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Recreational Therapy

At Strive Recreational Therapy Services, we are committed to enhancing quality of life. Strive provides groups and individuals with recreational therapy opportunities within their own community. Strive serves those injured in an auto accidents, injured in a work-related accident, and anyone with a disability. Our services also greatly benefit the geriatric population, students requiring Individualized Education Plans, wounded veterans and organizations and businesses looking to increase their services to those with disabilities. Strive truly helps bridge the gap between the hospital setting to their home and community.

Strive helps to advocate for individuals with disabilities as well as implement programs of interest, provide consultation and independently contract Recreational Therapists throughout Michigan. Both Strive Recreational Therapy Services and Strive Inc., it's non profit counterpart have been successfully running since 2003. We continue to offer many programs and services that are often lost once a patient returns home with their injury.

Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2014 H.R. 4755 Has Been Introduced! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tripe   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:22

Taken from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
Congressman Glenn (GT) Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) have introduced H.R. 4755:  "Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2014".

What is the Purpose of this Act?
It is the purpose of this Act to restore reliance on the professional judgment of the treating physician and the rehabilitation team when determining whether a Medicare patient meets the intensity of therapy requirement of an inpatient rehabilitation hospital or unit in order for that patient to gain access to the appropriate mix of medically necessary therapeutic rehabilitation services in that setting, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and, as needed, speech therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, and recreational therapy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:28
Hidden Benefits of Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:44

Hobbies can provide physical therapy, stress relieve, mindfulness
Ms. Suzanne Ovel

When Ronnie Bernardo steps into the kitchen, she immerses herself in the art of cooking, in focusing on the people she is feeding, and in all the senses that putting culinary creations together engages her in.

"The feeling is like all of your senses are alive -- you put the colors in there, the texture, just everything," said Bernardo, a sergeant with Charlie Company. "It's art; cooking is an art, and when you present it, it's something beautiful."

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:47
Easy Rider Wheelchair Biking: A Nursing-Recreation Therapy Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Depression PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:09

Suzanne Fitzsimmons 1 and Linda L. Buettner 2

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It is estimated that the incidence of depression in older adults living in long term care facilities can be is as high as 50% (Tueth, 1994) and is the most common mood disorder of late life (Butler & Lewis, 1995). Depression often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated (Devanand, et al., 1994). Diagnosing depression in this group is often difficult as older persons may exhibit non-specific somatic complaints rather than DSM-V classified symptoms of depressed mood (Waintraub, 1998). Minor depression often becomes a chronic illness in this group but is not a part of normal aging (Lammer & Ham, 1997). Depression may be associated with side effects of medications or compounded by medical conditions such as a cerebral vascular accident, Parkinson’s or heart diseases. It may be caused by a multitude of psychological conditions such as coping with chronic illness and frequent pain, gloomy institutionalized environments, and an assortment of losses including function, independence, social roles, friends and relatives, and past leisure activities. Depression is associated with functional decline and excess mortality and therefore should be treated vigorously. It has also been demonstrated that depression is a contagious condition (Lammer & Ham, 1997).

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:27
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Promote Resilience and Reintegration PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 14:53

Written by Rory A. Cooper PhD

Sports and fitness are an integral component of the lives of military service-members and are ingrained in the military culture. When a service-members becomes severely wounded, it requires adjusting to a new perception of self as well as altered relationships with others. The building of resilience and successful reintegration, whether remaining in the military or transitioning to civilian life, requires developing physical and psychological adaptive strategies. Sports and recreation are tools that can be very effective in promoting physical and mental health, and for building healthy relationships. While, military and veteran treatment facilities have used sports and recreation to promote rehabilitation and reintegration for nearly 100 years; the scientific evidence has only recently started to accumulate that suggest the benefits and support guidance for program development..

Figure 1:  Veterans competing in the NVWG.

Figure 1: Veterans competing in the NVWG.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 15:10

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