Those dedicated Professionals who find their careers in Healthcare Recreation and the Activities Specialties are truly a unique breed:
They serve special populations in the role of; electives teacher, camp counselor, concierge, creative event host, clown, team captain, continuing educator, coach, and confessor - often times, all in the same day - and all with a smile and the knowledge of hundreds of creative recreational skills and hobby specialties.
Helpertunity supports the work and training of these noble jesters through sponsoring seminars, hosting online education and consulting, and distributing new and donated resources directly to them, for use in their facilities and with their elderly, disabled, or homeless participants.
Many Healthcare Activity and Recreation Professionals come into the career already having backgrounds in education, nursing, social work, entertainment, events, parks programs, physical fitness, art, music, ministries, or care giving.
The growing need for technology-savvy and diversely skilled Healthcare Activity Professionals will continue to grow as the baby-boomer generation continues to age, and begins to demand the service and amenities they have grown accustomed to receiving.
Helpertunity predicts that as Recreation Therapy continues to struggle for funding among its Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy counterparts, a growing wave of support for Healthcare Activities, new and enhanced Recreation Therapy, and creative Customer Service will expand as part of the new Smart-Facilities' Marketing efforts and Public Relations budgets.
The continuing transition from traditional printed marketing collateral, to Social Media and its constant call for fresh photographs and newsworthy updates, is paving the way for this cultural shift in attention and financial resources. Skilled Activity Specialists are the key to positive social outcomes and institutionalized healthcare facility culture-change.
Activity Professionals today come trained and equipped to individualize attention and meet the unique social, emotional, fitness, recreational, entertainment, creative, cognitive, spiritual, expressive, and civic needs of their diverse clients.
Smart-Facilities in the Continuum of Care may soon discover their need for new specialized Recreational Technologists or Certified "Rec-Tech" Activity Providers, in order to grow and prosper with a stronger brand and social identity, in the demanding and competitive Elder Services, Supportive Housing, and Long-Term Care market segments.
These unique new career specialties are born from the traditional media and event collaboration expectations of Today's Activity Professionals. However, current Activity Directors must either update their skills, or prepare the next generation to take their place. Either way, Continuing Education is essential among those who choose Healthcare Recreation and Activity Specialist Services career paths.