Call it an outdoor oasis. JoLin’s Terrace, which opened this past summer, has created a new garden/therapy space that inspires people of all ages to stay active at Friendship Haven. Located by the patio near our Welcome Center at the Simpson Health Center, JoLin’s Terrace offers something for everyone, including:
- Wheelchair-accessible gazebo
- Raised planters for vegetable and flower gardening
- Fire pit for roasting marshmallows
- Nine-hole putting green
- Butterfly garden
- Water fountain
- Walking bridge
- Playground and benches on the northeast corner of the Simpson Health Center
Thanks to its visible, central location, JoLin’s Terrace provides picturesque views that can be enjoyed from many windows on campus.
While JoLin’s Terrace offers a delightful place to take a stroll, it also allows the Catalyst Therapy team to enhance their current therapy treatments. JoLin’s Terrace includes steps, curves, curbs, slopes, inclines, and a bridge, along with walkways of grass, brick, asphalt, pea rock, and stone pavers to help people improve their balance, endurance and visual perception skills. In addition, the potting station with potting bins at wheelchair height and standing height help people increase their strength and dexterity while decreasing anxiety, thanks to the tranquil setting.
These therapy options expand Catalyst’s premier therapy resources, which include a fully-equipped gym within the Health Center. All these resources help make therapy activities so enjoyable that they don’t seem like work.