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Accessible Raised Garden Beds for Aged Care Facilities

As the population ages, the importance of providing quality care for the elderly becomes increasingly significant. One innovative approach gaining traction in aged care facilities is the incorporation of high-raised self-watering garden beds.


Our elevated low-maintenance solutions offer myriad benefits that cater to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of seniors.


Let's delve into why our accessible raised garden beds are proving to be invaluable assets in aged care settings.



Accessibility and Safety

One of the primary advantages of our higher garden beds is their accessibility. For seniors with mobility issues or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers, traditional ground-level gardens can be challenging to navigate. However, our beds can be built waist-height which eliminates the need for bending or kneeling, making gardening tasks more manageable and safer for older adults.


And being self-watering the need to grapple with taps and heavy watering cans is eliminated. Our beds are filled once a month by connecting a hose for a few minutes until the reservoir in the base is full.


This accessibility promotes independence and allows seniors to actively engage in gardening activities without the risk of falls or strain.


Therapeutic Benefits of Raised Garden Beds

Gardening has long been recognized for its therapeutic benefits, and this holds particularly true for the elderly. Our raised wicking beds provide seniors with a therapeutic outlet, allowing them to connect with nature, engage in physical activity, and experience the satisfaction of nurturing plants from seed to harvest.


The sensory experience of touching soil, smelling flowers, and observing growth stimulates cognitive function and promotes relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety among residents.


Incorporation of gardening opportunities into an aged care facility aligns the principles of therapeutic recreation and occupational therapy. Gardening activities serve as meaningful occupations that promote physical rehabilitation, fine motor skills development, and sensory integration for seniors undergoing therapy or rehabilitation. Additionally, participating in gardening can instil a sense of purpose and fulfillment, contributing to overall well-being and quality of life.




Social Interaction and Community Building

Gardening in high-raised beds also fosters social interaction and community building within aged care facilities. Seniors can come together to work on the garden, share gardening tips, and swap stories, fostering a sense of camaraderie and belonging.


Group gardening activities encourage communication, teamwork, and the formation of meaningful relationships among residents and staff, combating feelings of isolation and loneliness often experienced in elder care settings.


Cognitive Stimulation

Engaging in gardening activities provides valuable cognitive stimulation for seniors. From planning and organizing planting layouts to identifying different plant species and monitoring growth, gardening tasks require problem-solving skills and attention to detail.


This mental stimulation can help preserve cognitive function, improve memory, and enhance overall cognitive well-being in older adults.




Nutritional Benefits

Raised wicking beds offer many opportunities for growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, providing residents with access to fresh, nutritious produce. Incorporating homegrown produce into meals not only enhances the nutritional quality of residents' diets but also promotes healthy eating habits. Seniors can take pride in growing their own food, fostering a sense of accomplishment and connection to the food they consume.



 In conclusion, our highly accessible raised wicking beds offer a multitude of benefits for aged care facilities, ranging from accessibility and safety to therapeutic recreation and social interaction. By embracing this innovative approach to gardening, elder care facilities can enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their residents, creating vibrant communities where seniors can thrive and flourish. Contact Urban Veg now for a quotation to get started on your very own accessible urban farm!




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