What is Therapeutic Recreations
Therapeutic recreation is the use of recreation bu qualified professionals (recreation therapists) to promote independent functioning and to enhance the health and well-being of people with illnesses and disabling conditions. Recreation is based on the simple premise that recreation has therapeutic value.
As recreation therapists, our primary goal is to teach individuals different ways they can enjoy their leisure time and to improve the cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual and social skills. (Datillo 2000)
The Goals of Therapeutic Recreation:
Recreation has been found to have therapeutic benefits in:
Physical health and health maintenance
Growth and personal development
Personal and life satisfaction
Societal and health care systems outcomes
Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation Assessments
The first step to administer a recreation assessment, which assists the therapist in determining the strengths, needs and interests of an individual. The intervention plan is created with the needs of the resident in mind.
Past recreation history of the residents.
Current attention span of the resident
Current Social contacts of the resident
Socialization skills of the resident
Attitude of the resident toward leisure choices
The resident’s physical and cognitive abilities