Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

The San Diego Rehabilitation Institute provides therapeutic recreation for inpatients and outpatients. Staffed by two therapeutic recreation specialists, our comprehensive program provides resources and activities to help stimulate our rehabilitation patients socially, mentally, physically and creatively.

One of our most popular recreational activities is BBQ Tuesdays! Patients and their loved ones are invited to the BBQ (lunch or dinner depending on the season) on our rehabilitation patio as weather permits. This is an excellent opportunity for patients to socialize with each other, along with friends and family. The hospital's therapy dog, Kiva, is always on hand for a meet-and-greet at the BBQ.

To create a more homelike atmosphere, our unit features a large family and patient lounge with tables, couch and armchairs for socializing or to watch TV. The room also has a piano. Each of our large patient rooms is equipped with a TV and a large DVD library is available.

In addition, our unique Peer Visitors program is provided through our recreation therapy department. Our peer visitors visit hospitalized stroke survivors and their loved ones to provide support, education and conversation.

Example of recreational therapy offerings:

All rehabilitation patients are encouraged to join the free Alvarado Advantage Club, which offers free daily newspaper while hospitalized, VIP parking and cup of gourmet coffee for visitors. Click here to register.

Contact Us

For more information about our recreational therapy program, e-mail or call us at (619) 229-7362.