A new sensory garden at the Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home is making life a little brighter for residents with dementia.

Located at the dementia unit within the nursing home, the new garden has been funded thanks to funds raised at last year’s Toowoomba Hospital Foundation “Pop Up Paint Along” event.

The revamped space includes a fresh garden makeover and includes a number of sensory experiences, including a large chess board.

The space allows residents to enjoy activities, therapeutic programs and time with family and loved ones.

Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home Facility manager Jacinta Pitt said the new garden is a wonderful addition to the unit.

“We know that well planned outdoor environments are valuable to people with dementia because they support independence and mobility and build confidence leading to greater overall well being,” said Pitt.

“We are already seeing the space make a positive difference for our residents, with the garden also providing a lovely space for families to bring their children to visit knowing there is a beautiful area they can sit and play and build memories with their loved ones.”

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Alison Kennedy said the Foundation was grateful to be able to provide such a special place to the residents.

“This is a very special project and one we have been delighted to be involved with following the success of our Pop Up Paint Along event last year,” said Kennedy.

“We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported last year’s event and made this donation possible, especially our major sponsor of the event, Burstows Toowoomba.”

The Pop Up Paint Along is held each year with Anna Bartlett from Shiny Happy Art as a part of the Carnival of Flowers.

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