Gardening activities for nursing home residents with dementia

Thelander, Verus B., Robins Wahlin, Tarja-Brita, Olofsson, Lotta, Heikkilä, Kristiina and Sonde, Lars (2008) Gardening activities for nursing home residents with dementia. Advances in Physiotherapy, 10 1: 53-56. doi:10.1080/14038190701256469

Author Thelander, Verus B.
Robins Wahlin, Tarja-Brita
Olofsson, Lotta
Heikkilä, Kristiina
Sonde, Lars
Title Gardening activities for nursing home residents with dementia
Journal name Advances in Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1403-8196
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14038190701256469
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 56
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
Abstract Activity is recommended for persons with dementia based on the assumption that human abilities and functions must be exercised in order to be retained. The aim of the study is to describe and evaluate gardening activities for persons with dementia. Eight nursing home residents with a diagnosis of dementia were selected. The participants were activated in an outdoor environment three times a week during an intervention period of 6 weeks. The activities used were gardening activities (i.e. watering, weeding, raking, and planting), walks, and social activities. The ability to carry out activities independently was assessed with an independence scale devised for this study. All residents were able to participate, but the degree of independence varied. Factors such as impaired balance and falls risk seemed to be more important than degree of dementia. Activation and rehabilitation in outdoor environments are suitable in the care for demented persons but should be seen as an individual treatment.
Keyword Dementia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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