Occupational therapy tools for stroke patients enable individuals to become independent and achieve their goals after stroke.
You’re about to discover 19 occupational therapy tools for stroke patients that will help you get back to life after stroke. We will also take a look at how these tools can impact recovery.
Let’s get started!
Occupational Therapy Tools for Self-Care
Self-care means being able to do activities of daily living independently. This includes things like bathing, grooming, dressing, and feeding.
The following are a few occupational therapy tools for stroke patients that can enable greater independence in self-care activities.
1. Adaptive Utensils
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Adaptive utensils come in a wide range of widths, materials, and weights. This allows you to pick the ones that will make it easier to use for you.
You can also get angled utensils if you find you’re having trouble bending your wrist. The various options allows you to find those that are right for you!
2. Rocker Knives
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If you have limited shoulder mobility, rocker knives can make it easier for you to cut your food into smaller pieces. This can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying a meal with your family and friends.
3. Zipper Pulls
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While limited range of motion and strength after a stroke can make dressing a challenging task, dressing tools can help stroke patients retain their independence in being able to dress themselves.
Zipper pulls attach to any zipper and increase the surface area available to grasp and zip or unzip the zipper. This makes it easier to zip up clothes despite having reduced fine motor abilities or strength.
Zipper pulls can also be attached to handbags and backpacks to help you access your things easily. They come in many colors to suit your needs!
4. Sock Aid
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Another useful dressing tool is the sock aid. The sock aid helps you put on your socks easily without having to bend over or lift your legs.
5. Shower Brushes
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Tools such as long handed sponges and shower brushes can help you bathe yourself despite limited range of motion in your shoulders, elbows, and wrists. They make the hard to reach areas easier to reach again!
6. Shower Benches
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Shower benches are a great tool that help you conserve energy while showering by sitting. Also, you’ll reduce your risk of falls while you’re in the shower. Shower benches come in different shapes and sizes so they can be catered to your needs and your bathtub.
7. Pill Box Organizer
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An important part of taking care of yourself post-stroke is taking your medications on time. Organizing medications can be a tedious and challenging task for some, especially if you have memory problems.
Pill boxes allow you to organize your medications for the week in one go! You can also get one that allows you to differentiate between morning and afternoon medications.
8. Toilet Aids
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Toilet aids can help restore independence in wiping efficiently and with dignity. It makes the task easier for individuals who experience a hard time bending and turning as a result of a stroke.
Occupational Therapy Tools for Productivity
Productivity is unique to every individual. Productive tasks usually consist of things that we need to do to thrive in our everyday lives.
This can include cooking, cleaning, gardening, going to work, and even exercising.
The following occupational therapy tools for stroke patients can help you be more productive during your day:
9. FitMi Interactive Therapy
The FitMi home therapy is a great tool to exercise arm, leg, hand, and core strength.
As Flint Rehab’s most popular recovery tool, it enables you to get tons of practice using your affected side so that you recover sooner!
10. Automatic Pot Stirrer
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Cooking is a task that heavily requires the use of our hands, which can be challenging after a stroke.
If you have limited wrist or shoulder range of motion, this automatic pot stirrer can make cooking easier for you.
This way you can continue to engage in this activity and make delicious meals!
11. MusicGlove Hand Therapy
Do you want to exercise your hand in a way that is fun and doesn’t feel like work? Then the MusicGlove is the perfect tool for that!
This stroke rehab device from Flint Rehab allows you to practice the different pinch grips in your hand while enjoying music. Remember, massed practice is critical to recovery and with this tool you’ll be well on your way.
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Ever find yourself needing something that is just out of reach? A reacher can help! Reachers are ideal for reaching objects in hard to reach places. This can make picking up things and cleaning up around the home much easier.
13. Bag Handle
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Are carrying bags without handles, such as fertilizer bags, keeping you from attending to your garden? If so check out these bag handles!
They can attach to any bag and quickly allow you to carry the bag with a handle. This should make tending to your flowers or putting out salt before the next big snowstorm an easier task!
14. CT Speech and Cognitive Therapy App
If you’re experiencing aphasia after stroke, this app might be beneficial for you. This CT app contains over 100,000 speech and language exercises designed to help you practice your language abilities.
Occupational Therapy Tools for Leisure
Making time for recreation and leisure is also a very important part of recovery. It’s important for you to have fun and continue to find joy in activities you love!
Here are a few occupational therapy tools that can help you re-engage in your leisure activity of choice:
15. Book Stand
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Do you enjoy reading but have a hard time holding up a book due to weakness in your arms? A book stand might be able to help you solve that.
Book stands come in various styles to cater to your reading needs. They allow you to put the book down and read without straining your arms.
16. Adaptive Golf Club
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Do you enjoy playing golf but find it difficult to return to the sport after your stroke? There are many sports that have adaptive equipment so that you can return to the activities that you enjoy!
This adaptive golf tool is a self-propelled multi-purpose club that doesn’t require you to swing or apply intense power to play the sport.
17. Adaptive Fishing Set
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Maybe golf isn’t your sport – don’t fret!
Adaptive tools exist for many sports, including fishing. This adaptive fishing set enables you to go fishing despite having limited hand function.
18. Xbox Adaptive Controller
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Do you enjoy playing Xbox? This Xbox adaptive controller was made specifically for individuals with limited mobility so that you can get back to gaming!
19. Adaptive Dice Roller
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Many card and board games required you to roll the dice to play. That can be challenging if one has spasticity in their hand.
Adaptive dice rollers exist to help you independently roll the dice and participate in games with your loved ones!
This adaptive dice roller can also be made at home for a fraction of the price. If you and a loved one enjoy building things, give it a go! You can find the instructions to make your very own dice roller here.
OT Tools for Stroke Recovery
The list of occupational therapy tools for stroke patients is endless! But remember, everything has its pros and cons.
Adaptive equipment will help achieve your goals, but it does not help you regain your strength or range of motion. Recovery will come with hard work and dedication to your exercises and rehabilitation!
Massed practice trains your brain to learn to do tasks again, and regain lost function rather than simply adapting. This is the beauty of neuroplasticity.
So if you use adaptive equipment, make sure you balance that with lots of exercise and practice! Who knows, maybe you’ll get to a point where you won’t need adaptive equipment at all!
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