Sensory garden springs to life

Blacktown Hospital sensory garden is put to the test by Shirley Mitchell and Bunnings Warehouse Prospect activities organiser Kylie Hazeltine.

There is a spring in Blacktown Hospital’s dementia patient’s steps as the new sensory garden is complete and has sprung to life, just in time for the warmer weather.

The garden came to fruition thanks to the support from the Mazda Foundation and Bunnings Warehouse at Prospect.

It is designed to enhance the sensors in these frail patients and was part of the hospital’s Stage 1 expansion project.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals fundraising and events manager Sonia Daniels said the support from the community helped create this engaging, interactive, accessible space for dementia patients and their families.

“The garden is alive with colour and has a variety of perennial plants, a looped walking path so patients can go outdoors and get some exercise and a bus stop with seats,” Ms Daniels said.

“Our medical experts tell us the bus stop creates a sense of familiarity and is something many people can associate with.

“All the staff are delighted with this transformation from grasslands to a spectacular garden which will provide comfort, tranquillity as well as provide a tool to help them through their journey.

” We encourage our patients to go out and smell the flowers and spend time in the garden socialising or participating in pre-arranged activities.

“Thanks to the Mazda Foundation and Bunnings Warehouse at Prospect for providing the essential gardening materials to bring this garden to life!”

Blacktown Hospital fundraising and events manager Sonia Daniels, gardening volunteer Carol Cunningham, senior occupational therapist Sarah Cole, diversional therapist Amanda Nowak, volunteer manager Janice Low, occupational therapy department head Julianne Gibbons, and Bunnings Warehouse Prospect activities organiser Kylie Hazeltine are delighted with the colourful array of plants and flowers.