The importance of staying mobile as you age should never be underestimated, not only for physical health, but overall well-being. Unfortunately, there’s a myth that once you move into residential aged care, it is difficult to stay active. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
At HillView Care, helping our residents maintain mobility is at the heart of our commitment to providing exceptional care and enriching their lives. With a strong focus on mobility at our Merrimac and Ashmore aged care homes, with our on-site physiotherapists we’ve created a personalised Wellness Program. This program is a game-changer, empowering our residents to stay active, independent and engaged in the activities they love.
Let’s delve into our approach to mobility in residential aged care.
The foundation of our Wellness Program lies in our personalised approach. We recognise each of our residents have unique needs and challenges, therefore our program begins with a thorough assessment of each resident’s strength, mobility and specific goals. This ensures the program is tailored to their exact needs and helps each resident get the best results.
Our Wellness Program aims to enhance mobility on multiple levels:
Strength and flexibility: As you age, maintaining physical strength and flexibility will help your loved ones maintain independence. HillView Care’s Wellness Program includes specifically targeted exercises designed to build and maintain muscle strength, enhance joint flexibility and help keep our residents agile.
Balance and fall prevention: A major concern for people as they age is the risk of falls. Our Wellness Program incorporates a range of balance-focused exercises designed to help reduce the risk of falls and promote overall mobility.
Range of motion: As you age it’s essential to keep joints healthy and reduce stiffness. The exercises we promote residents to maintain and improve the range of motion, helping them move around easier.
Pain management: One of the most significant factors in reduced mobility is pain. Our Wellness Program includes pain-relieving techniques, such as therapeutic massages, providing residents with comfort and relief.
At every step of the Wellness Program, residents undergo regular assessment to monitor their progress and ensure the program is working. When the program is completed, residents have the option to continue with further cycles of exercise.
Our dedicated exercise therapist also conducts weekly gym sessions, creating a supportive environment for residents to maintain their mobility gains.
By adding our Wellness Program to the varied range of physical activities on offer at HillView Care, our lifestyle team can embrace the unique needs of each resident, fostering mobility and empowering them to live their life to the fullest.
By helping our residents maintain mobility, we’re offering more than just a chance to get around with ease, we’re offering a renewed sense of independence, vitality and joy. At HillView Care, our residents are members of an active community where independence is valued.