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How to prevent seniors from falling

August 8, 2018

As a home health care company with over 12 years of experience in Naples and Southwest Florida, we have seen many incidents were seniors fall due to dangerous conditions or lack of balance. It is one of the biggest threats to senior’s health. In old age, a seniors ability to keep balanced decreases.

To avoid those incidents we have some tips to improve balance:

 

Vibration platforms

Vibration platforms are exercise machines with a vibrating plate that the user stands, sits, or lies on while performing specific movements. Due to the consistent vibration, the body naturally tries to stay in balance which causes multiple muscle contractions especially in the core and along the vertebral column. Most of those machines have stabilizing bars which allow seniors to train their balance while holding on to the machine. This secure position reduces the chance of falling off the platform. This exercising method is very popular among seniors due to the low impact on joints, core strengthening and the improvement in balance which helps reduce the risk of falling and Osteoporosis. It is highly recommended to have a certified trainer showcase the different exercises and have a physician’s approval to do such a workout.

 

Yoga

This training method combines different postures and movements in order to keep the body in balance. Similar to the previous method, Yoga training movements can have a very low impact on joints that are preferred by seniors. Depending on the range of movement, seniors will be guided through different poses that combine stretching and static strengthening exercises with the goal of increased balance and core strength. Like with any other physical training, it is recommended to consult a physician and have a certified trainer/Yogi guide one through a routine.

 

Eliminate risks in your household

Many risks of falling can be avoided by eliminating obstacles in the home. Make sure that living areas are not cluttered with objects that might cause seniors to trip or stumble.

Clean and clear paths to any part of a living area are important. Make sure that lighting is appropriate in all rooms and that the switches are easy to reach and use backlights so they can easily be seen. Slippery surfaces like in bathtubs should have non-slip stickers or a matt if possible. Wearing non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes, or lace-up shoes with non-skid soles can also tremendously decrease the chance of falling. Utilizing assistive devices like a cane or walker and having them on hand is definitely helpful as well.

 

Consistent check-ups

Make sure to visit a physician regularly to check for visual, hearing and balance impairment. Any decrease in audiovisual senses can increase the threat of falling tremendously. Making sure that seniors have the right glasses or hearing aid is essential.

 

Hire a care provider to assist with daily activities

Having someone to look out for seniors can greatly reduce the risk of injury due to falling. Our licensed, knowledgeable caregivers will help make sure seniors are safe in their own home and around town. Caregivers can help ease the stress of day to day activities like grocery shopping, bathing, housekeeping and meal preparation that seniors may find difficult if they have balance or stability issues.

 

 

Just Like Family is a home health care provider in Naples always focused on the well-being of clients, trying to help them stay independent in their own home.

Disclaimer: The blog entry above has been created utilizing different online sources. The blog entry has not been verified by a doctor. Please note that conducting the above-mentioned activities is at the individual’s own risk and responsibility. Please always consult a doctor before exercising or doing any physical activity, especially to avoid injuries or harm due to unknown preconditions. Just Like Family is not responsible for any injuries while conducting the above activities.

 

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Activities elderly people can do to improve well being

July 3, 2018

Yoga:

Yoga is an activity with low impact on the joints which increases flexibility, stability, balance and core strength for people of all ages. For elderly people who often have difficulties maintaining balance, this is especially important as it can help prevent falls or other accidents.

Here is an overview of what regular yoga practice (2-3 times/week) can potentially do for senior citizens:

  • Increase joint strength and mobility
  • Improve stability and balance
  • Reduce chances of falling down
  • Improve the cardiovascular system
  • Improve sleep
  • Lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure
  • Improve well-being and mood
  • Aide recovery after surgery
  • Possibly reduction of depression and anxiety

Yoga can be practiced by everyone and depending on your ability you will start accordingly with certain exercises. As with any new exercise routine, it is essential to train in a facility with certified instructors and make sure to consult with your doctor before starting.

 

Walking:

A simple, cheap and effective activity which can be conducted anywhere. It can help to maintain mobility and independence for senior citizens. Non-active or sedentary lifestyle can cause muscle loss and can lower the aerobic capacity. Mark Fenton, editor of the Boston-based Walking Magazine mentioned on “American Trails” that, “The elderly have some special physical concerns that can be helped with regular exercise like walking.” He also explains that regular walking/exercising can improve mental health through a higher sense of self-esteem and better sense of purpose. Other health benefits can include:

  • Decreased chance of dying from heart disease
  • Decreased risk of developing colon cancer
  • Cardiovascular improvement
  • Decreased chance of developing diabetes
  • Lower risk of developing hypertension
  • Increased flexibility, balance and muscle strength, all of which reduce the risk of falls
  • Reducing risk of obesity

 

Meditation:

Mindfulness including meditation has become a tool many people use to improve their mental health and brain capacity. Seniors, specifically, have shown improvement. Apps like Calm.com can help to with an easy introduction to this ancient practice. Benefits of meditation can include:

  • Helps memory
  • Activates the endorphin-producing areas of the brain
  • Sharpens and focuses the mind
  • Reduces stress

Just Like Family is a home health care provider in Naples always focused on the well-being of clients, trying to help them stay independent in their own home. Our caregivers can assist in conducting activities like walking, and yoga to help you improve your health. Please note that any activities you or your loved ones participate in should only be started after consulting a doctor.

 

Disclaimer: The blog entry above has been created utilizing different online sources. The blog entry has not been verified by a doctor. Please note that conducting the above-mentioned activities is at the individual’s own risk and responsibility. Please always consult a doctor before exercising or doing any physical activity, especially to avoid injuries or harm due to unknown preconditions. Just Like Family is not responsible for any injuries while conducting the above activities.

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4 Reasons to choose Home Health Care instead of an Assisted Living Facility

April 30, 2018

Less Stress
The older we get, generally less flexible we are. Elderly can have a hard time to adjust to a new environment, new routines and interacting with strangers. Dealing with multiple new staff members in the facility can be uncomfortable. Allowing seniors to live in their home and stay in a comfortable environment offers a much easier way to transition them to an assisted living lifestyle.

Lower Costs
Depending on the needs of the individual and the facility, living full time in an assisted living facility can be more expensive than having a home care provider visit. Paired with the comfort of living at home, a home care provider can be a much better option.

Safety
In their own home, elderly are used to their surroundings and have little trouble finding their way around. In cases where seniors have the early stages of dementia, a new environment can pose unique risks such as tripping, falling, panic or confusion.

Higher Self Esteem
Still being able to live in their own house and maintain a certain independence gives elderly people a feeling of dignity and self-esteem without becoming a burden for their kids.

Just Like Family Home Care
To discuss you or your loved one’s options, please don’t hesitate to call Just Like Family Home Care, offering deeply caring service to Collier and Lee County, Florida.

We help maintain our client’s lifestyle in the comfort of their home, hospital or facility. Our goal is to ensure quality and complete satisfaction for every person we are entrusted to serve.

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