A new dementia-friendly garden has been created for patients in Ward 2 at Bo’ness Community Hospital to help them access the outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. The garden provides space for familiar activities such as digging, potting, flowers, walking and even hanging out the washing! The garden has also been stocked with fragrant and vibrantly coloured plants specially selected to help stimulate the senses.
Senior Charge Nurse, Owen Taylor, explained: “Having our beautiful garden will help patients relax and have a positive effect on their mood. Regular access to fresh air and some quiet time should also help people feel less stressed and we hope it will spark memories of gardening hobbies and encourage conversation.
“So many people have been involved in this project and have helped make it happen, right from its original conception to what is here today. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for all they have done to help open our new garden in this 70th year of our NHS, making it a double celebration. This garden will bring much pleasure happiness and contentment to so many people over the years.”
The garden was officially opened by Falkirk Council’s Provost, Billy Buchanan.