Getting well doesn’t just happen from a hospital bed or inside a gym.
Sometimes, letting patients get back to nature is the key to physical
and psychological recovery. Horticultural therapy is an innovative
treatment that uses plants and plant-related activities to assist people
with disabilities or traumatic injuries. We take a creative approach
to rehabilitation, offering patients a change of pace and scenery to aid
in their recovery.
Horticulture Therapy: Our Approach
The Sydney Thayer III Horticultural Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
is a state-of-the-art facility with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a
large greenhouse that radiates peace and beauty. Patients in
horticultural therapy enjoy activities like starting seeds; watering or
repotting plantings; working with fresh flowers; arranging, drying and
pressing flowers; and when the weather permits, outdoor gardening.
With the help of registered horticultural therapists, as well as
physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapists, Bryn Mawr
Rehab patients work toward therapy goals while enjoying practical
activities, in a group setting or individually. Working with plants,
patients can improve mobility, coordination, balance, endurance, memory
and socialization skills in a natural, therapeutic setting.
Based upon the individualized plan of care, horticultural therapy at
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital may be appropriate for both inpatients and
Horticultural therapy at Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital benefits a wide range of people, from those
managing a lifelong disability to those recovering from a serious
injury. People of all ages can easily participate in greenhouse
activities, naturally improving physical and social skills. Our
specially designed greenhouse includes extra wide aisles and non-skid
floors to accommodate those in wheelchairs. In horticultural therapy,
patients share a meaningful activity with others in an effective,
creative and flexible treatment platform.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.