Admire the outdoors
Colinton has beautiful, south-facing gardens, which are easily accessed by a pathway. We’ve also got a sensory garden and a summer house which is used regularly to get together outdoors. Residents get involved in the choice of plants and landscaping. It’s the perfect environment for relaxing or socialising outdoors.
Our residents regularly walk around the garden for exercise and to admire the plants, and we try and take afternoon tea on the patio whenever the weather is fine. We got some lovely new garden furniture as part of the home’s recent refurbishment, which make relaxing outside a real pleasure.
We can’t get enough of our very own family of squirrels, who keep everyone entertained. Some residents have squirrel feeders on their windows too! The garden’s always buzzing with life, which makes for great views and conversation.
Are dementia-care residents allowed to use the gardens?
Yes. Residents and their relatives are able to come and go as they please. A lot of our residents with dementia are very mobile, and love to go outside for a walk. Our staff are always on hand to assist anyone who needs help in the garden.
Can residents do their own gardening?
Some of our residents bring their favourite plants and flowers from home, which we’re happy to accommodate. We are hoping to make more of the flowerbeds wheelchair accessible in the future to give residents who would like to more opportunities to get involved in the garden.