Physical activity in old age has many benefits for your personal wellbeing and health. To make the implementation of physical exercises an enjoyable and safe experience, please consider the following safety tips for you and your care recipients:
Please make sure that you and the care recipient...
- Wear comfortable shirts and loose-fitting trousers, and exercise with closed shoes, socks, or bare feet (see videos for recommendations).
- Insert hearing aids and wear glasses if they are needed.
- Take necessary medication in advance.
- Keep water near you and keep hydrated.
- Make sure you breathe while exercising.
Please make sure that your environment...
- Is properly lit.
- Is free from tripping hazards like cables and carpets, and that the floor is not slippery.
- Provides sufficient room to move.
- Has something nearby to lean on or hold for support if necessary, e.g. a stable chair and/or a wheelchair with fixed breaks.
The following general tips will also support you in a safe implementation:
- Consult a physician before starting exercising with your care recipient. The physician can check, whether the program is suitable for the health condition of the care recipient. This is also valid for you as a carer in case of any chronic conditions.
- If you are a formal carer, inform the family about your plans to implement the program.
- Plan the exercise units in advance, but adapt the exercises to current state of health, if necessary.
- Start each exercise routine with a warm-up.
- Watch the videos carefully and listen to the instructions. They will support you in the correct use of the exercises.
- It is recommended to spot the care recipient while exercising. While doing the Balance and Coordination exercises, spotting is required.
- Note that there are alternative sitting-based exercises available in the videos if you don’t feel confident in the standing position.
- Start slowly and increase the duration, frequency, and intensity (in this sequence) of your activities gradually over time.
- Slight muscle soreness in the days after your activity is normal and should not cause any worry.
- Offer breaks or end the training early if the care recipient mentions discomfort such as pain and/or
- Stop at any time, do not overdo it, but also do not under-do it! Do what you are able to!
- Ensure that the care recipient sees a doctor if health problems arise.
- Please consult the terms and conditions before implementing any of the physical activity or nutritional advice with care recipients.