Recreation Therapy

Limor Ness
Recreation Services Director
E-mail :
Phone : 323-663-8281 Ext. 111  

The Recreational Therapy Program includes a variety of programs that stimulates the residents senses with a multimodal approach. This is done through pet therapy, gardening activities, rhythmic drum circles and regular visitation from children who interact with the residents.

Older adults are supported through the recreational and activity program to respond to, and interact with, their environment. This is done through the presentation of a variety of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and manipulative objects.

The outcome of this innovative program results in the reduced use of psychotropic medications simultaneously with the enhanced activity programs which were initiated in October 2008. Utilization of antipsychotics, hypnotics/sedatives and antidepressants were all reduced compared with baseline. Garden Crest data is being compared to state and national norms.

Some of the Recreation Therapy Programs include:

  • Thematic activity programs on a monthly basis that highlight a special day or monthly overall themes.
  • Pet therapy program has in-house canine companions as well as weekly visits from a miniature horse and an array of exotic animals that have included everything from a zebra to a cow!
  • Expanded Adult Education programs to promote mental and creative pursuits with Arts and Crafts.
  • Regular visitation from elementary and nursery school children.
  • Outings to destinations such as Descanso Gardens, China Town, Glendale Mall, and nearby parks.
  • Country Breakfast and Candlelight Dinner on a monthly basis, with menu chosen by the residents.
  • Musical programs include a monthly Drumming Circle that has been expanded to a weekly Music Lab using percussion instruments.
  • Therapeutic Yoga, Qui-Gong, stretch and other exercise routines.
  • Happy Feet, a walking activity with music, is offered in the Residential Care Facility.
  • Creative Writing and Poetry is offered through the Writing for Wellness program.
  • The residents have a variety of programs to choose from throughout the day and there is never a dull moment.
  • Laughter and smiles! Monthly humor session, facilitated by a Certified Recreation Therapist. There is an emphasis on humor and fun in all activities provided. Laughter is the best medicine!