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Care service to create sensory garden




A Fornham All Saints care service is expanding to create a sensory garden and taking on more staff to accommodate growth.

Jane Bennett created the service after working as a carer herself.

Jane Bennett Care Services Ltd was registered with the CQC in 2013.

Jane Bennett with Tessa Lear, registered manager and a client. Picture by Mark Westley.
Jane Bennett with Tessa Lear, registered manager and a client. Picture by Mark Westley.

“We developed a care provider business for people living in the community with dementia,” Jane said, “we registered with the CQC in 2013. Since then I’ve got an established care service providing respite for people living with dementia or people over 65.”

Jane and the care service are now looking to create an outdoor sensory garden for clients.

This is so they can fully develop a support group and a family area to help support people with dementia.

The care service is also looking to take on two or three full time carers which would typically work 30 hours a week.

Jane said: “We’re hoping to get sponsors to fund the building of the sensory garden.”

The care service is based in Moseleys Farm Business Centre.

The care service hosts a ‘Time out club’ throughout the week, which Jane is hoping will benefit from the sensory garden.

Jane said: “The Time Out club is a respite. They do lots of different things – they sit round and have a chat about what happened on this day in history. They do paintings and quizzes. It’s a very small group of eight clients at a time.”

Jane has worked as a sole trader, out in the community and for agencies in the past.

“I didn’t like the way they [the agencies] ran,” she said, “you were sent to clients without any information about them. So I went independent as a sole trader, if I was going to do this I needed to set up and be regulated by the CQC. We have grown from there, there was just a couple of carers then, we’ve got 15 carers now.

“My passion is Alzheimer’s and dementia. I wanted to support people, which helps them to have a better quality of life – not just the client but the families as well – they need an awful lot of support.

“We have to assess the client. A lot of clients and people we care for are out in the community or we offer a day service.”

Anyone who wishes to apply for a carer role or businesses who would like to sponsor the garden please email Jane on jbennett385@btinternet.com

Senior carer Sarah Swallow with clients. Picture by Mark Westley.
Senior carer Sarah Swallow with clients. Picture by Mark Westley.

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