Recreation Therapy (Rec. T) is offered in numerous departments throughout the hospital, benefiting people of all ages, says Sherri Nelson, practice leader.
“Rec. T’s serve inpatients and outpatients. We might work with an older adult who’s had a stroke and wants to golf again. Or we’ll work with young people with mental health challenges to develop physical activity and recreation skills.”
One of the prime locations Recreation Therapists deliver programming is Saskatoon City Hospital’s gymnasium, Nelson says. “It’s an important treatment space but much of its equipment has been used since the new hospital opened in 1993 and needs replacement.”
Donors can help purchase sport wheelchairs, an indoor curling set, darts and boards, an adapted bowling ramp, a bocce set, softball equipment, sport balls, tennis, badminton and pickle ball equipment, a water wheelchair, a voice booster, an Apple iPad Pro, iPods and headphones.
“The voice booster helps those with hearing impairments participate in relaxation sessions,” Nelson says. “The sports wheelchair could introduce a young client with spinal cord injury to activities that benefit their post-injury lifestyle.
“iPad apps and games would benefit people with accessibility or visual impairments, helping improve attention, eye-hand coordination and teaching mindfulness to assist with pain reduction. iPods would allow older adults with dementia to listen to familiar music and reminiscence while promoting relaxation and decreasing agitation.”
Recreation Therapy is much more than fun and games, Nelson adds. “Recreation activities support rehabilitation and promote healthy living. New equipment would enhance our ability to promote active lifestyles for patients for many years to come.”