Senior Balance Exercises For Greater Steadiness

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

   In the healthcare environment, we need to be cognizant of our patient’s overall stability and help them start on senior balance exercises as needed. Please see  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Fall risk assessments are critical for older adults over the age of sixty since that is the time frame when the incidence of falling goes up to about one in three aging individuals. In hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient facilities, patient falls are a critical patient safety issue. Patients of all ages and ability can be at risk for a fall due to medical conditions, medications, surgeries, procedures, environmental conditions and diagnostic testing. fall risk screening/assessment. should be completed on patients who are in these categories : 
-All patients over the age of 60 years 
All patients who have had 2 falls or any fall with injury within the last year Any patient who is unsteady or having difficulty walking
 In addition,  Providers should conduct an in-depth assessment on all patients who screen positive for  fall risk. If you are a healthcare provider and you are with a patient who is at risk for a fall, you can consider these steps:
·         Offer the patient a wheelchair or other assistive device (walker, cane) while in the office
·         Ask patients to bring any assistive devices that they use in for their appointment
·         Walk next to the patient, not behind or in front of them, so you can assist them if needed
·         Use a scale with hand rails, ask if the provider if the weight is necessary or support the patient while they are on the scale
·         Place the patient in a chair in the room with hand rails when possible rather than having the patient sit on an exam table
   Use a room with a low exam table if available
·         Stay with the patient and support them if they are unsteady
·         Do not attempt to lift a patient by yourself unless you have had training, ask for help
    Furthermore, you can encourage unsteady patients to perform senior balance exercises to help them develop better steadiness.
 

Demonstrate Senior Balance Exercises

  Healthcare providers can demonstrate senior balance exercises to aging individuals to help them build good stability skills and reduce the risk of falling. One easy way to educate older adults on which senior balance exercises to perform and how to practice them includes following along with the instruction of a qualified Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDbalance exercise dvd

    To stay on your feet, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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Be sure to start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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