This is a special project for me, my 94 year old Grama was my assistant. She had a fall about 4 weeks ago and broke her pelvis, and to make matters worse her artificial hip popped out of the socket. I have spent several hours a day at the hospital and rehab facility, helping her with all her needs. Let’s just say she is board to tears at the rehab but must stay about 2 more weeks for therapy and then she will return home. Gram lives with one of her daughters and her jobs at home are doing the dishes, doing the laundry and ironing, and just keeping her bedroom and bathroom clean. So just sitting around at the rehab every day waiting for her 1 hour of therapy is driving her crazy. So I had the idea that we could make a Mini Indoor Succulent Garden together.
Gram is considered legally blind, even though she can see silhouettes, so I thought the succulent garden would be perfect for her to help me with. Her sense of touch and feel are very good so she will be able to feel where the pebbles, dirt, and plants are placed. It’s funny she doesn’t want to do any activities in the rehab she says she doesn’t want to sit with all those old hens, apparently 94 is not old to her. She worked until she was 86, a full time job of standing on her feet 8 hours a day. She would still be there if her eyesight hadn’t diminished. She is one tough cookie and comes from a generation where woman were hardworking and resourceful in some pretty hard times. I really wanted her to have something to do so up to the rehab I marched with all the supplies.
I placed the pebbles into a zip lock bag and Gram scooped them out with a measuring cup, carefully covering the bottom of the terrarium. She would reach down and feel every now and again to make sure she was getting enough. Next she used the same method and added a layer of dirt. I took all the succulents out of the small containers and she placed them into the soil, she could feel around and find an area of bare soil and she knew she had a spot to plant something else.
I think she did a wonderful job, and for a little added touch I found the mushrooms on a small wire stick and Gram placed them in the only area left. All we had left to do was give it a little water and place it on her nightstand for everyone to admire.
I think she really enjoyed having something to do and all the nurses spotted it right away when they came into her room. Everyone stopped by to admire it and it made me happy to see her productive and have something to talk about with other family and guest that stopped by. The sun shines in her window directly on the Mini Succulent Garden so I bet it takes off and thrives. I will have to remember to keep an eye on it and give it some water from time to time. Today was a good day; I just wish I could come up with some other ideas to keep her occupied.
If anyone has ideas please pass them along to me, I would love to find other things for her to do. She used to enjoy doing crafts and flipping through magazines but she can’t see to do those things any more. I suggested to her maybe a book on tape but she poo-pooed that idea. Please pass along any ideas, no matter how trivial they are she just may enjoy one of them.