Nexus Neurorecovery Center

Recreational Therapy Supporting Patients after Brain Injury or Illness

Being able to provide residents with opportunities for meaningful life engagement is one of the main concepts of recreational therapy. Nexus Health Systems’ recreational therapists engage residents and patients in a variety of activities and outings based on individual interests and needs. The overarching goal is to increase function and independence, but recreational therapy also improves psychological and physical health.

Features of Recreational Therapy


Patient evaluations

  • Leisure inventory screen (gathers premorbid leisure and community interests)
  • Plan of care and goals (established to provide residents with support and guidance in returning to leisure participation)

Individualized treatment based on premorbid leisure interests

  • Cognitive (card games, board games, crafts)
  • Physical (Wii games, fishing, outdoor games, bowling)
  • Social (community outings, therapeutic group activities)
  • Emotional (leisure coping skills)
  • Individualized treatment sessions may also include adaptive leisure equipment and/or techniques, community resources, and discharge recommendations

Community re-integration outings

Community outings allow residents to apply learned techniques within traditional therapy services within the community setting

  • Bowling alley
  • Shopping mall
  • Restaurants
  • Top Golf
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Monthly activities for residents

Activities Coordinator provides leisure activities both on and off campus

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  •    Recreational Therapy Example 1

    After suffering a stroke, a resident was unsure if she would be able to return to her volunteer commitments as she had a difficult time communicating and walking. Because this was a premorbid leisure interest, or something she enjoyed doing prior to her injury, recreational therapy services were deployed, enabling her to return to volunteering.

    To help the patient return to her previous leisure lifestyle, the recreational therapy team organized community re-entry outings to her church. With the guidance and support of a recreational therapist, the patient was able to apply new techniques that allowed her to volunteer again and feel fulfilled.

    Also, during individualized recreational therapy sessions, the recreational therapist and patient collaborated to create a daily schedule that included volunteering, social outings, and activities of daily living. Upon discharge, the resident utilized her daily schedule that offered her the assistance, structure and guidance she needed to return to her previous leisure lifestyle.

  •    Recreational Therapy Example 2

    A Nexus Neurorecovery Center resident had cognitive, social, physical, and emotional challenges that interfered with her premorbid leisure pursuit of scrapbooking. To address these issues, the recreational therapy team utilized crafts as an intervention.

    These services assisted this resident with participation in her activity of choice and enabled her to create her very own recovery scrapbook. Upon discharge, this resident was able to not only take her scrapbook, but she also gained the confidence and techniques to continue this leisure activity with the support of her family within the home environment.

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