Ways to Aid Rehabilitation

Things that may help with familiarity:

  • Favourite music, TV shows, movies and books
  • Pictures of family and friends to display in your loved one’s hospital room
  • Familiar items from home (for example, a favourite blanket, pyjamas, a stuffed animal or pillow)
  • A wristwatch (if your loved one is able to read the time)

Things that may help with thinking skills:

  • Notepad or diary to keep track of new medical information, people and therapists
  • Calendar or date book to keep track of appointments and events
  • Crossword, word search and sudoku puzzles
  • A deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Other activity books and games from the newspaper (for example, find the seven differences or connect the dots)

Things that may help with mobility:

  • Proper footwear (for example, running shoes)
  • Comfortable clothing for exercise
  • Eyeglasses, if required
  • Walking aid (for example, a cane or walker), if recommended by a physiotherapist
  • Log book to track exercise

Things that may help with dexterity:

  • See Appendix for suggestions about items you can bring from home and activities that can help with dexterity. Additional exercises are available from the occupational therapist.

Check with the health care team for more activities and instructions.