The Map

We decided against writing up our findings in a report and instead opted to display the information we gathered in a visually appealing and easy to follow way. The Map is based on a Care Culture Spectrum we identified during our research and includes steps (arranged across columns in boxes) to help residents in care settings engage with their outdoor space, that we identified during our research. The Map also reveals a strong link between the journey towards relationship-centred care and a naturally more active use of the outdoor space (regardless of whether or not it has been designed). The Map describes steps the care setting can take to move forward on its culture change journey, across a range of different aspects of care culture, including Health & Safety, and also describes how and when to engage the services of an outside specialist, such as a garden designer, to ensure the intervention is appropriate, sustainable and will be cost-effective. To order a copy of the Care Culture Map and Handbook, please click here.

the map

The Map aims to help you:

  • Find out where your home is in its current practices
  • Move forward on your journey to relationship-centred care and a more actively used garden
  • Identify ways to progress and understand the obstacles that may lie ahead
  • Understand when to engage the services of a Garden Designer or Landscape Architect and for what purpose
  • Invest in your outside space appropriately so that it is cost-effective and represents good value for money, time and other valuable resources.

This tool helps the care home to find itself on the Map by identifying the regular practices and procedures it currently does. This location is effectively the current position of the care home on its journey towards greater relationship-centred care.

For Garden Designers and other specialists supporting the care industry, the Map can:

  • help you find out why a care home garden has become inactive, or not reached its potential, even if you have followed the latest design guidance
  • give a clear insight into the obstacles that hinder a care home from making greater use of the outside space you have designed for them
  • provide guidance on what design support, and at what stage, will best match the home to build interactions and approaches with the outside space, avoiding the temptation to provide a completely new garden where this is not needed.

For both care homes and Garden Designers, the Map also shows what’s ahead – what the next steps are and how they both might collaborate in future to develop the outside space to match evolving needs of residents and staff and available budgets.

I have been able to make significant changes due to rethinking and planning our outdoor provisions. We have added an outside cafe area and will be working on bringing the outdoors inside next spring.

Care home manager, Cardiff Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

Thank you for all your advice.

Activities Manager, care home, Cheshire Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

Mainly by splitting up the back garden, residents began to use the space.

Care home manager, Lancashire Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

The results of the study have begun to show patterns in the correct stimulus for getting the most from the outdoor space.

Senior Activity Coordinator, London care home Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

[You] have a good understanding of dementia care.

Care home manager, Cardiff Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

This is working really well. More people are going out there.

Care home manager, Lancashire Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

Thank you for all your support.

Care home manager, Cardiff Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

A lot of the ideas which were shared are already under way. Such as the re-arrangement of seats to form viewing points and a squirrel obstacle course in the main garden.

Senior Activity Coordinator, London care home Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

I would like to thank you both for an extremely useful and informative visit. It was a real pleasure to talk to you both and learn a lot about our garden and how it can be used to enrich the lives of our residents. I really am getting excited about making a difference with this Continue Reading

Care home manager, after first site visit Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016

Opened our eyes to noticing different ways of encouraging people to use our garden for different reasons. Continue Reading

Activities Coordinator, care home, Warwickshire Step Change - Garden Design 26th July 2016