Connecting people with dementia, community gardens and the aged care system.
If you want to engage with people with dementia, connecting through a service provider can be a good option.
Many facilities are supportive of gardening programs and can organise access to transport.
Work in partnership with facility staff and group participants to check the safety and suitability of the physical environment.
Connecting with a local service provider is likely to be the most fruitful option. Our participants have found that 30 to 40 minutes is the maximum comfortable journey time to get from home to the garden (by bus or car). Any longer, and it’s too far.
Many people with dementia live at home in the community. Support flexible access to the garden for everyone in the community: some people will want the freedom to come and go independently from a community garden; others prefer to work in with an established program with times and dates.