Healing gardens are becoming more and more popular as ways to help patients reduce stress, feel at ease and actually improve recovery rates and shorten hospital stays.
"Roger Ulrich was one of the first to promote a patients "View through a window..." can effect patient outcome - patients had fewer negative evaluative comments, took less medicine and averaged a day quicker post-operative recovery stays. His influential work in the early 80's has been cited thousands of times and continues to influence healthcare facility design.
Some of the documented benefits of Healing Gardens include:
•Shorter post-operative stays
•Less use of potent drugs
•Contribute to feelings of:
-wholeness & health
-the ability to think & cope
More and more hospitals are adding healing gardens, especially for their Oncology and Alzheimer care units."