Horticultural therapy in dementia care: A literature review

Marianne Blake, Gary Mitchell

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Abstract

Aim
To present a narrative review of the empirical literature on the use of horticultural therapy in dementia care.
Method
A comprehensive literature search, conducted in December 2014, resulted in the selection of 15 primary research articles for review. Of these, three used qualitative methods, five used quantitative methods and seven used mixed methodology. The articles were critically appraised, and the narrative synthesis used a thematic approach whereby prominent themes from the articles were grouped to form representative themes.
Findings
Three main themes emerged from the narrative synthesis: the emotional health of people living with dementia, their perceived self-identity and their levels of engagement.
Conclusion
Horticultural therapy can be beneficial. At a macro-level, it is an inexpensive therapy that does not require specialist training to deliver. At a micro-level, it enhances the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Recommendations are made to promote access to appropriate horticultural therapy for people living with dementia, and for further research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
JournalNursing Standard
Volume30
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Garden Therapy
  • Quality of Life
  • Wellbeing
  • Person-Centred Care
  • Non-Pharmacological Intervention
  • Literature Review

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