Muscle mass and strength decrease with age, this leads to a change in gait and stiffness of joints. All these things together lead to an increase in falls with resulting injuries. The way to prevent decreasing muscle mass and strength is to encourage physical activity. A Spectrum of Care will do this in a variety of ways.
Our caregivers will encourage walking and light house keeping that the consumer enjoys such as dusting or dishwashing. We also help with doctor or physical therapist specific plans and will gladly support consumers to do those exercises. Exercising can be as simple as sitting in a straight backed chair and alternately lifting legs, or having something easy to hold, with a little weight in each hand, then lifting arms, or walking around the apartment or apartment complex.
At a Spectrum of Care, we understand the importance of keeping a body active. It is best to consult your doctor before starting any exercises. Start all exercising off slowly. Try walking 3 or 4 times around the apartment, 3 to 4 times a week; then add some distance, 3 or 4 times a week for a couple of weeks, then start to extend the distance and/or length of time. With A Spectrum of Care caregiver there to help and encourage, it won’t feel like exercise.