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Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator) From British Columbia, Canada

About Darla: Recreation Therapist
Activity and Volunteer Coordinator


Darla 16th Jun 2020 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

The Power of an Apology

Excellent. Very good for reflecting with colleagues.
Agree with Robert, can also be connected with faith and forgiveness.
Darla 2nd Apr 2020 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Arm Chair Travel with YouTube

Any idea how to download You Tube Travel Videos to external harddrive?
We do not have internet access at work.
Would appreciate all thoughts and ideas.
Darla 2nd Apr 2020 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Armchair Travel to Mexico

Wonderful idea. We listened to music, drank watermelon Margaritas, each used a maraca instruments along with music, and watched the armchair travel to Mexico. At the conclusion of the videos, we identified the foods (on screen - thank you) relayed the Trivia, and , played more music to end the program.

When all the limitations have concluded, we plan to add sombreros stored in our Recreation Cupboard, and to make a layered salad for all to enjoy with soft shell triangles, and hard shell corn chips, And to print off the beautiful art work on heavy cardstock paper and watercolor the paintings.

There were many cheers from our residents for this activity. Perhaps we will be able to present again for Cinco D' Mayo on May 5th!
Darla 28th Jan 2020 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)


Hi what’s occupationAl therapy?
Darla 28th Aug 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Cooking Activities for Puréed and Mechanical Soft Diets

Hummus (chick pea) was a success at our home, even the men enjoyed this recipe. Not of their generation, but still tasty for all to enjoy.

When teaching or orienting a new recreation staff to food and cooking program, the discussion of mixing textures is also raised.Such as adding shredded coconut or nuts to top off recipes can cause choking risks. We keep textures similar so people can manage to chew and swallow easier.

And one final note, as you recommend in the article, always check with dietician for suggestions and approval for ideas.
Darla 26th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)


Good Day!
I have purchased a starter garden kit from the local greenhouse. It has a greenhouse dome to watch the plants come up and then transplant to larger pots.

I also like Elisa's idea of indoor planting. Our glass windows surround a natural light courtyard, and we could plant near the windows and watch the plants grwo indoors unitl the weather permits outdoor planting for a couple of months.

If you are looking for text, this one is good: Bowlby, Carol (1992), Therapeutic Activities with Persons Disabled by Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Disorders, An Aspen Publicaton, pp 136-148 with additional resources.

Darla 26th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)


I tend to shop Amazon or used DVD stores on line or in larger cities. You should be able to find musicals, westerns, or other movies that work with your population. If you order through Amazon or other such sites, and you are redirected to a 3rd party, sometimes you can make further connections with that outlet wholesalers company.

Another thing is interactive watching. Watching movies is not therapeutic nor an activity, but a "filler" If you are interacting with the folks and sharing, talking singing along with them, this is more of an activity. This could include sports games, curling, football, the Olympic games; some of the more competitive sports people love to watch on TV.

I also enjoy discussing the news with independent residents who enjoy ther own leisure time watching the news on their own TV's , more of an interactive and intellectual discussion or debate.

Happy Hunting
Darla 19th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Wonderful information, and thought provoking. For myself as well as other staff.

We are getting there with Client Centered Care model.
Darla 9th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Portable Activity Ideas to Reach Every Resident, Everyday

For Barbara.

Activity Documentation = leave items for resident/client

Therapeutic Recreation = remain with resident/client and document # of minutes of therapy in the MDS (or other medical system required documentation process for your country).

I found the cart useful for "Residents at Risk" of isolation.

Adding to the rolling cart each day - yesterday I purchased a small carrying caddy for hand massage and pamper kit. Lotions (hospital issued) and added my own essential oils of lavender(calming) and orange citrus(stimulation).

A fishing game for the fellows - magentic cardboard fish and short bamboo poles with dental floss and magnets tied to bottom.

Calendars (free) from the local stores; muscle cars collector cars calendar; motorcycles calendar; and big rig semi trucks calendar; beautiful flowers calendar; and inspirational message(scenery) calendars.

I post the Residents at Risk and their room #s for other therapists/staff to use.

Have Fun with your cart!

Darla 27th Feb 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Portable Activity Ideas to Reach Every Resident, Everyday

Very useful ideas. I had a rolling cart set up in past, but the focus was on large group activities and entertainment.
Now that I am focusing on Therapeutic Recreation and Residents are risk of isolation once again, I feel a fresh energy to get something in place! Your ideas are helpful and thought provoking.

Thank You Haley.