CHARM Care Home Research Study – A project to find out resident, visitor and staff preferences and suggestions for our new garden space and associated activities

Association for Dementia Studies Blog

Four care homes participated in the CHARM research project, conducting two mini-research projects each. This blog shares the experiences of Sanctuary Care’sHastings Residential Care Home in Malvern, Worcestershire and their second mini-research study. Hastings is also part of Sanctuary Group and thanks go especially to Home Manager Sue Milward, Deputy Manager Dan Reeves, Activity Coordinators Kirsty Sinton, Jackie Sadler, April Walwyn, Hannah Barber, Jenny Douglas and Project Manager Elizabeth Johnston of Sanctuary Care for their work as part of the Hastings’ Research Working Group.

Stage 1: Find out, plan and prepare

The direction of the project was decided with the knowledge that landscaping work planned for the garden area was about to start following the build of “the orangery”, a new conservatory area to the care home, which had left the garden in a bit of a state!) In addition, Sanctuary Care – the Organisation that runs Hastings –…

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