13 year old Jake’s new accessible garden

Posted on the 24th August 2018

Jake has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, he also has learning difficulties and severe reflux. He is non verbal and communicates through facial expressions and gestures. Jake also has epilepsy with frequent hospital admissions.

Jake needs 24/7 care and his parents both have health problems as a result of caring for him full time. He has limited stimulation and means of play. Access to the garden was difficult, as there was limited wheelchair access.

Garden Makeover

We wanted to create Jake a wheelchair friendly, sensory stimulating garden that allowed him to be outside with his family. Volunteers from Hilti worked incredibly hard and managed to make this happen in just two days.

They removed some of the old uneven slabs by the back of the house and cleared away the existing lawn. They then levelled the area, to make way for a new deck frame. Once the deck was in place they built a ramp to give wheelchair access down to an area of artificial grass. They added finishing touches by building raised flower beds and planting lavender for sensory stimulation.

These changes will make the world of difference to Jake and the whole family, improving day to day life, health and emotional wellbeing.

Watch the moment Jake see's his brand new garden for the first time!

Jake absolutely love’s it, we are so happy!

Sarah, Jake's mum

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