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Recreational Therapy

What We Do

Exercise Groups, Nature Walks, Sport activities

With approval from a patient's doctor, Rehab patients participate in a 30 minute Core and Upper Body class, which improves strength, balance and safety in movements.

Headpain patients participate in walks on the wooded grounds, where deer or tracks are frequently seen. The Lite Exercise class is a 30 minute class that focuses on mild cardio, stretching and strengthening, to music. Patients are aided in monitoring their perceived exertion and modifying as needed to meet their varied needs. Simple, adapted sports such as putting, shuffleboard, bowling are offered.

Hobbies and Crafts

Options include assembly tasks, woodwork, painting projects. copper carving, mosaics, tile trivets, collages, beaded jewelry and bead projects, sand art, card making; stenciling, flower tapping, stamping, embossing.

Table Games and Cards

Options include regular and low vision (giant) scrabble, checkers, dominoes, cribbage and yahtzee. Many board and card games are available as well.

Garden of Serenity

Located across from the Main Dining room, the garden is a nature filled outdoor courtyard where the sun shines, the breeze flows and the sights and sounds of nature abound. Patients, families, staff and visitors dine, relax, socialize or renew. It is also used for Rehabilitation patients individual Recreation therapy to learn adapted garden techniques or Headpain patients for group discussions, weather permitting.

Therapy Dog Program

Patients on nearly all units of the hospital have the opportunity to lounge and visit with a Therapy Dog, certified through Therapy Dogs. Inc. Patients pet, groom or talk with the dogs, and share about their pets and the importance of them in their life. Rehabilitation patients may also focus on functional activities such as visual scanning games, ball games and home animal care tasks.

Music Activities

Listening to music, singing, playing the piano or organ are available to patients.

Computer Skills or Games

Checking e-mail, one or two handed keyboard skills, eye hand coordination using the mouse, checking resources and games are available.

Reading Resources and Adaptations

Talking Books, large print books and magazines, and applications for Library Services for the Visually Impaired for home delivery of books and magazines are available.

Chelsea Stroke Support Group

The group meets from 11:00 to 12 noon the first Thursday of each month and provides lighthearted friendship, needed support and targeted education for Stroke Survivors and their families. Call 734-593-5600 for more information.

Leisure Planning and Community Resources

Issues addressed may include written plans for safe activities the patient can do and the level of assist they will need from supportive people in their life. Community resources such as Handicapped Parking Placard applications, and information on the above areas are provided as needed.

Appointment/Contact Information

Call for appointments: 734-593-5600
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