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Recreational Therapies & Activities


Our physiotherapy department plays a vital role in our holistic approach to senior care.

Physiotherapy can help manage pain and provides training and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and safety. Decreased mobility and difficulty with everyday tasks can quickly discourage and depress older adults, undermining their sense of well-being and even their self-esteem.

At Hawthorne we provide residents with a variety of services that enhance quality of life by ensuring that issues affecting mobility and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are addressed.

All residents benefit from the physiotherapist and the Rehab Room. Our Rehab Room is equipped with parallel bars, walkers, weights, stretch bands, heat packs, electrotherapy modalities (ultrasound, interferential, TENS), splinting supplies, and seating equipment, such as wheelchairs, seat and back cushions, and positioning devices.

When a new resident is admitted to the Lodge, the physiotherapist reviews the new resident’s function. The goal is to assess all new residents within one week of their admission. This aids both the resident and the care staff on matters relating to recommended methods of transfers, bed mobility and activity abilities.

The Hip Protectors Program

The Hip Protectors program was developed based on study and review of the current changes to the Long Term Care model of fall prevention and restraint policies. Our physiotherapist has been instrumental in establishing the innovative fall and injury prevention program at Hawthorne.


GardeningRecreation Therapists are available to provide a variety of recreational services that maximize residents’ physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Recreation therapists assess the needs of each resident, develop individualized plans, and deliver important programs and services to all.

Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that our seniors have ample opportunities to enjoy a rich, full life, maximizing their abilities and raising their levels of enjoyment.

Residents receive a monthly calendar with a list of scheduled daily activities. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend programs and special events such as pub programs, entertainment and seasonal or cultural celebrations.

Therapeutic programs, leisure and social activities include:

  • Fitness programs
  • Weight training
  • Walking programs
  • Bowling
  • Gardening
  • Shuffle board
  • Lunch clubs and intergenerational programs
  • Word games, trivia, bingo, news and views
  • Library services, discussion groups and educational workshops
  • Crafts
  • Baking and cooking  

Residents are also encouraged to join committees that may interest them: The Residents Advisory Committee, The Newsletter Committee and/or The Welcome Committee.

Social Work

Hawthorne’s Social Worker provides short-term counselling and support to residents and families dealing with the challenges associated with communal living, care-giving, and living with chronic illness, disability and loss.

The social worker is a tremendous resource for seniors, providing information and referrals to appropriate federal and provincial benefits and community resources, as well as practical assistance in navigating complex systems, such as Income Security Programs, Revenue Canada and Continuing Care.  

Music Therapy

Hawthorne music therapyThe benefits of music therapy are numerous and extend beyond the opportunity to socialize and have some fun. Music is now widely recognized as a highly effective therapeutic tool because it offers non-verbal emotional support.

Residents who are coping with the many transitions associated with moving to a long-term care setting can derive solace and relaxation from music therapy. It can also distract or reduce pain, maintain language skills, improve orientation, validate spiritual beliefs, increase levels of motivation, and stimulate memory and reminiscences.

Group programs and one-on-one visits are offered so that the individual may become familiar and comfortable with their environment. Typical musical experiences may include:

  • Singing and songwriting
  • Discussion of songs and associated memories
  • Movement to music
  • Playing instruments and instrument building
  • The Drumming Circle

Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy has proven to have extraordinary benefits for seniors. Studies have shown that when dogs and cats come to visit a care facility, there is more laughter and interaction among residents than during any other “therapy” or entertainment time.

The presence of animals encourages socialization, and tests have shown that the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure can be dramatic!

Hawthorne Seniors Care Community is linked with two recognized pet therapy programs, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and BC Pets & Friends.