Aging happens differently for everyone. While some seniors remain active well into their 80s, others may experience a decline in physical or mental health. Your loved one may resist the idea of asking for help. That’s why it’s important for family members and friends to recognize the indications that an elderly person needs assistance. The earlier you see these five warning signs, the sooner you can get your loved one the help they require.
Every 11 seconds, an older American is treated for a fall-related injury. While falls aren’t totally preventable, there are things that everyone over 55 can do to help minimize the chances of a spill – for example, using assistive devices like canes or walkers if you have balance issues. Older adults can also strengthen muscles and improve balance with the help of specialized exercises.
Once you’ve been in hospital care for an injury, illness or major medical procedure such as a hip replacement, it can be difficult to leave. You’re close to your doctor. You have your routine down and nurses ready at the touch of a button. You wonder… what’s the next step?
Physical therapy isn’t just for recuperation after a fall or injury. At Santé, many of our home health care patients receive physical therapy as part of their program. Physical therapy can help senior citizens strengthen weak muscles and increase mobility. It can also improve endurance, so that the patient can enjoy physical hobbies like gardening or golf for longer periods of time.