Dementia friendly woodland is a first

dementia friendlyA woodland in the Highlands is the first in Scotland to become dementia friendly.

The area around the woodland cabin has been resurfaced to make it easier to walk around and new dementia friendly signage has been installed on the compost toilet and outdoor sink.

In addition, the areas around benches have been made wheelchair accessible to stimulate conversations and activities and staff and volunteers have been given uniform so people know who to approach for assistance.

Scotland’s walking charity, Paths for All, been working to help make Evanton Community Woodland accessible for people living with dementia.

Ian Findlay, its chief officer said: “Improving outdoor spaces for people living with dementia is important to ensure they can get outside to benefit from sunlight, fresh air and sensory stimulation.

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