The longer a person spends in the hospital, the more likely they have lost considerable strength, agility, and possibly even balance. The older that person is, the more pronounced these new challenges will be. When they are discharged and sent home, they will face a potentially lengthy recovery process.
Most people aren’t focused on hospital readmissions.
However, the federal government is. In fact, the federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce their readmission rates, which has led to more information and support resources from the administrators and doctors at those hospitals. One thing more and more medical professionals are admonishing their patients to do, especially after a long stay at the hospital, is to get exercise.
Some may be required to work with a physical therapist.
A physical therapist is a professional who understands the value in working certain muscle groups to help regain mobility, range of motion, strength, and much more. The ultimate goal of working with a physical therapist is to regain complete independent living, or at least as close as possible given the new situation.
Often times, a physical therapist will admonish their patients to continue with those activities at home. Some seniors may believe getting exercise is simply a matter of acquiring the right machines. In fact, a new home gym isn’t required for those who truly want to regain strength, mobility, and return to the kind of life they had before this hospitalization.
There are various activities people can take part in that can do wonders for various muscle groups.
Walking is a wonderful idea.
Walking is great, and for those who have the right physical support to assist them, like a home care aide, picking up the pace a little bit and being brisker with their walk is going to elevate their heart rate and help strengthen the leg muscles.
Swimming is a great asset.
Treading water or swimming laps is wonderful exercise for people of any age, so long as it can be done in a safe manner. It’s a low impact activity that is highly recommended for those who may be dealing with other conditions, like arthritis.
Walking up and down stairs.
Again, so long as the aging senior has the right support to help them stay safe, going up and down stairs will really exercise the leg muscles, especially the thighs, which can strengthen mobility and balance.
You see, a home gym isn’t necessary for those who want to regain strength and balance and mobility, especially after a hospitalization.