DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY BASED HORTICULTURAL THERAPY PROGRAM
Many of the services taken for granted in urban areas are less available or unavailable in rural areas. This can be particularly problematic for non-mobile populations, resulting in decreased socialization, feelings of isolation, and depression. This can be particularly acute for individuals with special needs, such as physical, intellectual and/or emotional disabilities. This paper outlines the challenges and successes of the development of a community-based project to provide an accessible garden through the combination of horticultural therapy and occupational therapy.
Goodyear, S.N., Chisholm, L. and McCarthy, R. (2012). DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY BASED HORTICULTURAL THERAPY PROGRAM. Acta Hortic. 954, 155-158
supportive circle, accessible garden, occupational therapy, rural services