Sedona Winds Assisted Living Accessible Garden
The residents and staff of the Sedona Winds Assisted Living community want to build a garden to grow fresh, wholesome vegetables and beautiful flowers; to build a haven, a safe place, where people can relax and enjoy the world of nature; a place for people, mostly aging, dealing with a variety of illnesses and conditions to live life more fully.
In general, this garden, in an unused space adjacent to the Activity Room, would be an accessible, ADA compliant "garden plaza" with wide walkways of pavers to accommodate wheel chairs, walkers and scooters. Specially designed raised planters accessible by all residents, and 15 half wine barrels for vegetables and flowers will afford residents to grow vegetables and flowers, and also provide a sheltered outdoor gathering place with benches for residents and their visiting families.
We envision this garden to be available to residents of the Assisted Living facility, the Independent Living facility as well as the Serenity unit (Dementia and Alzheimer’s residents). This garden would also invite participation and connection to the greater Sedona community through the support and volunteerism of local non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses.
It is our goal that the garden may become a focal point that connects the residents of Sedona Winds to neighbors and schools in the area, thus reducing the feeling of isolation inevitable in such a residential community. We would like to see school children planting starts for the garden and then coming to the center to help the elders plant them. Also, the residents are not able to be in the garden without mentorship so we are aiming to create "garden buddies" in the community.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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