BY MEGAN ABERNATHY, PLA
At one time or another, virtually all of us have experienced the feelings of pain, stress, and uncertainty that accompany a heath care emergency. Whether it is your own health or that of a loved one, the process of seeking and receiving medical treatment can be incredibly stressful.
In contrast, consider the feelings you experience when you spend time outdoors. The positive and lasting effects of interacting with nature are well-documented, especially when it comes to reducing stress. This dichotomy between the health care environment and the outdoor environment creates an opportunity for landscape architects to have a profound impact on the well-being of patients through creative, thoughtful design of outdoor areas.