THE new manager of a care home in Barnt Green has shared her plans to build a dementia garden and launch a programme of community fundraising events.

Caroline Youlden, who has more than 15 years' experience caring for the elderly, recently took over as general manager at Redwood House Residential Home in Cherry Hill Road.

And the new manager is already making plans to overhaul the care home's approach to dementia - by introducing a new sensory garden in its two-acre grounds.

Caroline said: "Redwood House is an amazing home for residents and I am extremely proud to be here as its new manager.

“I am bringing lots of new ideas to the home and working with my team, I cannot wait to implement them.

“One big project is the introduction of a dementia garden which will take pride of place within our grounds.

"When we open it in the coming months our residents will be stimulated by spending time in the garden where plants and herbs such as lavender and rosemary can trigger memories and their senses.

“It’s going to take our dementia care to a new level and will be a brilliant outside space for those who suffer from the disease."

Caroline also intends to hold a series of fundraising events to pay for trips for Redwood's 27 residents.

She added: "Events are going to be a big thing for me as we raise money to take residents on trips out to places in and around Worcestershire.

“We have such a wonderful setting here at the home and our garden will host its summer fete on Saturday, August 4 for the local community, residents and their families.

"It is these types of events I want to push and get everyone involved, especially as we strive to play a bigger part in the Barnt Green community.”

For more information on Redwood House, visit or call 0121 447 7447.