Aug 1, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Most people go their entire lives without ever considering the importance proper balance plays in their lives. If you are one of those people and do not understand why at home health care puts such a huge emphasis on improving your loved one's balance, consider this. A majority of emergency room visits by seniors are the direct result of taking a fall. The best way to prevent falls is to work on improving balance.
Any quality at home health care program will work with your loved one to work balance exercises into their daily routine. There are simple things a caregiver can do to make sure your parent is working on improving their balance. Most balance exercises can be done without any special equipment. All your parent needs is the supervision of an at home health care professional to make sure they are staying safe.
The most prevalent balance exercise is the standing-on-one-leg exercise. Basically, your parent will stand behind something sturdy, lift one leg and hold that position for as long as possible. They will then switch to the other leg and repeat this as many times during the day that they can.
There is also the side leg raises. Here, your parent or senior loved one will also be standing behind something sturdy, like a couch, and holding on to it. They will raise one leg to the side, hold the position for 10 seconds and then lower it. They will repeat the same exercise with the other leg.
Of course, if these exercises are too simple for your loved one, with at home health care, they can also work yoga, Pilates, long walks or swimming into their daily routine. Each one of these is an excellent way to improve one's balance.