I'm glad I found this topic. I've been thinking about finding some other things for my granddaddy to do for exercise. He has a lot of upper body strength from the work he did when my mom was growing up (he's 90 now, but looks and acts a lot younger). My grandfather had his left leg amputated back in March 2011. When he came home and was assessed by a physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant did some exercises with him. There were quite a few that he could do in bed (2 sets of 15).
These are on the ones that are on the sheet that she left with him (with a picture and brief description of what to do).
1) Ankle Pumps: bend ankles up and down, alternating feet
2) Quad Sets: Slowly tighten muscled on thigh of straight leg (the opposing leg is bent at the knee)
3) Gluteal squeezes: squeeze butt muscles as tightly as possible (she wrote a note that "squeeze together")
4) Heel Slides: Gently bring one knee up as far as possible, keeping foot on floor
5) Short Arc Quads: Slowly tighten muscles on thigh of straight leg
6) Straight Leg Raises: Bend one leg. Raise other leg 6/8 inches with knee locked
7) Hip Abduction: On back: Slide one or both legs out to the side. Keep kneecap pointing toward ceiling. Gently bring leg back to pillow.
-another one they have him do is to lay on his side and lift the leg.
8) Bridges: Lie on back with feet shoulder width apart. Lift hips toward the ceiling.
9) Hip Extension: On stomach. Tighten muscles on front of thigh, then lift leg 6 inches from the surface, keeping the knee locked.
10) Bent Knee Stability: On stomach, have a pillow under your stomach for support (and one under your forehead for support if needed). Bend knee and slowly raise hip. Avoid arching lower back.
He also does some stuff with the bands. A friend of his visits during the week and walks with him up and down the ramp for his wheelchair.
I think that some of these can be found in the
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