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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

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

A Walk-N-Wheel-a-Thon is designed to promote physical fitness and friendly
competition, as well as raise funds for the residents. In one facility I worked the,
Therapeutic Recreation Department and the Physical Therapy Department hosted this
event during National Physical Therapy Week, however it is great for Nursing Home
Week, Activity Professionals Week, Therapeutic Recreation Week, or whenever you’re in
need of an inter-disciplinary program or a fundraiser. Some preparation is needed to
ensure a successful event. The following are some tips:

        Determine what will be done with the money raised and clearly state the intent in
all promotional materials. Is it a fundraiser for the Resident Council or Activity Planning
Committee? Or perhaps you need money to create a multi-sensory room or for other
special equipment? You may also have this event to raise money for a charity or a
cause like the Alzheimer’s Society or other worthy cause.
        Be sure to discuss your ideas with your administrator or supervisor.
        Set up a course indoors or outdoors approximately 125 feet.  Put up signs along
the way that indicate the amount of feet a resident has walked or wheeled themselves.
(5 feet, 10, feet, 25 feet, etc.)
        Have residents sign up for the event.  All residents may be included, even those
that need a little assistance in mobility.  Residents may ambulate independently; use a
walker, cane, wheelchair, electric wheelchair, etc.
        Invite family, staff, volunteers, and visitors, to sponsor a resident and agree to
donate a designated amount per foot completed. Individuals may donate whatever
amount they choose such as  .10 cents a foot, .25 cents a foot, etc. (a maximum
amount to donate may be set).  The sponsor then pays the amount of money in
accordance with how many feet the resident completes.  Most people just give a set
amount, like $2-$5.
        Decorate the course with pennants, balloons, signs, etc.
        Play motivating music such as “Eye of the Tiger”, or “Chariots of Fire”.
        Invite all staff, residents, and visitors etc. to cheer on the participating residents.
        Have water stations available and monitor residents for shortness of breath.
        Recreation staff, therapy staff, volunteers, CNA’s, etc. may assist residents
through the course.  
        Have an awards ceremony following the event and distribute trophies to the top
three residents who completed the most feet or distance.  
        Distribute certificates to all participants at the award ceremony as well.
        Invite the press and/or take pictures and send a press release to your local

In summary, an event such as the Walk-n-Wheel-a-Thon motivates the staff, residents,
and family members. It really is a lot of fun and serves great purpose. The more facility
involvement, the better, so make a point to  promote the event in your newsletters, flyers,
family notices, bulletin boards, staff pay checks, and so on. Let the games begin!