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Oilfields Hospital: Recreation Therapy Awareness Month

 

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy is a health profession which acknowledges the significance of leisure and recreation as integral components of optimal health and well-being of individuals with illnesses and disabling conditions.

Recreation Therapists:

  • Work with individuals with physical, mental, emotional, cognitive or social limitations that impact their ability, attitude and motivation to engage freely in leisure and to maintain a healthy and balanced leisure lifestyle.
  • Work collaboratively within health service teams which may include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and social workers.
  • Work in settings throughout the continuum of health care, rehabilitation, community, assisted living, day programs, long term care and private businesses.

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