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[StandUp.sup.TM] Gardens, Ltd.

Established 1997

34 Patterson Lane

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: (603) 427-6000 Fax: (603) 427-6001

Toll Free: (800) TO-STAND/(800) 867-8263

www.standupgardens.com

Some people say it's better than bingo. It's [StandUp.sup.TM] Gardening, an entirely new way to enjoy America's favorite pastime. [StandUp.sup.TM] Gardens may be only two years old, but it's revolutionizing the traditional nursing home environment by providing an alternative activity for residents. The company designs, markets and produces elevated gardens that allow users to garden without stooping to the ground.

"To plant seeds and watch for the renewal of life.. .this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do." The timeless truth of this century-old sentiment is confirmed daily by correspondence StandUp Gardens founder Paul Harris receives from his customers. Gardening indoors and at table height allows long-term care facilities to take nature to all residents, enabling gardening to enrich the lives of people with limited mobility.

With America's elder population at an all-time high, the quality of care provided to the elderly is under intense scrutiny. Approaches such as the Eden concept, which StandUp Gardens supports, are certain to revolutionize long-term care. Introducing plants, animals and children into the lives of the elderly transforms the traditional sterile nursing home environment into a place of hope and life.

Stand-Up Gardens was the winner of a 1998 Lifespace Design Award from AHCA and Provider magazine. The company's product was the first ever endorsed by AHTA (American Horticultural Therapy Association).
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Title Annotation:management issues
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Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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