Recreation Therapy

2016_Resident Musician_George Bajer-Kulak_with Resident 03.JPGTherapeutic Recreation is designed to bring about emotional, social and physical or other positive changes in individuals with limitations. Recreation seeks to help individuals increase independence and develop skills for improved quality of life.

At Misericordia, Recreation provides a plethora of benefits for our residents. We provide meaningful, purposeful leisure opportunities that:

  • promote independence
  • enhance functional abilities
  • promote a healthy lifestyle along with physical, emotional, and mental well being
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • increase social engagement
  • decrease social isolation
  • provide leisure education and adaptive programming to enhance recreation skills and increase leisure awareness
  • promote community involvement

Here are just a few of the ways Recreation improves the quality of life of our residents at MHC:

  • The Life Enrichment program includes the Music and Memory iPod project
  • Community involvement through sandwich making for Siloam Mission
  • Intergenerational programs including school and daycare visits
  • Health promotion through fitness includes yoga, group exercise, chair dancing, circle dancing, and physical games
  • Therapeutic programs involving pet visits
  • Gardening programs, both indoor and outdoor in our Great-West Life Rooftop Garden
  • Musical guests including ensembles and soloists from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Underground Opera Company, a full-time summer music student, and many other Manitoba artists
  • Challenging cognitive programs including crossword puzzles, word scrabble, trivia, news and views
  • Special events including holiday resident family dinners, barbecues, teas and monthly birthday parties
  • Art workshops with local artist Toby Gillies – through the Manitoba Arts Council Artist in Residency program