Nursing Homes – Fitness for the Elderly

Fitness Routines in Elderly Nursing Home

Taking care of elderly people sometimes can be difficult especially if you are not equipped with effective skills for their daily routine. As elderly persons continue to get older they tend to lose control over his/her physical ability, independence or reasoning ability and their world will even continue to be filled much unknowns.

Furthermore life can turn out to be much more stressful for the senior in this case, especially when days of those seniors may be unpredictable and unstructured. That’s why they normally referred to a nursing home where they can have a consistent fitness routine.

Here are various benefits and reasons an elderly person should have this routine:

Reduces – Anxiety and Stress
The ageing adults might lose control over his/her because of mental impairment from stroke or Alzheimer and he/she might feel constantly anxious and stressed.

Predictable
The routine can be effective in their lives in such that most of them usually predict what’s going to happen in future. This becomes important as the care-takers who manages them will find that the routine ensures manageability.

Routine Actions
As with predictability – the routine actions can also turn out be part of their memory. Hence, they will stop worrying or thinking about what they are doing.

Enhanced safety feeling and security…

Most ageing peopled dislike surprises. By having this routine will make them plan and predict their day, hence will make them feel secure. Additionally, it provides stability which is essential and enjoyable to most seniors.

Better Sleep

A regular routine can also assist the elderly person to have enough sleep. According to the studies and observations indicates that physical activities such as dressing, eating and bathing improve the quality of a
sleep.

One of the major movements which is recommended for seniors are those strength exercises. Therefore muscle loss is slowed or reduced significantly. This can also give a sense of independence. For the best results in assisted living care, it is advisable to engage a professional who has experience in fitness for seniors. Remember – these persons should start slow – maybe starting with an exercise routine like twice a week.

Based on the general nature of the exercise for strengthening these may include:

  • Knee Flexions – Of course this is done while seated
  • Chair stands – Be sure to have a sturdy chair and someone on hand to supervise.
  • Arm raises (without weights or resistance at first and then with light weights)
  • Bicep Curls & Tricep Extensions

 

Endurance

This is a second form of exercise which can also be seen as having a strong aerobic slant.

Why not in one of those exercise routines include some form of dance… of course this frees up the senior to do what ever movement that they may be comfortable doing, while enjoying a tune that they may remember from when they were younger. Other forms of endurance activity may include:

Walking – Maybe in a  nearby park or around the nursing home facility.
Jogging – Provided that a medical doctor has given the sign-off.
Swimming or even taking a ride on a bike.

Other forms of similar activity which can also benefit the senior while benefiting the “home” include things like Mopping the floor (within reason of course), Raking leaves on the lawns and similar “light” stuff. However these forms of exercise are to increase the heart rate and elevate breathing for just a bit. In other words to make sure to get the heart pumping.

Seniors need to build up endurance gradually, starting with as little as 5 minutes of endurance activities at a time. They should work towards getting at least 30 minutes of activity that makes them breathe hard on most or all days of the week. In an assisted living community, walking the grounds is a good start…as highlighted by Senior Solutions

Conclusion

In simple terms, a daily routine for an elderly person can significantly enhance the quality of his life. However, these routines should be limited. A regular routine has its benefit, especially for flexibility purposes.

Therefore, a continuous routine can significantly reduce stress, enhance the secure feeling and increase a better sleep. Hence, your elderly person will remain happier and healthier, while having assisted living.