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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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Good Old Summertime Sensory
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS,ACC/EDU

Summer is here and many elderly have enjoyed family vacations at the beach. Here is a
sample Beach Sensory Planning guide to help you create a stimulating and meaningful
sensory program for your residents.

Recommended Music:
  • “In the Good Old Summertime”,
  • “Under the Boardwalk”, music by the Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffet

Recommended supplies, props and techniques for the following senses:
  • Olfactory (smell):  different kinds of suntan lotion, wet sand, baby oil, summer
    flowers (daises, roses)
  • Kinesthetic (Movement): roll/toss beach ball, sorting shells, raking sand with a
    child’s sand rake, an ocean drum
  • Tactile (Touch): shells, beach towel, sand, sunglasses, beach toy (pail, shovel),
    bathing suits, starfish,  dipping hands and feet in a small pool or tub of water,
    ice cubes, rocks
  • Visual (Sight): pictures of-(the beach and ocean, sand dunes, boats, light
    house), beach chair, beach hat, sensory waves, kite, cooler, thermos
  • Auditory (Sound): Summer music, nature sounds (waves), sound of the ocean in
    a seashell, seagulls, ocean drum
  • Gustatory (Taste): Ice cream, snowcones, summer fruits (plums, watermelon,
    peaches) , lemonade, iced tea , fruity drinks with an umbrella, smoothies

Sample Questions:
  • Did you ever go to the beach?  If so, where?
  • Do you enjoy going in the ocean? Or do you prefer a swimming pool?
  • Do you enjoy sunbathing?  Do you tan or burn?
  • What kind of food would you eat at the beach?
  • What is your favorite part about being at the beach?
  • What types of activities did you do at the beach?
  • Would you bring your whole family to the beach?

Quotes about the beach:
  • “I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face,
    the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.”
  • “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand
    are gone.” Anonymous
  • “As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love” Unknown
  • "On the beach, you can live in bliss." Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys
  • “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of
    wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach” Henry
  • “You never know how many friends you have until you rent a house on the
    beach” Unknown