Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Walk-In Showers and More Best Bath Products with Joe Hayden

I've been working with Best Bath products for years.  I was sold on the quality and the ease of installation but found out there was a lot I didn't know.  This video is a presentation by Joe Hayden from Best Bath giving a detailed look at Best Bath products including walk-in showers and grab bars.  This information is important for anyone doing wheelchair accessible or aging-in-place home modifications.

A big thank you to Joe Hayden for educating occupational therapists on bathroom accessibility.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

AOTA Conference 2016-Home Modification Road Trip Starts to Rock

What's a road trip without music?  Here's an amateur music video about the Frank Lloyd Wright, Fred Sammons, Chicago Botanic/Enabling Gardens road trip, check it out.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Join the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Enabling Gardens Horticultural Therapy Program Tour

Barb Kreski supervisor of the Horticultural Therapy Services department at the Chicago Botanic Garden will be guiding a tour on Wednesday, April 6th the day before the 2016 AOTA conference in Chicago, explaining the Enabling Gardens programs. 

Click here to join us on our tour.

Check out the video below to learn more about our tour and the Chicago Botanic Garden's Enabling Gardens.

Kreski's background spans a wide range of clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, and pediatric rehabilitation. She has incorporated plant- and nature-based interventions in her work in each of these settings. She holds a master's degree in health sciences with a concentration in neuroscience and an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy as well as voluntary registration as a horticultural therapist.

Here are links from Barb to the Horticultural Therapy programs:

http://www.chicagobotanic.org/education/certificate_programs/healthcare   Gardens That Heal (1 day symposium)  and  Healthcare Garden Design Certificate (8 day program)

http://willsull.net/  Head of Landscape Architecture at University of Illinois.  Website has lots of good information.  Dr. Sullivan is n the faculty of our program and will present at Gardens that Heal

http://www.chicagobotanic.org/therapy  Horticultural Therapy at Chicago Botanic Garden pages

Ever have trouble with operating a door? This video gives you insight on doors and great design

Great article/video on great design. 


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Gardens: The World’s Oldest Therapists by the Chicago Botanical Gardens

(C) Chicago Botanic Garden
(C) Chicago Botanic Garden
Co-authored by:
Patsy Benveniste, Vice President, Community Education Programs
Barb Kreski, Director of Horticultural Therapy Services

Chicago Botanic Garden

If you grew up prior to the invention of tablets and smart phones, it’s likely that you have nostalgic memories of playing in the backyard with friends or feeling the sun on your back as you helped your parents in the garden. Gardens can be a tranquil hobby or an essential refuge for people with all kinds of needs. Their meditative powers have been used formally and informally for thousands of years, and they can contribute to healing in subtle and enduring ways. But have you ever stopped to ask why and how we measure that healing?