You know that feeling when someone really goes above and beyond your expectations? I’ve been wanting to share with you the fantastic customer service our facility and residents received while on an outing last weekend.
It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week!!
Volunteers make the world go round, no really! In the 150 years and beyond, “volunteering comes in as many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself.” – Volunteer Alberta. Here we’re going to focus on the volunteers in healthcare and how we appreciate them.
We all know the many benefits of reminiscing… I’m not here to talk about that, what I am here for is to share: Reminiscing Kits!
Our recreation department recently picked up one of these reminiscing kits from the Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre. When I first saw the kit open, I actually felt a little disappointed, the items looked very random and some of the items were damaged (yes, I realize the use they get, and it makes sense, it just makes me sad that eventually, these items will be so far gone some day that they won’t be usable)… However, once I took everything out and set it up nicely on the tables, I quickly changed my opinion. There were all kinds of random items, but everything fit together quite well!
This is a topic I struggle with in a huge way… There are SO many places recreation professionals can obtain certification in what I will refer to as Other Therapies (aka Specialities). So why is this a problem? I mean, who complains about a lot of opportunities? I do. The girl who easily becomes distracted online and follows the silver ball across the internet. Because of the abundance of opportunities, how do we guarantee that the ones we register for will be recognized by our professional associations? How do we ensure our investments will serve us well?
“Promotional products are imprinted or decorated items that are used by businesses and organizations to promote products, services, or company programs. Effective use of promotional products can enhance name and brand recognition, multiply sales, intensify client loyalty, and motive employees.” (Carson, 2009, p. 1)
Do you like free pens and sticky note pads as much as I do?!
I’ve spent the last month surveying as many healthcare professionals as I can, trying to find out which promotional products really are being utilized. I would say that I’m a functional or logical person, I like things in my life to serve a purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love free stuff, but I don’t like free stuff that has no functional value.
There is little research that assesses healthcare interdisciplinary team member’s attitudes towards the role of a therapeutic recreation professional and how those attitudes affect their professional perspective of and ability to work collaboratively with them. Continue reading “How does Recreation Therapy fit into the healthcare team?”
It all started with my final assignment for one of my TR specific courses; literature summary of evidence-based practice in therapeutic recreation and a resulting project that related back to that evidence. Several of my classmates focused on intervention resources, but I wanted to hone in on our entire profession and the importance of being recognized as an essential part of the healthcare team.
Continue reading “So then, what is the point of this blog?”
Ever think about the connection between health and recreation?
Consider this: children cope better with being hospitalized when given a chance to play. People recovering from physical injuries or adapting to disabilities stay healthier longer when they are physically and socially active. Older adults maintain a sharper mind and a higher level of social involvement when they recreate. Continue reading “What is Recreation Therapy?”