There’s always something beautiful blossoming at The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, thanks to a special initiative called Eldergrow.
Eldergrow is a mobile, indoor garden that provides horticultural therapy for seniors. The Manor was the first facility in New Jersey to implement the garden, made possible through a grant in November 2018.
“Eldergrow has enhanced the residents’ everyday lives,” says Helena Berardinelli, MA, R-DMT, ADC, CNA, CCAP, director of activities at The Manor. “It gives our residents a renewed purpose through a therapeutic connection to nature.”
Studies have shown that seniors benefit from horticultural therapy in a number of ways, from enhancing memory to socialization. According to Eldergrow, the gardens are purposefully planted with safe, organic soil and vibrant plants to provide sensory stimulation and reminiscing opportunities.
The residents care for the garden year-round; one such resident, Harry, has the duty of watering it every day. There are bimonthly classes with an Eldergrow specialist where participants learn about the different plants and flowers thriving in the garden. Each class has a theme and a creative craft to keep.
“They are very proud of the garden,” says Helena.
Learn more about The Manor at themanorhealth-rehab.com or 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).