Tasman Health and Community Service

Tasman Health and Community Service

The Tasman Health and Community Service is a multi-purpose health service that comprises of a residential aged facility, a community nursing service, allied health services, youth and social work services and a medical practice.

The Tasman community is relatively isolated and has an ageing population which has a high prevalence of lifestyle related health conditions.  Residents of the community are looking to age in place and to be supported to live happy, healthy and independent lives for as long as possible.

The service identified that it is common for inpatients and residents of the Service to have limiting conditions that require a specialised environment to access the outdoors and to participate in physical activity.  With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Service was able to construct and install a permanent sensory garden. 

The garden provides opportunities for inpatients and residents to continue their interest in gardening through the raised garden beds.  It provides opportunities for longer walks and points of interest through the installation of walkways and a gazebo.  The garden space also provides opportunities for families and visitors to hold picnics or other celebrations more privately and increased care options for residents with dementia.