Party to celebrate IRT Culburra Beach Garden
- The resident garden has been redeveloped
- A caravan is one of the garden’s features
- To celebrate the new garden there was a party
- A bequest enabled the garden to be redeveloped
Residents and visitors to IRT Culburra Beach are enjoying the community’s redeveloped gardens.
The garden at IRT Culburra Beach Aged Care Centre has been redeveloped to create a welcoming outdoor space for residents and visitors.
The official opening of the garden was in late November 2018 after six months of work.
IRT Culburra Beach Care Manager Keith Lierz says the aged care centre’s garden wasn’t being used.
“Our garden was about 20 years old and it was not being utilised,” he says.
After Keith took a tour of the dementia garden at IRT Woonona and saw what the community’s Namaste program had to offer, he organised a whole group to visit Woonona to see what could be applied at IRT Culburra Beach.
“They have a car in the garden at Woonona, which residents can sit in, so we changed that up,” he says. “People come here for holidays and used to bring a caravan or leave a caravan to holiday in.”
So the concept of having a caravan installed in the garden for reminiscing was born and developed for the garden. The garden now has a play area for children who visit their grandparents and there’s a raised garden bed for those residents in wheelchairs.
Keith says the garden’s improvements have been well received.
“The other thing we did was add seating along the walkway – which gives people a reason to sit down,” he says.
Keith says when looking at the garden the standout features are the caravan and the scenes of the sea and lake on the garden’s screens.
The garden refurbishment was thanks to a bequest from Amy Butt in 2011. Part of the bequest was also used for IRT Culburra Beach’s palliative care room.
“A great niece [of Amy Butt] was there at the party and official opening and we acknowledged the family’s contribution. If it wasn’t for the bequest, we wouldn’t have a new garden.”
Keith estimates more than 200 people attended the official opening, including residents, families, staff and local school children. The day-long celebration included a school choir performance, ukulele band, morning tea, BBQ, tours and talks, a singer, and afternoon tea.