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Occupation Based OT Treatment Ideas for Men

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L Education & Tips for Independent Living 19 Comments

Occupational therapy treatment ideas for men. Occupation based and client centered ideas to make #OT more purposeful and fun | SeniorsFlourish.com #occupationaltherapy #geriatricOTLooking for occupational therapy treatment ideas specfically for men? Here is a list for you!

In my treatment sessions, I strive to provide client-centered, occupation based treatments when possible, but I am going to say it - men are different than women!

They have different interests, ideas and things that are important to them and I definitely have to cater a bit to these differences.

I can honestly say that I haven't had too many men that are interested in helping decorate a therapy room for a holiday while working on dynamic balance or creating May Day baskets for their neighbors while focusing on dexterity.

That being said, I have put together a list of occupation based treatment ideas specifically geared toward men - think along the lines of working in their garage, sheds, pottering around the garden or fixing things.

As we all know, this list is not all inclusive, but as long as my patients are participating in a client-centered task, it is going to be a great session in my book!

You can use these basic activities to work on a huge variety of areas - everything from activity tolerance and balance, to executive function, a sensory diet or fine motor activities. Use your activity analysis skills to determine how the task can be modified to achieve the goals you are working on.

Occupation Based Treatment Ideas for Men

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Worn Furniture:  replace material, fix legs, re-stain wood, putty holes, etc

Crack out the Toolkit: any project that uses hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc

Paint: anything that needs painting/re-painting - benches, birdhouses, fences, kits (ex. car, birdfeeders), etc

Gardening: get outside and plant, dig, weed, etc or use an occupation based kit with some of these supplies ready to go

Electrical Wiring (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): wiring kits, bring items from home or they sell simple kits at hardware stores

Car Washing (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): great way to get outside

Occupational therapy treatment ideas for men. Occupation based and client centered ideas to make #OT more purposeful and fun | SeniorsFlourish.com #occupationaltherapy #geriatricOTPet Care (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): put together an occupation based kit with everything including cat litter, dog food, watering bowls, etc

Plumbers Puzzle or Pumbers Tools: set up patterns to replicate or make designs, use teflon tape to put pieces together

Fix It: take apart and put back together flashlights, smoke detectors, remote controls, remote control cars

Small Engine: have a lawn mower that needs tinkering?, small gas motors to assemble/disassemble using a collection of tools - screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc

Organize/Sort: tackle boxes, nuts and bots, etc

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Build It: Use kits or scrap material/wood to create something new - birdhouses, benches, shelves, boxes, anything they need in their own living space?

Games: Wii, horseshoes, bocce ball, poker, blackjack

Creating Shopping List: working on cognition as well? Add a list building component to list out what is needed, where to get the items, who to call, etc

What ideas would you add to the list?

 

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      Glad it was helpful – just a list to get your occupation based, client centered hat on 🙂

  1. Hi,

    I have had success using fishing. Fine motor for tying on lures and stringing a fishing poll and balance training by casting at targets in unsupported standing. Also putting golf ball for balance.

    michael

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  2. Some of my patients have been motivated by a simulated hunting activity using a small nerf gun and cardboard/paper targets, either animals or circles.

    Thanks for the list to inspire new ideas!

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      oooooh – that sounds fun and I can see how it could be a good laugh (always a bonus in my book!). Plus, as I live in a very “hunting” community, this would be a hit with a number of my patients (men and women).

  3. This list is so awesome! Great ideas!!! Here are some more ideas: grilling, playing an instrument (guitar), assisting with mail delivery for the facility to each room, and, oddly enough (say what you will), hand rolling their own cigarettes.

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      Hey, it is all about what is important to the patient so they can fully participate in life 🙂

  4. Tool sets in the blow molded case make a great puzzle…dump out tools and sockets, they have to find spot and push each in… FMC, CIMT, cognitive, attention, hemi neglect, etc.

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  5. I am always looking for new occupation-based ideas for male patients; thanks for the great tips! Here are some tasks I use frequently – Push a “shop broom” (I have a bowling ball on a broom handle to simulate this), sort nuts/washers/bolts into bin of small drawers (can use finger palm translation), use tin snips to cut wire (I use pipe cleaners sometimes), collect tools from around therapy gym while carrying toolbox, hang tools on pegboard, push rolling cart around to collect/dispense objects in the environment, tie knots in ropes/theraband tubing, zip ties, twist cup hooks/eye hooks into lumber, apply shoe polish, dismantle/reassemble the mounts of a gun scope, cut “steak” with fork and knife (I use lump of theraputty on plate). A student also made a wooden manipulation board from an old tub transfer bench and cabinet door that allows patients to lay in supine while working on manipulation of various objects.

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  6. Great ideas! A good one for men or women is hanging clothes out on a clothes line if your facility has an outdoor area to put it, or the retractable lines can be run between 2 trees and taken down when not in use; designate a patient to go outside and refill all the birdfeeders. I am in an area where so many worked in garment factories so I have done things like get some of the “unclaimed” denim clothing items and turn them inside out and have them “inspect” all the seams.

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