Friday, December 14, 2012

Wheelchair Kickball


I first learned about this game when I was doing my very first RT internship.  I thought it was perfect!  Active enough to get people moving, but totally appropriate for their needs.  Enjoy!

Everyone sits in a circle.  This worked really well at that facility, because each resident was in a wheelchair.  We just got chairs for the staff to sit in.  Once a circle is formed, the activity leader throws a big beach ball in the middle.  The patients take turns kicking the ball across the circle.  It's a pretty simple activity, but helps keep their legs a little more active.  Sometimes we even got a patient who kicked it out of the circle!!  That always made him feel so strong!

Idea taken from Jody Slagowski at Orchard Park Care Center.

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