Those confined to inpatient, assisted living, or long-term care settings are often restricted in terms of the activities they can participate in, either because of their inability to perform the activity independently or because of the lack of options available to them. Caregivers, teacher, and activity professionals often bring great ideas to the table, but struggle to find the specialized materials they need in order to implement these ideas. That’s where SOAR Life ProductsTM comes in; designed to foster creativity in the healthcare setting and enrich the lives of patients and residents, SOAR Life Products provides thousands of unique resources for caregivers, teachers, and activity professionals.
Wheelchair painting is a phenomenal way to engage minds and spark creativity in the lives of the wheelchair-bound. Only a few supplies are needed and everybody can participate. Here are some simple instructions:
- Choose an area that can be easily cleaned, such as a concrete pad or linoleum floor. Unroll canvas and lay on the floor, using painter’s plastic to protect surrounding areas.
- Pour acrylic paints on the canvas and allow those in wheelchairs to wheel through it, creating a unique and interesting painting that can be displayed following the activity. Those who are unable to propel their own chairs can be pushed by an employee or volunteer to ensure they get an opportunity to participate in the fun. Ensure participants are dressed appropriately; this is a messy activity!
- Wash wheelchairs with soap and water following the activity to ensure the paint is removed while it’s still fresh.
Expect to hear laughter, conversation, story-telling, and socialization throughout the activity. Wheelchair painting is not only fun and engaging, but it helps the wheelchair-bound forget their limitations momentarily and live in the moment. The end result is a beautiful work of art to show for it.
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Consider SOAR Life Products your resource for ideas, materials, education, and high-grade supplies designed to help you carry out your life-changing and enriching dreams and ideas with the special population you work with. From paint to sensory activities, we have it all.