Respite garden in full bloom

Carer Adrian Anthony, Isoletta Mucciarone, carer Celie Yuen, Tilly Zlamanski, Giueseppina Bernadino, Tim Craig, Tom Campbell and carer Cheryl Ashwood with her dog Jack. d403291
Carer Adrian Anthony, Isoletta Mucciarone, carer Celie Yuen, Tilly Zlamanski, Giueseppina Bernadino, Tim Craig, Tom Campbell and carer Cheryl Ashwood with her dog Jack. d403291

Vincent House has developed a raised garden over the past two years, with fresh produce including carrots, swedes, pumpkins and herbs growing from the beds.

Respite coordinator Cheryl Ashwood said the garden and its produce was helping improve the health of many clients who have dementia.

‘When I got here two years ago, the main activity was bingo,’ she said.

‘What we are doing is trying to change that, and create an environment where a client feels like they are having a quality day and doing something purposeful.

‘The clients love the garden. They painted some of the drums and they can go out there and pull up a bunch of carrots.’

The garden was created by staff and clients, with many items donated.

Ms Ashwood said the centre helped care for 12 people with dementia each week day, with three bedrooms available for overnight stays.