IKEA creates new garden for Auburn memory unit

July 3, 2013 by  

A new garden area has recently been provided by the IKEA Distribution Center, which is close to Puyallup in Washington. Employees and members of their families donated more than 50 hours of their time to create the new garden. IKEA provided garden furniture, plants and equipment to furnish the garden at The Arbor, a memory care unit in Auburn.

The existing gardens at The Arbor were completely refreshed by IKEA staff, coordinated by the general manager of the store, Pam Andrews. Furniture for the patio area, benches and planters were provided, while a table for planting was also donated, specially raised to assist planting. Herbs, vegetables and fresh soil were donated for planting in the new garden. The memory unit is part of Wesley Homes in Auburn, and the executive director for the Wesley Homes Foundation hopes that the generosity of IKEA will encourage and inspire others to do the same. Promotion of the services provided at the unit may help to encourage help from partners in the area, using local brochure printers to provide materials. According to the LPN for The Arbor, Teresa Askew, the residents will benefit greatly from time spent enjoying the new garden, especially when family or friends are visiting.

The Old Cannery in Washington has also helped the patients at the memory unit, by donating items to the comfort baby space. This area is used as part of therapy for patients receiving care for dementia or Alzheimer’s and although simple, is a valuable part of their care.