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This two day course will give you the knowledge to use STH to improve older people's quality of life. Rehabilitation and recovery are a focus, as is how to work with people who have early-stage dementia, helping stroke survivors and those living with heart disease.

Gardening is often an important and meaningful activity for older people. In addition to providing opportunities for social contact, organised horticultural activities promote health, wellbeing and memory.

This course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills required to develop and adapt a programme of therapeutic horticultural activity to groups of older people with diverse needs. It covers a wide range of impairments such as dementia, sight loss and stroke and will address important concepts such as rehabilitation, recovery, and quality of life that help older people age well.

"Helped me think about how there has to be careful attention paid to detail in terms of a person's needs, task and environment planning."

This course is suitable for:

Practitioners - including volunteers and allied professionals

What you will learn:

  • An understanding of how gardening can benefit older people with a diverse range of support needs
  • An insight into how to work as a Horticulture Therapist with older people with a diverse range of support needs
  • Understand the importance of assessment and how personal preference will greatly influence work with older people
  • Explore how to create client centred programmes of STH.


2 days

Included in your fee

All course materials
Course hand-outs
A light lunch and refreshments

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