The old adage “use it or lose it” takes on a whole new meaning within a Community Care setting.
In this article, we shed light on the invaluable contributions of mobility experts such as physiotherapists and exercise physiologists, who play a crucial role in helping prevent physical decline, reducing the risk of falls and injuries, and promoting overall well-being. Improved mobility not only allows older adults to perform daily activities with ease but also fosters independence, boosts self-confidence, enhances their social interactions and ultimately reduces care costs.
Maintaining mobility is essential for the overall well-being and quality of life of older individuals. Research shows long-term cost savings result from minimising falls, reducing hospitalisations, and improving overall health outcomes, allowing people to stay in their own homes for longer. Regular physical activity not only improves strength, balance, and coordination but also enhances cardiovascular health, bone density, and mental well-being. Unfortunately, many older adults face physical limitations and health conditions that can hinder their mobility and increase the risk of falls and injuries.
Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists are highly trained professionals who specialise in assessing and improving physical function in individuals of all ages, particularly the elderly. They can work closely with consumers to develop a personalised exercise programs aimed at improving strength, flexibility, balance, and range of movement. By targeting specific areas of concern, consumers regain or maintain their independence and overall quality of life.
A key aspect of the work carried out by physiotherapists and exercise physiologists is conducting a thorough assessment to identify the unique needs and limitations of each consumer. They evaluate mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as consider any pre-existing conditions or injuries. Based on these assessments, tailored exercise programs and care plans are designed to address the individual’s specific needs and goals.
At BodyRight Healthcare our physiotherapists and exercise physiologists stay up to date with the latest research and evidence-based practices to ensure the most effective outcomes for consumers. They utilise a range of techniques, including strength training, stretching exercises, balance training, and low-impact aerobic activities, all designed to improve functional abilities. They also educate consumers and their families on proper body mechanics, assistive devices, and strategies to prevent falls and maintain safety at home.
The journey towards improved mobility doesn’t end with the initial assessment and care plan. Our team is able to provide ongoing support, guiding consumers through their exercises, monitoring progress, and adjusting the care plan as needed. They also act as advocates, ensuring access to the necessary resources, equipment, and community services that promote continued mobility and well-being.
Collaboration between the BodyRight team and Community Care case managers is crucial for the successful implementation of care plans. Case managers play a pivotal role in identifying clients who may benefit from the expertise of our mobility professionals. Coordinating referrals, communicating goals and progress, and facilitating the integration of mobility exercises into clients’ daily routines is a key facet of the partnership. At the end of the day these interventions will keep consumers at home longer.