Dr. Garuth Chalfont

Therapeutic Nature Design and Consulting

Mail: garuth@chalfontdesign.com


Endorsements In The Media

Journal of Dementia Care

Dr. Chalfont in The Journal of Dementia Care Nov-Dec 2013


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NAPA's Living Life

The Dementia Green Care Handbook In NAPA's
"Living Life"


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Deeside Piper

Article in the Deeside Piper - Simeon Care Home project
July 2014


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Endorsements From Professionals

"Dear Dr. Chalfont
I had the pleasure of hearing your talk at the recent academic meeting in Trinity Centre, Dublin. I found the content of your presentation very inspiring and so positive. Your work in this field must be bringing so much happiness to people who can benefit from such exciting designs. I would love to share some of the slides you presented with my O.T. students which I teach in the O.T. school in Trinity.
Not only does your talk centre on the physical design itself but so much on the client centredness and on the meaningful engagement of people with nature. I believe the students could benefit from an enhanced knowledge in this area and more appreciation of the value of considering peoples environments, particularly those with dementia and the benefits that this can bring.
I wish you the best in your future work in this area. Many thanks for a lovely talk."
Joan Brangan MSc. MA., Dip COT.
Lecturer, Discipline of Occupational Therapy,
Trinity Centre for Health Sciences,
St. James Hospital Campus,
James St.,
Dublin 8


"In his research on connection to nature and dementia, Dr Chalfont has displayed both discipline and originality but, more importantly, a commitment to research aimed directly at improving the quality of life for people living with dementia"
Dr Clive Baldwin

"Garuth has been actively involved in our plans in Central Lancashire to develop Older Adult Mental Health Resource centres. His input to the design process has been invaluable and moved beyond simply thinking about the structure of the building and it's landscape to thoughts of enshrining the design within the therapeutic activity in the service itself. His observations within design meetings, plans and in delivering training and education to staff have both challenged and opened up new horizons of thinking and possibilities and helped to forge the development of a cohesive multi-disciplinary service."
Alex Walker, Head of Older People's Services
Chorley & South Ribble NHS Primary Care Trust


“Dr. Chalfont has a rare combination of abilities and expertise in the field of therapeutic environments for dementia. His direct hands-on experience caring for older adults with dementia, as well as his academic and professional training in landscape architecture, make him uniquely suited to provide sensitive, user-oriented, and professional insights on design projects as well as research initiatives. 
Dr. Chalfont’s enthusiasm for this important endeavor will certainly inspire everyone he works with, leading toward improved quality of life in long term care settings.”
Susan Rodiek, Ph.D., NCARB
Associate Director, Center for Health Systems & Design
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Texas A&M University


"Garuth brings tremendous, and infectious, energy and enthusiasm to his work with people with dementia, and a real determination and commitment to improve the quality of life for this group of people. His communication skills are of the highest order: whether talking or listening to older people with dementia, academic or practitioner colleagues or presenting evidence at conferences Garuth has a great capacity to engage and enthuse. He has a clear understanding, and experience of interdisciplinary knowledge and has a thorough knowledge of state of the art in the broad field of dementia care as well as his particular research interests. Whilst he writes to high academic standards, he also manages to write clearly and to present information in ways accessible to both academic and lay professional groups."
Dr. John Woolham
Senior Research Officer
Community Services
Policy Planning & Performance
Northamptonshire

About Dr. Chalfont

Dr Garuth Chalfont, is a leading practitioner in the art and science of healing gardens, therapeutic spaces, and dementia gardens that incorporate the natural world into the healing process. He designs and builds engaging outdoor spaces in dementia care environments. Hands-on training workshops facilitate their active and enjoyable use by residents, staff and families. At Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Centre for Ageing Research his focus is multimodal non-pharmacological contributions to secondary dementia prevention. He explores the benefits of the natural world for holistic health (mind-body-soul). This includes researching the nature gardens he has designed in the UK. Dementia Beat Camp (Facebook page) and the Dementia Pioneers (local activist group) interpret and promote the evidence gained through his research into culturally relevant lifestyle change.

Contact


Flat 1, The Old Rectory
Rectory Gardens
Cockerham
Lancaster LA2 0ED
United Kingdom
garuth @ chalfontdesign.com