About the Therapeutic Garden Club

The Garden Club is a collaborative pilot study between McCormick Dementia Services, Fanshawe College, and Gary Mitchell, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast. To date, 14 AOS day program clients have participated actively in the pilot study (2x/week for 2 hours per client for a total of 10 weeks). To date, more than 8 weeks’ worth of data on clients’ well-being and engagement in a garden setting compared to traditional day programming activities has been collected.

Behaviours are being charted by a research assistant each day the garden program runs. Through using the Dementia Care Mapping instrument (University of Bradford 2005), the data collected has shown that the Garden Program has a high impact on the clients’ mood and engagement levels. Emerging findings further indicate that the concept of occupational tasks (e.g. watering plants, planting plants) gives clients meaningful work, and a produces a higher quality of life while engaged in gardening activities. When clients are immersed in their gardens, data collected reveals thus far that person-centred care and sparking interests in past hobbies is fundamental to well-being. The clients involved in the program have been given the task of independently tending to their garden plots, and with this given autonomy, the level of involvement in programming had appeared to increases greatly. These preliminary findings strongly suggest that the program provides essential and unique programming that enhances clients’ wellbeing, and ought to be continued in the next spring and summer seasons.

About McCormick Dementia Services

McCormick Dementia ServicesThe McCormick Dementia Services team has a strong history and an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest quality programs and services to clients in our day program, weekend overnight respite program and caregiver support programs.

Formerly known as Alzheimer Outreach Services, McCormick Dementia Services is governed by the McCormick Care Group, an organization that has served London since 1874 and is located at McCormick Home. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and supported by Day Program client user fees. Additional funding support is provided by the McCormick Care Foundation. The Foundation welcomes donations from the community.

The McCormick Dementia Services team is a dedicated group of professionals and volunteers working closely with families, caregivers and other service providers including physicians to form a care team that is focused on client needs.