Re-Creative Resources
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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Advocacy for the Activity/Recreation Professional
Advocacy for Quality of Life
Kimberly Grandal, CTRS,ACC/EDU


When asked by blogger Jonathan Rosenfeld Of Nursing Homes Abuse Blog, (
http:
//www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/2010/04/articles/national-nursing-home-
issues/nursing-home-insights-from-the-director-of-a-therapeutic-recreation-and-activity-
consultant/#pings)  to discuss negative trends in long-term care, I made the following
statement:

      “I see more and more facilities adopting the culture change movement, which in
theory is         a         wonderful approach to care. With this trend however, I also hear
more and more stories that         certified and qualified Activity Professionals and
Recreational Therapists are being replaced         by the "universal worker". Often times
you'll see more domestic type activities in         these culture         change homes, which
is fine for some residents, but not for all-I fear that we  will abolish the         field of
therapeutic activities and recreation in LTC based on the         assumption that
uncertified,         unqualified individuals can facilitate meaningful activities.”

Little did I know that my statement would spark such an interest from Kevin Kolus, an
editor of Long Term Living Magazine. As a result, I had a phone interview with Mr.  Kolus
and was asked to discuss some of the implications that the Universal Worker may have
on the  Activity Profession and the quality of life of the elders. Vicky Surash, MEPAP
Instructor and Owner of Forget Me Not Consulting, was interviewed as well. You will be
able to read this editorial in the June issue of Long Term Living at
http://www.
ltlmagazine.com

Apparently I am not alone in my fear that the Activity Profession and the quality of life of
our beloved elders may be in jeopardy due to the hiring of the Universal Worker in the
Culture Change Movement. To read the opinions of many Activity and Recreation
Professionals from around the country and Canada, visit.
http://www.
recreativeresources.com/speakoutaboutculturechange.htm. If you would like to express
your thoughts, please email me at
kimgrandal@aol.com.

The time is now to educate anyone and everyone regarding our role as the Activity
Professional and what our skill and knowledge bases are as compared to the
Universal Worker. Think of it like this: On a snow day, when many people call out due to
the inclement weather, what roles do the Activity Staff often take on? In most cases the
Activity staff help the residents with meals, make beds, clean up, minor ADL’s, etc.  The
scheduled activities seem to go by the waist side because the primary concern is
getting the residents, washed, dressed, fed and all of their medical needs attended to.
Now, this is how I fear the care for the residents will be like under the facilitation of the
Universal Worker. Quality of life will go by the way side and inactivity will increase. Jack-
of-all trades, Master of None, that’s how I feel about the Universal Worker. Don’t let the
elders lose their quality of life because it’s a snow day every day in some culture
change facilities!