Staying healthy means staying active. We integrate recreational therapy into our patients’ programs as a meaningful way to get our patients better – faster. We use leisure activities and specially structured group programs to improve and maintain our patients’ general health and well-being. Our certified recreational therapists specialize in engaging activities that promote emotional, spiritual, physical, cognitive and social wellness.
Sensory Stimulation Therapy
A sensory stimulation environment is a room used to provide a quiet, controlled space. It is an artificially created venue that uses sensory equipment to stimulate the senses and encourage pleasure and feelings of a comfortable well-being. The sensory stimulation program is designed to promote choice, interaction and relationships through planned stimulation of an individual’s senses. It can help with the following goals:
- Increase or maintain self-esteem, personal identity, social confidence and interaction
- Maintain or increase communication
- Reduce isolation or withdrawal
- Reduce anxiety, stress and depression
- Maintain or increase control and empowerment
- Reduce agitated behavior
- Reduce periods of wandering
- Reduce sleep disturbances
Coping with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging for both the affected individual and the family. Our Alzheimer’s Care Center staff understands the needs and behavioral changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which can become overwhelming. With various recreational activities, the staff members in our specialty care unit can address these needs and help residents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to maintain an optimal level of function and independence. Specialty care staff members also encourage residents to participate in various recreational activities, including group programs such as art lessons, singing groups and walking clubs.
Advanced Alzheimer’s Care
Residents in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease may be unable to participate in the activities offered by our specialty care unit. To accommodate the changing needs of these residents, our Advanced Alzheimer’s unit provides a quieter, more serene environment where residents can receive special care and support. Residents can participate in specialized recreational programs, and our staff can closely assist residents with their day-to-day activities.
The highly educated and skilled staff in our social services department assists patients who are transitioning to Garden Villa. They can assess and treat incoming patients as well as provide supportive care to preserve and enhance social functioning. Other important responsibilities of the social services department include intervention in problem solving related to psychosocial adjustment, financial assistance, utilizing community resources and discharge planning. Our social services professionals ensure that a patient’s transition to Garden Villa remains simple and comfortable.