A bold fundraising target has been set by staff at a Nuneaton hospital to overhaul a tired courtyard and improve care for both dementia and stroke patients.
Staff on the Bob Jakin Ward and Felix Holt Wards, at The George Eliot Hospital, have been motivated to raise £20,000 to make better use of an outdoor space by building a stroke therapy and dementia sensory garden.
A major refurbishment would see the creation of a sensory area for dementia patients which would also be used to help the rehabilitation of patients who have had strokes. The garden would also encompass a pet therapy area and host regular activities to encourage patients, and their visitors, to make use of outdoor spaces in a safe yet interactive area.
Currently the plans include:
• A designated stroke rehabilitation area, which will enable patients to practice activities such as walking across a bridge and uneven flooring
• A summer house that will be accessible all year round and in which pet and music therapy will take place
• Specially designed flooring for people at risk of falls
• Seating and lighting along a dementia friendly pathway
• Wheel chair accessible flower beds
• Sensory herbs; plants and flowers
But to bring the plans to fruition they need to raise at least £30,000. Staff have already got plans to hold their own fundraising events and have set up a JustGiving page to invite donations from the public.
“Creating a therapy garden here at the hospital could have massive benefits for our patients, and we really want this to happen,” said Vicky Kean, advanced nurse practitioner for older adults.
“Gardening promotes a feeling of wellbeing and has been shown to be beneficial to the treatment of strokes and dementia, while giving them a gentle form of exercise which would help with rehabilitation programmes. Plus all the patients get a beautiful space to use while visiting the hospital.
“We can’t do it without the support of our local community, so we’re hoping everyone will pull together to help us make this a reality.”
To make a donation to the fund please visit the JustGiving site at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/therapy-garden