Elderly patients can benefit from physiotherapy to improve their strength, balance, exercise tolerance, and movement. In addition, physiotherapy can help improve the quality of life for these patients.
What Causes a fall?
A fall can happen to anyone, but especially elderly patients. Fall rates are highest in the elderly population, and they are more likely to experience a fall because of various factors such as arthritis, disability, medication, blood pressure, rushing to the toilet, not having appropriate mobility aids or poor vision. Physiotherapy can help elderly patients recover from a fall. Physiotherapy can help older patients improve their health by improving their range of motion, and balance, improving coordination, increasing strength, improving functions, reducing pain, provision of appropriate mobility aid.
How to prevent falls for elderly people.
Customized Exercise Programs
Exercises focusing on improving balance, strength, and flexibility include sitting heel-to-toe using a chair, side-by-side using a chair, and stepping exercises (where you place one foot in front of the other and systematically). Brisk walking exercises are effective. Walking up or down stairs can be added to balance exercises. An obstacle course improves strength and risk factors such as vision and balance. Strengthening exercises. All exercise programs should be designed with safety in mind and individualized to the patient’s identified needs.
Assistive devices like walkers, canes, and cranes are helpful for people with trouble walking or balance problems. If you have balance problems, you may want to consider getting an assistive device, as it can significantly improve walking safety. A physiotherapist is the best person to ask if you should get such a device since they can assess your situation and needs more accurately than anyone else needs.
Home Risk Assessment
A home risk assessment is a valuable part of any treatment plan for an elderly person. It is essential to ensure that the person receiving physiotherapy can live safely in their home and environment. A therapist can help such people by carrying out a home risk assessment. During the assessment, the therapist will talk to the person about home safety and note any risks, falling hazards, and environmental dangers. Things that can be considered for home risks/hazards assessment.
- Make your home safer. If you have an old rug or carpet, consider a safer alternative. Non-skid carpets and rugs may be safer for your home and can reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents.
- When organizing a closet, keeping useful items within reach is essential. For example, if you use a shelf for sweaters, do not place it so high that you cannot reach it. Instead, place it at a level where you can easily take out or put away items.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent slips and falls is to install handrails. It is a great place to grab while walking up or down the stairs and prevents dangerous tumbles.
- Sometimes, you want to add a little light to dark areas of your house. Adding light to dim spaces is something might be something to consider. This will be helpful at night, especially when you need to go toilet, as you can see trip hazards easily.
- One of the common places in the house where do occur is the toilet. The problem is that when people have difficulty getting up from the toilet, they might fall. That is why putting grab bars on the wall next to the toilet and sink. These grab bars help people stand up from the toilet or sink more easily, minimizing their chances of falling when they struggle to stand up.
How Physiotherapy Can Help Elderly Patients Recover From a Fall.
Physiotherapy can help elderly patients recover from falls by helping them regain function and range of motion. Physiotherapy may also improve their health by reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and stroke. While having physiotherapy, it is noticed that other factors such as postural hypotension, dizziness, or poor vision may contribute to falls for elderly patients. A physiotherapist may liaise with the patient’s GP for medical review.
What types of physiotherapy can help elderly patients recover from a fall?
Physiotherapy can help elderly patients recover from a fall by providing various types of treatment. These treatments include physical activity, exercise, balance training, and gait re-education. Physical activity can help elderly patients regain range of motion and function in their hips and knees, while exercise can improve their walking ability and movement skills.
Physiotherapy can help elderly patients recover from a fall. It can be extremely helpful for them to receive individualized treatment, and physical therapy can help them improve their health overall. However, it is essential to be careful when falling and not make dangerous decisions. By following these tips, you should be able to recover from a fall successfully.