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

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.
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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Professionals Week
By Kimberly Grandal BA, CTRS, ACC
Executive Director of Re-Creative Resources Inc.

Many long-term care staff, family members, visitors, and even residents,
lack a thorough knowledge of the importance and benefits of activities in a
health-care environment.  Therefore it is extremely important for the
Recreation Department to market, promote, and educate others.  Hosting
an annual “Activity Fair” is a great way to promote the Recreation
Department, and boost staff morale, teamwork, and have fun.
•        Commit to hosting the Activity Fair each year during National Activity
Professionals Week.
•        Months in advance, set up an Activity Fair committee. The committee
should be made up of Activity personnel and anyone else that may wish to
assist such as Volunteers, Residents, Marketing Department, etc.
•        Begin advertising at least a month prior. Advertising may include the
facility or corporate newsletter, flyers, posters, send emails, etc. Make sure
that all management is aware of the upcoming fair.
•        Discuss the possibility of it becoming a Mandatory In-service for all
facility staff.  Host the event in the largest room available.  The more space,
the better.
•        Create a variety of booths such as:  Physical Games and Exercise,
Sensory Stimulation, Music, Cognitive Activities, Creative Activities,
Adapting Activities, Committees, Leisure Education, etc.  Be sure to have
an “Interdisciplinary Approach to Quality of Life” booth that demonstrates
the CMS Activity Guidance to Surveyors. “
•        Each booth may have printed materials, a storyboard explaining the
purpose, benefits, etc., sample equipment, and a game or contest.
•        Have a “Who’s Who” in the Activity Department Contest.
•        Hand out raffle tickets for each contest, game or activity to those who
participate. Have a variety raffle prizes such as mugs, t-shirts, pens, etc.
•        Make sure that all participants sign in at the door. Download FREE
Sign in Sheet.
•         Schedule the event to include as many shifts as possible such as 10:
00am-5:00pm. You should even do a smaller one for the 11pm-7am shift if
it becomes a mandatory facility in-service.
•        Various storyboard materials are available through Re-Creative
Resources Inc. Activity Resource Center. Just print, cut, and paste.