Here are some factors that you should consider –
1. Mobility – All models of StandUp Gardens are on casters. They can be moved easily by one person. The Abenaki Garden is especially suitable for moving around indoors, it can be used in many places in your facility (activity centers, dining area, resident’s rooms, nurse’s stations, lobby areas, etc.). Many facilities move their Gardens almost every day. StandUp Gardens are symmetrical – they can be used by up to three people on each side, a total of six. Since they are so easily moved, they can be stored against a wall and pulled out for use. Less that 76” high, StandUp Gardens move easily through institutional doorways and in/out of elevators.
2. Size – StandUp Gardens are 4 feet long and 2 ½ feet wide, so they take up about 10 square feet of floor area. Allowing for circulation on one side of the Garden, plan a total of about 20 square feet. Since StandUp Gardens are equipped with grow lights (standard on Huntington, Babylon, Abenaki, Kinder Garden and Garrison), they do not require any natural light and can be located almost anywhere in your facility.
3. Appearance – Several models of StandUp Gardens are designed for indoor use (Huntington, Babylon, Abenaki, Kinder Garden, Garrison) and are handsome pieces of furniture available in several finishes to enhance your facility’s décor. You may have other pieces (furniture, potted plants, etc.) which are taking up space that could be better used by a StandUp Garden, which provides not only beauty but an activity as well. It has been our experience that once a facility gets a few StandUp Gardens, they always find space for more – space that they didn’t realize they had.