VAPAHCS has one of the largest and most dynamic Recreation Therapy Services in the country. Each day, the 59-member staff provides therapeutic programs as an integral part of the clinical treatment teams in Extended Care, Mental Health, Fitness and Wellness Clinic, and specialty programs including the Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program, The Men’s and Women’s Trauma Recovery Program, Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, and Spinal Cord Injury Center.
The Recreation Therapy Team in 2011 (View large image)
To be a premiere Recreation Therapy Service provider within VAPAHCS through a commitment to excellence; as a valued treatment modality with a commitment to research, education and customer satisfaction; using evidence-based treatment, consumer driven programs, and the psychosocial rehabilitation model.
The Recreation Therapy Service within VAPAHCS serves Veterans by providing planned therapeutic interventions to enhance rehabilitation, improve functional level and achieve optimal wellness through a comprehensive continuum of quality care.
Code of Ethical Conduct
The health and safety of our patients, employees, and community is our top priority. We put Veterans first regardless of their individual backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and religion. Our service advocates or encourages Veterans to participate in the highest level of their care possible.
Network of Care
Recreation Therapy Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) provides clinical treatment, social, educational, or self-directed recreation opportunities, along with special event and federal holiday recognition. Recreation therapy is currently providing treatment services at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Livermore, Monterey, San Jose and Stockton.