Recreational Therapy, also know as Therapeutic Recreation, is common sense, cost effective, treatment. Recreational Therapy is a profession that contributes to the broad spectrum of health care through treatment, education, and the provision of adapted recreational opportunities--all of which are instrumental to improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, preventing secondary health conditions, enhancing independent living skills and overall quality of life.
Put simply, Recreational Therapists help people get better and/or learn to experience healthy recreation and leisure activities by guiding them through a process of participating in goal oriented, structured recreation activities.
Where do Recreational Therapists Work?
Although most Recreational Therapists are employed by health care agencies and work in traditional inpatient hospitals, many work in mental health facilities, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing settings, substance abuse facilities, corrections, hospice care, community parks and recreation settings, and in school systems. In recent years, more recreational therapists have started providing private practice services in the home and community as well. For examples, visit the websites for Recconnection and Strive RTS, Inc. Click here for more information about Recreational Therapy.