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Activities for someone who has had a stroke?

My mom had a massive stroke and because she was not found for over 12 hours the damage was pretty severe. She is paralyzed on her right side, walks slowly and sometimes has trouble remembering the correct words. She has great difficutly doing fine motor skills with her left hand (she's right handed) and she is frustrated that she can no longer knit or crochet. I think she is very bored & tired of just watching TV but I don't know what activities to try that she would be able to do without getting more frustrated. Her mind is all there so I definitely don't want to do anything childish.
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Jan 17, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Hello!

I have worked with many people that have experienced strokes. I had one patient that had the exact same problem as your mom - had a passion for crocheting but could no longer do it. We watched this youtube video that is included in the source and with practice (a lot I might add), used a very large hook and she was able to do it! The hardest part was that she was using her non-dominant hand as well but because she was able to cognitively follow directions, and she eventually figured it out. It gave her a new sense of purpose!

A few other ideas: you could both read the same book and do a "bookclub," reading independently on kindle so pages are easy to turn, books on CD, helping with cooking such as stiring wiping down windows, table, counters, etc do not require fine motor, help plan something: a grand kids party, family event, what you are having for dinner for the week and you write down the list with ingredients, participate in an elderly exercise class at a senior center: all abilities particpate and great interaction, or even speakers and events at the senior centers, get out old photo albums and reminisce

Wishing you the best!

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Jan 19, 2016 - 10:27 AM

I think the ideas suggested above are wonderful and would just add one. You might reach out to a woman's knitting/crochet group, our church has one, and see if they would visit and allow her to be part of the group. She might enjoy conversation about the different stitches and types of yarn being used, and seeing the finished products.
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By helensrudd on Aug 05, 2016 - 04:00 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Even I too agree with the same. But it's not necessary that we could spare time for our elderly ones and he bonding between you and your mother remind me the friendly relation between me and my mum. My mother is a dementia patient. She can’t even proper communicate with anyone because of the memory loss. The worst thing is, i can’t always be there for my mother as i have to look after my kids, husband and work at the same time. Due to my hectic work schedule, i can visit her on weekends only. I have appointed a 24 hour in-home caregiver who is always available with my mother in case of any emergencies in my absence. The best part is, even if she is not with her daughter, she is satisfied with all the sense of comfort, independence, and family belonging with her new companion

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Jan 22, 2016 - 03:39 PM

In addition to the other suggestions, this may be another option for your mom. Is your mom still receiving therapy for her stroke? The occupational therapist is usually part or the therapy team for a stroke patient. They not only help patients relearn their activities of daily living but have expertise with fine motor skills and recreational activities. I have found them to be very creative in helping people adapt so they are able to engage in some activities that they have enjoyed before they had a stroke. You might inquire about an OT or if she is already receiving OT, talk the therapist about some activities.

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Jan 16, 2016 - 06:16 AM

If she loves to knit or crochet there are looms that she can use. The ones I have seen are round and you loop the yarn over the pegs then use a hook to bring a piece of yarn over the top of the peg. Sounds complicated now that I have written it out but it might work for your Mom.
Check the craft store for other projects like this.
Could she handle over size crochet hooks? Or the over size knitting needles?
The No Sew blankets made with the Polar Fleece material are great blankets and are pretty easy to do just knotting 2 pieces of the fleece together.
If she can use a sewing machine? A quilt might be a good project for her. I have one a friends Grandma made for me and it was a simple one, small squares sewn together then to attach the back fabric to the front with the batting between she just knotted a bit of yarn in the center of each little square she sewed together. Not a fancy qilt by any means but it does keep me warm.

Maybe branching out to a new form or artwork might be good, painting might be good for her and she may just discover a new talent she never knew she had.
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