There is a common preconception that entering a care home means the end of active living for a senior. Images of seniors seated around communal tables playing cards or watching daytime TV tend to provoke shudders in the minds of many adults. But although the made-in-Hollywood ideal of care homes does exist, it doesn’t have to be the reality for seniors moving to a care facility.
The problem with sedentary living for seniors has been proven to create an incredible list of problems, both in physical and mental health. They include:
- Muscle weaknes
- Urinary tract infections;
- Increased risk of illnesses
- Decreased concentration
- Poor moods
The good news is that avoiding the pitfalls of care homes and limited activity is easy, with a little effort and diligent carers. The important points for carers to remember are:
- Older people in care homes should still be able to do the things they enjoy most.
- Engaging care home residents in meaningful activities can improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
- Residents who are frail can still undertake meaningful activities.
- Activities can be as simple as engaging a resident in conversation or watching television with them.
- Carers should see activities as a part of residents’ daily routine and not an additional burden.
If carers make it a priority to engage seniors, their health will benefit immensely. It is therefore vital to seek environments in which seniors have the support from carers required.