The Department of Recreation Therapy consists of:
•Recreation Therapy and Activity Therapy
•Hospital School Program
The Mission of Recreation/Activity Therapy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is to provide quality treatment services and recreation opportunities for individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions. The primary purposes of treatment services are to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence, as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. Recreation opportunities are available to patients needs for self-expression, independence, stimulation, control, security, and creativity. The provision of Recreation/Activity services can assist in meeting these needs as well as provide individuals with other positive outcomes such as adjustment to medical procedures, fitness, relaxation, changes in lifestyle, release from stress and satisfying social interaction.
Recreation/Activity Therapy services are provided in a caring, compassionate manner to patients and their families by state and nationally certified or certification eligible specialists/therapists/therapy assistants who uphold the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice put forth by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. By being creative and innovative, the staff attempt to provide services to patients and their families utilizing a family centered care approach which results in the patient and family having a more positive Healthcare experience. The staff continuously strives to provide the highest quality of services to the patients and families which it serves, to represent the profession as a role model to others in the work environment as well as the community and to convey respect and integrity to all people with which we come into contact.