Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Renee Hepperlen


Social Work


There has been significant research on the benefits of Therapeutic Recreation Interventions when working with the elderly population. However, research concerning how Therapeutic Recreation fits in the multidisciplinary team is lacking. The purpose of this study was to examine how Therapeutic Recreation fits within a multidisciplinary team when working with older adults, particularly in long-term care settings. To gain an understanding of this qualitative interviews were conducted with four respondents. Qualitative analysis was completed and three main themes were identified with four subthemes. The three main themes included Person-Centered Care, Quality of Life and Professional Differences. Some of the themes reinforced previous research, however new themes were also developed. The implications of this study are also discussed such as policy reform within Nursing Homes.

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