Residents, staff, volunteers and relatives from The Royal Star & Garter Homes in Surbiton enjoyed a memory walk in Bushy Park to celebrate Dementia Action Week. The one-mile route through the Royal Park took in the historic Woodland Garden that was abloom with colourful flowers and brimming with wildlife. After the walk, everyone enjoyed a delicious picnic.
Interim Dementia Care Manager, Reggie Ballos, commented, “Today has been fabulous. The residents loved being in Bushy Park, a few of them used to come here regularly so it’s nice to bring them back. Being outdoors connecting with nature is really important for well-being and can do wonders for people living with dementia.”
Alison Burns attended the walk with her mother, Wyn, who is a resident at the Home. Alison remarked, “I thought today was wonderful. It was very well organised. It’s so glorious with all the plants and trees, it gives a calming atmosphere. My mother lives with dementia, she just loves the trees and the greenery… It brings a sense of joy. It feels very safe and secure as well as being a bit different and exciting.”
Volunteer Jane Dusmet said, “It was really nice to take the residents out, to walk along with them, to sing songs. I’ve now got ‘Tulips of Amsterdam’ going around in my head! It’s really nice that residents are out with their relatives and it’s lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves.”