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Therapeutic Recreation Ontario has gathered TR program ideas from our members and online to help other TRs continue to run their programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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TR Talk Tuesday
Online resources and tips 
COVID-19 Updates from TRO


TR Talk Tuesday 

New from TRO: TR Talk Tuesday is a chance to connect with colleagues working in various settings across the province and share program ideas and/or seek advice from other TR professionals about challenges you are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This informal online forum uses video conferencing to enable us to have a face-to-face conversation in real time. Each session will be recorded and posted on this page, along with a compilation of the resources and tips discussed during the session. 

Let’s lean on each other and stay connected in this ever-changing environment.


Topic, Date, Time

Meeting login info

Long Term Care 

June 2, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


Or you can also dial in using your phone.
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373

Access Code: 135-540-901

Private Practice

June 9, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


Or you can also dial in using your phone.
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373

Access Code: 304-622-077

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Topic and Date Resources

Long Term Care

March 31

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday LTC video conference

TR Talk Tuesday LTC – Tips and Resources

Mental Health

April 7

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Mental Health video conference

TR Talk Tuesday Mental Health – Tips and Resources

Children & Paediatrics

April 14

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Children & Paediatrics video conference

TR Talk Tuesday Children & Paediatrics – Tips and Resources

Community-based TR & Dementia Care

April 14

Recording of TR Tuesday Community-based TR & Dementia Care

TR Tuesday Community-based TR & Dementia Care – Tips and Resources

Long Term Care

April 21

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday LTC (Apr 21) video conference

TR Talk Tuesday LTC (Apr 21) – Tips and Resources

Palliative Care 

April 28

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Palliative Care 

TR Talk Tuesday Palliative Care – Tips and Resources

Long Term Care

May 5

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday LTC (May 5) video conference

Private Practice

May 5

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Private Practice video conference

TR Talk Tuesday Private Practice – Tips and Resources

Children & Paediatrics

May 12

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Children & Paediatrics (May 12) video conference

Mental Health

May 19 

Recording of TR Talk Tuesday Mental Health (May 19) video conference

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Visiting your loved ones in care homes during COVID-19

TR Programming Tips & Resources

Making meals together at home

Fun, meaningful activities to do at home during COVID-19

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Online resources and tips 

Do you have a TR resource, tip or programming idea to share? Send it to ed@trontario.org. We will add it to the resources on this page. 

Please note: the following links have not been thoroughly screened. While we cannot vouch for all the content contained in these links, our intention is to share information that is useful to TRs. 


Things to Do at Home

Stay at Home Resources

Boredom Busters for Long-Term Care 
(from Ontario CLRI at Bruyère)

Neighbourhood scavenger hunt

Master List of Online Leisure Activities By Marc-Andre Gionet (downloadable list)

ABCs of Combating Isolation 
(from Pioneer Network)

Playing Cards (card game website)

Boomer Magazine 

Virtual social recreation activities 
(from Alzheimer Society Perth County) 

Family Activity Resources (from Autism Ontario)

Older TV
(Youtube channel features old, public content, e.g. 1940s movies, I Love Lucy, etc.)

Spring Activity Kit
(from Hospital Elder Life Program)

AWE Struck! Aspirations
(resource for engaging persons with dementia)

Youtube channel
Facebook page 

Mother's Day activities during COVID-19


Alternative Activities 
(from the Confessions of a Rec Therapist blog)

The Recreation Therapy Podcast

Weekly Round-up of good things from Art Your Service



Free COVID-19 Care Plan


DEMENTIA (resources for caring for patients with)

DementiAbility’s COVID-19 Resources

Supporting residents with dementia during a pandemic (from Behavioural Supports Ontario)

DICE: Dementia Inclusive Choices for Exercise
(from University of Waterloo and Partnerships in Dementia Care)

Colouring Books for Adults (from DementiAbility)



Senior Fitness with Meredith


Bloom TR and Fitness Facebook page 
(online videos for chair yoga, chair dancing, chair fitness, breathing exercises, etc.)

Resources for Supporting Exercise and Physical Activity at Home
(from Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance)

Online yoga classes:

Good Body Feel
In Fine Feather Yoga


Free online self-care and resiliency course
(from Wilfrid Laurier University)

Interactive online course: Daily Nature Practice

Self-care During COVID-19 Pandemic 
(from BSO)

Self-care during isolation
(from Bloom Therapeutic Recreation & Fitness)

Take care of your mental health 
(from Shoppers Drug Mart)

Taking Care of Myself While Practicing Physical Distancing 
(from the Recreation Therapy Team at Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre)

French version

Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 workbook (from Bay Psychology)

You are awesome!
(inspirational video from DRŌM Beyond Drumming)



Seniors Tech Services

(An outreach program that helps bridge the tech gap. If a person in the community tells what device they have (e.g. iPad, android, computer, etc.) and what programs or apps they are interested in (e.g. Skype, card games, etc.) they send personalized instruction based on a person’s needs)



Blue Jeans

Facebook Messenger


Google Duo

HouseParty (for social meetings, not work-related) 

Microsoft Teams

OnCall (for healthcare professionals)

Ontario Telemedicine Network 




(museums and other attractions)

22 ways to leave home without actually leaving the couch

The Louvre Online Tours

Royal Ontario Museum

Johannesburg Art Gallery



Help connect volunteers to COVID-19 response efforts (from SPARK Ontario)



New directive for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

brainXchange COVID-19 resources 
(collected in collaboration with BSO)

Ethical guidance for people who work in long-term care

Health Human Resources Supports and Tools 
(from AdvantAge Ontario)


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COVID-19 Updates from TRO

MAY 12: TRO’s government advocacy during COVID-19

MAY 1:

APRIL 27: Time to recognize Therapeutic Recreation professionals in LTC

APRIL 20: TRO welcomes emergency order limiting the number of long-term care homes in which staff may work

APRIL 8: Info regarding TRO Registration and Student Placements


MARCH 20: TRO and Registration Applications

MARCH 13: TRO statement regarding COVID-19

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