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text 2022-07-26 08:12
Five Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Limited Mobility


Seniors with limited mobility can be tough to care for. Not only are they hindered by their issues, but they also struggle with mental problems due to their disability. But the truth is that carers should not feel powerless to help. There are plenty of aids that seniors can use or services to resort to, such as live-in care. In general, there are a lot of good strategies that carers should employ when caring for seniors with mobility problems. Here are some of them. 

Make sure the main pathways in the home are clear
If your loved one is moving around with a cane, a walker or perhaps a wheelchair, they rely on their device to help them retain balance and keep them on the go. However, any clutter can make it very difficult for them to move around or even cause them to fall if they are not careful. If a hallway or room is cluttered with furniture, a wheelchair can be too wide to move across. You should take your loved one for a walk in different parts of the home and see if anything is getting in the way of safe and free movement. You can make the necessary adjustments to furniture items and room layouts and remove clutter from the more problematic areas. 

Practice your lifting strategies
In certain situations; you will need to aid your loved one in moving from one area to another. For example, it could be getting them out and placing them in a wheelchair. It is a good idea always to encourage them to do as much of the movement on their own as they can. It will help them retain some sense of independence. If you have to lift them, use a technique that will not jeopardise your back. Involve your leg muscles more. If possible, get someone else to help you, such as a live-in carer or another family member. 

Make any daily necessities easier to access

With mobility issues; your loved one may find it almost impossible to do tasks such as reaching for high areas and picking up items from a lower drawer. Finding new spots for things they will need throughout the day is a good idea. Perhaps you will find out that they can do more tasks independently if you accommodate the required tools and make everything they need easier to reach and store at the right height. 

Preserve their current ability by helping them stay active

One of the best ways for your loved one to maintain some level of independence is to help them stay active. You should ask their physician for a set of light exercises that you can help the person with mobility problems do. The main emphasis should be on safety and ease of movement. Sometimes even simple stretching exercises can be perfect for the person. 

Consider their emotional and social needs
Without a doubt, your loved one’s focus is on their physical condition, and it can sometimes be challenging to think about their emotional health. Reach out to them and see what support you can offer to ease the problem. Any physical issue often leads to cutting social ties and depression, and mental problems. 


Always remember these tips when caring for a loved one with physical disabilities or movement problems. They can make a world of difference. 

© Home Care Preferred Exeter


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text 2022-06-28 09:57
Six Indoor Activities Seniors with Limited Mobility can Engage In


As old age approaches, people tend to experience symptoms of reduced mobility. Even if it is not a direct result of an injury or other health condition, age alone means that individuals will not be able to do the things that were trivial to them previously. Bending from the waist, walking, manual dexterity, and balance are all things that will wane with age. 

If you are caring for such a person, you will wonder what activities are suitable for seniors in this position. As it turns out, you don’t need to worry too much because there are plenty of activities you can help them engage in: 

  • Arts and crafts – creative thinking is required to keep one’s mind sharp, even for seniors. Many experiences mental fatigue symptoms, especially if they develop certain conditions, like dementia. Arts and crafts can be a perfect activity for them, as it provides a mental stimulus. On top of that, it also keeps the hands busy and exercises their hand muscles. You can help the senior engage in various activities – knitting, drawing, making quilts, origami, etc. Such activities are enjoyable and refreshing for seniors, and you will love them too. 

  • Chair yoga – among the many benefits of yoga is improving overall health and mental wellbeing. It improves flexibility and strength, allowing people to concentrate better. In seniors, it can also benefit from reduced joint pain, which is a struggle many of them have. A senior can do some very simple positions while sitting in a chair – raised hands, candle pose, seated spinal twist, etc. It is essential to show them and engage with them during the activity. 

  • Exercise – Physical exercise is not necessarily related to going to the gym or any other place outdoors. Even seniors with limited mobility can and should engage in physical activity indoors, as long as it is well-suited to their ability. Even slight leg and arm movements can be very beneficial for maintaining mobility in those areas. Some chair exercises can further boost agility and strength. 

  • Indoor games – just because the senior cannot go outdoors doesn’t mean there is nothing fun to do indoors. Charades, Bingo, card games and board games are great examples of fun games to incorporate into their daily routine. Such games are not only a fun way to pass the time, but they can be very mentally stimulating without being too demanding. Besides, it is a great way to spend time with your loved ones. 

  • Reading – one of the best activities for seniors with limited mobility but unhindered eyesight is reading. Not only does it reduce stress and keep the brain engaged, but it can also help with concentration and memory. There are also ways to engage a senior without them reading directly, such as audiobooks. 

  • In-house gardening – this sort of activity can have a natural positive effect on seniors, even if it means you must do some of the work yourself. You can still engage them by asking them what indoor plants they would love, allowing them to choose the pots. If the plants are close, they can be responsible for watering them and ensuring they are well-tended. 

There are plenty of activities that you can engage with a senior indoors, even if they have difficulties moving about. It is all about being creative and choosing something that they will love. 

© Home Care Preferred Devon

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text 2022-06-27 07:04
How to Help a Senior with Sight Problems



The best thing caregivers can do is learn as much as possible about their care recipient’s visual issues and how limiting they are. This information will help you find ways to modify the environment and your behaviour to allow for better care. Though individual conditions will vary and affect eyesight differently, the tips ahead are a good starting point to help visually impaired seniors. They will help them maintain a level of independence:


Good Lighting is Important


You should ensure you keep your surroundings well-lit, but you must also be careful about any glare. Using specialised bulbs and lamps to increase contrast and reduce glare is a good step, but you should also cover any reflective surfaces. Direct task lighting is suitable for reading, crafting and other activities requiring attention and sitting in place. You can use a small clip-on lamp or a gooseneck one. Under-the-counter lighting is another kind that works well with kitchen spaces and larger work areas. It would help if you avoided strong lights shining into a dark room. Task lighting being increased means the surrounding room lighting must also be improved. Keeping lights on during daylight hours may help equalise light from outdoor and indoor sources.


Eliminating Fall Risks


You should use nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways to reduce any risk of tripping or falling during night hours. Eliminate all clutter and remove tripping hazards such as electrical cords or throw rugs. Think about replacing or at least relocating furniture that is difficult to see - side tables, glass coffee tables, etc. Create a wider and clear walking path that leads to all areas for easy navigation. You may have to change the positions of some furnishings to make your home easier to navigate. This may feel disorienting initially, so make sure you help your loved one get around until they memorise the new interior. Larger rearrangements may be a problem, especially for seniors with memory issues.


Improving Your Household Organisation


Combine visual and tactile sensations to help seniors to navigate their environment. You need to designate spots for more commonly used items, ensuring you return things where they belong each time, so your loved one will know where they are. Sometimes you can use a basket to store objects, making it easier to find keys, remotes and the like. Rubber bands, felt, raised plastic dots, sandpaper cutouts, and more can be used to differentiate objects tactilely. Visual systems use whatever vision remains in your loved ones to help organise and identify things. Typical examples may include larger labels or coloured stickers to help identify items and places.


Use of Contrasting Colours


The contrast between light and dark colours is significant for daily activities, especially in cases where the person has some remaining vision left. These colours help people with visual impairments to detect doorways, stairs, furniture, smaller objects and more. Examples can be seen with white cutting boards for preparing darker foods and darker cutting boards for lighter foods like onions, apples and so forth. That would allow your loved ones to retain some independence and promote their safety. This is especially important for settings like bathrooms, as they tend to be of monotone colours, which may be a risk. Choose towels, bath mats and washcloths in colours that contrast with the walls, the shower or tub, etc. The same goes for counters and flooring. Painting door jambs in a contrasting colour will help your loved ones spot the location of the door. You can do the same by painting the edges of steps and doors.


©Home Care Preferred Barnet

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text 2022-04-27 06:01
How to Make a Home Safer for the Elderly



Ascertaining a senior’s ability to age safely in place is somewhat of a complex endeavour. Creating a customised solution to your needs can help a loved one, but that may require going through the residence together and assessing it on a room-by-room basis. Think about the potential hazards of the home that need to be addressed to make it safe, make a checklist and prepare ahead of time. You may need to do the following:


  • Move furniture to set up paths clear of obstructions.


  • Get your light switches prepared by making them accessible, no higher than about 48 inches from the floors, replacing toggle switches with rocker switches.


  • Improve the overall quality of lighting in the home. There shouldn’t be any dark pathways or countertop areas that are not lit up as well. Task lights, night lights and rope lighting are all great alternatives to your regular switches.


  • Adding grips to doorknobs or replacing them with levered handles and pulls.


  • Marking and steps or changes in floor elevation with bright tape or paint in contrasting colours can help the visually impaired.


  • Remove any loose carpeting and mats or rugs. You should use secure area rugs with double-sided rug tape, minimising the risk of slipping. Focus on the edges and corners.


  • Remove all cable and electric cords that go close to the walkways to prevent tripping hazards. Place all wiring behind the furniture or secure it neatly against the walls with cable staples, cord covers or clips.


  • Ensuring all seating throughout the home is sturdy, as well as supportive to the arms and making sure sitting and standing are easier is a good way to approach difficulties with mobility.


  • Get rid of clutter by disposing of items or donating them.


  • The washing machine and dryer must be easy to access for everyone, on the main level of your home. If that’s not the case, consider repurposing a closet or another area on the ground floor and turning it into a laundry room. Replacing any top-loading machines with front-loading ones will make them much easier to use. If you have to, you can hire a laundry service to avoid the tasks made difficult, or a home care specialist.


  • Clear a path from the driveway to the entry of your home.


  • Inspect the walkways for cracks, loose stones or bricks and any uneven surfaces and repair them. Fixing the flaws will help provide a better walking surface.


  • Removing or trimming the landscaping can help keep walking paths wide and clear for anyone using a walker or a wheelchair.


  • If you have any entry steps, install handrails on both sides, using non-slip surfaces and making them deep enough to ensure the whole foot can be placed on every step.


  • If you or your loved ones experience mobility challenges, you should evaluate rooms and think about installing a ramp. Stepless entries may make things easier and safer for entry, regardless of using a mobility aid like a walker or cane or being in a wheelchair.


  • Evaluate the state of your front door, the sturdiness and ease of operation of the locks and the peephole or window panel.


  • Replace the kitchen knobs on drawers and cabinets with pulls or levers for ease of access.


  • Move the frequently used items from the higher shelves and under-the-counter cabinets to a more accessible location that doesn’t require bending over or reaching high up.


  • Consider whether older appliances are still functional for your needs. Oven controls must be in the front of the range, so you can avoid reaching over stove burners. Label the knobs clearly for ease of use. A bit of paraffin wax or petroleum jelly can be rubbed around the gaskets on the fridge door to make it easier to open.


©Home Care Preferred Barnet


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text 2022-03-04 06:24
6 Ways you can Help a Senior Loved one Retain Physical Activity


When it comes to ageing, seniors often experience loss of strength and energy. They feel much less inclined to engage in physical activity, regardless if it involves simple things like walking, or doing special exercise. However, according to home care specialists and professionals, seniors need to retain their physical activity. It protects them against cognitive decline and keeps them in good shape. 

If you have a loved one and you are struggling with the issue, you can follow some of these recommendations on the matter: 

  • Go at an easy pace – a lot of seniors don’t do any exercising because they are scared of falling or otherwise hurting themselves in the process. If they are not able to keep up a fast pace, they will be more reluctant to join a local group for gym exercise or something similar along those lines. That is why you should always encourage a slow pace of exercise, to keep them motivated and in good shape. That is a strategy many home care practitioners employ, to keep ageing individuals engaged in physical activity that is right for them. 

  • Hydration is very important – dehydration is a major issue for many seniors, who simply forget to drink enough water. You should stay on top of the issue and always encourage them, while at the same time limiting sugary beverages. Staying hydrated means better concentration, less feeling of dizziness and disorientation. The result is that the person will feel more willing to do something, instead of just lying down and napping. Always bring bottles of water to your senior loved ones and remind them to drink. 

  • Make the activity fun – if the physical activity feels like a chore, the senior will be less inclined to engage in it. That is why you should aim to make it more enjoyable. For instance, you can suggest dancing. It is a simple enough pastime, but also a way to engage in physical activity that is helpful for them. Other examples of fun activities include gardening, swimming for seniors and going on walks. 

  • Encourage healthy eating – physical abilities and the food one eats always go together hand in hand. A senior needs to be on a healthy diet, such as one that includes a good dose of vegetables and fruits. Whole grains, nuts and other energy-boosters will help them retain some energy and be more likely to engage in some form of physical activity. 
  • Ensure they get sufficient rest – if the senior is overworking and getting tired too much, they will eventually stop doing it, as it is too taxing. Physical activity should feel like something that enhances one’s health, not cause them to feel miserable and tired. That is why it is important to always incorporate sufficient time for rest and recovery into their routine. 30-minute of light exercise per day is good, but there should be enough time for them to rest afterwards. 

  • Encouragement helps – a positive attitude is required for seniors and for yourself to be able to support them on the quest of getting enough physical activity. The goal is to always shift the agenda towards things that the seniors can do, and away from the things they cannot do. Positive encouragement goes a long way! 

When you remember these tips and strategies for a senior one to get more physical exercise, you can bet that they will be able to live a healthier life and be better off in their day-to-day dealings. 

© Home Care Preferred Exeter


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