A Melbourne aged care home has introduced more accessible planters that allow wheelchair users or seated residents to get close to a desk-like garden bed.
The additions to Mercy Place Montrose were funded through a $7000 grant from the Andrews Foundation to improve the facility’s men’s shed.
The provider’s lifestyle team asked residents how they wanted to use the grant and they came back with the idea of a user-friendly garden and equipment.
Mercy Place Montrose lifestyle coordinator Deidre Halligan said the project promotes the outdoors and gives residents the opportunity to embrace summer.
“The wheelchair accessible planters keep residents active, promote socialisation and help foster friendships.
“Our residents love the new garden beds, and enjoy planting and maintaining the garden,” Halligan said. “We even have succulents growing, which we hope to pot and gift at the local market before Mother’s Day. It is a great opportunity for our residents to give back to the local community.
“We are always looking for ways to make our activities more innovative, to improve the health and wellbeing for all our residents.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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