A resident and her relative enjoy a platinum jubilee celebration to open the new garden at Westerham Place Care Home in Sevenoaks, Kent.

New Gardens Open at Westerham Place With Jubilee Jamboree

Residents at Westerham Place Care Home enjoyed a double celebration as the home’s new-look gardens officially opened with a Platinum Jubilee garden party.

With a packed programme of games and entertainment, residents’ friends and families were invited to join their loved ones for an afternoon of fun to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

This wasn’t just a royal celebration, the afternoon also marked the home’s first summer event since the start of the pandemic. Gathered around tables decorated with Union Jacks and surrounded by red, white and blue bunting, our Westerham Place family enjoyed tea and scones and live music to kick off the celebration.

Later, a delicious BBQ was served courtesy of the home’s kitchen team, with games, a raffle and face painting for residents’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy.

Re-engaging Family and Friends

With the team keen to re-engage families and friends in life at the home, one of our Westerham Place residents’ favourite activity providers was on hand to demonstrate their much-loved music and movement sessions.

Henry, who is a firm favourite at Westerham Place, encouraged relatives to have a go at some armchair exercises in the gardens. It didn’t take long for the participants to discover why Henry’s sessions are so popular, putting everyone firmly in the party spirit!

Kerry Coates, home manager at Westerham Place, said: “It really was a wonderful garden party and a fitting tribute to The Queen’s incredible years of service. More than that though, it meant so much to be able to welcome family and friends to party with our residents like this for the first time in over 2 years! The smiles said it all and it is something we will all remember for years to come.

“A huge thank you to my wonderful team for working so hard to make this happen for our residents and their loved ones. I am a very proud manager indeed!”

A Garden Fit for Royalty

The event follows a major garden makeover to the lawn area in front of the home. The new layout includes accessible pathways meandering through specially planted borders with sensory elements. This will enable residents with reduced mobility to enjoy the new outdoor space, while the sensory flowerbeds will benefit those living with dementia.

Shade is provided by the home’s iconic oak tree, still a focal point of the garden, and a beautiful new wooden shelter with 360-degree views of the newly landscaped area. In addition to the new garden, many of the bedrooms on the ground floor now boast their own private patio area with views of the borders.

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