Anyone who has had a stroke may experience lesser mobility in one side of their body, arms, hands and face as a result. He/she is likely to be given a set of exercises by a physiotherapist to try to regain strength and movement and this can often become rather repetitive and just a little boring to many.
Here at Activities to Share, we specialise in fun ways to gently exercise – especially for anyone who has had a stroke or who is older and possibly exercising as part of a group. We can offer a range of ideas and products that are suitable for rehabilitation of strokes and brain injuries (we currently supply many hospitals around the UK).
Muscles often become taut and there is little flexibility. Our Resistance Band is ideal to use for gentle resistance actions to music or our Sit to Get Fit CD. Ideal for rehabilitation work, the mild stretches are a perfect way to improve muscle strength and tone.
Fine Motor Skills
These skills are crucial for everyday dressing, writing, eating etc. Our Activity Cushion has a variety of attachments to practise motor skills including: zipper, buttons, Velcro, plaiting, sliding a buckle and manipulating tactile fabric. Squeezing is recommended and there is nothing better that our Finger Fidgets: 3 different net tubes each containing a wooden ball, metal chime and foam ball to squeeze from one end to the other.
The brain can be adversely affected after a stroke occurs; memory, problem solving and speech are areas that therapists will often work on to help retrain the brain to work more efficiently. A fun way to improve numeracy skills (and exercise the upper body) is with our Number Floor Mat; just throw your bean bag onto any number and then answer the number-related question from the pack. For those who like something a little less energetic, our Large Print Word Search for Seniors is an ideal way to work the brain and use fine motor skills in using a pen or pencil (or highlighter).
People who have had a stroke sufferers may experience loss of sensation in their hands and fingers. Sense of smell may also be impaired. Our Follow Your Nose game is played like a game of bingo, except with different scented flasks to identify. Touch and Match is a great game to use the fingers and identify and then match 10 different tactile surfaces including: ridged, shiny, rough etc.
For more information on these and our wide range of large piece puzzles, games, quizzes and sensory items, go to our website on www.activitiestoshare.co.uk. Follow us on facebook.