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Resident Bruce Saunders using the accessible garden. Photo: Supplied.

Wheelchair-friendly planters get a green thumbs up

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.”

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  1. Great to see design meeting commonsense.

    A Daughterly Care Support Worker who visits clients living in Nursing Homes told me last year that this is the one aspect that every Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities she visits have got wrong.

    Raised garden beds have been introduced, but many residents are unable to use them because they were not designed for Elders in Wheelchairs or people unable to stand for long periods of time.

    It’s great for Older People to spend time constructively outside. Gardening is satisfying for many, gets out in this great weather and tires you out so you sleep better. That makes for a happier Elder all round.

    • I am so pleased user friendly gardens have arrived – what fantastic pleasure this will bring to residents and visitors