Garden idea blossoms into reality
WHAT was once a boring courtyard at CCHC has been transformed into a "safe garden" for dementia and palliative care patients at Coff Harbour Health Campus.
Planning for the garden started in 2009 when staff identified the need for a safe outdoor area for patients suffering from dementia that would also provide a pleasant space for their families.
With funds provided by Bonville Sawtell Lions, Australian Lions Foundation, Coffs Harbour Bridge Club,
Bunnings and also the Medical Unit Nurses, who produced and sold a recipe book, work was under way.
Lions members provided the labour to build, paint, plant and install the garden which includes a water feature, raised garden beds with rounded edges, soft plantings, fixed seating and an outdoors table and chair setting.
"The ward staff have driven this project from the start and with the assistance of the Bonville Lions Club
volunteers, raised the necessary funds to build the garden," Dr Theresa Beswick, acting general manager of CHHC said.
"This is a fantastic achievement, I am extremely proud of our ward staff and appreciative of the volunteers from the Bonville Lions Club and Coffs Harbour Bridge Club who assisted in working on this great project and saw it through to completion. It is a wonderful space to be in and I am certain it will be used for many years to come."