Recreation Therapy - CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska (NE)

Recreation Therapy is an activity-based program designed to improve or maintain the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and/or social functioning of our residents. We assist them in expressing individual lifestyles, through building on past interests and developing new experiences during their stay at Immanuel Fontenelle. Therapeutic Recreation is an integral part of Alegent Health's higher standard of care.

Residents, families, volunteers and staff join our therapeutic recreation staff in a variety of activities developed around the interests, hopes and dreams of each resident. Activities are planned for each neighborhood and for the entire building to enjoy.

Immanuel Fontenelle recreation therapists are either certified in activities or licensed recreation therapists. This enthusiastic team leads our community in developing understanding, relationships and FUN.

Annual events such as the Fathers Day weekend car show and cookout, barbecues in the courtyard, fishing trips, the Qwest Center car show, and Christmas lights tours only hint at the expanse of activities occurring in the community throughout the year. Casino outings, movies, meals out to restaurants or catered in, regular visits by therapy dogs, frequent musical entertainment from different community organizations such as The Merrymakers or individuals who care to share their musical interests and talents - these are part of the activities at Immanuel Fontenelle.

With the help of recreation therapy, the residents at Immanuel Fontenelle remain involved in the outside world. The residents can connect with family and friends via the Internet. They have actively participated in efforts on behalf of Relay For Life, Eden, the Food Bank and the Immanuel Hospitality House.

Intergenerational activities spark a strong response from the residents. They have enjoyed the Halloween trick or treating of family members and employees children, they have shared life experiences with high school students and they listen as new readers practice their talents. The residents enjoy regular visits from the little ones at the Center.

Included in the comprehensive care of every resident is an individualized therapeutic recreation program designed to meet a wide spectrum of needs and skill levels, from active leisure lifestyles to sensory stimulation. At Immanuel Fontenelle we provide a wide variety of groups, as well as individual, therapeutic interventions to meet our resident's many needs. They include:

  • Entertainment
  • Sensory Visits
  • Family Events
  • Service/Community Projects
  • Crafts
  • Pet Therapy
  • Intergenerational Programming
  • Computer Time
  • Exercise
  • Religious Services
  • Cooking
  • Courtyard Events
  • Music
  • Community Outings
  • Social Events
  • Reminiscence Groups 
  • Successful experiences are created through adaptations to meet the strengths and or limitation so each resident. Small and large group of people with similar interest and abilities are offered programs to create a non-threatening environment and promote social well being.

    The Therapeutic Recreation department is proud to offer this specialized activity program as part of the comprehensive care that your family member will receive at Immanuel Fontenelle. It is our commitment to make your loved one's stay here a full and satisfying one.

    We believe that you, the family, are an important part of helping us assess the unique strengths, interests and needs of our residents. We welcome your ideas and your participation in the care of your family member. We look forward to working with you.