Sarah Hodgkins – ‘Charlotte Designs’ Art Work helps Care Home

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When I first arrived at this dementia unit, the walls were all magnolia and there were comfy sofas all around, yet was only used regularly by a handful of residents. The team leader however, had a vision. She wanted it to look like a park, an inviting outdoor area that would be the hub of the floor and provide the residents with a stimulating area that they would enjoy being in. The tile flooring was replaced with ‘road’ and grass areas, the sofas with park benches and I was tasked with turning the walls into parkland, gardens and flower beds. “Your art work is brill and has brightened up the living space for our residents. And made the ideas that were in my head become real. The residents love it , the staff love it and our visitors love it what more could we ask for !!” says Team Leader Nicola Johnson. There is even a lake, a playground and a birdbath with birds. The whole thing is finished off with trees and lamp posts, bringing the outside in! Now the area is a buzzing place with the staff noticing a significant increase in sociability and a reduction in aggression. Put simply, it is now an interesting and pleasant place to sit.