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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic RecreationTherapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that improve their health, independence, and overall well being.
 
Throughout Eastern Health, therapeutic recreation practioners work in 23 sites across all programs including:
  • Long Term Care
  • Adult Rehabilitation and Continuing Care
  • Children's and Women's Health
  • Mental Health and Addictions
     
    We work with other health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, registered dietitians, nurses,  physicians, and other health care staff as part of  your health care team.

    We also work with community groups and stakeholders to develop strong links with community partners to provide community based leisure opportunities for clients, patients, and residents.

    What are the Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation?Therapeutic Recreation
    • Reduces cardiovascular & respiratory risk
    • Increases general cognitive functioning
    • Increases short-and long term memory
    • Decreases confusion and disorientation
    • Reduces depression & anxiety
    • Improves general psychological health
    • Improves social skills, socialization, cooperation, and interpersonal interactions
    • Improves coping behaviour
    • Reduces stress levels
    • Increases self-concept, self-esteem, and adjustment to disabilityTherapeutic Recreation
    • Reduces self-abusive and inappropriate behaviors
    • Increases communication and language skills
    • Increases life and leisure satisfaction and perceived quality of life
    • Increases community integration
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    Updated Dec 17, 2012