Generally though we talk to the care home manager or their architect about what we can achieve. We work in collaboration with staff, and where possible families, carers and the residents to design practical spaces with soul. Too many dementia gardens emphasise care free surfacing - that effectively means the client has been convinced that concrete in its many and varied forms can be therapeutic. Not so! From experience we know practical, abundant planting, set within a low maintenance planting plan can create a calming, stimulating environment in even tiny courtyard garden, roof garden or balcony spaces.
Whenever we are commissioned to design a new dementia garden there is a real buzz in the office as well get excited about the project and the difference we can make. If it sounds corny, it is! We love to use our talent to show the boring old status quo that creative landscapes are a cost effective tool for the management of dementia.