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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. 

Use the following links to skip down to specific sections:

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


TR Talks

Our TR Talks are 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




Have an idea for a future session? 

We currently do not have any TR Talks scheduled at this time.

If you have an idea for a discussion topic for a future TR Talk Tuesday, let us know!

Send your suggestions to Rozalyn Werner-Arcé, Executive Director.


PAST MEETINGS - (TR Talks recorded in Go To Meeting are no longer available)

Long Term Care

March 31
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Mental Health

April 7
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Children & Paediatrics

April 14
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Community-based TR
& Dementia Care

April 14
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Long Term Care

April 21
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Palliative Care 

April 28
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Long Term Care

May 5

Recording no longer available.

Private Practice

May 5
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

Children & Paediatrics

May 12

Recording no longer available.

Mental Health

May 19 

Recording no longer available.

Long Term Care 

June 2

Recording no longer available.

Private Practice

June 9

Recording no longer available.

Children & Paediatrics

June 16
Due to technical difficulties, this session was unable to be recorded

Long Term Care

June 30

Recording no longer available.

Self Care

July 21
Recording no longer available.
Tips and Resources

TR in Acute Care

September 15 

Recording no longer available.

Children & Paediatrics

September 22

Recording no longer available.

TR and Aging – Resources

September 29
Video recording

Long Term Care: Changes in TR Programming 

January 21
Audio recording
(video recording not available for this session)

Aging – Family Councils Ontario

February 25
Video recording
Slide presentation

Special Student Session
(panel discussion)

March 22

Video recording

Elder abuse in institutions

April 6
Video recording
Slide presentation

Elder abuse in the community

April 13
Video recording
Slide presentation

Children & Paediatrics

May 11
Video recording

Aging CoP - HeartBeats Club Presentation - Pop with Props

July 20

Members must login to view video


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Conducting in-person visits during COVID-19

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)

French version

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

Virtual Art Making Activities
(from The Creative Center at University Settlement)

Virtual Activity Kit 
(from allied health staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

At Home Activities for Kids
(from Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO))

Building Your Own Urban Vegetable Garden at Home (Porch.com)

Let’s Move: Staying Active for Kids
(LadyBoss Women's Health)

ACES: Online community for staying Active, Connected, Engaged and Stimulated



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)

How to meaningfully connect with those who have dementia
(TED talk from Anne Basting)



COVIDhelpTO (from Social Planning Toronto)

Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19 
(from CBC News)



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

Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors
(from Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School)


Making the Most of Mealtimes During COVID-19 (from Research Institute for Aging)



Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
(from Ontario.ca)



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

Sunny Guides (free, simple, step-by-step instructions to help seniors download and use popular video calling apps, from Sunnybrook Hospital in partnership with Techboomers Media)

(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)



COVID-19 Vaccines – What Older Canadians Need to Know
(Sinai Health Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program)


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

101+ Virtual Tours of Popular Tourist Attractions Around the World 
(from UpgradedPoints.com) 

The Louvre Online Tours

Royal Ontario Museum

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Video Games that Allow Travel



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

Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP)



Long-Term Care Home / Retirement Homes Resources
(from the Ministry of Long-Term Care)

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)

Ability Online 
(virtual network supporting youth and young adults living with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities, illnesses, and other life challenges)

Free Resources from Flaghouse
(links to activity guides, articles and more) 

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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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