Hobby ideas for the disabled

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Hello,

My dad has suffered with a complicated illness leading to him having most of the bones in his chest removed almost 2 years ago. This has left him with lots of complications meaning he now struggles with mobility and is on a lot of pain meds -affecting his mental health.
Most of all he is bored stupid as he cannot do anything he used to be able to. We are desperately trying to think of new hobbies or pass times for him but are struggling. His main issue is his anxiety (due to his medications and how vulnerable his chest area is meaning he struggles in crowds) and his mobility, he has limited use of his arms as he no longer has collar bones so cannot really lift much more than a cup of tea. Walking much further than to the end of the drive hurts him as his chest area moves around too much causing lots of discomfort so he has a mobility scooter.
He is 54. Any ideas at all of hobbies or pastimes would be hughly appreciated.
Many thanks
J_1910 wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:39 pm
Hello,

My dad has suffered with a complicated illness leading to him having most of the bones in his chest removed.
What did he enjoy doing before? This is a list of hobbies people enjoy doing. Have a look at it over the weekend with him and then decide which sounds the most appealing to him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hobbies
How does dad do with computers? One absorbing hobby is family research, If he can use a keyboard or a mouse. Ancestry.
I expect he’s fed up with daytime TV but how about talking books? There are thousands of titles out there. Downloadable to a suitable device.
With a lap tray could he do puzzles like Sudoku, crosswords, jigsaws. Perhaps paint or draw? Was he a keen gardener? Redesign the garden with help of catalogues? (Needs someone else to do the work).
Is there anything that connects to his former interests in any way?
Is dad able to have any more surgery to restore any protection to his chest?
Elaine wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:10 pm
How does dad do with computers? One absorbing hobby is family research, If he can use a keyboard or a mouse. Ancestry.
I expect he’s fed up with daytime TV but how about talking books? There are thousands of titles out there. Downloadable to a suitable device.
With a lap tray could he do puzzles like Sudoku, crosswords, jigsaws. Perhaps paint or draw? Was he a keen gardener? Redesign the garden with help of catalogues? (Needs someone else to do the work).
Is there anything that connects to his former interests in any way?
Is dad able to have any more surgery to restore any protection to his chest?
Thank you for these ideas! I think he would love ancestry!
His cognitive function is not too good due to the high level of medication he is on so he would get very stressed and frustrated trying to complete a puzzle I think.
There are constant talks and appointments about the possibility of reconstruction to his chest but are usually ruled out as this all began with sepsis so he is a high risk of getting it again if they perform more surgery and his body is likely to reject anything foreign.
J_1910 wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:29 pm
Elaine wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:10 pm
How does dad do with computers? One absorbing hobby is family research, If he can use a keyboard or a mouse. Ancestry.
I expect he’s fed up with daytime TV but how about talking books? There are thousands of titles out there. Downloadable to a suitable device.
With a lap tray could he do puzzles like Sudoku, crosswords, jigsaws. Perhaps paint or draw? Was he a keen gardener? Redesign the garden with help of catalogues? (Needs someone else to do the work).
Is there anything that connects to his former interests in any way?
Is dad able to have any more surgery to restore any protection to his chest?
Thank you for these ideas! I think he would love ancestry!
His cognitive function is not too good due to the high level of medication he is on so he would get very stressed and frustrated trying to complete a puzzle I think.
There are constant talks and appointments about the possibility of reconstruction to his chest but are usually ruled out as this all began with sepsis so he is a high risk of getting it again if they perform more surgery and his body is likely to reject anything foreign.
With his permission you could read to him. What about singing? Or drawing? What was he like when he was able? Does he enjoy getting out and about?
If he can use a computer why not join some forums?
There are forums on the net for nigh every subject under the Sun
……..yes even including that !! :)
http://www.astronomyforum.net/sun-forum/
My neighbour uses a virtual reality headset! Never tried it myself but sounds appealing, not just gaming.

Just one of many reports, https://www.maketecheasier.com/things-t ... r-headset/

Also. https://www.techradar.com/uk/best/the-best-vr-games