Kanandah is inviting members of the public to donate a plant for the garden of its new dementia specific wing.
Kandandah recently completed the 10-bed extension to cater for the needs of older people in the Mudgee region.
As part of the development, an area of some 40 metres by 25 metres was set aside for a specially designed garden which will be visible from every room of the new wing.
“Many of our residents come from a family home where their garden was an integral aspect to their daily life,” Kanandah board chairman Steve Jones said.
“Moving into residential care for their final years can be a very daunting prospect.
“Having the ability to get out of the building to a safe and beautiful garden will contribute significantly to the quality of life of those in our care.
“We envisage having the garden fully planted and available to residents and their families by the end of the coming summer.”
Mr Jones said making the large area fully usable for dementia residents and equipping it with paving, plants, garden furniture, lights, security features and an irrigation system is estimated to cost more than $50,000.
“Kanandah has sought the assistance of a number of local businesses to help fund this garden and we are very grateful for the support we have received,” he said.
“Now individual members of the community will have an opportunity to make a long lasting contribution to what will become a wonderful recreation area for those in our care.”
Kanandah is asking members of the public to Donate a Plant, either from their own gardens or by purchasing a plant at a local nursery.
Kanandah would especially welcome “cottage garden’ plants such as daisies, lavender, geraniums, natives, agapanthus, iris and herbs – or any other bush or shrub.
“Perhaps over the next month when folk are sprucing up their garden for spring they could pot up or purchase one extra plant to donate,” Mr Jones said.
Plant donations for the garden can be delivered to the Kanandah office at 21 Douro Street.