Aging is part of the natural progression of life and this stage may look different for each person. It could be a time of reflection and quiet or a reinvention of the self with new hobbies or purpose.
Aging can also pose new challenges, such as an illness, injury, a change in living situation, or loss of a loved one. These circumstances may affect an individual's overall wellness. Recreation Therapy can help restore balance to a person's well-being through specialized activities that focus on enhancing physical strength, cognitive stimulation, increased socialization and support emotional resilience.
Active Aging Seniors provides individuals with meaningful and engaging activities in the comfort of their own home to maintain independence and live safely in the community.
According to the 2011 Canada census, 92% of individuals above 65 years old live in the community.The demand to age in place is increasing as seniors are living longer, healthier and more independent lives. Active Aging Seniors understands the need for community support that enriches the lives of seniors which will assist them with their goals of aging in place.
Recreation is not only related to active sports, the gym, and centers like the YMCA, it can be any activity that offers restoration, healing, challenge, reward, discovery, comfort, joy and connection that moves an individual forward and fosters growth in any shape or form.
We are insured, skilled and trained non-medical healthcare providers ready to partner with you in your pursuit for a flourishing life.
Recreation & leisure assessments
Activity-based one on one visits
Engaging community outings
Individuals living with dementia
Physical & mobility challenges
Low mood & experiencing isolation
Caregivers needing extra support
Benefits of Recreation Therapy
Maintains and improves cognitive functioning
Strengthens socialization and interpersonal skills
Recreation Therapy uses a multi-faceted and systematic approach to improve a person's wellness through recreation and leisure. Whether it's connecting with old hobbies and activities or discovering new ones, Active Aging Seniors ensures that each visit is tailored to your goals and needs.
Recreation & Leisure Assessments
Assessments help us get to know the client and provide a baseline of their interests, abilities, skills, strengths and improvement areas.
Planning involves goal setting, establishing timelines andactivity selection in collaboration with the client.
Subsequent visits will consist of therapeutic activities identified during the planning phase. Each activity is tailored to the individual's goals, abilities and needs.
Evaluation provides a feedback loop between the client and therapist to ensure that the goals are being met with each visit.
A 90-minute visit consists of therapeutic activities that assist the client with their healthand wellness goals.
Most activities overlap different domains but they are classified by their main component, for example, exercise is mostly a physical activity that involves cognitive (ability to understand andfollow instructions) and emotional (ability to stay motivated throughout the activity) functions.
Documentation will be provided to the client and their family after every visit via email or phone call to assure the care partner’s trust and peace of mind.
SAMPLE TIME DISTRIBUTION FOR A VISIT
Physical (Gentle Exercise)
Case Study (Sample)
Myrtle's Recreation goals
Improve physical mobility & strength
Enhance social engagement and reduce isolation
Address anxiety and fear related to falling
Pain (Hip and hands, overall stiffness)
Loss of driving privileges
Anxiety and fear of falling again
Loss of routine & social connections
Recommended Therapeutic Activities:
Stronger U Strength, Circuit & Stretch
Fit Minds Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
Accompany Myrtle to reconnect with her local senior groups
Guided meditations with focus on pain management and positive affirmations
Short stories & literary discussions
Lives at home with sister and pet cat, retired high school teacher, avid reader and social butterfly.
Recently suffered a serious fall, lost her driving privileges, feeling isolated and has heightened fear of falling again. Lives with arthritic pain and decreased mobility wants to be active again.
ARTS & CRAFTS
HEARTMATH (MINDFULNESS BIOFEEDBACK SYSTEM)
PET VISITS (ROBOT)
STRONGER U SENIOR FITNESS EXERCISES
SEATED YIN YOGA
PERSONALIZED REMINISCENT KITS
LEARNING NEW TECHNOLOGY
COGNITIVE STIMULATION THERAPY
Differences between recreation therapy and companionship services
Therapeutic Approach: Utilizes recreational activities to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of individuals with disabilities, illnesses, or injuries.
Goal-Oriented: Improves and maintains the functioning and well-being of individuals by enhancing their physical, emotional, and social abilities through purposeful recreational activities.
Treatment Focus: Recreation therapists design and implement customized treatment plans that use various recreational activities, such as sports, arts and crafts, music, and outdoor adventures, to promote physical fitness, cognitive skills, emotional resilience, and social interaction.
Trained Professionals: Recreation therapists have specific training and certifications in therapeutic recreation. They work closely with individuals to assess their needs, develop treatment goals, and provide tailored interventions to meet those goals.
Supportive Companionship: Provides companionship and social support to individuals who may be elderly, disabled, or experiencing isolation. The focus is on offering emotional support, social interaction, and engaging in leisure activities together.
Non-Therapeutic Approach: Do not have a therapeutic or clinical treatment goal. The primary purpose is to alleviate loneliness, provide friendship, and enhance quality of life through social engagement.
Activities of daily living: Companions may engage in various activities with the individuals they support, such as going for walks, playing games, having conversations, accompanying them to appointments or outings, and providing assistance with daily tasks like meal preparation or light housekeeping.
Personalized Relationship: Companion services aim to establish a personal connection and build a rapport with the individual. Companions often develop long-term relationships with the individuals they assist, fostering trust, comfort, and a sense of companionship.
Valerie Bautista, RecT, CDCP
Owner & Recreation Therapist
Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation specializing in Gerontology- Lethbridge College
Professional member of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association since 2021
Certified StrongerU Fitness Instructor
Certified HeartMath Practitioner
Certified Cognitive Coach-FitMinds
Certified Dementia Care Provider
Over seven years of experience in the field of Recreation
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of Perpetual Help (Philippines) 2010
TO EMPOWER OLDER ADULTS TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL WELLNESS THROUGH MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES THAT ENRICH THEIR LIVES
TO CREATE A VIBRANT SOCIETY THAT VALUES RECREATION AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF WELLBEING IN ALL STAGES OF LIFE