Below are a few examples of kitchen tasks that force me to use my hemiplegic hand.
I am not the only one who thinks cooking is good therapy for the hand. OTs at Samuel Merritt University developed a treatment program for stroke survivors that includes preparing lunch and cleaning up the kitchen (1). The group that was helped to use both hands during cooking activities used their hemiplegic hand more often at home than the group who received constraint-induced therapy. Cognitive research shows that transferring skills to a new setting is more likely to happen when the practice task closely resembles the target task.
A stroke taught me many Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) use a palmar grasp which is holding an object with the sides of the fingers. In the photo my fingertips are not in contact with the object or with each other. Why wait to use your hand until tip pinch emerges when a palmar grasp allows able-bodied adults to do many ADLs that need to be done thousands of times?
1. Hayner, K., Gibson, G., & Giles, G. (2010). Comparison of constraint-induced movement
therapy and bilateral treatment of equal intensity in people with chronic upper-extremity
dysfunction after cerebrovascular accident. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(4),