Coloring Gift Ideas for Stroke Patients
I’ve been a nurse for 25 years. As I created my coloring website, I thought of coloring gift ideas for stroke patients. During my nursing career, I’ve have concentrated on Cancer Nursing. From time to time, I also worked in our hospitals inpatient rehabilitation unit. It was a positive experience to see patients improve over their course of their stay on the unit.
I love adult coloring. It’s a great way to relieve stress. For the stroke patient, it’s also a good way to integrate the left and right sides of the brain. The left side is responsible for more analytical processing while the right side is more tuned into colors and hues.
Many people have interruptions in their ability to move the affected side. If the left side of the brain is affected in a stroke, the right arm may be affected related to movement. If the right side of the brain is affected, the left arm may be affected for movement. Of course if your loved one is totally paralyzed on the affected arm, they will not be able to color using that arm. If their non-affected side has movement, they can color with that side.
Fine and gross motor skills may also be interrupted. What you want to accomplish with coloring is to help the brain communicate with the affected or unaffected side.
Look for a coloring book which does not have so many intricate details. You also want to look for crayons which are fat, or even odd shaped like a triangle. You can also find crayon “eggs” if your loved one cannot grasp a fat crayon. I wanted to share with you a few gift ideas for stroke patients. Here are a few ideas:
Magic Mandala and ZenScapes both have larger designs which would be beneficial to your loved one who cannot color in small intricate areas.
Here are a few ideas for fat crayons:
Free-hand doodling or drawing is also a good idea for a supervised activity. You will want to find a larger drawing pad, and you can use the same type of crayons as shown above, and encourage them to just create colors, swirls, and non-conformed designs. You can also purchase finger paints, and encourage art without lines.
Whatever you decide, whether crayons or pain, lined drawings, or free-drawing, your loved one will enjoy creating! While you are with them, pull out your own coloring book and do this as a joint project.
Creating a sense of well-being is key for yourself and your loved one! There are so many things you can do to spark creativity. I’m unplugging more and more from technology as I embrace the joy of coloring! Gift ideas for stroke patients doesn’t need to be limited to clothes when you can give the gift of fostering creativity!