Recreational therapists specialize in the use of leisure and recreational programming to improve a patient’s overall functional status. They focus on improving function and independence as well as reducing or eliminating the effects of a disability or illness. Recreational therapy treatment programs strive to improve the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of the patient to enable them to reach their fullest potential, enhance quality of life and to promote health and wellness.
Recreational Therapy Programs include:
- Community Reintegration Outings – The purpose of this program is to assist our patients in successfully achieving their therapy goals by practicing in a “real” community setting (see below) and enhancing their self-confidence and self-esteem. It gives them the opportunity to improve or adjust to physical, cognitive, social, or emotional barriers they encounter while participating in the community reintegration outing.
- Shopping Mall
- Grocery Stores
- Local Parks
- Sporting Events
- Adaptive Sailing Program - Lake Michigan
- Holiday Luncheons – Luncheons are provided to patients and their families to bring them together during the holidays and offer some normalcy during their rehabilitation stay.
- Music Program – Patients have the opportunity to relax, listen and/or sing along to piano music.
- Off Floor Meal Groups – Patients have an opportunity to have a meal in the hospital cafeteria where they can practice their therapy skills in a relaxing atmosphere and also socialize with other patients, families, and friends.
- Pet Therapy Program – Therapy dogs visit with patients to improve social interaction and their overall physical/mental well-being.
- Recreational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Exercise Group — A group therapy session focused on upper extremity strength training, endurance and balance activities.
- Recreational Therapy/Physical Therapy Walking Group — A group therapy session focused on walking, endurance, balance and lower body strength training
The Recreational Therapist at Advocate Christ Medical Center is certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation.