The Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Mick Fitch placed the final piece in a unique Giant Sensory Wall on 18th September at Honey Lane Care Home.
The wall, measuring 2.5 x 2 metres, has been created by Honey Lane residents, the team and members of the community over the past few months, for residents to enjoy. Sections of the wall relate to different sensory experiences including sound, light, touch, sight and reminiscence.
Contributions to the wall have also been made by St Lawrence’s Church, Waltham Abbey and the district nurse team (SEPT: South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust).
The wall can be easily deconstructed so that individual boards can be taken to residents who are bedbound or less physically able.
Children from Hillhouse School have been making sensory patchwork tablecloths for the home as part of their art classes – with each child contributing a patch.
Karen Dean, manager of Honey Lane says: “All the 13 care homes in our group have been tasked with coming up with new ways of making a difference to our resident’s lives. We have chosen the Five Senses as our theme. In addition to the giant sensory wall, we have also designed a programme of events aimed at stimulating all the five senses for our residents.
“We are very grateful to the community for being so engaged with this whole project. Our new programme will be judged against other initiatives within the group on September 18th.”