Seven Washington state skilled nursing facilities will receive two Eldergrow indoor therapeutic sensory gardens each, along with Eldergrow’s therapeutic horticulture program, as part of a state and federally funding program aimed at providing therapy for residents, notably those with dementia.

Seattle-based Eldergrow offers therapeutic gardening programs to seniors in residential and skilled communities. With this new partnership, the company said residents at Lake Ridge Center and Columbia Crest Center in Moses Lake, Wash., Orchard Park in Tacoma, Wash., Ballard Center in Seattle, Montesano Healthcare & Rehab in Montesano, Wash., Linden Grove Center in Puyallup, Wash., and Everett Center in Everett, Wash., are now able to nurture a lush indoor garden from the safety of their community.

The Therapeutic Horticulture Program includes an indoor, mobile garden filled with fragrant and colorful plants that provide sensory stimulation and reminiscing opportunities for residents. The program includes an Eldergrow Educator who conducts interactive classes and garden maintenance twice a month.

The indoor gardens are constructed in partnership with a job training program that employs and trains veterans and adults living with disabilities. The gardens include a custom grow light and wheels that mobilize the garden.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with these communities because they uniquely care for their residents and see the healing benefits of nature,” Eldergrow Founder Orla Concannon said.

According to a University of Washington report, daily gardening can be a preventive measure to help reduce the onset of dementia by 36 percent. For those living with some form of dementia, access to gardens helps reduce agitation and injuries, while improving mood and sleep. In response to these findings, Eldergrow created its indoor gardening programs, the company said.

An Eldergow spokesperson said while the organization is currently kicking off the Washington state gardens, they are a nationwide company with nearly 300 gardens in 24 states and will look to keep expanding the program.​