Your aging relative relies on their homecare assistant for many things. It’s especially true if they are no longer able to take care of the daily tasks required for independent living. This can include cooking, cleaning, bathing, dressing, grooming and transportation. However, there is one aspect of overall health and wellness that homecare aides can provide that elderly adults and their family caregivers may overlook—home exercise.
What Benefits Does Exercise Bring?
Home exercise regimens are a wonderful way for elderly adults to reap the benefits of physical activity. Seniors don’t have to participate in marathons or play sports to get active. With some mild to moderate physical activity several times per week, they can improve their health in several ways. When aging adults incorporate exercise into their lives, they can experience a stronger immune system, improved muscle and bone strength and better balance.
Exercise in seniors even leads to a lower risk of developing certain illnesses like heart disease, dementia and strokes. It can also contribute to better sleep, easier digestion and increased circulation. The sooner an elderly adult makes plans with their homecare aide to exercise, the sooner they will feel the positive health effects.
What Exercises are Appropriate?
Of course, an elderly person’s current condition and physical abilities will dictate what type of exercise they can do and how much help they actually need. Some of the most popular forms of exercise for seniors include walks, swimming, stationary biking, senior aerobics, tai chi, yoga and general stretching and flexibility moves.
Exercise is so important that it should even be a priority for those bedridden or wheelchair-bound seniors to participate. With a senior care assistant’s help, even frail seniors can do seated aerobics and stretches that deliver all those health benefits. Being sedentary is never healthy, and elderly people of all abilities can be active in many ways.
How Can Senior Care Assistants Help Best?
In order for elderly adults to meet their daily exercise goals, homecare aides can provide support and care in several ways:
- Scheduling exercise at the same time each day to avoid confusion and create expectation.
- Outlining the elderly person’s exercise goals and determining what will happen.
- Checking with the doctor to ensure the aging adult is all cleared for activity.
- Planning for sessions that last 10 to 15 minutes each.
- Dressing in comfortable clothing that doesn’t hinder movement.
- Drinking plenty of water before, during and after.
- Stopping if there are problems with exercising or the senior feels pain.
- Keeping it fun and fulfilling.
Regular exercise can be a big part of an elderly adult’s life and a homecare assistant can help them do so at home. Homecare assistants give encouragement, monitor for safety and help however they can.
Every elderly person deserves the chance to improve strength and promote their health and wellness. For aging adults that depend on a homecare assistant for daily tasks, they should just include exercise coach and fitness aide to the list.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.