A garden makeover in a safe environment

During lockdown, individuals we support at Endurance Care: Rectory House, Kent, were supported by staff to develop a garden project that aimed to make the garden a more inviting place for residents to relax and enjoy their time.

The project was led by Lisa Fletcher, Support Worker at Rectory House, who worked with the staff team to create ideas on how to improve the look and accessibility of the garden to benefit the individuals we support.

“It was important that we gained feedback and took onboard the ideas of our residents, as the garden is their place to have fun and spend time in a safe environment during the pandemic,” said Lisa.

Staff followed the latest government guidelines surrounding socially distanced visits and organised for two gazebos to be put up, allowing for family and friends to visit individuals in a safe space. A memorial bench was also placed in remembrance for a long-time resident of Rectory House, who sadly died in 2018, with flowers being planted near the bench.

The project promoted active participation amongst staff and the individuals we support, with all residents taking part in painting the garden furniture, planting fresh flowers, and putting soil in the new potting area.

Jill Hopcroft, Regional Operations Manager, was pleased by how the service has kept a positive attitude during these challenging times: “Staff at Rectory House have shown great initiative and creativity in organising this garden project which has really benefited the lives of our residents, who were able to get involved and have a garden that meets their needs.”

National Care Group are pleased to see the incredible work being done at Rectory House, with staff working hard to transform the space and create an environment which allows for individuals to thrive, even during the current restrictions in place.