Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy for Mental Health

Therapy is an important part of a patient’s treatment and recovery.  Recreational or activity therapy is a type of therapy that provides an opportunity for patients to experience the benefits of therapy while doing an activity that they enjoy or maybe even trying something new.

At Haven Senior Horizons of Phoenix, a wide variety of Recreational Therapy interventions and activities are available.  From mental stimulation to fine motor skill development, Recreational Therapy offers activities that play a duel role with enjoyment and treatment.

Cognitive Maintenance is a form of Recreational Therapy for maintaining cognitive function through mental stimulation and exercise. Activities can range from pictogram puzzles (pictures arranged to form phrases), logic and rational thinking challenges such as riddles, group games in which the focus is trivia, memory and information recall. This form of therapy is very versatile and can be adapted to all ranges of functioning.

“I primarily use Cognitive Maintenance therapy in my groups, as it is vitally important to maintain what cognitive faculties our patients still have,” says Sean Bryant, Activity Therapy Coordinator.

For managing stress and teaching patients how to cope with anxiety, Relaxation therapy is an effective intervention.  Monitoring and controlling muscle tension and breathing allows patients the ability to relieve stress.

These types of Recreational Therapy focus on working the mental aspect of a patient’s therapy through activities, breathing and stress reduction.

 

Recreational Therapy for Physical Health

At Haven Senior Horizons of Phoenix, a wide variety of Recreational Therapy interventions and activities are available.  From mental stimulation to fine motor skill development, Recreational Therapy offers activities that play a duel role with enjoyment and treatment.

To focus on the physical aspect, exercise therapy is offered to provide physical activity as well as concentration on breathing and relaxation.  Exercise therapy includes chair exercises, stretching, breathing, aerobics and walking. In addition, dance/movement therapists hold group sessions throughout the week. Exercise therapy provides mental relaxation in conjunction with physical activity.

For maintaining fine motor skills, providing creative outlets and helping patients learn new skills, Arts/Crafts therapy is a versatile intervention. Patients paint, draw, make cards, mandalas, use clay, craft journals from scratch, crochet, knit and do needlepoint.

Music is an important form of therapy that patients respond to very well.  Our certified music therapist uses a number of instruments to play songs aimed at engaging patients in a number of ways, from hand percussion to sing-alongs. Music is still recognizable and enjoyable even in late stages of dementia.

“Recreational therapy is very expansive, and the possibilities are virtually endless,” says Sean Bryant, Activity Therapy Coordinator.  “I do my best to be adaptive to each patient’s needs as well as for the benefit of patients in a group setting.”

Recreational Therapy is constantly expanding to offer more interventions.  At Haven Senior Horizons of Phoenix, Pet Therapy is one option that will be added in the near future to provide mood-boosting benefits to patients.

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