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5 Ways to Increase an Older Adult’s Mobility

It is common for seniors to experience some loss of mobility as they age. Losing the ability to move freely increases a senior’s risk for injuries and limits independence. Here are a few tips on boosting your senior loved one’s mobility and enhancing his or her quality of life.

1. Serve Nutritious Foods

Nutrition plays a role in overall health, and eating healthy foods gives the body the fuel it needs to repair minor injuries and strengthen muscles. For instance, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps the body produce lubrication for the joints. Help your loved one plan healthier meals.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while ageing in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of North Coast home care. Services our care workers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. 

2. Provide a Reason to Move

A senior who sits in a chair all day is likely to experience a loss in mobility. This is because stiff muscles and joints need regular movement to keep them limber. Provide your loved one with motivation to move throughout the day, which may involve feeding a pet or answering the door to greet visitors.

3. Protect Against Injuries

Recovering from an injury could result in a temporary loss of mobility that becomes permanent over time. Make sure your loved one knows a care worker can stop by regularly so he or she is not tempted to do risky things such as climb up on a chair to reach something. It is also important to make sure your loved one’s home environment is safe so he or she does not slip and fall.

4. Encourage Daily Exercise

Working out might not be your loved one’s favourite activity, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Help your loved one find exercises he or she enjoys, such as swimming or walking in the neighbourhood. This way, your loved one can stay motivated for doing exercises that help him or her remain mobile. Remember to also include some light stretching in the workout regimen so your loved one experiences less pain while exercising.

Consider hiring a professional care worker if your loved one needs help with exercising or managing other daily tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the North Coast respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. 

5. Treat Health Conditions That Limit Mobility

Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and broken bones are just a few reasons seniors are unable to get around like they did when they were younger. Make sure your loved one has access to transportation that helps him or her get to medical appointments since ongoing care minimises the impact of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Treating the symptoms of these types of health conditions alleviates pain and muscle rigidity that limits a senior’s movements.

For many seniors in North Coast, NSW, live-in care is an essential component of ageing in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have carers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour care workers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness. To create a comprehensive care plan for your ageing loved one, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527 today.