How to Keep Seniors Active this Spring

 
We have made it through another winter; well, almost. We’re in the home stretch. However, the weather is finally starting to warm up and the days are definitely getting longer. You might be able to keep a window open during the day and hang up that winter jacket until next year.

The nicer weather also allows us to step outside for fresh air and exercise. If there is a Senior in your family, then you’ll know how integral it is for them to stay healthy and active. For a variety of reasons, people start to slow down and become more sedentary with age. It may be because of immobility or illnesses such as arthritis. Or perhaps it’s from a lack of enthusiasm for exercise. However, the truth is that physical activity becomes increasingly more important with age. It’s vital to maintaining a long and healthy lifestyle.

Integracare is a high quality, private home healthcare provider. We offer services that give people the opportunity to age comfortably in their own homes without having to uproot and settle into an unknown space such as an assisted living facility. Our home healthcare services offer everything from personal support to nursing service to Palliative Care and support without even having to step outside the door. Our Toronto and Mississauga Palliative Care services allow individuals the freedom to age in a place that is familiar, surrounded by the family and friends that mean so much to them.

Our compassionate and highly trained team of Caregivers provides one-on-one care and can be there for your loved one any time of the day or night. We bring joy to your friend or family member’s life by offering support around the house — assisting with cleaning, cooking, personal care, and toileting — and building meaningful relationships through engaging conversation and companionship. We help your loved one feel happy and confident by exhibiting compassion and a daily routine.

A big part of this daily routine is incorporating appropriate levels of engaging physical activity and exercises into your loved one’s life. And now that the spring is making its presence known (at last), it’s also the perfect time of year to start new health practices as we say goodbye to winter.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of our home healthcare services, and how Integracare can help your loved one feel healthy and strong with exercise that can be done right at home.

 

Physical Exercise Reduces the Impact of Chronic Illness

 

People who make exercise a regular part of their life tend to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better bone density and blood pressure, and a lower risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.

We’ve been providing home healthcare to Seniors for nearly 30 years in Toronto and the GTA, and our Caregivers are highly skilled and trained to work with individuals with chronic diseases of all kinds. We understand the importance of fitness and also that you don’t need to run a marathon to be healthy. Our goal is to increase the quality of life for all Clients, so we ensure that exercise and health become an important component in the way we approach home healthcare.

Our professional Caregivers are all carefully selected because of their excellent experience and certifications. We offer Toronto and Mississauga live-in caregiver services to individuals who require round-the-clock care. If your loved one suffers from chronic illness, a live-in Caregiver can provide support 24-hours a day.

For Clients who have experienced an accident, a fall, or for those who suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, and other illnesses that trigger joint pain, we offer services from our team of professional Registered Physiotherapists.

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Physiotherapy is a crucial part of home healthcare because it gets your loved one moving with guided and monitored gentle exercise and stretches. Our specially trained Registered Physiotherapists are closely involved in your friend or family member’s recovery process and continual quality of life. Our team will give you and your loved ones the critical attention that they need to feel healthy, more agile, and happy.

Our Registered Physiotherapists will work with your loved one to improve his or her balance, flexibility, and overall strength. The team will create a physiotherapy program based on the individual needs of your friend or family member. We will never over-exert a Client and always check-in to make sure the movements and stretches are set at healthy paces.

Seniors can then adapt the gentle exercise and stretch routines into their daily life with the support of our certified Personal Support Workers. We’ll also make sure to get your loved one out in the fresh spring air to enjoy some much-needed vitamin D with outdoor stretches and walking whenever possible.

 

Physical Exercise Improves Mental Health

 

Many Seniors suffer from mental health issues. It can sometimes feel isolating as friends and loved ones start to pass away or if chronic pain or illness confines an individual to their place of residence. It’s also difficult to accept ongoing changing health challenges.

It’s a well-known fact that physical activity improves mental health. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain like endorphins and serotonin, which help to regulate mood, sleep, digestion, and an overall state of positive emotional stability.

Part of our goal as providers of home health care in Mississauga and the rest of GTA is not only to get Seniors up and moving but also to help them feel mentally sound and joyful. Much like how our Registered Physiotherapists initiate a custom-designed fitness routine into your loved one’s daily life, our Caregivers will listen carefully to your friend or family member’s needs.

Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation and a walk around the block to help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety.

 

Mental health benefits of physical activity include:

 

  • Better Sleep — Many Seniors suffer from poor sleep due to the stresses of daily life and the aches and pains of ageing. Physical activity increases body temperature, and this can have a calming effect on the mind. It can also help to regulate circadian rhythm, the body’s built-in alarm clock that controls when we feel alert and when we feel tired.
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  • Helps Depression and Anxiety — Even just moderate exercise a couple of times per week can reduce depression and anxiety symptoms because of the increased levels of endorphins in the brain. These days, some doctors are even prescribing “physical exercise” as a method to treat depression as opposed to traditional medications.

 

Integracare wants the best for your loved one and we can incorporate gentle movement exercises such as chair yoga into their daily routine. Communication is crucial to any successful relationship, and our Caregivers always discuss health options openly with Clients to understand what they’d like to change about their lifestyle and if they’d like to improve anything in particular.

Working toward a goal — whether it be two hours of cardio every other day or simply walking from the front door to the back door twice a week — we are there to make it happen and to boost your loved one’s confidence. Accomplishing small fitness goals in a healthy and monitored manner will make them feel proud. They’ll feel stronger with a genuine purpose to work toward, and they’ll be feeling excited and happier in no time.

We believe that in-home care offers the best quality of life for Seniors requiring personal support or other health services because there is no other service that provides such effective one-on-one interaction between Seniors and Caregivers. With home healthcare, your loved one can enjoy exercise and physical activity right in the comfort of their own home, and now that the weather is starting to change for the better, they can enjoy a nice walk around the block in the beautiful spring sunshine with the assistance of their Integracare Caregiver.

Integracare strives to deliver the very best in-home healthcare to Seniors. By providing high-quality care on a flexible basis up to 24-hours a day, seven days a week, we want families to have peace of mind knowing that loved ones are healthy, happy, and in excellent hands.