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Recreation and Rehab Manager From British Columbia, Canada

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CGV 11th Mar 2024 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Fantastic Susan,

Last year we introduced equine therapy(outdoors), which was wonderful This year, we plan 2 spring visits, and 2 fall visits with the horses to our village.

As you mention; Robotic Animal Therapy is beneficial for late stages of Alzheimer's, in addition to Palliating Residents.
I plan to print off both articles and share with our care staff as part of benefits for Emotional Support in Therapeutic Recreation.

Our village provides an animal policy and medical form to all dog and cat visits , and residents.

CGV 11th Mar 2024 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Place the Face - This or That Visual Quiz

This is a good one! People always love to see baby faces and animals. A great activity for the big screen TV
CGV 19th Dec 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Hello Xuxu,

See the Golden Carers 'Winter Wonderland Tea Party". You may not be able to do all that decorating as you are on your own, but some hot chocolate with candy canes, or hot apple juice (cider) with cinnamon sticks' along with some party chips (melt popcorn twists or melt cheezies) for all diet types. Put on the Christmas Carols on the TV or music box and have fun with it! You've got this!
CGV 19th Dec 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Hello Chrissy,

I love your idea!
in our village care home, we combine Recreation and Rehab. At St Patrick's Day, and on Christmas Eve, I created something similar to your idea -
thanks for sharing!

We created and laminated 40 small Leprechauns, and then later, Elves. and place at various locations around our facility (open concept, not separate units). As the lead therapist, I ask the staff to get involved and pair up with a Resident for a half hour of fun. The team that collects the most leprechauns/elves wins a prize.
Photos are taken for our company newsletter.

We encourage using the physical abilities: the Residents who are able to walk using walker, able to ambulate, walk, and able to self propel use their wheelchairs. They are teamed-up with staff member(s) in the search.

It is a very successful activity and enjoyment for all, and gets the staff engaged in Recreation and Rehabilitation with our Residents.

CGV 1st Jun 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Hi Darla,
In our village, we have a giant world map we fix to the wall, we cover all the indigenous cultures of the world, and place the continent sticky note on each (Eurasia, Africa, ect).
Then we look at the indigenous populations of our own country (Canada); then the First Nations within our own community, of which we have 3 . Then a bit of history about each of our own First Nations.
I have purchased short books from amazon that are included in a program each year on June 21. We also have indigenous community celebrations at 2 local parks. The Independent Living Bus to transport our residents to join in. For our long term care folks, a performance later that week of children and youth jungle dancers and hoop dancers in their regalia.
I have also purchased a buffalo drum from a specialized music store for the sensory experience.
We use youtube on the big screen with our laptop HDMI hookup.
A great amount of background and early morning searching goes into planning and preparing for programs of a diversional nature. I am also able to incorporate Recreation Therapy into these programs for specific needs.

Darla from CGV Canada
CGV 23rd May 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager

What is Elder Abuse?

Excellent report - should be shared with all staff with education for our Residents well being and care.
CGV 24th Jan 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Positive New Stories: Past Present & Future

Oliver, Thank you for creating !
Excellent research of Good News in the world.
Will be sharing with interested Residents this week.
CGV 11th Jan 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Clothes Peg Game

Great idea for fine motor, managing arthritis of hands and wrists, and competitive natures. Meeting the interventions of physical functioning and social domain.
CGV 11th Jan 2023 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Clothes Peg Game

Great idea for fine motor, arthritis, and competitive natures!
CGV 7th Nov 2022 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Our village has a community companion service. When asked by the companion, they are provided with games, puzzles, and word searches from Golden Carers for their 1-1 visits. In addition to short story books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Coffee Table picture books,