Re-Creative Resources
By Kimberly Grandal, BA, CTRS, ACC, Executive Director
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KIMBERLY GRANDAL
Executive Director
Re-Creative Resources
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.
Subscribe to Kimberly's Newsletter
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Leader Facilitation Guidelines for Group Activities
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC
Executive Director
Re-Creative Resources Inc.

The following are some basic guidelines for facilitating a successful and meaningful
group activity:

•        Be prepared!
•        Make sure the activity is appropriate for functional level of the residents
•        Utilize sufficient/clean supplies and equipment
•        Arrange for transport of residents
•        Set up room and equipment appropriately
•        Start activity on time according to calendar but remember not all activities have to
be listed on the calendar. Spontaneity is a great thing!
•        Introduce self to group
•        Make sure you can be heard!
•        Welcome group
•        Explain the purpose of the activity
•        Provide appropriate instruction and guidance
•        Explain rules (if applicable)
•        Smile and be enthusiastic
•        Show awareness of residents’ skills and interests
•        Utilize appropriate facilitation techniques (Adapting, Validation, RO, Remotivation,
Humor, Sensory Stimulation, Milieu Therapy, etc.)
•        Utilize adaptive equipment/modification
•        Encourage residents’ independence
•        Utilize props and pictures
•        Make attempts to motivate uninvolved residents
•        Offer Parallel Programming to residents who are not engaged in the main activity
•        Maintain resident safety
•        Release restraints
•        Encourage resident to resident interaction
•        Appropriately deal with disruptive residents
•        Praise all efforts
•        Encourage assistance from other departments
•        End activity before resident interest is lost
•        Thank residents for their participation
•        Inform residents of the next activity or happening (lunch/dinner or next scheduled
meeting or activity)
•        Clean up and set up room appropriately for next usage

Re-Creative Resources created an Activity Evaluation Tool that coincides with these
leadership guidelines. For more information or to purchase this great tool, visit www.
recreativeresources.com/recreationforms.htm

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