About the Career
Therapeutic Recreation Assistants (TRAs) help older adults rediscover joy. By using a person-centred approach, TRAs assist each individual in pursuing past recreational and leisure activities while also learning new ones. TRAs enhance older adult’s quality of life while maintaining their independence and wellbeing. This is a career for well-trained, passionate and caring individuals who want to make a difference in older adults’ lives.
Therapeutic Recreation addresses the whole person, focusing on their social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual domains. As defined by Iso-Ahola (1980), “therapeutic recreation is purposeful intervention designed to improve the client’s quality of life through recreation and leisure.” The programs and leisure activities that Therapeutic Recreation Assistants design are evidence-based and outcome-focused. Most importantly, they are person-centred.
As a Therapeutic Recreation Assistant, you’ll find opportunities for employment in:
- Residential settings (intermediate & long-term care)
- Community & senior centres
- Assisted living housing
- Adult day centres
- Rehabilitation centres
Older adults are the fastest growing age group in Canada, resulting in an urgent and growing need for professionals who can support and promote optimal health for this generation.