April 28, 2021

Filoktitis: Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation’s (TR) primary responsibility in working with patients, is to expose them to appealing and realistic leisure options, following their disease. Assessment of pre-disease lifestyle provides the foundation for moving forward and implementing a treatment plan that facilitates the patient’s return to pre-disease activities and/or the development of new interests to promote an independent, active lifestyle. In-hospital social activities, e.g, concerts, performances, movies, parties, reading and gatherings organized for patients are a valuable component of TR intervention, challenging for individual patients in these activities. Thus, the TR documentation allowed clinicians to record social events in which patients participated that were under the direction of TR. Filoktitis’ therapists utilize a wide range of activities to help patients make improvements in the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure areas of their lives. They assist patients in developing skills, knowledge and behaviors for daily living and community involvement.  Filoktitis’ recreation therapy interventions include   therapy sessions, in small group settings, co-treatment in conjunction with physical and occupational therapists or speech-language pathologists.  Recreation programs may be therapeutic, such as entertainment, social programs, horticulture activities, music, games, crafts and a variety of other activities. These programs are available during the late afternoon, after therapy has ended for the day.