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Recreational Therapy

Avera St. Luke’s Therapeutic Recreation plays an important role in a person’s overall health and wellness. Recreational therapy utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions, based on the assessment of an individual’s needs and diagnosis.

The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to participate fully in life. We offer help in Acute Care, Physical Rehabilitation and Psychiatric/Mental Health, plus provide activities to other areas of the hospital through a referral basis. Pet therapy is also a part of the services we offer.

Acute Care

Therapeutic recreation, also known as recreational therapy, provides acute care patients with a wide range of leisure and social activities based on their individual needs. These needs range from cognitive to physical and emotional needs. Leisure activities assist in the recovery process and promote overall health and wellness.

Physical Rehabilitation (Inpatient)

For patients who need intense inpatient physical rehab services, therapeutic recreation provides leisure and social activities in a group setting or individual basis, depending on a patient’s needs. We provide community outings to aid in preparing for community re-integration. These activities help increase cognition, physical strength and endurance, and provide social and emotional support.

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Therapeutic recreation provides social and leisure group activities for a variety or ages to promote increased self-esteem, stress management skills and communication/social skills, plus leisure awareness, leisure skills and leisure resources. All of these things are vital in enhancing quality of life.

For more information, contact us at 605-622-5120.