Recreation Therapy is a systemic process that uses several activities that are designed to assist the needs of patients with a degenerative neurological and neuromuscular disease. The treatment expedites physical and psychological recovery as well as a patient’s well-being. Most neuromuscular diseases are unfortunately incurable, however, recreation therapy can help patients maintain a quality of life as well as maximize your psychosocial and physical functions.

The therapeutic process developed by healthcare providers to plan and assess the patient’s needs is called APIE. The acronym APIE stands for the following:

  • Assessment of strengths and needs.
  • Plan for treatment designed to address individual needs.
  • Implementation of therapeutic activities to address objectives.
  • Evaluation of individual goals at the end of each session and at the end of the program.

Recreation therapy plans are individualized and the goal is to develop workable solutions to manage the physical, emotional and behavioral changes that one might experience. Factors taken into account include personal abilities and prior lifestyle. The recreation therapist can provide a comprehensive approach for learning techniques to:

  • Increase strength and function while reducing pain and physical limitations.
  • Build physical strength and awareness.
  • Encourage lifestyle behaviors that promote wellness and longevity.
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Restore daily living activities.
  • Maximize potential to perform daily living activities and encourage the normalcy of the patient’s current condition.  This will assist in providing a balance of not only the physical, but the mental and emotional well-being.

Recreation therapy has a unique role in the health and human service system. It is designed to restore independent functioning while promoting wellness, recreation and leisure as a means to psychological and physical recovery among individuals with disabilities.

If you have questions or would like to speak with our admissions specialists about the specific lifestyle that your family member or patient is accustomed to, please contact us today.  We appreciate the many limitations conditions would pose on our residents, especially in a subacute skilled nursing facility. Our team of recreation therapists strive to focus on quality of life and encourage an optimal experience.