The older we get, the more difficulty we have getting around independently. It’s a harsh reality of life. Of course, there are ways that seniors can become more mobile. Although many contend with mobility issues, there are numerous steps that can be taken (pun intended) to ensure their safe travel from one place to another. Let’s take a look at some ways you can help to improve the mobility of your elderly loved one.
Clear debris from walkways.
Ensure that the senior in your life has all of his/her walkways clear of debris. Naturally, this helps to eliminate tripping hazards. Simply providing clear paths throughout your home will give your elderly loved one the confidence to take the steps needed to navigate the home. Often, sheer fear is the reason that seniors demonstrate limited mobility.
“As it becomes harder to walk, bend, and lift items around the house, clutter can become a daily experience,” notes Sandyside Senior Living, “This is especially common for elderly individuals living in a large home without assistance…Keep walkways clear of debris. This includes anything from shoes and dog toys, to end tables and shelves.”
Practice Tai Chi.
Short for “T’ai chi ch’üan” or “Tàijíquán”, this Chinese martial art is often referred to as “shadowboxing”. It is often practiced for the purpose of defence training. However, it has proven health benefits. Vastly improving balance and flexibility, Tai Chi is an exercise that seniors all over the world employ.
“Tai chi is one of the best exercises ever conceived – it’s a low-intensity sport yet it has tremendous benefits for one’s balance and flexibility,” reports Active Health, “The fact that Tai Chi is conducted in groups also makes it a great place to find like-minded exercise buddies. Furthermore, Tai Chi is well-known to be a mindful sport that helps with relaxation and focus, so it’s great for mental health too!”
You’re not likely to find any health advocate or fitness expert who dissuades the simple act of stretching. Not only is it recommended for people of all ages – especially before and after exercising – stretching is a great way for seniors to better their mobility.
“Should seniors stretch? Of course!” insists Sandyside Senior Living, “People of all ages should stretch regularly for better bodily function, decreased pain, increased blood flow, and enhanced mobility. If you’re looking at the easiest way to improve mobility in elderly, stretching is it.”
Make use of a mobility scooter.
Electric mobility scooters are well known for being among the safest mobility solutions on the market. With a variety of models to choose from, these mobility devices help seniors get from place to place easily. Now is a great time to invest in a mobility scooter as Advantage Home Health Solutions team is currently offering a very special promotion!
If you purchase a new Pride Mobility Scooter, we will add a rear basket, a phone holder AND a side mirror for FREE! That’s a $200 value!
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we always ensure that you have the complete picture to make an informed decision. You’ll know all of the possible options so you can choose which solution is best for you. To learn more about our mobility scooters, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!