Regardless of age, one of the best methods of daily exercise is a walk. Not only does it get you moving, but it can get you to new places, give you the opportunity to see new things, and it can be done virtually anywhere. The same is true when it comes to senior home care. However, when walking with your senior, a bit of patience and a little extra planning is strongly recommended.
Below, you’ll find 4 easy tips to make a pleasant stroll with your senior even more pleasant.
- While exercise is great, always check with your loved one’s doctor prior to beginning an exercise routine. The doctor can provide suggestions for building stamina, offer advice on what type of exercise should be done, and they can help you to be sure your senior doesn’t overdo it.
- Make it a point to check your senior’s shoes before hitting the road. It’s important they don’t pinch his or her toes, and that they’re the right size. If you’re not sure about the size, a professional shoe salesman will be happy to measure the feet of your loved one.
- While walking, clear paths are the name of the game. If you see any obstacles, such as branches or litter, try to clear them away rather than assuming your senior can get by. If outdoors isn’t an option, many indoor malls have walking clubs that take place in the mornings before the stores open.
- Assistive devices, such as walkers or canes, can be a big help when building up the stamina of a senior. If your loved one needs one, be sure to encourage them to use it.