St. Joseph Shrine Parish at 8743 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230 US - JUST WHAT IS RECREATIONAL THERAPHY?
JUST WHAT IS RECREATIONAL THERAPHY?
Therapeutic recreational treatments provide recreational activities to individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions to improve or maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as help reduce depression, stress and anxiety.
Recreational therapists help patients recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence and socialize more effectively. Treatments may incorporate arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music and community outings.
Patients are evaluated with information from standardized assessments, observations, medical records and discussions with medical staff and family members as well as the individual. Recreational therapists may instruct patients in relaxation techniques, stretching and limbering exercises, proper body mechanics for participating in recreational activities as well as pacing and energy conservation techniques. Therapists observe and document patient’s participation, reactions and progress.
Recreational therapists should not be confused with recreation workers who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment. Recreational therapists work primarily in assisted living settings, out-patient physical and psychiatric rehabilitation settings, nursing homes, adult day care programs, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, substance abuse centers, parks and recreation departments and special education programs.
The goal of recreational therapy is to help each individual achieve his or her greatest potential. Therapists help each individual develop specific skills while providing opportunities for exercise, mental stimulation, creativity and fun. It is an important part of the holistic approach to treating the whole person and improving quality of life.