- ATRA AWARDS Nominations – An Awards Program reminds us of the valuable service provided by a Recreation Therapists commitment to service and the health benefits they bring to so many peoples lives. With the advancement of Therapeutic Recreation in the province of Alberta, we can easily congratulate all Recreation Therapists for their daily commitment and hard work that has brought our great profession to where it is today. However, there are those among us that deserve extra attention for their outstanding service, passion and innovation over the years. Please consider nominating a deserving Recreation Therapist or Student for any of the ATRA Awards.
- CTRA Conference; June 19 – 21st, 2019
- SAVE THE DATE: Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Symposium and ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop; October 24-26 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
- Caregivers Alberta’s Spring Self-Care Fair will be on Saturday, May 11th from 11am-3pm at the Edmonton Office! SAVE THE DATE!
- ATRA is teaming up with an amazing videographer and is excited to work on a promotional video for Therapeutic Recreation to be shared on a number of different media platforms. Please share your stories and therapeutic recreation successes. What does TR mean to you? Email, or share your ideas on social media. #weareTR & #RecIsWhatWeDo
- Alberta Long-Term Care (LTC) Resident Profile (2016/2017) – This Long-Term Care (LTC) Resident Profile describes the population that resides in LTC in Alberta during a specified period of time. This includes the social, demographic, physical, health and behavioral characteristics of LTC residents. This information helps identify trends and guides strategic policy for continuing care in Alberta.
- Previous Alberta LTC Resident Profiles.
- Mealtime Assistance Training Manual (AHS Volunteer Resources) – Mealtime assistance can mean many things, from conversing with patients to brighten their day, opening packages, cutting food, completing menus, or making foods more accessible for patients. While this resource is for AHS Volunteers, it is an excellent resource to adapt or compliment your volunteer orientation and resources.
- Best Practices for Nutrition, Food Service and Dining in Long Term Care Homes – A Working Paper of the Ontario LTC Action Group 2019.
- Manual for Feeding and Swallowing Management in Long-Term Care Facilities.
- Guidelines to Effective Hydration in Aged Care Facilities.
- Research Methods – The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice.
- CALTC Recreational Therapy Guide – a tool designed to provide best practices for recreational programs in residential care and calls for further study to help ensure the best care is being provided for Canada’s seniors.
- Chair Yoga Protocols for Recreation Therapy.
- LinkedSenior – At Linked Senior they believe in a world where people of all ages are respected and valued. This is why they build simple, evidence-based and clinically validated software to support person-centered life enrichment for older adults and their care partners. Their technology focuses on engagement, connection, and celebration of individuality.
- EverSound – Eversound is an engagement amplifier that removes communication barriers, empowering senior living communities to deliver extraordinary individualized care. Eversound enables every resident at your senior community to participate and engage with more comfort and autonomy.
- Students!! Get Office 365 for free!
- Free Webinar: The Laughter Wellness Blueprint – Discover Laughter Wellness, a whole new way of unleashing positivity and creating peace of mind while promoting multiple aspects of well-being.
- Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre – I’m continuing to share their free MOOCs and you should too. This would help us transform views and attitudes towards dementia as widely as possible.
The sun is out, the snow is melting, and spring is in the air!
My inbox has been bursting at the seams while I finish off my course work for the term and now that we’ve reached the end, I can finally take some time to share some of the goodies!
One of my classmates in the TR research course that I just finished asked a great question recently: Where do we find literature once we’ve graduated and no longer have access to the plethora of databases being a university student grants us access too? While I have started a list on the blog here, I thought that it might be a great time to update it too.
- Searching the Web versus searching Databases: A Comparison.
- List of academic databases and search engines by Wikipedia – This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.
- Top 21 Free Databases
- List of 101 Free Databases
- Mobile Apps for Searching the Scientific Literature
- Google Scholar – Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
- RT Wise Owls is a free database and information resource center developed by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of Recreational Therapy practice.
- DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.
- JURN – Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.
- EBSCO Free Databases – EBSCO provides free research databases covering a variety of subjects for students, researchers and librarians.
- Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
- Alberta Health Services Knowledge Resource Service – To support evidence-informed decision making and quality patient care, KRS connects Alberta Health Services staff and healthcare providers with evidence resources and support in using them effectively.
- Open Library
- Internet Archive
- Rural Dementia Action Research – Improving the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas. This incredible team at the University of Saskatchewan are facing the challenge to improve the delivery of rural dementia care across the continuum: from early detection and diagnosis to end-of-life care.
- The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. They conduct clinically applied psychosocial research and provide training and supervision for various psychological interventions. They also offer a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood, and eating disorders.
- Your Public Library
- TALOnline – TAL Online is a provincial wide discovery service which allows users to discover and request physical library items from libraries across Alberta. TAL Online connects remotely to library catalogues across Alberta and displays search results for users looking to request items not available at their home library.
- Your Nearest Post Secondary Institution – Feel free to walk in and use their resources! You may not be able to check out media or use their online databases, however, depending on the size of the library, you may find what you need on the shelves.
Oh boy! A whole bunch of stuff!
- Caregivers Alberta’s Movie Night featuring the Caregiver’s Club
Date & Time: Feb. 28 – 6:30 – 9pm
Education & Professional Development Opportunities:
- Laughter, Wellness – Laughter Online University
- AHS – Provincial Seniors Health Portfolio – Palliative and End of Line Care – While establishing the importance of keeping the public informed about initiatives/best practice, there is a survey to find if their resources (newsletter/bulletin) are meeting the public needs.
Survey ID is 8lK35m630/
Survey will close March 1, 2019
- Improving mealtime experiences: I’m currently in a TR Research course and in one of my assignments I took a look at mealtime experience. In my searching I came across a few resources that I’d like to share:
- Health Care and Religious Beliefs – a resource by AHS that highlights
the most pertinent issues of a patient’s spiritual and religious care.
- Ambient Activity Technologies ABBEY.
- For reminiscing with older clients – The Canadian Nursing History Collection
- Templates, templates, and more templates!
- Minute to WinIt Games Ideas & more Minute to WinIt – Printables.
- MyTools4Care – Support care partners of persons with dementia.
- I realize this is now late, however, it is still valuable! A lovely PDF for Christmas full of great printables.
- City of Edmonton Intergenerational Programming Toolkit
- Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults – Edmonton
Seniors Coordinating Council
- Arts & Aging Toolkit – Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
- Arts & Aging Toolkit – Creativity Matters
- Senior Theatre – Resources
Blogs & Websites:
- Grow Through Flow – A new TR blog that everyone should be following!
- Not Just Bingo – Activities and resources.
- Education.com – Activity resources for kids
- reCreation Potentials – Expressive Arts for TR
TR Month Resources:
- ReCreative Resources – TR Month resources
Good day TR friends! Apologies for such a gap in posts, what a whirlwind the last 6 months have been! Sadly, there have been some opportunities that I had wanted to share, but they have since come and gone – I am still going to post these items, as they may prove to be a connection point for those that are interested in the information.
Continue reading “Emptying out the Inbox – December 2018”
Wow, what a whirlwind of a month! Like me, can you believe its almost July?!
Well, that means that I should empty out the inbox again… So here is a mash-up of things that I came across and wanted to share:
Continue reading “Emptying out the Inbox – June 2018”
Good evening TR friends – I’ve got another jam-packed list for you again this month!
Continue reading “Emptying out the Inbox – May 2018”
Quite often when I come across interesting or relevant information, I email it to myself, thinking, ‘I’ll add that to the blog later’… But when it comes time to add a new post or information, I often struggle with organization and maintaining fresh, up to date, dynamic content. Any bloggers out there who want to offer some friendly advice, I’m all ears!
So today, I’m going to post a LONG one in an attempt to clean out my inbox!
Continue reading “Emptying out the inbox!”
I know, I know… It’s not even really spring yet and here I am talking about October… But you want me to mention this… In my random searches, I came across what will be perhaps the most inspiring set of keynote speakers coming together at one conference, and I figured the world would want to know about it!
Continue reading “Building Dementia Awareness Conference – October 2018”
Local Education: Designed for volunteers and community members, the Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice and Continuing Care Society and the Good Samaritan Care Centres (Spruce Grove & Stony Plain) are providing a Palliative Care 2-Day Program.
Topics: What is Palliative Care, Communication, Family Dynamics, Spirituality, Approaching the End Stage of Life, Coping with Loss and Grief, Using What I have Discovered, and Self Care.
Dates: May 5 & 12, 2018
Registration deadline is April 27th – call 780-962-8503.
Local Event: On May 12th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church join in for a Ladies Night Out Fashion Show – featuring local vendors and entertainment by Bare ‘n Von Hair! Click the poster for more details!
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. I’d love to hear how your facility is celebrating this April 15 – 21st, comment below!
Continue reading “National Volunteer Week! – April 15 – 21, 2018”