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Barbara 13th Jul 2017 Retired
My husband is at home. He is not mobile except for transfer, cannot see well and has use of one hand or arm only. He cannot draw or write.He gets a little confused at times though can be alert, but it is there. I am looking for ideas to keep him busy. I can read to him, and he enjoys selected radio programmes of a standard format. When I looked at suggestions from the free part of this site they were almost all for people who could see and move. Two questions 1. Does anyone have ideas to help keep my husband engaged and busy and 2. If I paid the full subscription whee would I look on the site to find suitable activities for people who cannot see, move or manipulate much? Thanks Barbara

Susan 14th Jul 2017 Activity Director
Hi Barbara.
There is an article about 20 activities for the visually impaired
If you join and need further assistance, you can get some other ideas as well.
I hope you will join us
Carolan 18th Jul 2017 Student
Try sensory activities. Such as baking biscuits. Then letting him feel them, smell them taste them.
Make a fidget box of an activity that he used to do that he enjoyed.
Barbara 20th Jul 2017 Retired
Thanks , i have now joined!
Susan 27th Jul 2017 Activity Director
Great welcome
Christine 10th Aug 2017
Hi Barbara, you can get him audio books from Vision Australia (phone1300654656) according to his interests. Hope this helps.
Barbara 11th Aug 2017 Retired
Thanks, I read to him a lot. He listens to selected short radio programs . I 'll try short audios on topics that interest. I think he would drift with a full novel. Appreciate your help.
Christine 14th Aug 2017
Hi Barbara, with Vision Australia audio books, they also provide a Daisy player which will allow him to stop the story and restart when he is up to it...
Romy 24th Aug 2017 Occupational Therapist
Simple cognitive game : you choose a subject like animals , places,names.
Then you have different variaties to play this game example :subject is names:
1. Alfabet. You take turns. First you search for a name with the letter a then he search for a name with the letter b then you search with c ....
Diffuclt you need to memorise every answer.
2. You start with a name. Then you use the last answer to search for e new name ... example: sofie, eric,claudia ....

Barbara 28th Aug 2017 Retired
Thank you. Those are good ideas. Taking turns helps to take the stress off the patient, they don't feel under pressure.
Romy 29th Aug 2017 Occupational Therapist
1.Idd, keep it light. But if he is better on a cognitive level. Their is a game called pim pam pet. Don t know if they have it in english. It s a wheel with all the letter of the alfabet. Then you pick a card like tools, object in the kitchen, boysname etc.. then you spin the wheel and get a letter and you need to search for an answer with the given letter. It s a lot of variation and fun for you too. a Boardgame with simple cognitive and do tasks. You pick a boardgame from the internet and put some questionmarks (?) On it everytime you roll the dice and come on a question mark you.need to pick a card. If you do or answer it right you can have another turn if you answer it wrong. It s the other one s turn.

Do questions: wink with one eye, give your biggest smile, which gesture means everything alright (thumbs up) , which sound makes a dog ,cow ,donky
Cognitive:which colour has a kiwi, who is the president, how many hours are there in one day, ...

4.Or you can use the board for other games. We have a game in belgium called :zeg eens euh. It s a game where you need to talk 1minute about a certain subject and you can t say uhhhh or say the forbidden word. The other one needs to pay attention that you don t say the forbidden word or uhh. If you do it right you can roll the dice again otherwise it s the other ones turn. It s fun to play with others too.
Example Subject: library» can”t say: books
If you want to.make it easier, leave the forbidden.word out.

5:sensory game where you can stimulate his senses.

You can.make it a feeling ,hearing or taste game.
Taste: blind fold and let him taste different kind off stuff and let him guess what it is and. Vice versa.

Feeling: put objects in a bag. Let him feel and guess what he has in it s hand.

Hearing: guess the song that plays on the radio or television

Option 2 play a classic music piece like ode an die freund. And guess which music instrument are in this piece.

6:relaxing: use smells like lavendel to give a calm feeling. Also a hand massage can be very relaxing

Romy 29th Aug 2017 Occupational Therapist
1.Search for the meaning of proverbs and saying or let him fill in the blank spaces. Then he can.give you one.

2.Or use the worksheet of french words and fill them in together. What is a rendezvous, bonjour etc. You can find it on this site.

3 play shuffleboard.even if he doesn t see well. You this game just for fun and it train s it physical function in.his arm. Or let him throw a beanbag in a big circle use bright colours so he can see it? And you need to throw it in a bucket so it s fair from a greater distance.

3.Make walks together

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