February is Therapeutic Recreation Month and the Kane Regional Centers are joining in the national celebration. The purpose of Therapeutic Recreation Month is to enhance the public awareness of therapeutic recreation activities and leisure opportunities for individuals with illness or disabilities.
According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), the primary purpose of treatment services (or recreation therapy) is to restore, remediate or rehabilitate to improve functioning and independence. Recreation therapy can also reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability by providing recreational resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being.
“We work with our short term rehabilitation residents as well as our long-term care residents” said Dana Nicodemus, Supervisor of Therapeutic Recreation at Kane Ross. “Our short term residents benefit greatly from recreation therapy services and leisure education that helps them to develop and retain a healthy leisure lifestyle when they return to the community.”
“Here at Kane, we recognize the vital role therapeutic recreation plays in helping our residents reach their highest level of independence,” said Dennis Biondo, Executive Director of the Kane Regional Centers. “In February, we pay tribute to our Therapeutic Recreation professionals by thanking them for their hard work and devotion year-round.”
For more information, contact Bill LaLonde, Community Outreach Representative at 412.422.6773.
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