Garden with Me - Horticulture therapy for the Elderly
About Campaignends 28 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM
Gardening for the elderly is a healthy and holistic activity that stimulates the body, mind and communal bonding. In the setting of a nursing home, the older adults can still be productive and contribute towards beautifying their surroundings. We understand the healing power of nature and enjoyment attained from engagement in a meaningful activity. Therefore we want to empower our residents, with therapeutic facilitation to grow, cultivate and nurture plant life. With your help, we can make this possible and create a garden at our nursing home.
Gardening as therapy will help:
- Maintain mobility and endurance by encouraging physical gross and fine motor skills practice
- Reduces stress, promotes relaxation and pain relief by being immersed in gardening
- Develop self-esteem and sense of accomplishment
- Improves well-being as a result of increased social interaction
- Multisensory stimulation for residents with dementia
Residents will be able to enjoy additional activities such as
1. Watering plants
2. Planting seeds
3. Harvesting crops
4. Pruning and tiding garden
5. Repotting and rearranging area
6. Multisensory enjoyment - smelling, touching, looking, listening, tasting and remembering
7. Craft activities associated with plants
Society for the Aged Sick is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation providing quality and holistic care for the destitute and aged sick. Established in 1968 as a 16-bedded facility, we now have 404 beds in our current location. We create a home-within-a-home environment where our residents can enjoy professional and individualized care. Every resident is treated with respect and we affirm that our residents’ dignity is at the core of our work.
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