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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.
Subscribe to Kimberly's Newsletter
See Kim's You-Tube videos (Click Here)
Top Ten Tips for Creating
a Spectacular Activity Calendar
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC/EDU

Creating a monthly calendar of activities can be a daunting responsibility of the
Recreation Director. Coming up with original ideas, scheduling the right date, time, and
location, and somehow, trying to fit it all into those little boxes so that it is legible and
attractive, is not an easy task! It can be very difficult to create a well-balanced program of
activities that meets the needs and interests of the population you serve. The following
are some tips to help you develop your monthly calendars.
1.        Conduct a Population Analysis and a Calendar Analysis on a regular basis.
Compare the findings to ensure that the calendar is well-balanced and appropriate for
the current population. These important forms can be purchased as part of the
Recreation Department Review Manual developed Re-Creative Resources Inc.
2.        You should try not to have the same activity domain back to back. For example: 10:
00am Exercise 10:30am Trivia rather than 10:00am Exercise 10:30am Bowling
3.        Keep the titles of the activities simple and easy to understand. Quite often, we
create these fabulous names that do not clearly define the activity.
4.        Don't wait until the last few days of the month to plan the next month's calendar.
You should be planning your calendar months in advance-at least the special events,
entertainers and such. Many Recreation Directors even schedule entertainment in
January for the entire year!
5.        Every facility or agency is different and the ways in which Recreation Directors
create and display calendars is unique. There is more than one way to skin a cat and
calendar development is really up to the creator. The primary concern is that the
calendar reflects the needs and interests of the population. Style, format, color, font, etc.
vary. Just be sure that the calendar can be read, understood and that it is not too
intricate or over-stimulating.
6.        Proofread the calendar for typing, grammar and spelling errors as well as times,
locations, etc. The calendars must be presented in a professional manner.
7.        Think THEME. I believe that themes are a great way to add fun and pizzazz to the
Activity Calendar. Themes are very easy to incorporate and keep the activity program
interesting and educational. For theme-related activities think about the following:
•        Physical activity such as exercise and/or physical game
•        Cognitive activity such as discussion, word game and/or trivia
•        Educational activity such as discussion, educational videos, guest speaker
•        Sensory-incorporating all 6 senses
•        Creative activities such as music, writing, arts and crafts
•        Food-related activities such as cooking, socials, etc.
Click here for great theme ideas and examples.
8.        Calendars can be created using many different programs or software. Whether
you use Microsoft Word, Publisher, or special calendar creator programs, is up to you.
You can download free calendar template here.
9.        Create a calendar template to use as a guide. The first column is the general
template and the 2nd column is the specific calendar of activities. Use a list of activities
to guide you. Download your free list of activities. Here’s an example:

10.        Involve others in the calendars planning process. This is not a job solely for the
Activity Director. Talk to the residents, activity staff or other people who may have
invaluable input into creating a well-balanced, fantastic, activity calendar that is easy to
understand and read and reflects the true interests and needs of the residents in the
9:45 Meet and Greet     
10:30 Exercise
10:30 Sensory
11:00 Trivia
2:00 Physical Game
3:00 Educational
3:30 One to One Visits
9:45 Meet and Greet     
10:30 Tai Chi
10:30 Snoezelen
11:00 Fads of Fashion
2:00 Shuffleboard
3:00 Arm Chair Travel
3:30 Game Cart