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What are the benefits of recover more quickly and use less Healing Gardens? pain medication than those who look What is a Healing Garden? Studies show that patients at a wall or building. Prison inmates A healing garden is whose cells overlook greenery are who view a natural setting will one which provides a sanctuary to less likely to get sick than other rejuvenate and restore both mental Provide paths wide enough for prisoners. Healing Gardens can be and emotional health. This in turn a wheelchair to turn around in; used passively, by people walking can lead to improved physical a minimum of five feet. and sitting in the garden, as well as health. It is an outdoor space for Ensure that path surfaces are actively by people working in the retreat, meditation and healing. firm, smooth and provide garden and tending to the plants. traction to wheelchairs and IV poles. Where do you find Healing Create a change in texture at What is different about a Gardens? the edge of the path for people Healing Garden than any They are often located at with low vision. other garden? hospitals, seniors homes, prisons, Make the layout easily Healing Gardens are adapted and hospices. understandable to minimize so that they cater to a specific confusion. Offer a variety of seating audience. Some examples of What types of Healing choices, both those that can be possible adaptations are outlined Gardens are there? easily moved and those that are here: Healing Gardens are often sturdy and stationary. designed with a specific set of users Select plants that engage all the senses. Use a variety of Wh in mind. These users can include textures, scents, and colours. psychiatric patients, hospitalized Avoid thorny and toxic plants. children, seniors, people with Include a water feature; its Alzheimer’s, the visually impaired, sound can be very soothing. and the physically challenged. Incorporate raised beds, hanging baskets, table planters and pots to accommodate gardeners of all abilities.
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