Roaring River Healthcare greenhouse addition grows peace for residents
June 8, 2016
Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation is always providing residents opportunities to stay active and be involved in meaningful activities. A new addition is under construction, a greenhouse. So far, the greenhouse is enclosed with raised beds, cedar ceilings, and plants and now the waterfall and pond are on the way. The owners wanted something different, and this is the only one in the state of Missouri.
This greenhouse is not what you would expect, because it is a wide-open room with a cedar ceiling, lots of windows, a fish pond with waterfall and tables and chairs for residents to relax. There are raised beds with piped in water and the residents have planted vegetables and flowers, including six types of tomatoes, onions, Brussel’s sprouts, squash, marigolds, pansies and mini rose bushes. The residents take pride in the fact they have started many of the plants from seeds and bulbs and are in charge of taking care of them, watching them grow, and then picking the vegetables they have grown and have them served with their meal in the dining room.
The greenhouse is still under partial construction, but will eventually be open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for residents to use as an activity or community room to enjoy the garden, or visit with friends or just enjoy the peace and tranquility of this relaxing room. Russ Newby, Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Administrator, said, “It gives the residents purpose and satisfaction.”
The greenhouse will also be used as a therapy room, including physical, occupational, speech, and even have stationary bikes. Heather Gusta, the activities director, is anxious for the greenhouse to be finished so she can bring residents who don’t get out of their rooms to the greenhouse a couple of times a week for one-on-one time to read, enjoy relaxation lotions or just to visit. This will be a great way to help them get more involved and active without having to join group activities. Gusta said, “This will be a place of tranquility to spend time with family and friends.”
Shawn Erke, a resident, comes to the greenhouse every day to take care of her plants. She is so proud because she is able to watch her bulb grow to a healthy plant. She is excited to have something to do and can take satisfaction actually seeing her accomplishment grow.
The greenhouse is the latest innovation for the residents, but Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation provides much more, and there will be future stories about other aspects and activities.