Cares Respite Facility Outdoor Seating Installation


The Collat Jewish Family Services CARES respite program recently installed an outdoor memory sensory garden and seating area at its Overton Road facility in Vestavia under the guidance of Jefferson County Master Gardener Joyce Shevin. The daytime program provides cognitive and social stimulation to individuals of all faiths with memory or movement disorders such as dementia or stroke. The garden offers planting and garden features which act as prompts to memories from the five senses: taste (cooking herbs and cherry tomatoes, sight (colorful florals), touch (lush grasses and Lamb’s Ears), scent (lavender and rosemary) and sound (wind chimes and song bird feeders). The CARES program is hoping to team up with JCMGA 2020 interns for an expanded group project next spring.

JCMGA 2019