The effect of daily garden use

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Brief description

What is the effect of garden use on quality of life (QoL) in persons living with dementia in nursing homes? A dissertation on the effect of garden use and the implementation of garden use in daily life of persons living with dementia in nursing homes.


  • Prof. Dr. Wilco Achterberg, professor of the Care of Older People, LUMC
  • Prof. Dr. Hilde Verbeek, professor of innovations in long-term care for older people, Maastricht University
  • Dr. Monique Caljouw, assistant professor, LUMC
  • Melanie van der Velde - van Buuringen, MSc., PhD student, LUMC, Psychologist NIP, Pieter van Foreest            

Participating organizations

Pieter van Foreest, De Bieslandhof, Delft 


Melanie van der Velde - van Buuringen, MSc.

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Persons with dementia have a high disease burden and experience a loss of QoL. Some of the aspects that influence QoL are behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), for example agitation. Nearly all persons with dementia will be affected by one or more symptoms during the course of their illness. BPSD is very complex, and there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to solve them. However, there is consensus that, in general, non-pharmacological interventions are preferable to pharmacological interventions. One of these non-pharmacological interventions is the passive and active use of gardens. In recent years, attention for the positive effects of experiencing nature is increasing. However, more research is needed to develop the intervention adequately and to execute the intervention when necessary.                 

In collaboration with

AWO Limburg
Pieter van Foreest 


Pieter van Foreest


van der Velde - van Buuringen, M., Achterberg, W.P., Caljouw, M.A.A., Daily garden use and quality of life in persons with advanced dementia living in a nursing home: A feasibility study. Nursing Open, dec 2020.