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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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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC/EDU

Many people enjoy St. Patrick’s Day whether or not they are Irish. It’s such a fun holiday!.
Here is a sample St. Patrick’s Sensory Planning guide to help you create a stimulating
and meaningful sensory program for your residents.

Recommended Music:
My Wild Irish Rose, Galway Bay, I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, Peg O’ My Heart,
That’s an Irish Lullaby, The Irish Rover, Macnamara's Band, Danny Boy, When Irish
Eyes Are Smiling, It’s a Great Day For the Irish, Finnegan’s Wake, Celtic music, etc.

Recommended supplies, props and techniques for the following senses:
•        Olfactory (smell):  pickling spices, beer, fresh baked Irish soda bread, Irish coffee
•        Kinesthetic (Movement): wave an Irish flag, pitch gold coins, use a homemade
wave machine with green-colored water, make your own sensory soother out of a clear
plastic tube and fill with green beads, buttons, bells, finger-paint with green paint or
pistachio pudding.
•        Tactile (Touch): shamrock pillow, gold coins, shamrocks made from green felt,
green playdoh or gak, green stones/gems (fake emerald), green-tinted (un-cooked) rice
in a bowl,
•        Visual (Sight): pictures of-(Ireland, St. Patrick, Blarney Stone, leprechauns,
shamrock), Props (Irish flag, leprechaun hat, shamrock, “pot of gold”,
•        Auditory (Sound): Irish/Celtic music, reading of limericks and Irish sayings/prayers
•        Gustatory (Taste): Irish soda bread, beer or non-alcoholic beer, green Jell-O, lime
sherbet, pistachio pudding (no nuts), Irish coffee, lime slushies or smoothies
Sample Questions:
•        What is your favorite Irish song?
•        Have you ever been to a St. Patrick’s parade? If so, where?
•        Do you like corned beef and cabbage?
•        How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
•        Have you ever cooked corned beef and cabbage?
•        Have you ever traveled to Ireland?
Irish Blessings

•        "May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."

•        “May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.”

•        “May you never forget what is worth remembering,
nor ever remember what is best forgotten."
“May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!"

Irish Proverbs
•        It is better to be lucky than wise.
•        A good beginning is half the work.
•        It is better to be lucky than rich.
•        Many hands make light work.
•        You never miss the water till the well has run dry.
•        Do not show your teeth until you can bite.