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The Devon Garden

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS FT project to improve the care environment for people living with dementia.

Name of organisation:

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


Title of project/programme:

The Devon Garden


Dates of project/programme:

October 2012 -September 2014


The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, through its Dementia and Delirium Steering Group sought to improve the care environment for people living with Dementia. It had developed project design ideas before the Department of Health Dementia Friendly Environments Capital Improvement Initiative launched in October 2012. The scheme divided into an interior project to develop a pictorial memory walk and a project to provide a multi-sensory garden. The project gained Department of Health funding as one of 122 pilot schemes. During its development it was selected as one of 15 special study projects and has recently been selected to be part of a Department of Health Building Note – a form of planning guidance.

The hospital is of a nucleus plan. The design team focused on an underused courtyard space to make a useful place, where therapeutic needs could be met. This facilitates peaceful interaction between patients, their family, friends and staff, in the open air, away from the clinical ward environment. As well as a pleasant place the environment provides staff with the opportunity for assessment of cognitive levels and mobility of patients to inform onward care. The memory walk guides patients and staff from ward to garden and can also be used as an assessment tool. The journey from the wards across campus provides motivation and physical and psychological goals to reach the garden destination. The view to the garden from the second floor provides visual amenity and topics for conversation for patients unable to get there.

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