environments. Being able to move around can help reduce tension and anxiety, whilst colour, touch and scent all help to calm and ground residents. Spending time in the great outdoors can also help awaken happy memories for residents. This new garden will be a hugely important addition to our home.”
As part of the refurbishment, the courtyard and sensory garden have been transformed. There are now three different patio areas across the sensory garden, providing plenty of seating areas for residents to relax in. A new pergola provides a shady walkway with bench seating. There’s also a water feature and raised aquarium, accessible to all residents, including wheelchair users, which creates a soothing, quiet space for calm and reflection. A potting shed has been installed, along with raised planters so residents can get their hands dirty and indulge in a spot of gardening. The garden is accessible via wide, flat walkways.
Commenting on the garden, John, a resident at Buxton House, said:
“The garden looks fantastic, and it was lovely to see the fish tank as I had many Koi fish at home before I came here. I’m really interested in fish and the design of the tank is good because everyone can see them. It was also fantastic to help cut the red ribbon for the official garden opening.”