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Craig Hospital's Therapeutic Recreation Programs - Commitment to our Patients

                                             T-rec group

For more than four decades, Craig Hospital's Therapeutic Recreation Programs has set the standard for rehabilitation hospital recreation programs in the U.S., and our 10 nationally certified specialists have more than 230 years of combined experience.

At Craig Hospital, we understand that leisure-time activities help define who we are. We believe that recreation gives life fullness and keeps us healthy and therapeutic recreation is an integral part of the total rehabilitation process. We have seen patients make dramatic improvement in their rehabilitation program when they rediscover their leisure-time activities. Our goal is to give patients a chance to participate in a wide variety of satisfying recreation experiences. We focus not only on our patients but also their families who are an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Our staff gets to know the patient’s recreation interests, investigates potential resources, maximizes skill development and promotes community reintegration through one on one and group intervention. The therapeutic recreation staff works very closely alongside the rehabilitation team in meeting patient’s goals. The Craig staff, along with patients and their families, bond together with everything from the water sports in the summer, to the talent shows and a staff holiday performance.

Our former patients have discovered that there are no limits to their recreational interests. They have participated in everything from hunting big game in Africa, to gardening in their backyards. They have developed camps and foundations and have become wonderful peer mentors.


“Camp Discovery was a great opportunity for former patients to explore fitness activities, seek personal growth, and create support systems with other woman who have had similar experiences.”

-Trish Downing, former Craig patient - Camp Discovery Director, Denver, Colorado

Our Therapeutic Recreation Department promotes overall fitness and well being by being very action oriented. We offer a greenhouse with an accessible garden, small theater, and computer lab. We utilize our weight training room, full court gymnasium, and a swimming pool year round. In addition, we have a remarkable collection of equipment available to our patients including all-terrain vehicles, equestrian gear, handcycles and recumbent foot pedal bikes, sports chairs, kiln for pottery, stained glass equipment, remote-controlled sailboats and cars, innovative bowling equipment and lots more!

The Craig Hospital Therapeutic Recreation staff offers and strongly encourages patients to participate in community outings. We have a unique relationship with our local state parks, community, and private partners that allows us to provide exceptional opportunities for our patients and their families. Conducted by trained staff to ensure safety, health and fun for all participants, our outings offer an opportunity for adventure and new experiences. Trips include shopping, movies, museums, bowling, professional sporting events, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, fishing, hunting and more.