Limited mobility is a common problem among elderly adults, but it can also be one of the most negatively impactful to their health, well-being, and quality of life. Not getting enough physical activity can increase the risk of a wide variety of health complications, including pain, stiffness, weight gain, cardiovascular issues, cancers, and others, as well as mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and loss of motivation. As a family caregiver, it is an important responsibility for you to take steps to increase your parent’s physical activity in a way that is safe, healthy, and effective.
Use these tips to help you increase physical activity for a senior with limited mobility:
• Start slow. If your aging parent has not been engaging in much physical activity, it is important to start slow and increase gradually. Starting too fast or pushing too hard can lead to injuries that might further impair their mobility and function. Talk to their doctor about the types of activities that are safe and healthy for them, and how they should progress so that you can do so with their benefit in mind.
• Avoid aggravating injuries. If your parent is suffering from limited mobility due to an injury, or has an injury in addition to limited mobility, avoid exercises that will strain the injured body part.
• Go for cardiovascular exercise. Supporting a healthy heart does not necessarily have to mean getting up and moving around. Your parent can exercise their cardiovascular system even from the confinement of a wheelchair or bed. Encourage them to dance in place, swing or circle their arms, move their legs around, or even move their wheelchair on their own with their arms rather than always letting someone else move them.
• Get them strong. Strength training and weight bearing exercises are important to keeping their muscles strong and responsive, burning calories, and even reducing the risk of osteoporosis and other conditions.
Starting elder care can be one of the most effective, nurturing, and beneficial decisions that you can make for your senior throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is specifically designed to ensure that your loved one gets everything that they need, when they need it, while also supporting independence, activity, and engagement. This includes personalized services tailored to your loved one’s challenges, limitations, and needs. This enables your parent to live the highest quality of life possible as they are aging in place. For you as their caregiver, this can give you confidence that they are receiving the care and assistance. For a senior with limited mobility, this can include helping them to identify physical activities that are appropriate for their particular limitations, and that are enjoyable for their preferences and interests. They can then integrate these into their usual care routine so that they can get the benefits of increased activity on a regular basis.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Willingboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.