Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 Apr 2008
Organisation: mental health
Service: dementia care, end-of-life care, mental health
Project: gardens

Project location

Frank Gardham House, Lancashire

Aims and Outcomes

The unit provides specialist assessment and care for people with Huntington’s Disease and is located at the edge of a former hospital site and enjoys outstanding views over the surrounding countryside.

The aim of the Thyme and Space garden was to create a fully accessible space that would enhance communication and promote relaxation whilst giving opportunities for activity and meaningful occupation.

A sweeping terrace area, which is directly accessible from the day lounge has helped bring 'the outside in' so that the vista can be enjoyed in any weather. The patio area has been redesigned to provide pathways suitable for wheelchairs between raised beds as well as a number of seating areas. Sensory planting, interspersed with glass artworks, has been chosen to provide interest and delight throughout the year. A water feature provides gentle sound and lighting has been installed to highlight the garden and surrounding mature trees during the winter months.

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