Abstract

The research addressed the following focused question: “Do garden spaces decrease the incidence of behaviors such as combativeness and agitation, psychiatric medication use, depression, falls, cognitive decline, and sleep disturbance in clients with dementia in a residential facility?” The research team collaborated with staff at a skilled nursing facility in an urban area of the Pacific Northwest. Appraisal of existing research revealed multiple potential benefits of residents’ with dementia utilizing garden spaces for wandering and/or therapeutic activities. Based on these findings, the research team recommended implementation of an on-site garden. To support the implementation of these findings, the research team produced an in-service for rehab staff and administrators, a handout for family members with a loved one with dementia in a residential facility, and a handout for occupational therapy practitioners. It is recommended that the facility consider the findings of the CAT and the implementation products in the future development of their programming for residential clients with dementia.

Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington

Publisher

University of Puget Sound

Faculty Advisor

Kirsten Wilbur, MSOT, OTR/L

Project Chairperson

Publication Date

5-2016

Genre

Capstone Project

Format

PDF

Language

English

Degree Program

Occupational Therapy

Degree Level

Master of Science

Discipline

Occupational Therapy

School

University of Puget Sound

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