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Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy plays an important role in your recovery after an injury. It will guide you back into the community and help you feel more comfortable, confident, and help you enjoy life. Recreational therapists will work with your care team during your inpatient stay in preparing you for home. 

We also offer community-based therapies: the Bridge Program; Wellness with Water, Neuro Group; and Wellness with Water, One on One. No prior patient history with St. Luke's is required.

St. Luke’s Bridge Program

This community-based rehabilitation program is designed for people of all ages recovering from neurological injuries (brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or other neurological condition). The mission of the Community Bridge Program is to restore a level of independence in your community and home environment, while promoting health and wellness through increased participation in meaningful activities.

Bridge 1: Community and Recreation

Work one-on-one with your recreational therapist to explore options and develop a pathway to your community and recreational interests.

Pathways

  • Recreation and leisure education: adaptive equipment, exploring new hobbies, regaining confidence in skills, time management
  • Community skills: pathfinding, social skills, money management, problem solving, communication, etc.
  • Mobility and safety in community environment
  • Transportation: city bus, accessible bus, etc.
  • Connecting with community resources: YMCA, church, library, Parks and Recreation, school, etc.
  • Exercise and motivational skills
  • Family education

Bridge 2: Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great bridge to returning to work or school after a neurological injury. It can help you develop and practice a variety of skills to assist with this transition. Your recreational therapist will help you find and pursue volunteering opportunities in your community that fit best with your interests and goals.

Opportunities are available in various settings, including:

  • Healthcare
  • School
  • Library
  • Working with animals
  • Outdoors
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Thrift stores
  • Museums

Cost

Although this program is not covered by insurance, your first 45-minute consultation with a recreation therapist is free.

You and your therapist will establish an individualized plan. Most patient goals can be met during 3 hours of therapy for a fee of $120. Each additional session is $35. 

St. Luke's Wellness with Water

Individual and Group Pool Therapy Programs

Neuro Group Class

  • Four-week, small group class for people recovering from neurological injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or related conditions
  • Fun and effective way to make progress toward your goals with support from therapists and peers
  • Increase strength, balance, range-of-motion, self-esteem
  • Decrease pain
  • Transition from guided pool group to independent pool program at your community facility

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2-3 p.m., beginning the first week of each month.

Cost

$100 pre-pay for eight sessions (1 month).

One-on-One Sessions with a Recreational Therapist

You and your recreational therapist will work toward your functional goals and overall mobility in an individual setting. These sessions are appropriate for a variety of medical conditions, and provide a good opportunity for you to develop your individual pool program and train your family or caregivers to assist with your transition to a community-based pool.

Cost

$38 per 45-minute session.

For more information on any of these programs, please call Jana Woodruff at (208) 385-3267.

To schedule your first appointment, call (208) 385-3238.