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Recreational Therapy in Nursing Homes: History, Regulations, COVID-19, and Beyond

Tarah Loy, Dawn DeVries, M. Jean Keller


The current pandemic has changed the way allied health professionals, including recreational therapists, provide care in the nursing home setting. This article aims to address concerns for older adults residing in nursing homes by reviewing the history of nursing homes, analyzing the impact regulations have had on the recreational therapy profession, and offering considerations for future practice in a COVID-19 world.

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COVID-19; history; nursing home; recreational therapy/therapeutic recreation; regulations

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