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Using specialist tools can not only improve their physical dexterity but also let them temporarily forget their illnesses from collective activities and regain themselves. People are welcome to buy these produces and patients can obtain feelings of achievement, pride, and purpose as a reward. This makes patients feel they are making a contribution to society while receiving medical treatment and they can return home with new skills. It provides a possibility for patients to rediscover themselves among the “community”. The new passion for gardening completes the meaning of the treatment. To sum up, the benefit of garden therapy is maximizing physical and psychological, cognitive and social functions to boost well-being. “I felt so excited and was overwhelmed with tears when I first visited the garden. This the only place I can go outside the ward” said one of the patients during the interview . This is how a patient interviewed expressed her gratitude for the Haritos’ Garden: “I was totally at lost after the massive trauma which completely changed my life. 30
Being outside in the garden changed my thoughts and reminded me that I was still here. I spend a lot of time being in the garden with my OT group. We talk and encourage each other. You can always find a quiet corner staying alone to clear your thoughts. Your life can be filled with a piece of cake, dirty potting plants except for the pain. It is a charming garden so much more than plants and flowers.” With a very wide questionnaire surveys base, the healing outcomes of Haritos’ Garden included: Enhancing social, cognitive, emotional and physical abilities, Physical function recovery after an operation , keep balance, standing on varying slopes, physical activity tolerance, improved muscle motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination ability, Improve memory and responsiveness, pain management Prevent depression and mood stabilization. Chase Farm Hospital rehabilitation gardens, London It consists of two gardens that were built for Dimentia patients. It was opened in June 2017, and was designed to aid in supporting patients’ care where rehabilitation and recovery for patients with dementia happens. An appeal had been put forth to fund the designed and building of the gardens with the help of BSC students. One of the two gardens is a care garden for dementia patients. It uses the senses of sight, and smell for rehabilitation where visual stimulation, color and smell are used to evoke 31
memories. It is a recreation of a common street in the residential areas in London with features such as shop frontals, street lights and lamps and a mini-car which was donated by a local company and renovated by students for the garden. The students were from Barnet and Southgate College. The design of the therapy garden was very patient specific and the designer and architect consulted nurses, patients and therapists. It was a replica of the therapy gardens in the Netherlands and people would

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