Chilled mealtime vibes for Benetas residents

The new additions to the dining room have made the site’s communal space more inviting.

Aged care, retirement living and community services provider Benetas has introduced a soothing aesthetic to the dining room in its Kangaroo Flat residential care home in Bendigo in regional Victoria.

Earlier this month, three vertical gardens were installed so that the space gives off a more tranquil vibe. A large rectangular-shaped photographic mural – chosen by the residents themselves – was also mounted to add colour and provide a visually pleasing display for diners.

Sandra Hills

Benetas chief executive officer Sandra Hills said the changes were part of the not-for-profit provider’s commitment to creating calm and comfortable environments for residents, especially those living with dementia.

“We were keen to improve the aesthetic and atmosphere in one of the most used areas at Kangaroo Flat. The mural and gardens have encouraged residents to use the space more than just mealtimes.”

Ms Hills said it was important that residents were consulted on the room’s design. “They’ve definitely chosen an image that reflects the local Bendigo area, highlighting the unique history of this wonderful part of Victoria.”

Kangaroo Flat resident Kath said the new additions greatly improved the home’s communal space. “I love the picture. It makes the environment in the dining room bright and homely and happy.”

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