Monthly Archives: June 2014


Upcoming Music Event

Upcoming Music Event

A music event to add to your calenders!

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Car Show for a Cause

Car Show for a Cause

Heritage Park Care Center will be holding a fundraiser to raise money for a BIG Screen TV for their residents. The Car Show will be held this Saturday June 28th from 10 am -3 pm at 2700 West 5600 South in Roy, Utah. Come join in on the fun!

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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


What Can TRConnections Do For You?

What Can TRConnections Do For You?

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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Healthy Eating/Wellness

I made this for my lunch today and it was SO GOOD!!!!  This is a very easy recipe for your clients to make at home or in a cooking group.  I used canned chicken to make things easy for me.  If you are doing it as a cooking class I would slice the avocado’s up so it stretches the recipe out and more clients can enjoy!  

Southwestern Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls
Recipe courtesy George Stella’s “Real Food Real Easy” Cookbook

Prep Time 15 mins / Serves 4

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2⁄3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons chunky salsa
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 avocados

1. Fold chicken, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice together in a large bowl, shredding chicken with a fork until your desired consistency is reached.

2. Cover and refrigerate chicken salad for 30 minutes for the ingredients and flavors to mingle, or skip to the next step to serve immediately.

3. When you are ready to serve, slice the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Use each half as a serving bowl for 1 person, stuffing chicken salad into the empty pit cavity and then mounding heaping spoonfuls over top of the entire surface of the avocado half. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


Uintah Villa

More TimeSlips Activities!  I am having such a great time spending a few hours each day with such great clients and and Recreation Therapists!  

Spring Time in the Rockies

Uintah Villa – 6/2/2014

Suzie Shovel is a cute little girl who is three years old and is wearing a white shirt that won’t stay clean for very long.  She is playing in her mother’s garden who is a leader and will join her soon.  She is digging and shoveling like mad.  She is raking the dirt.  She is planting flowers and veggies.  She feels the thinking it feels like dirt, something wet and fertilizer.  She thinks it smells like soil.  It is spring time and she can smell flowers that are beautiful and smell like perfume and summer.  She is wearing he heavy gloves to play in the dirt.  She has a sun hat on to cover up from the sun.  She is making a mess with the water can and she lived happily ever after.


Friday Episodes in the Life of Our Children

Uintah Villa – 6/2/2014

Mickey Mantel was a cute, kind of fat little boy who is playing baseball, he has stripes on his uniform.  His uniform is in the laundry so he used his dad’s dirty uniform and shoes which are too big for him.  He is on TV.  His arms are in his shirt to hold up his pants.  He is having a good time running and playing in the dirt.  He is in a championship game and is winning but losing his pants, his mother loves him and we like him anyway.  He got kicked in the pants by his dad that is why he is running.  He is waiting for his team mates to show up so the game will start.  When he is done running all his brothers loved him.

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


TRConnections Workshops!

On Friday June 6th, TRConnections held a fun filled and educational workshop at the Southern Utah Veterans Home – Ivins. I would like to thank Vie and the staff at Southern Utah Veterans Home – Ivins. The hospitality they gave us was top notch! Thank you! Here are a few pictures of us participating in chair Tai Chi.

Our next workshop will be held at:

Friday July 18, 2014
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Heritage Park Care Center
2700 West 5600 South
Roy, UT 84067

We are excited to present the following at this workshop:

Sensory Stimulation for Low Functioning Clients –
Kristina Couron MTRS, CTRS & Merab Vargas ,TRT Silverado Senior Living
In this session you will learn how to incorporate sensory boxes for low functioning clients. FKW, ORG

ID Training: Effective Programming for Your Id clients- Kristina Couron, MTRS, CTRS
We will be covering ID diagnoses and how we can effectively treat them. FKW, PTR, ORG

An Introduction TimeSlips- Tracy Lynn Coleman, TRS, CTRS
This is an interactive session and introduction to TimeSlips, a creative storytelling for everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. PTR

Encouraging Men Participation in an RT Program – Kristina Couron, MTRS, CTRS
Do you struggle with men’s groups? In this session we will assist you in developing a program for the men in your facility. FKW, ORG

Evidence Based Practice – Heather Brown, MS, CTRS
We will be discussing what Evidence Based Practice is and how it can be applied into your program. FKW

The Benefits of Tai Chi – Tracy Lynn Coleman, TRS, CTRS
Tai Chi is an old art form which calms both the mind and body brining peace and harmony to one’s self. Learn the benefits of Tai Chi and adding it into your program. FKW, ORG




Please go to to register and for more information!

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized



Congressman Glenn (GT) Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) have introduced H.R. 4755:  “Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2014”.  

This bill will amend the Social Security Act by including recreational therapy among the modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation therapy program.

What is the Purpose of this Act?
It is the purpose of this Act to restore reliance on the professional judgment of the treating physician and the rehabilitation team when determining whether a Medicare patient meets the intensity of therapy requirement of an inpatient rehabilitation hospital or unit in order for that patient to gain access to the appropriate mix of medically necessary therapeutic rehabilitation services in that setting, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and, as needed, speech therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, and recreational therapy.

What does this bill do?
This bill will amend the Social Security Act by including recreational therapy among the modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation therapy program.  

Specifically, the bill adds the following new paragraph to the end of Section 1886(j) of the Social Security Act:

“(9) Including Recreational Therapy among the therapy modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation therapy program in a rehabilitation facility. – The Secretary shall include recreational therapy services among the therapeutic modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation program in determining (pursuant to applicable regulations) whether inpatient services in a rehabilitation facility are reasonable and necessary under section 1862(a)(1)(A).”.

Why is this important?
By including RT under the intensity of therapy requirement, Medicare beneficiaries in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units will regain access to important therapies deemed medically necessary by their treating physicians and therapists. IRFs will be better able to meet the intensity of rehabilitation therapy requirement and thus reduce the risk that patients will be inappropriately diverted into less intensive post-acute settings.  

Coalition of Support
Several organizations have joined the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) in supporting this amendment including:

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Brain Injury Association of America
CARF, International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
Council on Brain Injury
United Spinal Association

What can you do?
1.    Read the H.R. 4755:  Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2014
2.    Read the letter of support from AAPM&R
3.    Contact your Congressperson and ask them to sign on in support of H.R. 4755

Action Requested
Step 1:  Contact your U.S. Congressperson’s office and find out who handles health care issues for the Congressperson. You can reach them through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or by going through the direct website:

Step 2:  Tell them about H.R. 4755 and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor in support of H.R. 4755.  Ask them for their direct email so you can send them a copy of the H.R. 4755 and theletter of support.  (You can use this template.)  If they ask for a staff contact for either of the Congressmen, tell them to contact Matt Brennan (202) 225-5121 in Congressman Thompson’s office or Saul Hernandez (202) 225-3101 in Congressman Butterfield’s office.  

Step 3:  Urge your colleagues, clients, volunteers, students, etc. to do the same.  We have a short window of opportunity and all signatures need to be on the letter – so we need you and your colleagues to act fast!  This will take the entire profession!

Use this link to for more information;

If you have questions about this Advocacy Alert, please contact the ATRA Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs:  Diane Skalko,Thom Skalko, and Richard Williams.
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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized