Therapeutic garden gives seniors a purpose
[excerpt] Dorothy Braun, with the assistance of her walker, walks after breakfast into the centre courtyard of Tabor Village’s complex care home to check on the growth of the tomatoes. She picks a ripe cherry tomato and smiles as she bites into a burst of flavours filling her tastebuds.
She then walks to a custom-made wheelchair-accessible raised flower bed to water the blooming dahlia flowers she planted with a specialized hand-held spray wand that she is able to turn on and off independently. By lunchtime, she sits in lounge furniture outside on the covered patio with other seniors enjoying an outdoor barbecue that included herbs from the newly created chef’s garden.
Seniors plant and nurture flowers, herbs and vegetables as part of the therapeutic programs at Tabor Village in Abbotsford. Activity staff lead seniors in horticultural therapy, which uses gardening and nature activities to support restorative care, plan and achieve treatment goals.