Garden for joy! Top tips for those with limited mobility
In 2021, the National Garden Scheme celebrates 25 years of support for Marie Curie. In that time we’ve donated over £9.5 million to help Marie Curie provide its national end of life community nursing service, supporting their nine hospices and to fund their information and support service helpline. We look at why gardens are so important to Marie Curie hospices, patients, volunteers and staff…
Top Tips from Occupational Therapist, Lisa Shyamalan
Lisa is based at Marie Curie’s West Midlands hospice and shares her top gardening tips for those with limited mobility.
1) Break activities down into manageable tasks; do a bit at a time and rest in between
2) Think about your positioning: set a task up (such as sowing seeds) on a table and sit on a stool or chair
3) Use an old newspaper to catch any mess, this can then be thrown away, saving tidying up time
4) To reduce bending down, plant up pots that can be raised up on upside-down pots to make a feature
5) Doing activities you like can be energising and make you feel good. Pretty gardens or home-grown veg bring great joy to others as well as yourself:
Garden for joy!
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Lead image: volunteer gardener at Marie Curie West Midlands hospice, Solihull