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“February is Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month! Recreation Therapists and Recreation Therapy Assistants play a vital role in patient care at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital. Therapeutic Recreation is an allied health profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.
Recreation Therapists and Recreation Therapy Assistants support patient engagement in purposeful and meaningful interventions that are based on individual strengths and values, and are guided by assessments. They make necessary adaptations to recreation and leisure opportunities to allow for full participation. Therapeutic Recreation programs at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital reflect patients’ diverse interests and goals including: art, gardening, poetry and short stories, seated dance, Snoezelen and reminiscence therapies. The Therapeutic Recreation team educate patients and caregivers about the skills and resources required to participate in recreation and leisure both in hospital, and when re-engaging in the community.”
Submitted by: Katherine Gatt, Professional Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital