therapeutic recreation

resident singingNorthern Manhattan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s therapeutic recreation department offers a variety of programs seven days a week to meet an individual’s interest and life-time hobbies. Activities are designed to both enhance quality of life and to promote independence and self expression by addressing emotional, social, leisure and religious needs of residents. Our trained staff strive to keep individuals connected with their communities by arranging trips off-site, and bringing community groups into the building. Other types of activities include clubs, entertainment, musical events, theme nights, arts, games, active exercises, and many more.

woman paintingActivities are conducted in our spacious first floor recreation room, sunroom, patios, and lounges. Religious services are provided for all faiths and denominations. Residents actively participate in the Residents’ Council and Food Committee meetings which are held on a monthly basis.

Description of some programs

Art classes which help to increase cognitive abilities, eye-hand coordination and creativity. Art and craft projects range from making pillows, dolls, jewelry, jewelry boxes, belts, caps, ceramic figurines, and many more.

Music therapy stimulates, calms and brings a sense of social connection with others. Summer weekend concerts include Caribbean steel pan instruments, latino music, R&B soul, duets, and popular vocalists Dance therapy is well received. This program offers a change to stretch, reinforce range of motion, and self expression.
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Tai Chi classes offer a sequence of slow and flowing exercise movements. This program is a wonderful way to condition the entire body, by reducing stress and it is great for pain management.

Current Events and daily news are discussed every day. Residents are informed and educated on what is happening in our City and the world. Newspaper and magazine articles are read with fruitful discussions. Also, special television news broadcasts are viewed and discussed.

Men’s Club promotes an opportunity for men to socialize and discuss topics of interests, watching sporting events, share life time memories, and ideas.

Gourmet Club offer residents an opportunity to put their love into tasting dishes that they prepare, enjoy the aroma from the kitchen, and reminisce about home cooking experiences.

Gospel Club provides a sense of self esteem, socializing, and entertainment. The gospel choir members perform for their peers during special events.

Additional programs include:
  • Ladies’ nite
  • Spa Day
  • Sunday socials
  • Holiday(s) celebration
  • Inter-generational visits
  • Movie Nite
  • Bingo and games
  • Birthday parties
  • Ice Cream socials
  • Drumming circle
  • Computer classes
  • Trips to local restaurants, etc.
  • Storytelling