The American Therapeutic Recreation Associated recognizes February as “Therapeutic Recreation Month.” Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illness or disability enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.
Under the direction of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, (CTRS), Jim Batton and Patty Frangella, staff at Allied Services Scranton Rehab Hospital implement individual treatment plans to assist patients who have experienced a stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, and other conditions.
Frangella recently helped a patient resume a much-loved pastime, knitting, following a stroke that left her without the use of her right arm. By creating an adaptive knitting loom, the patient was able to knit one-handed. Recreational therapists at Scranton Rehab Hospital also make use of popular, high-tech devices, such as the Nintendo Wii, to improve balance and coordination in patients following an injury.