This project was born out of Julia's experience placing both her grandparents in nursing homes. She was moved to bring dance/movement and expressive arts therapy to her grandparents’ nursing home when she witnessed the low quality of care in these facilities and the lack of connection with community and nature. Upon noticing an improvement in social and emotional wellbeing, she saw a need for a scalable program that would enrich the lives of this underserved population. visit www.plantpals.org for more info!
PlantPals: Arts and healing initiative. Plant Pals transform lives by creating inter-generational relationships with volunteers and underserved seniors living in long term care. We visit regularly, and connect through programming that integrates the benefits of nature and creative expression, planting seeds for connection, empowerment, and a better quality of life. Through creativity and nature based programming, including aromatherapy, we stimulate minds, bodies, spirits and promote healthy aging and intergenerational connection. PlantPals also offers self care workshops to staff (nurses, techs, and aids), decreasing burnout and compassion fatigue. to learn more visit www.plantpals.org