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By Kimberly Grandal, BA, CTRS, ACC, Executive Director
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About Kim

Kimberly Grandal, Founder
and Executive Director of Re-
Creative Resources, Inc., is a
strong advocate for the field of
Therapeutic Recreation and
Activities, with over fifteen
years of experience working
with the elderly in numerous
management and consultant
positions.  She is an Activity
Consultant Certified and a
Certified Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist. Kim is a
member of the New Jersey
Activity Professionals
Association and the New
Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania
Therapeutic Recreation
Association.

In 1990, Kim graduated from
William Paterson University
with a BA in Sociology and
later studied gerontology
courses at Union County
College and Therapeutic
Recreation courses at Kean
University. Throughout her
career, Kim has been the
Director of Therapeutic
Recreation for several long-
term care facilities, including
one of NJ’s largest.

In 2006, Kim founded Re-
Creative Resources Inc. She is
a speaker for various state and
local activity associations such
as NJAPA, MOCAP, and
NJACA, as well as the Society
of Licensed Nursing Home
Administrators of NJ. She also
offers lectures for Re-Creative
Resources Inc., local colleges,
and community groups, and
provides consultation and
support to numerous facilities
in the state.

Kim is the editor and writer for
the “The Rec-Room", a
monthly newsletter published
by her company. In addition,
she writes monthly articles for
the Activity Directors Office
newsletter, and has contributed
articles to Creative Forecasting
Magazine, and The
Continuing Care Insite
newsletter.

Kim is a recipient of the
Kessler Institute of
Rehabilitation 1997 Triumph
of the Human Spirit Award.  
Her passion is to promote the
field of Therapeutic
Recreation and Activities and
to unite Recreation Therapists
and Activity Professionals. Kim
currently serves on the NJAPA
board as the Chairperson for
the Legislation Committee.
About
Re-Creative
Resources Inc.

Re-Creative Resources, Inc. is
committed to enhancing the
lives of long-term care
residents through the use of
Therapeutic Recreation. We
provide a variety of services
such as Therapeutic
Recreation seminars,
in-services, resources, form
development, program analysis
and development,
consultation, and support for
activity professionals and
recreational therapists. A
selection of downloadable
training materials and forms
are available for your
convenience as well as a free
job posting site.
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Voting and Election Day Activities in
Healthcare Facilities
By Kimberly Grandal BA, CTRS, ACC
Executive Director, Re-Creative Resources Inc.


With Election Day 2008 just around the corner, it is important for facilities to
provide opportunity for residents to vote. This is portrayed as one of the
most crucial election years of our time and we must remember that our
seniors and residents have the constitutional right to exercise their voting
privileges.

Many residents should be brought to the polls and special arrangements
for transportation may have to be made. Be sure to utilize all possible
sources of transportation such as family members, volunteers, county
vehicles, ambulance services, facility buses, etc. Voting should be taken
seriously and it is the responsibility of the entire facility to make it happen.

For those residents who cannot go to the polls to vote, they still have the
right to vote by absentee ballot. Each individual that chooses to vote via an
absentee ballot must complete an absentee ballot request application of
some kind. He/she will then receive their absentee ballot and can vote for
their candidates and mail in the completed ballot. The process and time
constraints for voting this method vary from state to state. There are a
variety of forms, deadlines and instructions, so be sure to investigate this
carefully for each resident who chooses to vote with an absentee ballot. For
a simplified way to obtain this information and absentee ballot applications,
visit www.govoteabsentee.org/vasteptwo.php?s=44&r=3757. It is necessary
to know where the resident is registered to vote as well as the zip code.
Educating the residents about the upcoming election, the candidates and
the issues is equally important. Activity Professionals should be
incorporating election-related activities into the program. There are many
types of activities that may be offered such as:
•        Election Current Events-start off each day off with a brief review of
the election headlines
•        Election Trivia-you can find a lot of trivia online related to past
elections, presidents, etc.
•        Elections of the Past-discuss prior elections, who won, what were the
issues, etc.
•        Election Word Puzzles-crossword puzzles, word searches, hangman,
etc.
•        Mock Election-Create a ballot box and place it in a prime location in
the facility. Invite residents, staff, volunteers and family members to cast
their vote. Tally the vote and announce the mock winner. Note: this shouldn’
t replace offering the residents the opportunity to legally vote. A Mock
Election Ballot is available in the Re-Creative Resources Activity Resource
Center.
•        Debates-Set up debate teams with several residents debating the
current governmental issues. Have residents that represent both political
parties and even a 3rd party independent, if warranted.
•        Election Day Crafts-have residents make the Mock Election Ballot
Box, promotional signs that can be used during the debate, election
scrapbook, flags, buttons, hats, and patriotic crafts.
•        Election Scavenger Hunt-have residents cut out campaign-related
articles, photos, headlines etc. and paste onto poster boards or tri-fold
displays. These can then be placed throughout the facility to educate
others about the election, the candidates and the issues at hand.
•        Meet the Candidates-obtain a brief bio about each major candidate
and share with residents. The presidential candidates are John McCain
(Republican) and Barack Obama (Democrat). The Vice President
Candidates are: Sarah Palin (Republican) and Joe Biden (Democrat). For
complete bios, visit the campaign websites at
www.johnmccain.com and
www.barackobama.com.
•        Create an election bulletin board in a prominent location of the facility
•        Election Day Quotes-there are many quotes available online. Simply
search Election Day Quotes and print your findings. Quotes are great
conversation starters.
•        Plan and facilitate party conventions. Have residents give campaign
speeches.
•        Daily Announcement-each morning announce something related to
the election such as breaking news, issues, a quote, etc.
•        Presidential Qualities-have residents discuss what they look for in a
presidential candidate.
•        Invite local politicians to come in and speak to the residents regarding
local issues.
•        Issue at Hand-Educate the residents about the issues and the various
views of the presidential candidates. Some of the main issues are: Abortion,
Afghanistan, Cuba, Economic stimulus, Education, Energy, Environment,
Free Trade, Health Care, Homeland Security, Housing, Immigration, Iran,
Iraq, Israel, LGBT issues, Social Security, Stem Cell Research, Taxes. Visit
www.cnn.com for a great overview of the issues and the candidates’ views.

In summary, voting is a constitutional right as well as a resident right. It is
likely that facility surveyors may be looking closely at voting this year due to
this important upcoming election so be prepared to show all records,
policies, activities, etc. related to voting. It is also recommended that you
address voting in the comprehensive care plan, progress notes,
assessments, etc. If a resident declines voting or shows no interest in
voting, be sure to document that. For those residents who are interested in
voting, document all attempts to provide transportation to the polls or to
obtain absentee ballots. Lastly, don’t forget to cast your vote as well. You
will find that by educating the residents on the issues, you will be better
prepared to make an informed decision at the polls this year!

The Re-Creative Resources Activity Resource Center has over 180
downloadable resources and tools including a variety of Election Day
Activities such as word scrambles, crossword puzzles, word searches, trivia,
mock election ballot, meet the candidate form, travel club, and more. Visit
www.recreativeresources.com to register today.