Exercising safely is the difference between solving problems and creating new ones for your elderly family member. Make sure that you’re doing everything that you can to keep her safe while she works out.
Get Medical Clearance First
Talking with your senior’s doctor before she starts a new exercise program is the very first safety rule that you should be following. The reasoning behind this step is that you can ensure that your elderly family member is physically able to do the exercise that she’s planning to do. You can also take this opportunity to learn what to watch out for as far as signs of health trouble arising from exercise.
Use any Applicable Safety Equipment
Back when your senior first learned to ride a bicycle, safety equipment might not have been something that was even a consideration. Now, however, it’s essential to protect your aging adult as much as possible. Correct walking shoes, knee and elbow pads, helmets, and eye protection are just a few of the different types of equipment your senior might need.
Exercise with a Buddy
Having a buddy available for exercise means that if something should happen, your senior isn’t alone. This is particularly important if she’s walking or biking. This is a perfect opportunity to exercise with your elderly family member, since you’ll both benefit. If that’s not possible, however, consider other options such as having elder care providers stop by for companionship and to ensure that your aging adult is safe while exercising.
Proper hydration can keep your senior from being surprised at sudden lightheadedness and other problems associated with dehydration. Keep water bottles handy and encourage your senior to consciously focus on how much water she’s drinking. A glass of water before working out can be just what she needs.
Stop if it Hurts
For a long time, the prevailing theory when it comes to exercise was “no pain, no gain.” In the case of your elderly family member, though, pain is a bad idea all the way around. If your senior is in pain while exercising, that’s her cue to stop.
Remember that different types of exercise may have different safety needs. Make sure that you understand how your senior can stay safe during a particular exercise before she begins.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Washington Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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