As we age one of the first aspects of the body that can be affected our movement. This can lead to frustration from the elderly, as they are unable to move the way that they require, or the body may not be in line with the mind.
Mobility is an important aspect of independence and the loss of mobility can lead to depression, decreased motivation and poor circulation problems. When we care for a client with reduced mobility, we consider it important to take measures to provide as much motivation as possible when dealing with these issues.
First, our caregiver can consider the variant of the mobility issues within the client. Are these issues temporary and require changes for a short period of time or are the mobility issues permanent and lasting changes must be made within the routine? Hearts at Home Senior Care have techniques to assist clients with mobility issues.
After the above answer has been determined our care givers can use the following methods to assist seniors with limited mobility:
1. For temporary mobility. Our caregivers can be used on a part-time or full-time basis ensuring the senior is able to maintain their livelihood, hobbies and interestests. Assisting with the preparation of meals and assisting in bathroom and other hygeinic matters also ensures our clients remain mobile.
2. Full advantage will be taken of tools and equipment available to increase the limited mobility that is evident in many elderly patients. This can include the use of wheel chairs, power chairs, walkers, and ramps as well as many other accessibility options. These can make life easier for care givers and provide support to the senior with limited mobility. There are pieces of equipment available for every aspect of care and for every room in the home.
3. Mobile items that can be used when the senior choose to run errands and attend family events or community organizations that can ease the stress of the caregiver will be used as much as possible. Compact chairs and walkers that can easily fold and fit into vehicles, as well as seats that can swivel and rise, making it easy to get out of the vehicle can assist the caregiver in removing the client from the vehicle, alone, without the help of others.
4. Our caregivers will help the client to deal with the feelings of frustration and anxiety that are associated with limited mobility and the loss of independence. Talking to the client, offering information for support groups and hotlines while using tools that can make life easier for the client are all effective methods to reduce these types of frustrations.