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Something fishy’s going on: exploring how the aquaponics garden at the Basin View Masonic Village is promoting resident participation through occupation and community and social involvement

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Introduction

    Innovative collaborations have created the aquaponics garden at the Basin View Masonic Village. It is being developed as an eco-friendly way to build communion within the village, provide meaningful occupations through growing nutritious food, and increase community engagement of the village. Stakeholders include village staff and residents, local schools and businesses, aquaponics experts and academics. Considering the potential of community gardens to reconnect people with nature, promote integration with the community and provide volunteer and educational opportunities (Quayle, 2007), final occupational and social outcomes are highly anticipated.

    Aim

    The aim of this ongoing field study is to evaluate over time from multi-disciplinary perspectives, the garden's impact on: the village culture; occupational participation of self-care residents, residents with dementia, staff and carers; and the local community's involvement.

    Method

    Investigators are using qualitative research methods (interviews, focus groups, and storytelling), observation of selected stakeholders and digital technology to record the garden story and analyse processes and outcomes along many dimensions. The University of Wollongong has granted ethics approval.

    Results

    Resident interest and participation, staff enthusiasm and engagement, healthy plants and fish, in-kind support from local businesses and contributions from volunteer school children have already contributed to significant culture change within the village.

    Conclusion

    Valuable general insights from various perspectives about sustainable community-based, occupation-focused programs and specific practice strategies for engaging people with dementia in occupations will be gained.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Wicks, A. & Hasan, H. M. (2012). Something fishy’s going on: exploring how the aquaponics garden at the Basin View Masonic Village is promoting resident participation through occupation and community and social involvement. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference (p. 1). Hamilton, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/380

Start Page


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/default,7283.sm

Abstract


  • Introduction

    Innovative collaborations have created the aquaponics garden at the Basin View Masonic Village. It is being developed as an eco-friendly way to build communion within the village, provide meaningful occupations through growing nutritious food, and increase community engagement of the village. Stakeholders include village staff and residents, local schools and businesses, aquaponics experts and academics. Considering the potential of community gardens to reconnect people with nature, promote integration with the community and provide volunteer and educational opportunities (Quayle, 2007), final occupational and social outcomes are highly anticipated.

    Aim

    The aim of this ongoing field study is to evaluate over time from multi-disciplinary perspectives, the garden's impact on: the village culture; occupational participation of self-care residents, residents with dementia, staff and carers; and the local community's involvement.

    Method

    Investigators are using qualitative research methods (interviews, focus groups, and storytelling), observation of selected stakeholders and digital technology to record the garden story and analyse processes and outcomes along many dimensions. The University of Wollongong has granted ethics approval.

    Results

    Resident interest and participation, staff enthusiasm and engagement, healthy plants and fish, in-kind support from local businesses and contributions from volunteer school children have already contributed to significant culture change within the village.

    Conclusion

    Valuable general insights from various perspectives about sustainable community-based, occupation-focused programs and specific practice strategies for engaging people with dementia in occupations will be gained.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Wicks, A. & Hasan, H. M. (2012). Something fishy’s going on: exploring how the aquaponics garden at the Basin View Masonic Village is promoting resident participation through occupation and community and social involvement. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference (p. 1). Hamilton, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/380

Start Page


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/default,7283.sm