THE NEW manager of the Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green is bringing in holistic activities to help those with dementia.
With access to more than two-and-a-half acres of green grounds, Tracey O’Sullivan plans to introduce the healing power of the great outdoors and manifest a dementia-friendly approach in caring for residents.
Tracey, who has worked as a care specialist in the adult support sector for 16 years, said she was thrilled to be joining the team and looking forward to getting to know the residents.
“I feel an affinity with the elderly and want to introduce more well-being projects they will enjoy.
“A huge part of that will be the holistic benefits of being outdoors – something which will help all residents, especially those with dementia.”
She said she had already seen how much residents enjoyed gardening, adding she intended to take it to a different level this spring by making more of the grounds and encouraging residents to care for flowerbeds and herbs.
“Getting outdoors, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells, does wonders for people living with conditions such as dementia.
“They can be powerful triggers for memories and that makes them essential tools for people who may otherwise have difficulty.”