Here at ViewPointe, we know that mobility is a crucial component of physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Limited mobility can hinder seemingly simple tasks, such as getting out of a chair or joining friends for a walk in the assisted living community, which can disrupt normal routines and peace of mind. Fortunately, seniors have many options when it comes to improving and protecting their mobility, and here are seven easy ways to get started.
1. Clear a Path
Improve your ability to freely move around your Colorado Springs assisted living apartment by removing clutter or fallen items from the floor. Space furniture far enough apart that you can comfortably walk around it, and tie up loose cords from electronics and lamps.
If bending to reach dropped possessions or stretching to collect things on an upper shelf is difficult, extend your reach with one of the grabber tools available on the market today.
2. Enhance Lighting
Proper lighting can improve reaction times and visual clarity, so combine style and function in your suite with a few decorative reading lamps.
Pay special attention to frequently traveled routes, especially the ones you take at night on the way to the bathroom, and incorporate energy-efficient LED night-lights to these paths.
3. Walking Aides
Walking aides significantly lower the risk of falls when balance is an issue or an injury has weakened a knee or hip. The more traditional walkers and canes have been joined over the years by quad canes and rollators, and this rich variety of choices and features lets you select the best fit for your mobility needs.
4. Eat Well
It's no secret that good nutrition has always been instrumental to maintaining overall health and mobility. The menu here at ViewPointe includes many wholesome dishes that help you boost your energy levels and balance your weight.
Eating at regular times and practicing healthy snacking habits help minimize dizziness and fatigue, making exercise and activities more enjoyable.
Speak with your doctor and create a personalized plan to enhance your mobility. By including targeted exercise, daily walks and simple stretches into your activity schedule, you can reap the benefits of improved flexibility, strength and energy levels.
6. Proper Footwear
As you examine your normal activities and match the right type of shoe to each situation, consider including helpful aids like elastic laces and shoehorns to your daily routine.
Avoid walking barefooted, even for quick trips across the room, and instead invest in a comfortable pair of non-skid slippers. Shoes with worn-out treads or backless styles should be replaced quickly because these enhance the risk of falls.
7. Practice Foot Hygiene
One of the biggest assets to good mobility is often one of the most neglected parts: our feet themselves. By caring for your feet and reducing pain and distractions caused by ingrown toenails, calluses or cracked heels, you can increase your ability to smoothly get around.
The benefits don't end there, because foot pain often leads to an unnatural gait that can cause knee, hip and back pain. So pamper your feet with a massage, and don't forget the lotion.