Because leisure activity is such an important part of daily living, every Shepherd Center patient is assigned a certified therapeutic recreation specialist as part of the treatment team. These specialists work with each patient to create a customized recreation therapy plan based on diagnosis and leisure interests, and integrate goals into the patient's daily therapy schedule.
Leisure Skill Instruction: We encourage patients to explore past or new recreation interests. We offer opportunities to try adaptive equipment and techniques, discuss activity modification, and learn about available resources.
Our weekend camping trips, water-skiing clinics, rafting and fishing excursions, are among the hands-on learning situations available to patients who enjoy the outdoors. For those with artistic leanings, our pottery studio, woodworking shop, photography darkroom and space for painting and other crafts helps patients learn new hobbies or rediscover old ones.
Other activities can include basketball, power soccer, quad rugby, tennis, handcycling, snow skiing, weight training, billiards, bowling, ping pong, swimming, scuba diving, jet skiing, all terrain vehicles, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, riflery, horseback riding, gardening, lawn care, landscaping, indoor plants, drama, dancing, needlework, singing, musical instruments, video games, cards, reading, board games, and computers.
Shepherd Center's outings test an individuals' abilities and independence in real-life situations and allows time to practice skills such as wheelchair maneuvering in a crowd and around barriers, learning how to direct others when assistance is needed, safety, and coping with public misconceptions. For patients with cognitive issues, our specialists also address money management and feeding during the outings.
We also encourage patients to use evenings and weekends as time to pursue their leisure interests as much as possible. Shepherd Center also offers Saturday-night movies, Sunday-afternoon social and educational programs, and board games, movies and video games for patients to check out.
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