Title : Effects of horticulture therapy on the depression level of geriatric clients in a home care facility
Background: Depression is one of the most common mental health problems that affects how a person act, feel, and think. There are more than 300 million people worldwide ranking depression second to heart disease in terms of impact in disability-adjusted life years. In the Philippines up to date, there are more than 3.29 million people in the Philippines are living with depression.
Methods: This quasi-experimental study determined the effects of horticulture therapy in the level of depression in geriatric clients in a home care setting.
Results: This was conducted to 30 respondents aged 60 to 89 years old. It shows that the mean score of depression was reduced from mild (M= 28.3) to minimal depression (M= 20.8). This difference in the level of depression was found to be significant (p<0.001) at 5% level of significance.
Conclusion: Horticulture therapy is effective in reducing the depression level among geriatric clients.
Recommendation: It is recommended to explore other alternative therapy that can be used in conjunction with horticulture therapy.