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ABOUT THERAPEUTIC RECREATION
AND ACTIVITIES

The philosophy of Re-Creative Resources, Inc. is that recreation and leisure are necessary components of life which are essential to the well being of all individuals, regardless of their physical, emotional, or mental condition.

With people living longer, it is increasingly important to provide opportunity for these individuals to continue to enrich their lives. Recreation programs in health-care facilities should be carefully designed to meet each individual's needs and interests. Individuals in health-care facilities should be offered opportunities to engage in social, cognitive, spiritual, physical, sensory stimulating, diversional, empowering, and creative-expressive activities, that have meaning and purpose.

The implementation of the 2006 revised CMS Guidance to Surveyors for Activities also emphasizes the need for person-appropriate activities. Long-term care facilities across the country are beginning to make these dramatic quality of life changes. Re-creative Resources, Inc. can help develop a program of activities and recreation that is therapeutic, educational, individualized, interdisciplinary, and fun for everyone.

DEFINITION OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

The National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) defines Therapeutic Recreation as:"Practiced in clinical, residential, and community settings, the profession of Therapeutic 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 enhance their health, independence, and well-being."

 

DEFINITION OF ACTIVITIES

The CMS Guidance to Surveyors defines activities as, “Any endeavor, other than routine ADLs, in which a resident participates that is intended to enhance her/his sense of well-being and to promote or enhance physical, cognitive, and emotional health. These include, but are not limited to, activities that promote self-esteem, pleasure, comfort, education, creativity, success, and independence. ADL-related activities, such as manicures/pedicures, hair styling, and makeovers, may be considered part of the activities program.”

“Activities can occur at any time, not just during formal activities provided by activities staff”

 


activity fundamentals MoviePURPOSE OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION and ACTIVITIES

  • To offer activities that are meaningful to each resident.
  • To promote and enhance quality of life.
  • To enhance or maintain cognitive abilities.
  • To enhance or maintain physical abilities.
  • To promote emotional and psychosocial well-being.
  • To provide opportunity for socialization.
  • To offer opportunity for creative expression.
  • To offer opportunity for decision making, choice, and responsibility.
  • To offer opportunity for religious or spiritual expression.
  • To offer solace and relaxation.
  • To provide opportunity for fun, pleasure, and enjoyment.
  • To offer opportunity to share common interests, cultures, and experiences.
  • To promote independence and decreased learned helplessness.
  • To provide opportunity to learn new skills, adapt old skills, and enjoy new leisure experiences.


BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION


Improved Cognitive Skills Improved Physical Skills
Ability to follow simple directions
Improved communication
Improved interpersonal skills
Decision making opportunities
Improved attention span
Heightened sensory awareness
Heightened environmental awareness
Improved ability to make needs known
Improved memory skills
Improved self-expression
Improved fine/gross motor skills
Increased endurance
Increased mobility and range of motion
Improved hand/eye coordination
Improved ADL skills/body awareness
Increased strength and flexibility
Improved sleep patterns
Improved skin integrity
Improved appetite
Decreased incontinence
Decreased use of pain medications

Improved Emotional Well-Being
Decrease in Behavioral Problems
Increased socialization
Increased motivation
Opportunity for creative expression
Increased self-esteem
Increased confidence
Decreased depression
Decreased boredom
Utilization of stress management skills
Decreased Learned Helplessness
Wandering
Sundown Syndrome
Agitation
Anxiety
Repetitive motions
Yelling and screaming
Abusive behavior
Use of physical restraints
Use of chemical restraints



Additional Reading
What is Therapeutic Recreation?" article by Mandy Kuykendall, CTRS



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