A THERAPEUTIC GARDEN FOR DAVID ROGERS.
David is a non-verbal quadriplegic veteran with
severe traumatic brain injury.
Support his healing with the gift of a garden.
HELP GARDENS FOR HEROES CREATE
A THERAPEUTIC GARDEN FOR DAVID.
David is a non-verbal quadriplegic veteran with severe traumatic brain injury.
Gardens for Heroes is creating a therapeutic garden for senior airman David Rogers and his family. David is recovering from multiple life threatening injuries he sustained in a vehicular accident while serving as a crew chief at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
The therapeutic garden will allow David to expand his gardening beyond small patio containers to a fully wheelchair accessible garden. Evidence-based design guidelines combined with individualized therapeutic features for David will guide the development of this customized therapeutic garden. The garden will allow David to continue his healing with his family in his own backyard.
David committed to joining the United States Air Force while he was a junior in high school through a deferred enlistment program.
David comes from a military family. He has a long lineage of family members who have served our Country. David's plan was to join the Air Force and hone his skills as an aircraft specialist and one day become an astronaut.
In 2009, David had reached the rank Airman First Class. One week before a surprise trip home to the States, David was in a near death accident. A light rain had made conditions slick on an oily asphalt road. David lost control of his vehicle and struck another automobile David's injuries included fractured ribs, crushed pelvis, a damaged spinal cord, a punctured lung, and a traumatic brain injury. He spent four months in a coma.
With a severe traumatic brain injury, David is aware but unable to speak. He is fighting to recover from cognitive and physical injuries that have been isolating for him and his family.
When returning to the states, David spend more than a year at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital's Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Virginia. The family relocated to Richmond to continue David's recovery. David continues with treatment and therapy at the VA hospital. Additionally, David's family continues his healing with therapeutic sessions at home.
"Our life has not gradually changed, it has changed instantaneously and permanently." Lauri Rogers says as she describes the challenges. “Five or 10 years ago people did not survive with these injuries, so there’s no baseline for this. After seeing what David has done, we know people should not just accept a dire prognosis.”
THE CONCEPT FOR
DAVID’S HEALING GARDEN
An evidence-based therapeutic garden.
A Kitchen Garden. Growing food for his family.
Goals for David's healing garden:
• Expand David’s ability to grow food for the family
• Give him access to his home’s outdoor space
• Create smooth surfaces for his wheelchair
• Include design elements of a kitchen garden for the entire
family to enjoy
• Provide space for daily respite for David's family and caregivers
Some of David’s favorite things to include in the garden:
• Foods with a strong sensory experience
- Hot peppers, onions, rosemary, etc.
• The color red
• Patriotic elements
• Elements that attract birds
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THE BENEFITS OF A HEALING GARDEN
Bring the healing from the hospital to the home.
Reduce stress, depression, reliance on medication, self-harming behavior and visits to psychiatric services.
Contribute to improved alertness, cognitive abilities, social interactions and community cohesion.
Reduce physical pain and help patients with rehabilitation or recovery from surgery or other medical interventions.
Help people live and cope with physically challenging circumstances or chronic conditions.
American Horticulture Therapy Association
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