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 Recreation Therapy is designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition. Activities are designed to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. 
Helping Hands provides a wide range of recreational activities geared for people with cognitive disabilities and seniors with memory loss. Many activities provide benefits in multiple, if not all areas. 

We have a variety of programs each day based on individual needs and goals. Programs take place within the community and at the Community Center.

Cognitive Programs

Cognitive programs can improve skills and utilize working memory from the past to help maintain skills. Cognitive programs include programs which utilizes specific cognitive activities designed to increase overall brain function. Large/Small group activities on reminiscing, discussions, and retrieving information.  Cognitive programs are weaved into active games which allow all participants to participate successfully.

Expressive Programs

Creative programs promote imagination through self-expression. Opportunities are provided to express emotions, thoughts, and feelings that the participant may otherwise be unable to express. These activities promote engagement and self-worth, while group programs allow for socialization and opportunity for success. Our programs include: Art Therapy, Creative Arts, Creative Journaling, and Support Groups.

Movement & Physical Programs

Physical programs aim to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, balance, movement and endurance. These programs are designed to maintain or increase function while potentially decreasing depression. Programs such as dancing have been shown to increase socialization as well. Our programs include: Daily Exercise, Tai Chi, Yoga, Walking Club, Active Games, Warm Water Pool

Social Engagement

These programs are designed to increase positive relationships, provide opportunities to express emotions, increase decision making and social interactions, and decrease depression. Our programs include: Field Trips, Discussion Groups, Pet Therapy, Entertainers.

Sensory Programs

Sensorimotor programs aim to evoke an active response from participants, such as engaging passive or apathetic individuals or calming those who are agitated. Sensory cues are offered for those with limited cognitive or verbal abilities. 

Reflective Programs

Reflective Programs enhance well-being and connectedness with self. These programs aim to promote a sense of purpose and belonging, and to maintain involvement in the community. Our programs include: Meditation, Intergenerational Activities, and Volunteerism.