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Horticultural therapy

"My whole world had been turned upside down." - Steven Ribarich
Steven Ribarich became a quadriplegic after an accident in the surf.
In the blink of an eye, Steven, a husband and father, became a quadriplegic after an accident in the surf and had to face the confronting reality of living the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Because he had been a keen gardener before his accident Steven decided to give horticultural therapy a try while at Royal Talbot for his rehabilitation.  It helped him to talk about the trauma of what had happened to him and begin to accept and grasp the enormity of how his life as a husband and father was to change.

"Horticultural therapy helped take my mind off the reality of my situation. It made me realise that you need to get out and do these things to make yourself feel better, because sometimes when you're here you don't feel that great."

Horticultural therapy helps patients who have had a brain or spinal injury to work on developing their fine motor skills while also healing emotionally by getting out into the fresh air, away from the ward, connecting with the garden and others around them. Patients might help with potting and propagating using plants like succulents.

Feeling supported and at ease with the garden  is often a pathway for talking about, accepting and coming to terms with their new life.

Steven Ribarich and Steven Wells, Horticultural Therapist
"Our opportunity is to help patients re-build their lives. Your support is so important." - Steven Wells, Horticultural Therapist

Without support from you, the creative therapies program at Royal Talbot cannot continue. This would be a devastating outcome for Emma, Steven, Nitisha and the thousands of other Royal Talbot patients who need physical and emotional support after suffering a traumatic spinal cord or brain injury.

Thank you. You are amazing.