"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”


Recreation and Life Enhancement Consultancy create meaningful programs and experiences for seniors in their own homes, hospital and retirement homes and long-term care. We believe that people have not just "lived" interesting lives, but are still very much "living" them and should be treated as such. Whether it's a program in-a-box or a group party our programs are designed to engage and inspire not only the seniors but everyone else that is involved in their lives e.g. Staff and Families / Whanau

Older adults need social interactions, recreation, and leisure engagements to lift their spirits and to enhance feelings of wellbeing.  

Therefore a Diversional Therapy program in a person's home could foster contentment that could also help individuals to prevent developing feelings of loneliness and isolation

These are some of the Services I Offer

Policies and Procedures for Diversional Therapy

Consultations/Social and Recreational Assessment

Care planning/reviews

Preventing Loneliness

Tai Chi 

Exercise Program

Preventing Social Isolation

Work place Assessing


Is a term used to describe the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life.  Ageing is often associated with many rewarding experiences. It is, however, also a time when significant changes might occur. 

What is the role of a Diversional therapist?

Diversional Therapists plan, design, coordinate and implement recreation and leisure-based activity programs to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical well being of individuals. Also known as a Recreational Therapist.

What activities do people enjoy?

According to one study, four of the top five activities most commonly cited by seniors as being their favourites are, by their nature, very active. They include walking and jogging, gardening and yard work, playing sports, and other physical pursuits. But fun takes many different forms.  The main Goal in a Diversional Therapist job is to maintain a persons dignity and provide that person with purpose.

Why Play Is Important

Scientific studies continue to show that enjoyable activities can have several major benefits. For example, they have the power to help:

  • Improve how your brain works. Do you want to maintain your memory and optimize your ability to learn new things? Engaging in play on a regular basis can enhance your creativity and mental sharpness.
  • Heal, establish, or maintain relationships. A lot of seniors are lonely. In fact, on average, seniors without spouses or partners spend about 10 hours alone each day. But having fun can enable older adults to make new friends or improve existing relationships.
    Things like laughter and friendly competition are known to increase harmony, trust, empathy, and intimacy among people who experience them together.
  • Improve your mental and emotional well-being. Do you like the way you feel when you have a brighter outlook on life and your sense of time recedes into the background? Engaging in activities you enjoy can expand your optimism, multiply your moments of joy, and reduce your stress. It can even help prevent depression.
  • Extend your life and improve your physical vitality. Who doesn't want to feel younger or more energetic? Creating plenty of fun moments in your life can be a good way to boost your immune system, reduce your risk of illness, and minimize your perception of any pain you might already have.

Play should be a major part of life for everyone. We can all probably use many more joyful experiences. It's who we are, no matter our age.

This information Obtained from https://www.greatseniorliving.com/articles/fun-activities-for-seniors

Diversional Therapy is not just about passing the time, about being entertainers or babysitters. For Diversional Therapy practitioners, as an unknown author once said "Recreation's purpose is not to kill time, but to make time live; not to keep people occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life." 


 The Ministry of Health NZ has suggested 

People at higher risk

People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of COVID-19 becoming a severe illness. You are more vulnerable if you are over 70 years old with a health condition, living in an aged care facility where spread can occur more easily, have a medical condition and/or compromised immunity.

Pregnant women in their third trimester when demands on the mother for oxygen are higher, should also be cautious and follow good hygiene practices. If you're working where there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 you should talk with your employer to assess risk and options for working differently if needed.

Other risk factors include ethnicity, smoking and obesity.


Contact me

Melissa Foulkes


Call 027 211 4072