Good Garden Design for Safety, Reflection & Exercise
The Alzheimer's Garden Plan
Having access to a nice garden can meet so many needs for people with dementia and their caregivers. Good garden design can be part of a treatment plan for people with Alzheimer's who are very restless or agitated and who like or need to walk a lot.
Aims of Garden Design for Alzheimer's
Good Design for Alzheimer's Garden
First you need to think about the garden's design. One of the best is a figure-of-eight looped path, or similar, simple returning-path system. You can plan a garden that allows access outside but always leads the wandering person back to their house or building.
Think about visibility and observation so caregivers can relax if they use the time for separate pursuits. Good dementia garden design should cater for the able bodied as well as those who have problems with mobility.
In your garden design you will need to include places to sit and shelter from the sun and the wind. Bushes and trees provide structure and direct movement. Maximize perennial plantings, annuals do take up more time. Fill the garden with bright flowers. Place herbs, lavender and other plants so that when brushed they will release their fragrance.
Providing a Safe Garden for Alzheimer's
Safety issues are central to good garden design for people with Alzheimer's or dementia. The design should include;
Avoid dark, shadowy areas. People with Alzheimers or other types of dementia can mistake it for negative events.
People with Alzheimer's Love Gardening Too!
Include people with dementia in planning and designing the garden. Many people with dementia will have built up a lot of knowledge and experience about gardening. They can contribute in varying ways, from active involvement to picking their favorite flowers.
Send us your pictures and ideas of gardens catering for people with dementia
If you have designed a garden to cater for someone with dementia or to cater for disabilities we would love to see the results Send e-photos to us and a few notes about your garden. We can share your gardens and your ideas for the best sort of garden design.