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.
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High Tech Activity Idea: Resident Blogging
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC/EDU

More and more facilities are setting up computer labs or stations and teaching the
elderly how to utilize computers and the internet. There are so many different ways in
which activity and recreation professionals are utilizing these computers such as,
computer games, emailing, webcams, digital photos, and mp3’s, watching videos, pen
pal programs, on-line travel clubs, www scavenger hunts, and so much more!

Have you ever considered starting a Resident Blog? A blog is basically a type of
website, which includes regular entries of discussion, happenings, thoughts, or other
material. An individual person or group of people may maintain a blog. Blogs can also
include pictures, videos, links, news, or any other relevant information.

Blogging is simply a great activity for the residents, providing empowerment, self
expression, responsibility, purpose and an overall sense of well being. Family
members and friends of residents can also benefit from the residents’ blog for they can
subscribe and read about the facility happenings or resident news.

All you need to start a blogging group is a computer, internet access, interested
residents and signed permission slips or consent forms. Residents who are blogging
as part of this special group should give their written permission to have “their work”
posted on the internet. It’s also important to remember that any resident photos, videos,
birthdays and such should have written permission from each participating resident or
legal guardian.  I also recommend you receive permission from the administrator or
your supervisor.

There really are no right and wrong ways to maintain a blog, however, here are some
basic tips and ideas to help you and your residents make the most out of the blogging
experience.
  1. Find a free blog host. There are many free blog hosting companies available to
    choose from. Common ones include:
  1. Define the purpose of the blog and stay on topic. Is this a blog that discusses
    the activity events at your facility or is it about life in the facility? Perhaps it is a
    blog that discusses residents’ rights, legislation and advocacy for seniors or is
    one that focuses on past experiences. It’s really up to you and your residents,
    but choose some type of topic and stick to that. You may even choose to have
    different blogs, for example, maybe the men would like to have their own blog
    about sports, whereas the women discuss recipes and cooking tips.
  2. Stay current. If the bloggers are reporting on industry news, events and such, be
    sure it is current information and that the facts are correct  The residents can
    surely voice their opinions regarding subject matter, but be sure that it clearly
    stated that the content of the blog is meant to be an editorial.
  3. Title and dates. Be sure the information is current and that each entry is given a
    title. This will help readers find the information and attract attention.
  4. Create visual interest. Don’t forget to add pictures and videos if available to
    create a more visual blog.  However, it’s imperative you receive written
    permission from each resident that is pictured on the blog.
  5. Create a schedule or timeline. How often will your group meet to blog? Weekly,
    daily, monthly? Of course residents who are independent may choose to blog
    whenever the writing bug bites them!
  6. Grammar and spelling. Although this isn’t a writing contest or school, grammar
    and spelling is important so be sure to check each posting.
  7. Keep it simple. Remember that the most important part of the residents’ blog is
    for the residents to have fun, express themselves in a whole new way and
    create meaningful activity.
  8. Recruit help from high school students. If you don’t have time to facilitate this
    type of group, then make it a project for the high school students. Using your
    intergenerational program for technology related projects and activities sparks
    interests from the students and takes some pressure off of the Activity
    department.
  9. Advertise your blog. You want people to read the blog so let the family members,
    staff, corporate headquarters, the media, etc. know about your resident blog.
    This can also be a fantastic marketing tool!

If you do start a blogging club, please be sure to let me know. I’d like to let others know
about your facility blog. Good luck and happy blogging!