Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community recently celebrated the completion of the campus’ Serenity Garden Project with a dedication ceremony and open house.
The Serenity Garden is a resident initiated project that is coming to fruition after more than a year of planning, research and design. The space is a secure outdoor area that allows all residents of the continuing care retirement community, but especially those in the nursing and personal care centers effected by Alzheimer’s, early stage dementia and related memory issues, the freedom to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, secure environment.
“The Serenity Garden has already made a huge impact on the lives of our residents,” said Normandie Ridge Nursing Home Administrator and Serenity Garden Chairperson Chad Mondorff. “Most of us take for granted the ability to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. With the garden, residents who were restricted in their ability to do that, now have an opportunity to enjoy nature.”
Phase one of the project, which comprises excavating and hardscaping, was completed in the fall of 2012 by Kinsley Construction, who used the project as a classroom for the Kinsley Education Center Apprentice Program. Phase two of the project, comprising landscaping, which was done by resident volunteers, and a fence and security system, was completed in July.
The project was funded largely by donations from residents, friends, families, and community supporters of Normandie Ridge. The Normandie Ridge Auxiliary donated more than $10,000 toward the project.