If you've noticed that your senior has some balance issues, you might be terrified about what that could mean for her ability to stay mobile and to avoid falling. These tips can help your elderly family member to learn to adapt to the changes in her body, even if those changes are permanent.
Find out if Exercise Is Right for Her
Regular exercise, even small amounts, can help your elderly family member to retain muscle tone and improve her balance. If she hasn't exercised in a while, it's important to talk to her doctor about what types of exercise are right for her. She may even want to try physical therapy, especially if she has health issues such as arthritis or old injuries that worry her.
Encourage Her to Use Assistive Tools
Assistive tools are devices that make mobility and balance much easier for your elderly family member. Even if the term is new, you've seen plenty of assistive devices in action. Scooters, walkers, canes, and other devices like them are tools your senior can use to both improve her mobility and to ensure that she is less likely to fall. If your elderly family member is uncomfortable with the idea of using these types of items, she may well resist them every chance that she can.
Double Check Her Footwear
Every building needs a solid foundation and the foundation for your senior's body is her feet. If they're not properly supported, she's got problems brewing. The right shoes need to fit properly without pinching or binding. They also need to have solid orthotic support and a non-skid sole so that she's less likely to slip and slide.
Talk to Her Doctor about Other Options
Depending on your senior's individual situation, there may be some other options that could work well for her. For instance, some of the medications she's taking could be affecting her balance and her doctor may be able to adjust them. Knowing and understanding all of the factors that could be contributing to your senior's balance problems can help you to resolve them.
Having elderly care providers available when you're not there can help your senior to feel a little bit more secure. They can also help her to use her assistive devices properly and regularly, especially if she's been resistant to using them. Their added assistance with household tasks can also help your elderly family member to conserve her energy for moving around safely.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Alabaster, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...