Bieldside care home hopes for Big Lottery Fund win

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A Bieldside care home for the elderly is hoping to become a truly ‘Golden Garden’ by winning £45,000 in the Big Lottery Fund People’s Millions.

Simeon Care at Cairnlee Road has made it through to the competition final on November 26, after the charity was nominated for its Golden Garden project, part of the new care home project which the Deeside Piper and local community has been supporting for several months.

Simeon’s hoped-for Golden Garden will be an essential part of the new development currently under construction in the grounds of the organisation’s existing facility where they have been meeting the needs of older people for 30 years.

The philosophy behind the facility is “care, compassion, and companionship to support older people to have an active, meaningful and purposeful life in a community setting, providing dignified and compassionate care and end-of-life care, supporting both the individuals and their families.”

The independent charity is part of the Camphill Movement, one of seven Camphill charities in Aberdeen, but also welcomes residents from the wider city community.

The new garden is being developed by Dr Garuth Chalfont, an expert in the design, research and use of ‘healing gardens,’ therapeutic landscaping, and dementia-friendly spaces.

It will include a terrace with River Dee views, seating alcoves, alcoves for group seating, a hand-crafted wooden bridge, potting shed, food and flower patches, wildlife stations, and personal patios leading from residents’ individual bedrooms.

All features have been developed specifically keeping in mind those with dementia.

Simeon manager, Jeannie Carlson, said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Golden Garden has been nominated for the People’s Millions.

‘‘For us, the garden will form an integral part of the care we provide here at Simeon. It is not just in the building, so much of the life of the Simeon community happens outside.

‘‘ Simeon is driven by a commitment to provide as much comfort and care as we possibly can.

‘‘For so many elderly people, being outside is a great joy, something they treasured in their own homes.

‘‘We would be so grateful if the people of the North-east take the time to vote for us.

‘‘It is something that takes just minutes to do but would improve the lives of the older people living here and their families and friends.”

The Golden Garden project will feature in a special People’s Millions show on STV on Wednesday, November 26, with phone lines open for voting all day from 9am until midnight.