Welcome Employers! We are excited you are interested in learning more about the benefits of hiring qualified Therapeutic Recreation (TR) professionals

When you hire a qualified TR, an individual who has post-secondary education in Therapeutic Recreation and who has the necessary skills and competencies to ensure the well-being of your residents, you are providing assurance to residents and their loved ones. You are also achieving your organization’s goal of ensuring residents live their lives with purpose and meaning. After all, once a resident is up, dressed, and had their breakfast, then what do they do with the rest of their day? That’s where the impact of a qualified TR matters most! People think TR is about bingo, birthday parties and bible study – not true! It is about ensuring purpose, meaning, and quality of living for the people who live in a long-term care home. They help residents overcome daily obstacles and build on their strengths. Qualified TR’s know the importance of social connections and have the skills to assess residents’ needs, as well as plan, implement and evaluate programs which meet their goals.For example, a Recreation Therapist knows a game of cards is not just about filling time. They know that there is purpose and meaning behind the game of cards. It’s about motivating the resident to leave their room and social connection and engagement with others. TRs know how to incorporate adaptive equipment making it easier for the resident to participate.

Below are a number of resources to help you learn more about the benefits of hiring a qualified TR including; qualified TRs have relevant education, skills and competencies, high-quality, impactful activities for your residents to lead happy, healthy lives, and minimizes stress and impact on other care staff.

To fully understand the impact these qualified professionals can provide – not only to your organization, but to your residents, please view the content below.

Why Hire a Recreation Therapist?

Why Hire Registered TRO Professionals?

Brochure: What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Infographic: What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Recreation Professional as a Career

Role Descriptions

Recreation Therapist Role Description

Recreation Therapist Assistant Role Description

Standards of Practice

Standards of Practice (English)

Standards of Practice (French)

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

Established in 1999, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) is the only professional association that represents Therapeutic Recreation practitioners in the province.

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