Thursday, December 12, 2013

Normadie Ridge

"Serenity - the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.  If I were allowed
to add a new word to define the meaning of serenity I might also add magical."

Normandie Ridge's benefactors have developed "The Serenity Garden" for the benefit of its residents and their visitors. Normandie Ridge held its dedication ceremony on August 6th, 2013 and this writer, along with Kinsley Apprentice Instructor Steve Taylor and Apprentice Associate Director Deb Rohrbaugh, were in attendance.

It wasn't long ago that Bruce Bupp and Tom Scarborough, both independent living residents and members of the Serenity Garden Planning Committee, stopped b

y the Kinsley Education Center to share their dream of developing an area within the Senior Living Community of Normandie Ridge to create "The Serenity Garden." They came prepared to share their drawings and ideas and to ask for the help of Kinsley Construction.

In 2012 the new apprentices started their first job, building the dream for the residents of Normandie Ridge.  A main concern during the project planning was safety, specifically with respect to the safety of Dementia and Alzheimer's patients.

The planning for the flower beds, raised flower beds, pergolas, sidewalk, bench and fountain were designed specifically with patient comfort in mind and with safety as the highest priority. The flower beds contain perennials that will bloom from Spring until late Fall, and the raised beds are filled with annuals planted by residents – with many started from seed and left in the window to begin germination. The placement of the pergolas was designed to provide shade with one built facing east/west and the other facing north/south. The sidewalk was designed specifically with no sharp angles or lines, making it more comforting to the Alzheimer's patients. The tranquil fountain gently bubbles water over a large round carved stone and into a pebbled bed of smooth stone.  The result is a peaceful, serene place to sit, relax and stroll through.

This beautiful space has been provided by the countless contributions of caring and dedicated supporters and, most importantly, by the residents themselves.

Carol True,
Director of Education