August 19, 2016

Playing In The Dirt Isn't Just For Kids!

Heritage Springs Has a Green Thumb

Erma Picking Cherry Tomatoes

When Erma moved into Heritage Springs Memory Care, she had a simple request… she wanted to grow tomatoes from a garden like she always had at home. With some help from our friends at T-Ross Brothers Construction, we now have two raised garden beds in our back courtyard, and plenty of green thumbs to help Erma tend to the crops!

We try our best to accommodate our residents with activities they enjoyed prior to moving to Heritage Springs, and it's an added bonus when it benefits all of the residents and staff!” says Colleen Fritz, HSMC Executive Director. Many of our residents have taken an interest in the garden - taking turns tending to the plants, weeding, and watering!

There are hidden benefits of the garden as well. Gardening is a good source of physical activity for our residents and it is also known to help relieve stress. The garden is also fostering social interaction and community involvement, somethings dementia patients often lose interest in.

The residents have already begun to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Dinner salads now include homegrown cherry tomatoes, and other menu items have included zucchini bread, and tomato sandwiches.

Garden Photos

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