Staff and residents at the Chetwynd General Hospital long-term care unit, Mountain View Cottage, have a new outdoor haven thanks to the generosity of several community groups who came together to help restore the healing gardens outside the building.
“The response from the Chetwynd community was amazing,” says Jennifer Nickel, Clinical Practice Lead.
Over the past few years, Mountain View Cottage began to follow the Eden philosophy of care which focuses on alleviating the three most common ailments of the elderly: Boredom, loneliness and helplessness. The revitalization of the garden will help decrease all three of these concerns for residents, as well as other elders in the community.
Residents and their families have also been invited to 'adopt a box' and take part in gardening. They will have their own space and their own plants that they can look after.
“The residents were just so happy to know there would be a safe outside space for them to use,” says Jennifer.
The project has taken over two years to be completed.
The staff at the Mountain View Cottage would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers, Chetwynd Rotary Club members, Chetwynd Fire Department, Pine River Holdings, Peace Country Rentals, Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery, Aim Trucking, Home Hardware Chetwynd, The District of Chetwynd, The Sukunka Group, TBK Watson Carpentry, Chetwynd Redi-Mix, and all the staff and residents of Chetwynd Hospital.