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National Activity Professionals Week celebrated at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital
During National Activities Therapy Week, the staff of RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital’s Activities Therapy office showed their enthusiasm for the work they do. (Seated) Gina M. Cerra, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Raritan;
Susan, M.A., ATR, Recreation Therapist; Alice Jackson, Recreation Therapy Aide, Plainfield; Patricia Scott, AD, B.A., CRS (Certified Recreation Supervisor), Director of Activities Therapy and Volunteer Services, Union; Bridgette Jordan, Recreation Therapy Aide, Scotch Plains and Keri Burns-Woessner, B.A., Recreation Therapist, Chatham. (Standing) Carol Michalowski, Recreation Therapy Aide; Daniela DeFronzo, B.A., MT-BC,
Music Therapist, Springfield; Ana Gonzalez, Recreation Therapy Aide, Elizabeth; Zalak, B.S., Recreation Therapist, Roselle Park; Jamie Granato, B.A, Recreation Therapy Aide, Scotch Plains and Deanna Lynn,
B.S. Recreation Therapist, Clark. Not in photo: Jaimee Hawkins, M.S., Assistant Director of Activities Therapy, Raritan Township; Carla, M.A., MT-BC, Music Therapist, Jersey City; Vincenzia Beaty, Senior Recreation Therapist, Cliffwood; Julie O’Connell, Principle Clerk/Typist, North Plainfield; Kara Nistorenko, Recreation Therapist, Watchung; Albert Hendricks, Recreation Therapy Aide, Plainfield.
National Activity Professionals Week was celebrated at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County. This annual January event, declared by the National Association of Activity Professionals, honors and recognizes the activity professionals for the important role they play in enhancing the quality of life of the residents and patients in their care. This year events at RUNNELLS included “RUNNELLS T-shirt Day” to show team spirit, “Silly Hat Day” and the “Bingo Bonanza”. The theme of this year’s National Activity Professionals Week was “Activities:Soaring to New Heights.”
“This special week was an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the Activity Professionals of Runnells Specialized Hospital for the myriad of services they provide everyday,” Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes stated. “These range from quiet time activities like CDs for personal listening and regular, large type and recorded books to group fun including bingo games and ice cream socials. I ask everyone to join me in thanking our Activities Therapy staff for their commitment and contributions which enhance the quality of life of those we serve.”
Activities Therapy oversees a wide variety of events and programs for the enjoyment of the facility’s residents and patients. These include active, group events such as seasonal candlelight dinners, summer barbecues, and an annual senior prom…ideal opportunities to socialize. There is fishing and adaptive bowling for fun, physical stimulation. RUNNELLS offers Snoezelen (therapy), a program that blends sights, sounds, aromas and movement in a positive, structured environment to create a pleasurable and relaxing sensory experience in a manner that those with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimers, can enjoy.