Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts

These services offer physically, intellectually and socially stimulating leisure activities for residents. Games, computer access, special events, pet visits, fun and fitness groups, and musical events and programs are a few examples of the activities offered.

There is a Creative Arts Studio where residents can participate in activities such as pottery, silk-screening, painting and woodworking. Residents are encouraged to participate in these scheduled activities where they can socialize, enhance their skills, or simply enjoy free time.

In addition, there is an arts therapies team providing music therapy, dance therapy and horticultural therapy. They provide specific services to residents who are isolated, depressed, anxious and palliative, as residents who need help with motor skills and require support with speech issues. These services may be offered at the bedside. A detailed monthly calendar, located across from the Communications’ Station on the Unit, and notices throughout the Health Centre identify special events and meetings.

These programs are generously supported by Veterans Affairs Canada for Veteran residents and the Perley Rideau Foundation for community residents.

Recent Media: June 7, 2021: Horticulture therapy program at Perley Rideau bears fruit

Read About The Program's History

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