Whilst our gardens have always been the jewel in our crown, they have become even more appreciated and enjoyed during lockdown.
They have become havens to get some much-needed fresh air and exercise, or embark on hobbies such as gardening or painting. They have become entertainment venues, with socially distanced live performances from local bands. They have been places for solitude and peace; places for laughing and conversation; and most recently, they have allowed us to resume face to face, family visits in our socially distanced and Covid 19 safe visitor gazebos.
Each home’s garden is unique. At Bamford Close, we have our very own pub, The Bamford Arms, situated in a summer house within the garden, with replica beer taps and table football! It’s perfect for residents looking to relax and unwind in a social atmosphere. Bryn Haven’s pretty summerhouse was hand painted by one of our dedicated volunteers last summer and is a lovely place to sit outside and admire the view. Wellcroft turned their old summerhouse into a fresh and welcoming, dementia friendly, village store. It’s a stimulating space, decorated in a vintage style to trigger memories and encourage reminiscing. It is also brilliant for maintaining independence, allowing residents to pick up essentials whenever they choose.
At Cawood House, their large, mature gardens, bursting with flowers and foliage, can be enjoyed via a leisurely stroll on landscaped paths, with plenty of handrails and benches for those who want to pause to admire the view. Like many of our homes, Cawood House also has a large and airy conservatory, which means the gardens can also be enjoyed from the comfort of warm and dry surroundings, whatever the season! Marbury House, our specialist active recovery home, is also fully equipped to help residents with mobility issues enjoy the large, landscaped garden. It has benches, handrails and clear paths that are wide enough for wheelchair use.
Reinbek, a beautiful Victorian two-storey home in the heart of Davenport, enjoys all the spoils of a large, well-designed Victorian garden. The various focal points include a pond, a rockery, a greenhouse for a spot of gardening and a purpose-built pergola. The garden also features ample seating for those wishing to relax outdoors.
Recently refurbished Bruce Lodge’s courtyard garden is a safe green space, specially designed to stimulate those living with dementia. It has been designed to promote independence, so that those living with dementia can wander around the courtyard freely. The wellbeing and independence of residents living with dementia is also a key design consideration for Silverdale’s outdoor space.
For many who come to live with us, the rigours of maintaining a beautiful garden are beyond their current physical capabilities. However, when they move into a Borough Care home, they have access to all the wellbeing and health benefits of nature without the heavy lifting.
We are delighted that our homes are open to new admissions. Head over to Our Homes for more glorious garden pictures, or browse the gallery below. If you have any questions relating to any of our facilities, or personalised care plans, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.