New outdoor areas at Dryandra Residential Care facility

To welcome in the change of season, Baptistcare Dryandra Residential Care facility in Kellerberrin recently celebrated the opening of their new gardens and outdoor areas.

Family members and members of the community joined residents and staff for a garden party including sausage sizzle, outdoor games, chocolate wheel and musical entertainment.

Residents planted bulbs in the raised garden beds and made all the bunting decoration for the grand opening of the garden.

Laura Walsh, Lifestyle Coordinator at Baptistcare Dryandra, explained that spending time outdoors in the fresh air and natural sunlight had many health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of depression.

“Residents who have a history of working or being outside find that being in the gardens helps their mood and relaxes them,” she said.

In order to ensure the outdoor spaces suit the needs of residents, steps are taken to make them an inviting, yet safe and practical space.

Judith Don, General Manager Aged Care Services, said accessible and interesting gardens are as important to our residents as their indoor living spaces.

“They provide people with enjoyable forms of exercise and assist to reduce stress levels commonly experienced by people with dementia”, she said. “Baptistcare staff actively encourage our residents to spend time in their gardens to take advantage of all the amazing benefits.”

To find out more or to tour one of our our 14 residential care facilities located in metro and regional areas please visit Residential Care or call 1300 660 640.