A new sight greets visitors to Saskatoon City Hospital. Earlier this spring, maintenance and therapies staff came up with a way to repurpose an old, underused and untidy plant bed to the side of the public parking lot to include a small vegetable garden.
“We were so happy this idea could be brought to reality for our clients to enjoy all summer long,” says Sandy Ewen, a recreation therapist for GEM Services. “Our current (GEM) Geriatric Evaluation and Management day program clients wanted to do their best work on the craft signs for the garden and they look great.”
GEM Services clients enjoy getting their fingers dirty setting up a little vegetable garden out front of Saskatoon City Hospital.
The GEM Day Program at Saskatoon City Hospital is a six- to eight-week daytime program for clients over 65 years of age who receive an interdisciplinary geriatric assessment of their physical movement, cognitive ability, mental health, and medication use and are able to take part in therapy and group sessions. The recreation component is crucial to linking the social, physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual benefits of therapy, and contributes significantly to overall health and well-being of the individual.