Therapeutic Recreational Activities for Residents

The purpose of having the therapeutic recreational activities for residents at Pleasant Ridge Manor is to improve the quality of life for each resident. Our department, under the direction of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, works closely with other in-house therapies to augment their treatment strategies using fun and recreation.

We provide a therapeutic recreational program of activities from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. every single day! Our Activity Aides are an integral part of our treatment team and develop a detailed plan of care for each individual. Our calendar of daily events exceeds the typical requirements and includes a number of different options.


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Exercises, Games & Technology

  • Our iN2L computers have a wealth of great, ability-appropriate exercise programs including yoga, Sittercize, and Tai Chi.  Exercise is more fun when you have great music and a great time! Exercises, games & current events occur simultaneously every AM on each of our 6 units. Sony Wii machines are also available to use for fun & exercise.
  • Our Activities Aides, with help from area church & community social groups, help facilitate our weekly bingo games.
  • We have a dedicated wireless network available for our guests; many find visiting the Friends' Cafe a relaxing place to visit and share family photos & videos on their personal devices.

Arts, Crafts, Cooking & Baking

Our residents maintain a vegetable garden during the summer and really love cooking with the fresh vegetables and sharing favorite recipes. All of these activities are done individually or in a group.


Pet Therapy

You can find pets here almost weekly! Grey Save, a greyhound rescue group, and Therapy Dogs United, and Therapy Pets Unlimited,  and several individuals bring their pets in to visit. We even have a mini horse named Cimmaron come visit and he's recently been training his friend who is still just a baby to come with him!

Residents have the opportunity to visit with dogs and cats, and to enjoy their warmth, affection, and companionship.  Pigs, alpacas, chickens, goats, lambs, horses and guinea pigs have also made special appearances.  We have a large fish aquarium and several birds that the Residents enjoy.


Special Events & Community Outings

  • We celebrate all sorts of holidays and invite bands & entertainers to perform on our real stage!
  • Shopping trips to local department & dollar stores
  • Trips to see our area's greatest natural assets such as the scenic Presque Isle State Park and the beautiful countryside of the West County and North East areas
  • Educational trips: Blasco Library, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center; the Maritime and Art Museums, and the Buffalo Farm in Edinboro
  • Sporting events: baseball & hockey games and bowling at our two local alleys are also favorite outings
  • Presque Isle Downs and Casino
  • Waldameer Park, local ice cream shops, picnics at the beach, local restaurants, and a luncheon cruise on the elegant Victorian Princess paddle boat.

Musical & Religious Activities

We're happy to make reasonable accommodations for all religions and always encourage Residents to practice their religion of choice or receive visits from their parish ministers/priests.

  • Musical activities comprise a large portion of our Activity Program both in large group and individual settings
  • Lovely chapel located in the center of the facility; accommodates both Catholic and Protestant services on a weekly basis. 
  • Rosary groups and Bible Study groups are held weekly.  Holy days and other celebrations are recognized and all Residents are welcome to attend.
  •  Live entertainment on our stage on a weekly basis.  These groups, combined with our paid entertainers, provide a fun night "out" several times every week!

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