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Leisure Therapies is part of our Leisure & Creative Therapies service based at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.
Leisure is an essential part of our lives. When we're involved in satisfying leisure activities, we can gain a sense of freedom, control, creativity and achievement.
Leisure also gives us the chance to develop our skills, friendships, and self-confidence. It helps us enjoy new experiences, challenges and adventures, and to stay healthy.
Leisure therapy involves:
Leisure provides a way to link the hospital's program to the individual patient's sense of self, personal biography and history.
Experiences that are meaningful in people's lives can be largely understood as leisure experiences:
Leisure in a rehabilitation program provides a way to bring the individual patient's life more comprehensively into the process of recovery.
Leisure interests and experiences provide a way to integrate the rehabilitation process around the actual and potential engagement of the patient both in the hospital environment and the community.
A successful rehabilitation program recognises that a person who has acquired a disability must deal with social and emotional concerns in addition to physical issues. People who have acquired a permanent disability are confronted with a range of issues in all areas of their life.
We provide leisure therapy activities which:
Our staff work as part of the treating team and play a critical role in assisting patients to address their various issues.
Patients are assisted to explore both their abilities and limitations, their strengths and vulnerabilities and to gain an understanding of their new circumstances in order to make the adjustments necessary to rebuild their lives.
By developing patients' recreation interests, their social networks and community links, they are able to identify factors affecting their motivation and self esteem. This is crucial to ensuring patients derive the optimum benefit from their rehabilitation.
Simply rehabilitating individuals to their fullest physical potential does not succeed without addressing their whole of life issues.
We use a wide range of approaches including:
We offer the following leisure activities as part of our program:
Just ask yourself:
We can assist you to choose the right activity for your needs.
You can access this service when you are staying in hospital. Ask a member of your care team to contact us.