Winner of a $1,000 grant
The program at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is designed for adult residents with multiple and complex challenges that require a regular regimen of care and attention by qualified health professionals. Our horticultural therapy programming is designed for adult residents with multiple & complex physical, cognitive, psychological, and/or social challenges that require a regular daily regimen of care and attention by qualified health professionals. Residents range in
age from their 30s to over 100 years old. Horticultural Therapy (HT) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality utilizing plants, seeds, and natural plant-based materials in spaces dedicated to these activities. While the greenhouse and dayroom are housed within the medical facility, there isn’t a medical machine, drug cart, thermometer, etc. in sight. Each of the LTC units are assigned a one-hour session greenhouse session monthly or more as needed. HT helps residents improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization.