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5 Exercises for Wheelchair-Bound Seniors

What comes to mind when you think about exercising? For many, it’s running, walking, standing, moving around more. While that’s simple enough for you, seniors who are wheelchair-bound face a bigger challenge. Wheelchair-bound seniors, unfortunately, have movement restrictions and limited mobility. But it’s still important that they lead active and independent lives. Below we’ve outlined 5 different exercises to help improve the daily lives of wheelchair-bound seniors. While sitting up straight with the ab muscles contracted, hold up your arms at shoulder level and keep your hand facing down. Now curve your fingers as if you’re gripping handles and push your arms out in front of you. Next, extend them as far as you can while being careful not to lock your joints. Bend your elbows, pull your arms back until they are slightly behind the torso. Now squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat!

Chest Squeezes 

Sit up straight and keep your abs engaged. Hold a medicine ball or a balloon at chest level, then squeeze it between your hands to contract the chest muscles. Now slowly push the ball out before you until your elbows are straight – but not locked. Keep squeezing the ball throughout the whole movement. Pull the ball back to your chest and repeat it!

Toe Taps

Engage your abs while sitting up straight and have your feet flat on the ground. Now tilt your toes upwards towards the ceiling, then point them back down towards the floor. Repeat this motion several times for an easy exercise!

Knee Lifts

Sit up straight, engage your abs, and place your feet flat on the ground. Then slowly raise one leg and bend the knee, lifting your leg as high as possible while remaining comfortable. Next, lower your foot back to the floor and repeat the motions with your other leg. Alternate each leg back and forth with these motions.

Aqua Training

Getting out of the wheelchair and into the water for some aqua training exercises can do wonders for the body! Exercising in water can be specifically beneficial for seniors. The water helps to better support the body and works to minimize joint discomfort.

If you need more information on exercises for a senior with limited mobility, please feel free to call our experts here at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.

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Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways Can do to Keep Your Senior Loved One Healthy

The public is spiraling into a panic amidst the news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak! But panicking is the LAST thing you should do! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging everyone (especially seniors and those working in home care) to take careful precautions to remain healthy. Seniors are unfortunately more susceptible to the virus due to weaker immune systems, so taking these organizations’ advice below can help both you and your senior remain healthy during this time.

Don’t Panic

First and foremost, DON’T. PANIC. It can be a challenge not to buy into media-induced fear of the Coronavirus, but panicking can actually be counterproductive to staying healthy. So instead, treat the Coronavirus just like you would a regular flu epidemic. Make sure you’re taking all of the necessary safety measures and keep your cool.

Containment

We’re starting to see nursing homes and assisted living facilities cut off visitations. Your senior in home care needs to be careful, too! For the time being, have your senior practice keeping their social distance. This means when they’re out in public, they should keep a distance of at least 3 feet from anyone who may be coughing or sneezing. For visitors, ensure that anyone who comes into contact with your senior is feeling healthy.

Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face

Your hands should be kept as clean as possible! Wash them thoroughly by rubbing them together vigorously for at least 20 seconds with an alcohol-based soap. This will help kill viruses that might be on the hands. Try not to touch your face, either. Specifically, your eyes, nose, or mouth. Coronavirus is not airborne, but the virus can be transferred from the hands to any of these orifices. 

Seek Healthcare Immediately If…

You’re coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose, have a fever, or are experiencing difficulty breathing. Each of these are symptoms of the Coronavirus and should not be brushed off just because they’re similar to the common cold. If your senior experiences any of these symptoms, have them seek healthcare as soon as possible to keep them healthy and to prevent them from spreading the virus.

For more information about the Coronavirus and prevention for your senior loved one, please contact Home Care Assistance to talk with our senior care experts.