Project Title

Development of a Recreation Therapy Program for Personal Care Homes

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michelle Davis Gerken

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

Recreation therapy for individuals with special needs living in personal care homes needs to be addressed in Kentucky. Personal care homes are community housing with non-professional support services with twenty-four hour supervision. Personal care homes are non-medical homes for individuals who need housing. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Recreation therapy uses dynamic therapies that impact the multiple dimensions of wellness for individuals. Recreation therapists use a patient-centered approach to reduce barriers and identify facilitators for physical, mental, and social well-being (Svarich, 2014). Recreation Therapy provides physical and psychosocial health, cognitive functioning, and life satisfaction benefits. The purpose of this research is to identify and prove the need for recreation therapy in providing services in personal care homes. With the addition of recreation therapy, in a personal care home there will be a positive effect on the population of clients from a physical, mental, and social well-being standpoint.

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Poster Number

31

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Development of a Recreation Therapy Program for Personal Care Homes

Recreation therapy for individuals with special needs living in personal care homes needs to be addressed in Kentucky. Personal care homes are community housing with non-professional support services with twenty-four hour supervision. Personal care homes are non-medical homes for individuals who need housing. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Recreation therapy uses dynamic therapies that impact the multiple dimensions of wellness for individuals. Recreation therapists use a patient-centered approach to reduce barriers and identify facilitators for physical, mental, and social well-being (Svarich, 2014). Recreation Therapy provides physical and psychosocial health, cognitive functioning, and life satisfaction benefits. The purpose of this research is to identify and prove the need for recreation therapy in providing services in personal care homes. With the addition of recreation therapy, in a personal care home there will be a positive effect on the population of clients from a physical, mental, and social well-being standpoint.