Many seniors with Parkinson’s don’t work with a physical therapist until mobility issues are clearly noticeable. However, there are things that seniors with Parkinson’s can do to promote mobility, sometimes even delaying or reducing the severity of movement-related problems, as the disease progresses. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Caledon, ON, presents some of our favorite ways to promote mobility for seniors with Parkinson’s.
Plan Daily Physical Activities
Physical activity doesn’t always have to include a workout or exercise routine. Any type of physical activity, from gardening to taking a walk around the neighborhood, can help maintain mobility. Additional daily physical activities may include:
- Getting up and walking around the room during commercials
- Walking to visit close neighbors instead of calling on the phone
- Going for a walk with a grandchild or exercise buddy
Encourage Participation in Group Exercise Programs
Many communities offer exercise programs designed specifically for seniors and older adults. After receiving doctor approval, there is no reason why most seniors with Parkinson’s can’t participate in such classes. You may even want to consider going to an exercise class with your loved one to help break the ice, or you can encourage them to go with a group of friends. The more social you make exercising, the higher likelihood your loved one will enjoy and thus look forward to the activity.
Don’t Do Everything for Your Loved One
When caring for a senior with Parkinson’s disease, it’s tempting to want to run to their assistance for everything. Instead, encourage your senior loved one to do as much as safely possible on his or her own. Many seniors with Parkinson’s are still capable of getting around with a little motivation and a little supervision. However, it is important to note that as the disease progresses, additional monitoring and live-in care will likely be required. Learn more about Caledon live-in home care services and how they can benefit your senior loved one.
Provide Support and Encouragement
Some Parkinson’s patients tend to withdraw from physical activities out of a fear of falling. Provide reassurance and remind them that you will be right there with them. During the times when you’re not able to be there, give your senior loved one a cellphone or consider a medical alert device to provide an added sense of security. For total peace of mind, you may also want to consider help from a professional Parkinson’s caregiver who can promote safety and maximize comfort.
If you are looking for help managing your loved one’s care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Caledon today. Our professional and compassionate caregivers receive extensive training in how to meet the needs of seniors with Parkinson’s, enabling them to provide reliable, high-quality Parkinson’s care in Caledon. To learn more about our flexible hourly and live-in care schedules or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation Parkinson’s consultation, call 905-951-8885.