Garden Therapy

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Community: Williamstown

Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke

Department: Environmental Services

Nominee: Tyrone Beal, Carol Burg

A resident was anxious and upset because his family had not visited in quite a while. He was obviously upset and anxious. This was apparent to our Connections Director, and knowing he was an avid gardener, she suggested that he go out with our Environmental Services Director, with the permission of the resident’s family, to help pick out the plants for our courtyard garden. The resident was DELIGHTED!!!! He could not wait to look at all of the new spring and summer plantings at the local garden center. Upon his return, he was a new relaxed man. It is so nice to see our resident calm and at peace. He could not stop talking about what his plans were for our new plantings, and how good it made him feel to be a part of this endeavor.

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