Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nursing home's therapeutic garden a boon for residents

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/nursing-homes-therapeutic-garden-boon-residents
By Janice Tai, The New Paper, 25 September 2018 at 06:00 am


Nursing home resident Tan Soo Siam (far left), 72, says it is much nicer in the therapeutic garden than indoors.
PHOTO: Nursing home resident Tan Soo Siam (far left), 72, says it is much nicer in the therapeutic garden than indoors.
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At the rooftop garden of the NTUC Health nursing home in Jurong West, residents can brush their hands against textured and coloured plants, smell them and even eat some of them.

To the uninitiated, this may look like any other garden.

It is, however, the first garden in a nursing home here developed as a therapeutic garden, in consultation with the National Parks Board (NParks).

Such gardens are designed, using science-based principles, to facilitate interactions with nature in a way that may improve the mental and psychosocial well-being of visitors and residents.



Home's therapeutic garden a boon for residents
PHOTO: Home's therapeutic garden a boon for residents
(From left) Mr Tan Soo Siam, 72, with volunteers Ke Sau Keau (side view), 73, and Connie Ho, 64, as well as fellow resident Quek Chin Long, 78, at the rooftop garden of the NTUC Health nursing home in Jurong West. It is the first garden in a nursing home here developed as a therapeutic garden, in consultation with the National Parks Board.

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Last year, NParks released a guide on the design of therapeutic landscapes, particularly for the elderly and people with dementia. These design guidelines include the type of plants to be used in a therapeutic garden, its amenities and layout as well as its signage.

The NTUC Health nursing home, for instance, uses a trellis to act as a destination point so residents can easily find their way. It also doubles up as a shaded area as residents living with dementia may not recognise that they are feeling warm while in the garden.

The natural bamboo musical instruments installed among the plants are aimed at stimulating residents' sense of hearing and improving their motor and coordination skills as they create music in the garden.



The natural bamboo musical instruments installed among the plants are aimed at stimulating residents' sense of hearing and improving their motor and coordination skills as they create music in the garden.
PHOTO: The natural bamboo musical instruments installed among the plants are aimed at stimulating residents' sense of hearing and improving their motor and coordination skills as they create music in the garden.
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NTUC Health's principal occupational therapist Benjamin Lim said residents at the home participate in therapeutic activities, such as scent bag making or plant propagation.

Those who have taken part in such sessions have improved their motor, sensory and cognitive perceptual skills, said Mr Lim.

Resident Tan Soo Siam, 72, enjoys the social aspect of communal gardening.

Said Mr Tan: "I hang around with friends here, and it is much better out here than in the room."



Your health will benefit from letting nature into your awareness as often as you can, any way you can.
PHOTO: Your health will benefit from letting nature into your awareness as often as you can, any way you can. Watch the ever-changing shapes of clouds, admire trees, listen to the wind and look at the moon, at birds, at mountains. When you do, remember that you are part of nature, connected through it to something larger than yourself. - Andrew Weil, M.D.
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 Gardens are designed, using science-based principles, to facilitate interactions with nature in a way that may improve the mental and psychosocial well-being of visitors and residents.
PHOTO: Gardens are designed, using science-based principles, to facilitate interactions with nature in a way that may improve the mental and psychosocial well-being of visitors and residents.
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Those who have taken part in therapeutic activities have improved their motor, sensory and cognitive perceptual skills.
PHOTO: Those who have taken part in therapeutic activities have improved their motor, sensory and cognitive perceptual skills. NParks released a guide on the design of therapeutic landscapes, particularly for the elderly and people with dementia.
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NTUC Health nursing home in Jurong West is the first garden in a nursing home here developed as a therapeutic garden, in consultation with the National Parks Board (NParks).
PHOTO: NTUC Health nursing home in Jurong West is the first garden in a nursing home here developed
as a therapeutic garden, in consultation with the National Parks Board (NParks).
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NParks embark on two research studies, in collaboration with NUS and KTPH
PHOTO: NParks embark on two research studies, in collaboration with NUS and KTPH:
Park Prescription examines the positive effects of physical activity in parks with clinical research;
Horticultural Therapy investigates the effects of parks and gardening on the mental health of the elderly.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew greened up Singapore as he felt strongly that “a blighted urban landscape, a concrete jungle destroys the human spirit. We need the greenery of nature to lift our spirits.
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By Janice Tai, The New Paper, 25 September 2018 at 06:00 am
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[1] Janice Tai, The New Paper, Nursing home's therapeutic garden a boon for residents, posted on 25 September 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/nursing-homes-therapeutic-garden-boon-residents


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