THIS RETREAT GIVES PATIENTS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE NEEDS: PEACE AND SERENITY
Nothing helps someone relax more than Mother Nature’s loving embrace. The Outdoor Care Retreat is a group of cabins secluded within the lush woodlands of Norway. They serve as spaces for patients of the nearby hospitals to relax in the peace and serenity of nature. The retreat is near Norway’s largest hospital: the Oslo University Hospital.
The cabins are great places for patients to mingle with their family and friends while they’re recovering. Their asymmetric design help take patients’ minds away from the static environment of hospitals. Though separated from the hospitals, the cabins still have enough space for hospital beds and continued treatments.
“Nature provides spontaneous joy and helps patients relax. Being in natural surroundings brings them a renewed calm that they can bring back with them into the hospital. In this sense, the Outdoor Care Retreat helps motivate patients to get through treatment and contribute to better disease management”, states children’s psychologist Maren Østvold Lindheim at the Oslo University Hospital, one of the initiators of the project.
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