Areas of Need

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Areas of Need

Areas of Need

Unrestricted gifts are the lifeblood of the hospital. These gifts enable Gaylord to respond to areas of greatest need and maintain and expand its programming and clinical excellence.

Additionally, there are several items on our Therapy Wish List which gets updated quarterly. Items on this list help various departments purchase the equipment or technology to advance patient care or clinical outcomes but are not always covered in the budget or reimbursable through insurance. Your gift helps us put the right tools in the hands of our staff to make great care possible. If there is something of interest on the list, please email or call (203) 284-2838 to discuss next steps.

Therapy WIsh List

Additional Areas of Need


Founded in 1995 to provide adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Northeast. The Sports Association provides the instruction, adaptive equipment and opportunity to participate in over a dozen sports for persons with spinal cord injuries, amputations, strokes, acquired brain injuries, and other physical disabilities. It is a member of Disabled Sports USA and a Paralympic Sport Club. In addition to 15 sports programs ranging from Archery and cycling to the waterskiing, it supports three competitive teams:

  • Gaylord Jammers Quad Rugby Team
  • Gaylord Hornets Wheelchair Tennis Team
  • Gaylord WolfPack Sled Hockey Team

Its annual budget is over $200,000 and is funded solely by donor gifts, grants and income from special events. Learn more about the Sports Association.

SAVES is our Sports Association Veteran Event Series.  This is a program of the Gaylord Sports Association that offers adaptive sports programs specifically for veterans who have experienced permanent physical disabilities, visual impairment or PTSD.  The goal of the program is to support veterans in attaining a healthy lifestyle, better quality of life and new peer relationships through adaptive sports. The program offers two fishing tournaments, and adaptive golf and adaptive archery. We also welcome and encourage veteran participation in any of our adaptive sport programs.

Therapeutic recreation is a therapy modality that uses recreation activities to address rehabilitation goals and promote a healthy leisure lifestyle. Offerings include gardening therapy, artistic expression such as painting and basketry, and movie nights. Therapeutic recreation staff also provide musical CDs, DVDs, and game stations for patients to enjoy in their rooms. Our therapy staff are also certified to provide Reiki therapy. There is no third-party reimbursement for services provided for inpatient or outpatient groups. Gifts to this program allow for a more personal experience while recuperating. Gaylord also offers music therapy for our patients ongoing financial support is necessary to continue offering this effective and well received therapy.


Development & Public Relations: (203) 284-2881