Project information

Nightingale's Sensory Garden Project

Our Dementia Unit will be opening this year at Nightingale. Show your support by helping us raise the funds to create a beautiful Sensory Garden in the grounds of Nightingale which will improve the lives of the residents living in the unit.

May 2010 - December 2011

Charity information

Nightingale Hammerson

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  • Need


    The high standard of care and medicine in our country means that people are living longer, with the number of people aged over 80 more than doubling in the last 25 years to 1.3 million with over one in six people over the age of 80 suffering from dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This is reflected in our residents two-thirds of whom have dementia.


    Nightingale has embarked on a 5 year redevelopment plan, the first part of which is the creation of a much needed, purpose-built state-of-the-art dementia unit. Specialist architects have been appointed who have extensive experience in the 'built enviornment' for dementia sufferers. Behind the dementia unit a beautiful sensory garden will be constructed which will help with the therapy that the residents in the unit will receive.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    It is essential to put in place methods that will stimulate the activitiy of residents with dementia


    » The use of a sensory garden will stimulate the senses of touch, sight, sound, taste and smell which all works towards relieving symptoms of dementia

    The success of our project will be demonstrated by a visible increase in the happiness, comfort and well-being of our residents.

    Aim 2

    To create facilities that will enable residents to carry out meaningful activities during the day.


    » The sensory garden can be used to hold different classes such as yoga, tai chi and other therapy sessions.

    The success will be demonstrated through the facilities that will enable residents to carry out meaningful activities during the day.

  • Impact


    Sensory gardens decrease anxiety levels, agitation and depression in patients with dementia. They also result in residents with dementia being able to enjoy fresh air, access sunlight, engage in social interaction with their families and other residents’ group activities or quiet reflection.


    The potential challenge of staff recruitment and anticipated problems with local authority funding.


    We will report to donors annually during the project using methods such as our annual review publication, leaflets and information on our website. We will also provide a full final report at its conclusion. We will also endeavour to invite donors to the grounds to see the development of the garden.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £86,615

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,970 Site preparation General Cost of preparing the site
      £5,000 Walking area Lawn area
      £26,973 Smell features Plants flower area
      £18,512 Visual features Statues and water features
      £15,160 Touch features Water features
      £5,000 Sound features Music Therapy
      £5,000 Professional fees Cost of workmen

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    City Bridge Trust £50,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Nightingale is a care home based near Wandsworth Common, South London. The dementia unit is being constructed in the grounds behind the existing home. The sensory garden will be located next to this unit to provide easy access for the residents.


    We care for older people from all over the South East of London. We offer a 'home for life' for those who are in need of it.
    We are dedicated to providing holistic quality care All residents in the home will have access to the sensory garden and benfit from it.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The home is able to care for around 200 individuals. Our approach is holistic and we are passionate about providing person-centred care. To this end, every resident benefits from a wellbeing assessment within one week of arriving, to ensure that the staff can understand each individual’s requirements. We are a 3-star rated home and we have extensive experience caring for residents with dementia. We are therefore well-equipped to construct a sensory garden that residents can benefit from.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Leon Smith - Chief Executive

    Mr Smith has been Chief Executive at Nightingale for 11 years and involved for almost 40. His experience of the needs of residents is second-to-none.

    Anne Topping - Head Of Therapy

    Anne is an Occupational Therapist and in 2004 she was appointed Head of Therapy at Nightingale. Her role includes management of a 6 therapists.

    Ram Awatar - Director Of Clinical Services

    Ram is the registered manager of the home. He has over 20 years experience as a senior manager in the NHS both on a strategical and manegerial level.