Long term care residents enjoying painting in the art room, with a recreation staff member

Therapeutic Recreation

Equally crucial to providing quality care is providing our residents with meaningful therapeutic activities to enhance their quality of life. The Therapeutic Recreation Department at Bergen New Bridge is committed to creating programs and activities to meet the needs of our residents at all functional levels. At the same time, the Therapeutic Recreation team ensures residents stay connected to the activities and experiences they are familiar with and enjoy. Our Therapeutic Recreation Department plans all programming based on resident and person-centered care to ensure our residents experience the highest quality of life. We recognize residents are not all the same, so our team adapts and modifies recreational activities to be all-inclusive and accommodate our residents’ needs.

Our trained staff develops and offers recreational activities such as:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Music programs
  • Cooking programs
  • Active games and sports
  • Gardening with a horticultural therapist in our greenhouse
  • Celebrations and parties
  • Many other different and dynamic therapeutic interactions

All our activities are designed to allow our residents to enjoy life to its fullest. The Therapeutic Recreation Department works closely with residents to ensure our programs accommodate individual interactions and group programming. The team offers many on-site activities and off-campus events for the benefit and enjoyment of our residents. Off-campus events when appropriate (meaning CVOID-19 safe) include:

  • Outings to movie theatres
  • Dining at local restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Visting local parks
  • Attending sporting events
  • Visiting museums

Our dedicated staff offers activities seven days a week as part of the Bergen New Bridge quality of life commitment to our residents and their families.

Horticultural Therapy

A horticultural therapy program and an on-site greenhouse offer nature’s therapeutic value for healing and enjoyment of long term care residents are unique to Bergen New Bridge. The program also offers sensory stimulation using smell, sight, taste, touch, and listening techniques to promote sensory awareness for our residents.

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