14 Dec 2022

Sensory garden provides relaxing and supportive space for Fair Haven Maryborough

Seniors Living
Churches of Christ Fair Haven Maryborough officially opened its new sensory garden recently, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to relax and engage with all five senses in the outdoors.

Churches of Christ Service Manager, Melinda Andersen said that the opening included an Official Blessing, ribbon cutting ceremony and live entertainment for residents and their loved ones.

“The sensory garden provides a quiet space for residents to enjoy a peaceful environment, which can be particularly important for our cognitively impaired residents,” Ms Andersen said.

“The sensory garden offers the opportunity for residents to see and touch the colourful plants, smell the floral perfumes, feel the breeze and water the plants. By offering a calm space that engages multiple senses, we can help to reduce escalating behaviours and provide a space for residents to have some time to themselves, with support from staff or loved ones.

“The official opening was a great morning with our residents and their families, Retirement Village residents, Churches of Christ staff and our volunteers. It was wonderful to welcome everyone together in the garden.”

The sensory garden has been designed to cater for a range of access needs, including flat and open areas allowing all residents to enjoy the garden.

“Residents are encouraged to visit the garden with loved ones or contribute to its upkeep along with our maintenance team by watering and pruning,” Ms Andersen said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our many keen gardeners to retain their hobby and enjoy the great outdoors in a safe environment.”