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ACF5728

Therapeutic Garden

  • Submitted by:

    Rebecca

    Organization:

    Wales Home

    Location:

    506 Route 243 North, Cleveland, QC J0B 2H0, Canada

  • Idea Created:

    September 29, 2010

    Community Size:

    100,000

Overview:

Our memories help connect us to who we are - an image, a smell, or even a sound can bring us back to a day of happiness and revive memories long lost. For an Alzheimer’s patient, these senses allow them to stay connected to the world around them. The sounds of birds, the smell of roses, and the feel of planting a flower can help in a person’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. For these reasons, the Wales Home, a private, not for profit organization which provides quality care to senior citizens, will be creating a therapeutic garden for its residents suffering with cognitive related dementias. Our goal is to create a garden area that would allow those suffering from Alzheimer’s to maintain a high quality of life, in a Milieu de Vie environment, despite the effects of the disease. Our project will include:Security, raised planter,bird feeders, birdhouses and birdbaths and private sitting areas. We would truly like this area to meet the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the people using the garden including; caregivers, family members and friends.

IMPACT: Alzheimer’s is an incurable, degenerative and terminal disease. Most often it is diagnosed in people over 65 years of age, although it can occur much earlier. In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. Alzheimer’s is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050 . Alzheimer’s disease damages the chiasmatic nuclei cells in the brain – these are the cells that help the body maintain an inner clock and can cause sleep/wake disturbances and “sundowning” which may cause agitation at the end of the day. Contact with elements in a therapeutic garden may reduce such symptoms. Time-related problems tend to decrease when Alzheimer's patients have access to the outdoors. According to research by Dr. John Zeisel a natural environment sets a time clock in the body. When Alzheimer's damages that, gardens correct the body clock, and there is much less sundowning (i.e., sleep/wake disturbances).

LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS: The success of the Wales Home Therapeutic garden is immeasurable and the likelihood to transpire is immense! The Home is located on 450 acres of lush fields surrounded by maple and fir trees that offer breathtaking views as the seasons change, making the setting for this project ideal. Since 1922, we are proud to say that over 3300 seniors have made the Wales Home their Home of choice. The Wales Home is supported by a generous and compassionate community who believe in our mission!

LONGEVITY AND SUSTAINABLILTY: This objective of a therapeutic garden will last for a perpetual period of time. Once the initial cost of launching this garden has been achieved, the cost of maintenance will be minimal. Participation in the conservation of the garden will be provided by Wales Home employees, community volunteers, family members and by the residents themselves. We can only imagine that this garden will be unceasing as well – especially considering the great magnitude it will have on our residents! Check out our web-site at www.waleshome.ca for more details on our facility. We hope that you will vote for our project!

La Résidence Wales Home, une organisation privée et sans but lucratif qui fournit des services de qualité aux personnes âgées, créera un jardin thérapeutique pour ses résidents atteints de la maladie de l'Alzheimer ou de d’autres troubles cognitifs tel que la démence. Notre projet offrira: Des aires totalement sécuritaires pour ses usagers,des plates-bandes surélevées (accessibles aux personnes en fauteuils roulants), des mangeoires, volières et bains pour oiseaux, des espaces de repos aménagés.

IMPACT: Le contact avec les éléments d’un jardin thérapeutique peut réduire les effets perturbateurs reliés à la maladie d’Alzheimer tels que les désordres du sommeil ou comme le phénomène de "sundowning" qui peut causer l'agitation du malade vers la fin de la journée.

PROBABILITÉ DE SUCCÈS: La résidence est située sur un terrain de 450 acres de champs à la végétation luxuriante et bordés par une forêt d'érables et de sapins qui offrent des paysages à couper le souffle au fil des saisons, procurant ainsi le cadre idéal pour la réalisation de ce projet. La Résidence est supportée par une communauté généreuse et engagée qui croit en sa mission, faisant de la création de ce jardin un projet très prometteur!

LONGÉVITÉ ET DURABILITÉ: Une fois les frais initiaux de création de ce jardin défrayés, les coûts d’entretien seront minimaux. La Résidence sera responsable de la conservation du jardin et de ses éléments grâce au travail de ses employés, des nombreux bénévoles dévoués, des membres des familles des résidents et par les résidents eux-mêmes. Rendez-vous sur notre site Web à www.waleshome.ca pour plus de détails sur notre résidence et ses installations. Nous espérons que vous voterez pour notre merveilleux projet!