Gardening is a fulfilling activity at any age and particularly for the elderly, tending to plants in a garden provides an opportunity to play an active part in the world around them. Being involved in caring for plants can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and also helps residents of aged care facilities in particular, to feel more in control.
UnitingCare Ageing’s Assisted Living Facility “Koombahla”, has some wonderful garden beds that have been designed to provide a safe and stimulating environment for residents. Through weekly group activities, Victory Gardens has been working in consultation with the Lifestyle Activities team to increase the opportunity for all residents to enjoy the sensory stimulation associated with these gardens.
Victory Gardens installed four mobile veggie crates that can be moved around the facility to be by a bedside or in any room. Not only delightful to look at, these little garden beds are fragrant and textured and can be used to provoke memories for residents with Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia.