Monthly Archives: January 2017

What You Can Do During National Bath Safety Month

With the arrival of January comes the beginning of National Bath Safety Month. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. With these helpful guidelines form Choice Health Management, you can ensure your family will avoid potential injury.

Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub, toilet and shower. This should be specialty designed items that will support their weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency.

Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is clean. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips can help keep your loved ones safe. However, if you require additional assistance, Choice Health Management offers several services such as assisted living and nursing services to provide maximize care. To learn more about how we can help your family, contact our team today.

Stay Active this Winter with these 3 Indoor Exercises

With the winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do more than curl up with a book and wait until spring. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness and cause a potential decrease in heath. To stay fit, Choice Health Management offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:

  • Yoga
    If inclement weather has you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is a low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.

 

  • Swimming

It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.

 

  • Weightlifting
    The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health to avoid potential injury.

Utilizing these important exercises this winter can not only help you stay social but it will contribute to a better sleep schedule and increased overall health. At Choice Health Management, we are here to help with on-site fitness centers for our assisted living residents and transportation services for our independent living residents. Find out more by speaking with our friendly staff today.