This post is based on an article that appeared in the Leamington Courier. I do not know who wrote the article and I do not know if the information under the heading “Introduction” is the complete article. I received the information from one of my readers who wanted to remain anonymous.
The occupational therapy team at Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) in Warwick Gates has introduced a gardening group for patients, now that the hospital’s
gardens have been spruced up during recent redevelopment works.
Once a week, the group meets to do various gardening activities, which specialists say offer emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual benefits to patients. Already the patients have planted a large bed with spring bulbs and small raised beds with winter pansies, helped to organise the shed and last summer, the group planted and harvested herbs and tomatoes.Each patient has his or her own goals to meet their occupational therapy needs – and the gardening group has helped them to achieve some of these, including identifying the correct tools to use, offering assistance to others in the group and increasing their standing tolerance, balance and endurance.
One of CERU’s occupational therapists Susie Fenton said: “It has been a pleasure to be out in the garden with patients. Using gardening activities to help develop their skills has proved very beneficial and all of the patients who have taken part in the sessions have really enjoyed them. I am pleased that at CERU we can offer patients a relaxing and therapeutic outside environment for these sorts of activities. I look forward to planning more sessions for the gardening group in the future.”
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