Re-Creative Resources
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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Providing Comfort and Relaxation
with Gentle Touch
by Carolyn Crummey, Vice President of äh Massage Services,

Many activity professionals and other caregivers, understanding how powerful touch is
and how wonderful it is to offer this gift and moment of connection, give hand
massages to their residents.  While this is a gesture given out of care and compassion,
there are many issues that can arise when an individual who is untrained in massage
therapy administers any type of massage to an individual, especially someone elderly.  
Massage therapists are trained to be aware of health conditions which may interfere
with, or be adversely affected by massage.  These conditions are known as
contraindications and include conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease,
diabetes and skin disorders.  Trained massage therapists are able to administer
massage to these individuals by understanding their specific limitations and adjusting
their massage to fit the need of the individual without compromising the recipient’s
health.   An individual who is not trained in massage and unaware of such
contraindications may possibly cause more harm than good, even with a seemingly
simple action like a hand massage.

While it is highly suggested to you always use a licensed or certified massage therapist
to administer massage to your residents that may not always be an option.  Knowing
this, we suggest you offer gentle touch to your resident instead of massage.  Gentle
Touch is exactly that – the application of gentle touch and pressure versus kneading
and stroking, which is used in standard massage.  It is the process of allowing yourself
to connect with the individual that you are applying the touch to in an effort to relax and
calm them.  Below we will outline techniques, many of which are derived from a
program called Comfort Touch® 1, which will aid you in safely and effectively applying
gentle touch.  Gentle touch is comforting and relaxing and will offer your resident that
much needed one-on-one time they are craving and you want to give.

Applying Gentle Touch
The most important aspect of being able to apply gentle touch effectively is for the
person applying the touch be calm and in a positive and caring frame of mind.  Keep
your breathing easy and natural.  This allows you to transfer positive and calming
energies to the individual being touched.

The following is an excerpt from Comfort Touch – Massage for the Elderly and the Ill by
Mary Kathleen Rose:

Sit in a chair or on a stool next to your seated resident.  Make sure your back is straight
and that both feet are placed flat on the ground.  Begin by taking the residents hand and
softly place it palm down in your hand.  Place your other hand gently on top. Hold this for
5 – 10 seconds allowing the heat from your hands to pass to the hand of your resident.  
Be sure to make eye contact with the resident and, if they choose, enjoy a delightful
conversation while you apply the gentle touch.