Re-Creative Resources
By Kimberly Grandal, BA, CTRS, ACC, Executive Director
Kimberly Grandal,

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

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

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.
Providing Internet Resources
for Activity Professionals
in Long Term Care Settings

Copyright 2004-Present
The Activity Director's Office
All Rights Reserved

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.
You need Java to see this applet.
Reaching Out! Community Program Ideas
for Healthcare Facilities
By Kimberly Grandal, BA, CTRS, ACC
Executive Director
Re-Creative Resources Inc.

Community programming is instrumental to enhancing the services of any activity department.
With the implementation of the revised CMS Activities Guidance to Surveyors, there is a
heightened focus on the individual needs and interests of the residents. Involving local
communities and volunteers is an essential part of establishing a well-balanced, diverse program
of activities. There are many organizations, clubs, and associations that can be contacted. Ask
them to post an announcement in their newsletter, bulletins, flyers, or bulletin board, or
announce at their next meeting, that community groups and volunteers are needed at your
facility. Inform them of your specific needs i.e. you need a volunteer that speaks German that can
read to a resident or you would like a volunteer who can do arts and crafts. Other methods of
recruitment include word of mouth, media coverage, on-line, family members and visitors,
community fairs/events and mailings.

Often times, Activity Directors are given the responsibility of developing and managing the
volunteer and community outreach program. It can become overwhelming. Activity Directors often
do not pursue volunteers and community groups because of the extensive work that goes into it.
There is ongoing research, organization, planning, implementation, and follow-up. For that
reason, it is suggested that each facility have a Volunteer Coordinator or someone who is
primarily assigned to manage these responsibilities. But since it is not common practice to have a
separate Volunteer Coordinator, here are some ideas and suggestions that will help you reach
out to the community and expand your volunteer program.

School System

  • Pen Pal Programs
  • Adopt-A-Resident Program
  • Educational Opportunities for the students (students may learn about Ellis Island, WWII,
    the Depression, etc.)
  • Volunteer opportunities (Key Club, course requirements, independent volunteer services)
  • Entertainment (school choir, bands, dance groups, drama club, art, poetry, specialty
  • Sporting events
  • Special education opportunities (volleyball game with DD adolescents)
  • Intergenerational Programs (holiday activities, craft projects, physical games, discussion
  • Cultural Clubs (Spanish, Italian, African American etc.)
  • Day Care children
  • College internships/field experience


  • Rosary Groups
  • 1:1 Communion (Sundays)
  • Adopt-A-Resident Program
  • Outreach programs (donations, community services)
  • Choirs
  • Bible Study
  • Church intergenerational programs
  • Independent volunteer opportunities
  • Confirmation requirements
  • Rabbi Visits
  • Church Services

Community Groups

  • Community public relations opportunities
  • Cub/Boy/Eagle Scouts community service (special/holiday events)
  • Brownies/Girl Scouts Community Service (special/holiday events)
  • Clubs (VFW, Elks, Masons, Kiwanis Club, Eastern Star, 4-H, American Legion, Knights of
    Columbus, Lions, Chambers of Commerce)
  • Cultural Clubs (Italian American Independent Club, Hispanic, Polish etc.)
  • YM-YWHA (Hebrew Association)
  • Salvation Army
  • Historical Society presentations
  • United Way
  • Joint community fundraising or community service programs (toy Drives, food drives,
    raffles, car washes, etc.)
  • RSVP/AARP volunteer opportunities/donations/service projects
  • Local dance groups/troupes
  • Senior dancers
  • Independent volunteer opportunities
  • LTC resident service projects for the above mentioned groups

It is also important to bring the residents into the community as well. Before doing so, establish a
well-developed policy and procedure that outlines all aspects of the outing, especially what to do
in the case of an emergency or missing resident. Check with the desired site before bringing the
residents to ensure appropriate parking, wheelchair accessibility, bathrooms, process, etc. There
are so many places that you can bring the residents. Check the local newspapers for community
events, special deals, and coupons. Assign a resident or group of residents browse the weekly
newspapers. Some ideas include: community/school sporting events, parks and recreation,
community flea markets, festivals, music events, movie theater/plays, local restaurants, historical
sites/museums, zoos, visits to other facilities or organizations, churches, synagogues and other
places of worship, school events and so on.

Organizing a community outreach program is an ongoing process and requires an abundance of
creativity, time and commitment. Utilize as many resources as possible and don’t hesitate to ask
community groups and individuals to volunteer. By “reaching out” you will greatly enhance the
lives of the residents in your healthcare facility. For more community ideas and links, visit