At Occazio Home Care, we believe in coordinating personalized care around recreational activities and exercise. Physical activity has many health benefits and can even improve balance and fend off falls. There are a number of exercises that can help improve stability, but before beginning an exercise program, seniors should first check with their doctor.
Knee Lifts: Try to lift your knee as high as your hip using a secure object to assist in maintaining balance. As you grow stronger, decrease the tendency to lean on a support, and try holding the leg up for 3 seconds or longer.
Point and Flex: While sitting, point your toes and then flex them. Repeat with both feet.
Toe Tapping: While sitting, tap your toes. Repeat with both feet.
Sit-to-Stand: When necessary, use a chair for support when standing and again when returning to a sitting position. Try to gradually decrease use of your arms as your legs get stronger.
Calf Muscle Strengthener: While holding onto a wall, chair or the kitchen sink, repeatedly raise yourself up and down on tiptoes. As your strength improves, go higher up on your toes and eventually try it on one foot at a time.
Shin Muscle Strengthener: Lean your back against a wall with your heels placed seven to eight inches away from the wall. Lift the toes of both of your feet off the ground as high as possible.
One-legged Stand: Hold onto a secure object during balance training, such as a sturdy chair. Lift one leg off the ground and try to maintain balance on your standing leg.
Occazio Home Care’s experienced in-home caregivers in New Castle are trained to lead safe exercises for seniors. Providing services throughout the greater Indianapolis region, contact Occazio Home Care today at 1.855.622.2946 (1.855.OCCAZIO) to learn more about our personalized care services.