• Looking for programs or something to keep my husbands strength up after he completes the max # of pt & ot sessions.

    Asked by saddee on Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Looking for programs or something to keep my husbands strength up after he completes the max # of pt & ot sessions.

    He currently has 1 week left of pt & ot and I have no idea where to turn to for help. I need to keep him strong so he can continue to fight.

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Harry's Avatar

      What do the nurses at the treatment center suggest?

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Keep doing what the therapists had him doing.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      Are you able to do with him what the therapists have been doing?

      It would be helpful if could know what they are treating him for so can better to where to refer you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      You may want to look within your community. Our local Y has a cancer survivor's exercise class. We also have a large network of hospitals (the newest thing, where all the smaller hospitals are joining together) and they also offer a cancer exercise program for both patients and survivors. Ask the therapists and his oncologist if they know of any such programs in your area.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sgit's Avatar

      I would suggest the Live Strong program at the local YMCA. It is a 12 week program designed to build strength and endurance in adult cancer survivors free of charge also able to use the y for free during the 12 weeks. I started it several weeks before my surgery and third round with CX diagnosis I believe it is helping me recover faster. It is a small group trainers work with you. It meets twice a week. Also excercising among fellow warriors is inspiring hope this helps.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Ask that the therapists write down the exercises that they are doing and continue doing them. Also schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Primary care physicians are very good at working with insurance companies to get the max care. Also look into your local charities if you are low income there are faith based clinics that offer care at reduced rates. The Elks are also a great resource. Do continue to do his exercises and encourage him to do what he can for himself. Just doing things for himself is a great way to keep him strong. Physical strength is 80% mental and I believe in the case of cancer it is 95% mental. Tough Love is sometimes the best love a caregiver can give. There are also exercises on line.

      almost 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      Most physical therapists or occupational therapists will be thrilled to be asked that question. They will be glad to show you how to help him one-on-one and can also suggest what other kinds of resources or classes available in your community are worth trying out.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      Ask your doctor for a referral to a home health agency. They can provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy if needed and a home health aide to bathe him.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Usually, the therapists will show you how to do exercises and show you how to help him move, I'm not sure what his needs are.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      The therapist may have a hand out sheet to help remind you of the excercises and the order to do them in . They get is such a routine, that sometimes they forget to ask you if you'd like one. And if they don't have one, they may put one together for you. They are usually surprised when someone is anxious to follow up at home. You'd be surprised how many people think they only have to work out or do the excercises with the therapist in the room.

      almost 4 years ago
    • pancrease54's Avatar

      You can get a weight bench with leg lift attachment and weight stand for around $125 depending on the brand. This will allow sit ups, leg lifts, pectoral and bicep muscle growth. That will add strength fast and increase muscle mass. Make sure he eats a good breakfast with a juice whether its eggs and bacon or sausage/toast or a high fiber cereal with 2% milk! That's the way to grow!

      Good Luck,


      almost 4 years ago

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