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Resident’s Tribute to his Late Wife in the Spirit of Men’s Mental Health Week

Posted: 15-06-2023

Resident’s Tribute to his Late Wife in the Spirit of Men’s Mental Health Week

Dorset House Nursing Home in Droitwich Spa proudly shares a touching story embodying the spirit of Men’s Mental Health Week, running from 12th-18th June. Fred, a cherished resident living at the care home, has created a stunning memorial garden in tribute to his late wife, Margaret, which is visible from his bedroom window. The garden has been a source of solace for Fred, promoting his wellbeing and honouring the life he shared with his late wife.

Fred shared his love of gardening with his wife, and it is his passion for gardening that inspired the creation of a memorial garden within the grounds. Since joining Dorset House in 2022, Fred has forged many new friendships, through conversations, and getting involved in the occasional board game with his fellow residents. However, through gardening, he has built rapport with the care home’s Gardener, Andrew, who takes the time to speak to Fred and exchange gardening tips.
Lisa Davies, the Lifestyle Coordinator at Dorset House, said:
“The garden is a sanctuary for Fred, where he finds comfort in moments of longing or grief, helping him feel closer to Margaret and more at peace. This Men’s Mental Health Week is the ideal opportunity to celebrate Fred’s resilience. Here at Dorset House, we will support our resident’s wellbeing in whatever way we can.  We recognise the power of conversation and connection on mental health, and the garden has been a great source of conversation and connection for Fred”. 
Operated by Rotherwood Healthcare, Dorset House provides award-winning Residential and Nursing Care in the heart of Droitwich Spa. For more information, call 01905 772710.