Five years after Newmarket Place opened its doors in Tisdale, the long term care home’s central courtyard has been completed. A combination of monetary donations held in trust by the Tisdale Trust Committee and in-kind donations, such as crusher dust and pavement from major donor Chupa Trucking and Excavating, saw the project through to completion.
Newmarket Place residents and adult day care clients enjoy recreational activities under the custom-made pergola in the centre of the newly completed courtyard.
The Newmarket Ladies Auxiliary and Tisdale Garden Club purchased benches, flower pots and raised gardens for the space. Installation of a custom-designed pergola and arbors, and several low maintenance plants by a crew from Zosel’s Tree Farm in Pleasantdale took place over one week in July.
The courtyard features several garden boxes (left) as well as custom-made arbors that divert water runoff from downspouts to ensure resident safety all four seasons.
“The residents thoroughly enjoyed watching the construction process,” said Nurse Manager Tammy Parlee.
In addition to creating accessibility for residents in wheelchairs and Broda chairs, the outdoor exercise, gardening and yardwork space also provides dementia wing residents with a safe, calming environment they can visit unescorted.
“It lets residents who have difficulty going outside do that with their families,” said Facility Administrator Ronda Donald.
A fountain donated in memory of a former employee of the Tisdale long term care facility who passed away is a feature of the courtyard.