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Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey Announces Gardening Program at Friendship House Adult Day Care
Date:8/1/2013

Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) August 01, 2013

For many adults with various cognitive or memory challenges or adults seeking the benefits of social interaction and physical stimulation, a supervised daycare program provides expert care for the client and a welcome respite for their caregiver. The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey provides Friendship House, an adult social day care program that is constantly developing new and innovative programs to benefit their clients. Activities routinely include exercise, reading, crafts, conversation, games and reminiscing supplemented with dancing, making music and gardening.

In an effort to expand the variety of experiences for clients, Yvonne McDonald, Activities Coordinator at Friendship House, developed a program to improve an underutilized outdoor garden at Friendship House. She enlisted the help of the Morris County Master Gardeners, Horticulture Enrichment Program (HEP), caregivers and volunteers to gather supplies including seeds, hanging plants, a trellis, soil, gloves, shovels, pots and potting mix and enhanced the courtyard space for clients to actively garden there. The Master Gardeners of HEP, horticulture enthusiasts who have received extensive training by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension for the purpose of educating the public on horticulture and gardening subjects, visit Friendship House once a month and lead the clients in gardening workshops. Following the theme of each workshop, Yvonne is able to assist clients in applying the lessons learned to maintain the garden. HEP also generously donated a fence to discourage foraging animals. The Friendship House gardening project meets the HEP criteria of prov
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