Sunday, July 24, 2011

Resident Right Bingo

Re-Creative Resources Inc. offers a version of the Resident's Rights Bingo Game. Know Your Rights Bingo is a fun, interactive way to teach resident rights! You can use this game to educate residents as well as other health care workers. You receive twenty 8 1/2 x 11 Know Your Rights Bingo Cards that indicate resident rights commonly found in Long-Term Care, Adult Day Care, and Assisted Living facilities. You can either laminate your cards or place in sheet protectors for long term use. You also receive a list of the resident rights to be utilized as "calling cards". A PowerPoint Version of this game is available as well! This product is sent via email for you to download and print.

July/August Webinars for Activity Professionals

Re-Creative Resources Inc. offers education via the web. Webinars are a great way to learn and gain continuing education credits, while being able to interact with the instructor and other attendees. Many times and dates are scheduled to accommodate your busy schedule. Private group sessions are also available for your group or facility.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011How to Manage Difficult Employees
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
3 CE's
Learn more/register

Wednesday, August 3, 2011Sensory Stimulation: Tips and Techniques for a Sensational Sensory Program
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
3 CE's
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Thursday, August 11, 2011Person Centered Activities: For the Good of the Individual
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
2 CE's

Thursday, August 18, 2011Becoming the King of the Jungle: Increasing Professionalism for the Activity and Recreation Professional
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
3.5 CE's

Offer On-Line CE’s For Your Activity/Recreation Organization OR
Offer Webinar In-Services To Your Facility Staff

You set the date for your group or facility. You can either gather participants into one room and have the webinar or offer organization members on-line CE’s that they can access from any location. The choice is yours.
Rates are the same as public group rates plus a $50 Private Group fee.
Topics make GREAT in-services or educational sessions for your
Activity or Recreation Association.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

National Volunteer Week is April 10-16, 2011

By Christine Jennings

As a volunteer it is nice to hear a thank you, but more important it is when I see or hear that participates had fun in an activity that I created, organized or assisted with. This to me is the greatest form of appreciation that one can receive and I can imagine that ADs may feel the same way.

I have the privilege of meeting some outstanding volunteers in different facilities that I have volunteered in since 2007. These volunteers are not the usual individuals wanting to earn class credits or family members of residents in the facility, even though all these types of volunteers are wonderful, but it is the volunteer that is a resident at the facility that are deserving of our thanks. These faithful volunteers are the residents that love to help the AD and staff with anything they possible can. They are dedicated, honest, loving and caring individuals that deserve the same amount of recognition as the regular volunteers that serve your facility. Please give them special honors during this celebration.


#1: Writing activity for residents – Notes of appreciation

Ask residents to write a note of appreciation for the volunteers that come to serve at your facility. For residents that have difficulty writing but want to participate ask a staff member to write the note for them, however do not ask a volunteer since this is meant for them. These notes can be presented during your main event for all volunteers.

#2: Recruiting

I realize this time is set aside to honor those volunteers that serve in your facility; however you can also make this a time to recruit new volunteers. When hosting your luncheon or dinner for volunteers encourage them to invite a guest or two to the celebration in their honor. During the festivities award the volunteers with special notes of thanks from the residents and you could read the one that is the most heart touching out loud (with permission from the resident who wrote). This will be the greatest reward for the volunteers and will allow their guest to see why their friend or family member volunteers their time. This may open their heart to the possibility of volunteering themselves. Afterwards talk about opportunities for new volunteers in specific areas or just mention general list of things that volunteers can assist with such as reading to residents, assisting with crafts, helping with decoration, entertaining and remember you can always use some help with night activities, weekends or holidays. Make sure to have sign up sheets and activity calendars available for those guests who show an interest. Remember to recruit from with in your facility as well. The higher level residents can volunteer in most areas an outside volunteer can if you give them the opportunity.

#2: Outing activity for residents to have an opportunity to be a volunteer

Spring is here and now is the time to get the residents out to do their part in the community. Check with local parks, summer schools, day care programs or the library to see if there is an area that your residents can volunteer in. Ask all capable residents if they would like to go as a group to volunteer and then decide as a group which area they can help with. Get all your paper work ready and on the appointed day take them out to do their community service by volunteering. This activity will give the residents a feeling of worth and a sense of pride. This will also be a great marketing opportunity for your facility because your residents care enough to give their time and talent back to the community as volunteers.

#3: Game for residents – Unscramble the word

Below is a list of places or times that good volunteer are needed the most. Either write them on the white board or type them up as hand outs for residents to work on at their leisure.

ohscols (schools)
oshptsila (hospitals)
rkpas (parks)
gniampac snoitcele (campaign elections)
ayd raec tsrenec (day care centers)
dilayohs (holidays)
aslem no elsehw(Meals on Wheels)
isesrrfdnua (fundraisers)
aryrbil (library)
uesmsum (museums)
mlaian tlehsers (animal shelters)
iwdl feil tcunaarsy (Wild life sanctuary)
erd rsosc (Red Cross)
tatibah rof ytinamuh (Habitat for Humanity)

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Quotes

Happy April Fools Day! It’s snowing here in NJ on this fine April 1st and that’s no joke! But here’s some fun quotes to bring in the month of April!

“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” ~Mark Twain

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” ~Chinese Proverb

“He who is born a fool is never cured.” ~Proverb

“We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~Japanese Proverb

“A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.” ~Clifton Paul Fadiman

“Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job.” ~Author Unknown

Happy April!

Activities: Life: Enhanced
Kim 

Webinars for Activity and Recreation Professionals

April Webinar Schedule
All sessions are NCCAP approved

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Talking Shop: Men’s Programming
12:00pm-1:00pm (ET)
CE’s 3 hours
1.5 hours of live session and 1.5 hours of independent assignment.
NCCAP Approved
$40 per person
Register/Learn More

Thursday, April 21, 2011
How to Manage Difficult Employees
8:00pm-9:30pm (ET)
CE’s 3 hours
1.5 hours of live session and 1.5 hours of independent assignment.
NCCAP Approved
$40 per person
Learn More/Register

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
CAA’s: The Process and How it Applies to Activities
12:00pm-1:30pm (ET)
CE’s 2 hours
1.5 hours of live session and .5 hours of independent assignment.
NCCAP Approved
$35 per person
Learn More/Register

Offer On-Line CE’s For Your Activity/Recreation Organization OR Offer Webinar In-Services To Your Facility Staff. You set the date for your group or facility. You can either gather participants into one room and have the webinar or offer organization members on-line CE’s. The choice is yours. Rates are the same as public group rates plus a $50 Private Group fee.Topics make GREAT in-services or educational sessions for your Activity or Recreation Association.

The Basics of Brainstorming

By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC/EDU

I was just sitting here brainstorming about what type of article I should write. What do people want to read or learn more about? What topics need to be addressed? What do I feel comfortable writing about? How much time do I have to write this article and when is it due? I have written numerous articles over the years ranging from documentation, programming, and management tips, to advocacy, self-help, legislative issues, and professionalism. There is so much to write about! But as I was typing these words, I continued to ponder what my next topic should be.
So, I started actively brainstorming. I thought of what’s coming up in the months ahead. Perhaps there are recognition weeks, holidays or special themes I can write about. Maybe I should research other managerial topics such as time management or productivity. I also considered writing about various programming techniques or the latest adaptive equipment. Then it dawned on me. I should write about brainstorming!

The Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary defines brainstorming as, “a group problem-solving technique that involves the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the group”; also : “the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem.”
Simply stated, brainstorming is a problem solving technique that encourages creative thinking. The concept of brainstorming was introduced in the 1940’s by Advertising Executive Alex F. Osborn. The primary rule when it comes to brainstorming is that no idea is a bad idea. This concept is something that Activity and Recreation Professionals really can grasp since we are often “outside the box” thinkers.

There are many benefits to an appropriately facilitated brainstorming session. Some benefits include:
• Increased creativity and teamwork
• Everyone is involved and has a chance to be heard
• Increased employee morale and motivation
• Better work environment
• Increased productivity
• Certain individuals may surprise you and impress you with their ideas
• You may actually solve the problem!

When Osborn first introduced the concept of brainstorming it was called a “think up” process. As stated on, the original rules included:
• The goal of a "think up" session would be to come up with as many ideas as possible.
• There would be absolutely no criticism of any thoughts or ideas.
• No idea should be considered too outlandish and such ideas would be encouraged.
• Members of a "think up" team should build upon one another's ideas.

Brainstorming techniques and theories have been further developed over the years but two basic ideas form the foundation of the concept. First and most importantly, there is to be absolutely no criticism or judgments regarding one’s ideas and comments. This is not the time to be analyzing or making decisions. I’ve been to many meetings in which the group was asked to brainstorm ideas for a particular subject matter or concern. Nothing defeats the purpose of brainstorming more than one single negative comment.

The other critical idea behind brainstorming is the idea that through quantity we will achieve quality. Not all ideas will be great. In fact there may be some ideas that just really aren’t appropriate for the topic at hand, however, the more ideas that are brought to the table, the more chance of finding the right solutions. In addition, group members often brainstorm off of each other’s idea which in turn causes a snowball effect and the potential brilliant solution or idea is born!
There are many tips and techniques that you may find helpful when planning and executing your next brainstorming session. First of all, make sure the topic or problem is brainstorm-worthy and that the participants are aware of the meeting intent beforehand. Not all meetings or gatherings are intended to be brainstorming sessions. The analysis and decision making process can occur at another time.
Preparing for a brainstorming session is just as important as executing one. Designate someone who will be a suitable facilitator. The facilitator should be enthusiastic, fair, a great listener, and be able to acknowledge everyone’s ideas (good, bad, or indifferent). It is also recommended that you have a variety of people present at the meeting. If you are brainstorming about what to do for National Nursing Home Week, then have someone from each department present, as well as a resident and a volunteer perhaps. The whole point of a brainstorming session is to gather ideas, and what better way than by having individuals with varying educational backgrounds, roles, skills, knowledge, etc.

Just as the environment is important for recreational activities, it is equally crucial to facilitate the brainstorming session in an appropriate area. Be sure to hold the meeting in a quiet area with no distractions. To really demonstrate that all members are equal, it is recommended that the seating be in a horseshoe or circle. There shouldn’t be someone sitting at the “head” of the table.
At the start of the meeting, the facilitator should announce the rules, reinforcing the “no negative feedback” policy. In addition the facilitator should clearly outline the topic at hand and what is expected to be discussed. Participation from everyone present should be encouraged and all ideas are to be acknowledged. There are many ways in which ideas can be documented. Some examples include: flip charts, whiteboards, sticky notes, note pads, a secretary taking notes, tape recorder, and so on. Having ideas written and posted throughout the room really gives a great visual for people to look at and brainstorm off of.

Brainstorming has become a very popular way to address problems and devise solutions therefore it is quite probable that you have already been included in one of these sessions, whether at work or at home. Through proper implementation, brainstorming can really promote teamwork and provide many answers to the question at hand. So put your thinking cap on and let the brainstorming begin!

For more great management tips and information, visit

Merriam-Webster(n.d.). Brainstorming. Retrieved March 27, 2011 from

Mind Tools (n.d). Brainstorming History. Retrieved March 27, 2011 from

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Website Updates

What’s New on the Re-Creative Resources Inc. Website

Christine’s Themes: Many of you are familiar with Christine Jennings’ wonderful themes. She has provided over 100 themed activity ideas. I have revamped her theme pages and now it is much easier to see what’s available. Check out Christine’s Themes.

Remotivation Therapy pages now available courtesy of Denise Lima-Laskiewicz. Check out Denise’s new pages here.

Massage Therapy pages now available courtesy of Carolyn Crummey and äh Massage Services. Check out these new massage therapy pages here.

Exercise and Fitness: FitXpress has provided numerous wonderful articles and downloadable resources regarding fitness for elders. Check out these resources here.