How Walking Assistance Can Help Seniors

A senior lady assisted by a caregiver

Older adults are prone to fall and it is completely due to age. People in older age tend to lose balance while walking and when it is paired with the vision problem, they may get severe injury due to falling. Quite naturally this is a founded fear among old people. Even it has been seen that fall is a primary cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries.

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four adults aged 65 or above faces fall each year. This report is linked with emergency room requirement for adults due to fall-related injuries every11 seconds.

Seniors may think that they can reduce the risks of falling by restricting their activities at home. But when their stay at private assisted living is safeguarded by caregivers there is no need to do so. If seniors limit their activities due to the fear of fall it will place opposite effects to the body that is obviously negative. It will make muscles more weakened and it will be more difficult to maintain balance.

Here in Redhaven Care Homes, caregivers assist people in walking and take care of to prevent falling. Back in January 2014, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study titled ‘The Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Major Mobility Disability in Older Adults’ was published. This was based on the stretching and walking rate and falls and disability among older people. This survey was done between the 70 to 89 aged people.

A senior lady assisted by a caregiver

How to Start Walking

If a senior starts to walk whether in a private assisted living or at home, there always should a caregiver to support. Beforehand they have to visit a doctor to check physical and medical condition. Only if the doctor suggests to walking declaring them fit they can start it.

Walking Program

The first one is a 12-week walking program that is designed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It eases fitness. It has a different milestone targeting warm up, walking and cool down within a cycle of 12 weeks.

The next one is Six-week beginner walking program that is created by the American Heart Association. It starts with walking for five to 10 minutes each day and goes up to for maximum 30 minutes.            

The National Institute on Aging at NIH has developed another option that is Go4Life. This program has included walking along with endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.

You can visit Redhaven Care Homes for a safe place for the seniors. This private assisted living is the safest place for them more than you expect.