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Outdoor spaces improve dementia care

Spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression in care home residents with dementia. But easy access and careful design are a must if residents are to get the most out of their gardens.

Spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression in care home residents with dementia. But easy access and careful design are a must if residents are to get the most out of their gardens

Rachel Potter saw many examples of great practice when she visited residential homes as part of her research into their physical environment. But none sticks in her memory quite as much as the giant rabbits, which were kept as pets at one care home and interacted with the residents.

The former district nurse, who is now a senior research fellow at Warwick Medical School, led a project to examine the relationship between the design of care homes and symptoms of depression in residents.

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