Help SASH Charity create a dementia friendly garden at East Surrey Hospital

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We are seeking help from the local community to change a courtyard garden next to the care of the elderly wards at East Surrey Hospital into a Camomile Courtyard.

The Camomile Courtyard will be a sensory garden for patients living with dementia, so that they have a calm engaging environment away from the hospital wards.

Of the 80,337 adults admitted to East Surrey Hospital last year, a third were aged over 75 and 13 per cent had a confirmed dementia diagnosis.

These patients have been admitted because they are acutely unwell and many have come through the emergency department. For patients living with dementia, being in hospital can be an overwhelming experience and some patients can become restless and frustrated.

A purpose built garden area will give them a place to exercise and an opportunity to relieve tension and anxiety. It will also offer additional interest with colours, smells and the sounds of wildlife which can stimulate memories for people living with dementia.

The area that we want to reinvigorate currently has overgrown trees and is unsuitable for many patients due to some uneven surfaces and benches which are too low for older people to sit on. The courtyard is largely grey concrete with no vibrant colours. With your support, we can transform this space into a thriving garden for patients and their families to enjoy.

An important part of the high quality care provided at East Surrey Hospital is rehabilitation, which will enable patients to be ready to leave hospital. To help meet these needs, the garden will also provide a number of different therapeutic activities.

Sensory planting will create a calming environment and encourage wildlife while also stimulating patients’ recall. Seating will allow opportunities for admiring the garden, contemplation and resting before continuing around the garden. Camomile Courtyard will also be a place for communal activities such as table tennis designed by the BAT (Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy) Foundation.

Other key elements of the garden will create a destination place for hospital therapy staff to bring patients to. The design will include items such as a water feature, a traditional post box and a telephone box and these will be points of interest and important conversation starters as part of recall rehabilitation.

We hope that the work can be completed in 2018 so that Camomile Courtyard ready for patients, their families and the nurses and therapists caring for them to enjoy.

Help us to make this amazing space a reality.

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For more information about the garden or how you can help please contact sash.charity@nhs.net or call 01737 768511 ext. 1295.

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