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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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By Kimberly Grandal

Create a kit that includes the following items: massage roller, flavored lip balms,
scented lotions, balloons, reminiscing pictures, flags, flashlight, comb/brush/mirror set,
textured objects such as the lint brush, socks, beads, and scrubbing pads, star
centerpiece, candles, air freshener, and patriotic music.  Store items in an appropriately
decorated box with a lid and handle for easy storage and carrying.   

Title/Theme: Patriotic/Red, White, and Blue

Recommended supplies, props and techniques for the following senses:

Olfactory (smell)
  • Encourage residents to smell and identify a variety of smells. Ask residents
    what the smell reminds them of.  Recommended equipment: variety of scents
    such as scented candles and lotions, foods (fresh apples, berries), apple
    cinnamon, aroma fan/diffuser, cotton balls, swabs, etc. Precautions:
    Aromatherapy Oils are not to be used with residents with severe respiratory
    illness unless otherwise determined by physician; be aware of any allergies; do
    not apply Aromatherapy directly on skin; some aromatherapy oils have

Kinesthetic (Movement)
  • Encourage physical movement through music, balloons, waving flags, etc.
    Provide passive range of motion or hand over hand guidance as needed.
    Recommended equipment: flags, patriotic pinwheels, balloons, batons, pom
    poms, ribbons, Precautions: Know resident’s physical limitations; residents
    with heart problems should be monitored;  observe any signs of residents
    becoming overly tired.

Tactile (Touch)
  • Have residents feel the objects and ask them to identify the object.  Ask simple
    questions:  “Does this feel soft to you”.  Identify hard/soft, rough/smooth,
    warm/cool, wet/dry, etc. Recommended equipment: variety of red, white and blue
    props and objects, lotions, massage roller, etc. Precautions: Use touch with
    discretion; be aware of allergies.

Visual (Sight)
  • Use clear, uncomplicated pictures with bright contrasting colors.  Use real
    objects when possible, in conjunction with pictures.  Use verbal cues such as:
    What color is this? “What does this color remind you of?” Recommended
    equipment: Variety of props, flashlight, red, white and blue lights, patriotic
    pictures (Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, Eagle, Apple Pie, and American Flag),
    patriotic videos, etc.  Precautions: Do not shine lights in resident’s eyes; monitor
    for over-stimulation when utilizing blinking lights or mirror ball (some research
    indicates it may cause dizziness or nausea, do not use with those who are
    epileptic). Download patriotic pictures at

Auditory (Sound)
  • Begin your group with stimulating rhythmic music and end the group with
    soothing, calming music. Recommended equipment: Patriotic Music, (America
    the Beautiful, God Bless America, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Star Spangled
    Banner, etc.), CD/cassette player, musical instruments, bells, whistles, horns,
    Precautions: Monitor volume and limit distractions. To download Patriotic songs
    and lyrics for free visit the following website:

Gustatory (Taste)
  • Use a variety of foods that are in accordance with residents’ diets, flavored
    swabs or flavored lip balms may me used for residents who are NPO.  Use
    foods that have a distinct flavor: oranges, lemons, pudding, ice cream, mints,
    etc.  Have residents identify sweet, sour, salty, warm, cold, smooth, etc.  Relate
    snack or food to past experience.  Match tastes: have resident taste applesauce
    and match with a picture or point to a whole apple.  Precautions: Be aware of
    food allergies or and observe dietary restrictions.