Recreational Therapy Empowers Residents’ Abilities

JULY 9, 2018

Quality of life at Signature HealthCARE takes on boundless possibilities, and recreational therapy allows residents to achieve therapy goals and get involved with quality of life activities.

“As a recreational therapist, I enjoy finding activities they love and modifying it, so they can participate and/or engage, despite their limitations. I believe it is important and necessary in the healthcare field to focus more on individual’s abilities, rather than their disability,” Paula Hardy, a certified recreational therapist and Quality of Life Director at Signature HealthCARE of Roanoke Rapids, said. “Growth in all domains begins when individuals have confidence in themselves to believe that they “can” rather than they “can’t.”

Fusing leisure and quality of life with clinical and therapy goals, recreational therapy is quality of life activities with purpose. By taking into account the cognitive, physical, psychological, and social well-being of individuals, recreational therapy sets goals based on a person’s needs. Many individuals with disabilities believe some activities are out of their reach because of their disability, but recreational therapy meets them where they are.