As part of National Mobility Awareness Month in May, Home Instead Senior Care reminds family caregivers of the importance of safety and mobility for older adults.

“Staying physically active is vital to healthy aging in many ways—improving mobility is just one of them,” says Lakelyn Hogan, gerontologist at Home Instead Senior Care, in a media release. “As people age, mobility issues can impact everything from safety at home to the ability to complete simple errands. With a few easy tips, older adults can stay safe and maintain their independence.”

To help older adults stay physically active and address mobility challenges, Home Instead Senior Care recommends the following:

1) Plan early. Whether you’re traveling near or far, having a plan, and backup plan, is important. In fact, older adults with or without mobility challenges should always plan ahead. Try to avoid destinations with uneven pavement, steep hills and stairs. Research each of your destinations to avoid these hurdles and enjoy a safe trip.

2) Find alternative ways to complete tasks. It might be challenging for older adults to leave the house and complete simple tasks like grocery shopping. Instead of giving them up, older adults can use online resources to purchase products online. A CAREGiver can also help with light housework and errands, and help older adults feel a sense of independence without leaving the safety of their home.

3) Exercise regularly. To improve and maintain physical health, stay active. Even doing simple exercises, such as making circles with scarves or arm exercises with a beach ball, can make a big difference. Caregivers can even participate in the activity with their loved one. For more physical activity ideas, check out additional resources.

4) Practice vehicle safety. It can be challenging for an older adult who is confined to a wheelchair to travel. Facts like vehicle weight and who to call if your vehicle breaks down are important to know before going on a long drive. Something as small as the ability to enter or exit the vehicle with ease and comfort can go a long way in making a senior feel independent.

For more information, visit Home Instead Senior Care.

[Source(s): Home Instead Senior Care, PRWeb]