Therapeutic

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Swimming

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #4

Swimming
Swimming

Swimming is a great therapeutic recreational activity and has a lot of health benefits:

  • Keeps your heart rate up
  • Builds endurance
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and lungs.
  • Tones muscles and builds strength.
  • Full body workout
  • Great for general wellbeing
  • De-stresses and relaxes
  • Burns calories
  • Lowers the risk of diseases
  • Supports the body
  • Exercise without the sweat
  • Builds bone mass
  • Helps you stay flexible
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves exercise-induced asthma
  • Lowers stress and depression

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Splatter Painting

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #3

Splatter Painting
Splatter Painting

You will need:

  • Various Paints
  • Canvas or Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates

This activity can get pretty messy, so we recommend painting outside and wearing aprons! Set up tables for your residents to stand or sit at. You may even want to lay down a plastic table cloth. Give every resident a canvas, paper plate and cup of water. Provide paints and paintbrushes to share. Residents can squeeze whatever paint they want onto the plate and rinse their brush in their cup. Now for the messy part – dip your paintbrush in paint and fling it onto the canvas! Get creative and have fun! Some residents may even want to just paint, that’s fine too! A more hands-on activity would be finger painting! Whatever your residents decide to do, it’s sure to be a masterpiece!

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Sand Sculpting

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #1

Sand Sculpting
Sand Sculpting

You will need:

  • Sand
  • New Disposable Litter Box
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Pale
  • Beach Toys

Grab some sand and a few litter boxes from the dollar store and you got yourself a simple and sweet sand sculpting station for your residents! Sand, itself, can be very therapeutic. You can create shapes, draw in the sand and build a sandcastle! Sand sculpting is fun for everyone of all ages and is a perfect summertime activity. Host a beach party or just have a relaxing rainy day – sand sculpting is perfect for any dull moment!

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Therapeutic Recreation Week

Therapeutic Recreation Week
Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 7th – July 13th

Therapeutic Recreation Week highlights the importance of engaging in activities that help with the recovery of healing people with various disabilities or illnesses. It can help keep a busy mind off of unnecessary stress that comes with having a disability.

Every day we will be providing a Therapeutic Recreational Activity for you to try with your residents at your own facility!

Recreational Therapy is used to help patients with disabilities and can even be prescribed by medical professionals as treatment, usually facilitated by a trained and certified individual. Recreational Therapy involves sports, arts, muscle relaxation techniques and even hobbies. It is designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of motor functioning and independence in life activities. It promotes health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate activity limitations.

Many rehabilitation centers and hospitals have an in-house recreation therapist who gives personalized assessments and works with a physician to create a recreational therapy plan that best suits the patient. This makes recreational therapy different than most therapies. Some interventions are individual and some are group based. But every therapy is tailored to the patient’s interests. This makes the therapy process meaningful and relevant.

Recreational Therapy is provided by qualified professionals known as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Recreational Therapists do their best to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety in their patients. They try to help them build confidence and socialize in their community.

How is Recreational Therapy Beneficial?

  • Gives Patients active, outcome-focused care
  • Enables general skill-developed treatment to home or community environments
  • Reduces the effects of disabilities
  • Provides treatment through cost-effective means
  • Addresses the whole person with a focus on enhancing independent functioning
  • Builds physical, social, cognitive and emotional domains
  • Trains people to identify and utilize community resources
  • Focuses on skills that carry over to day-to-day life

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