elderly care and fall prevention

Tyrrell Physiotherapy, Swords, Co. Dublin can provide elderly care advice on how to safely exercise so that older people can realise the benefits of exercise and fall prevention. Studies have shown that older adults who engage in regular physical activity gain many benefits including improved balance, strength, coordination, motor control, flexibility, endurance and even memory. Exercise can also help to reduce the risk and impact of illnesses that are more likely to affect older people. Research also shows how effective physiotherapists are at treating and preventing joint problems, balance disorders, risk of falls, strength decline and reducing high blood pressure and obesity.

If you decide that you could benefit from physiotherapy your physiotherapist will start by carrying out a detailed assessment to determine the specific areas of elderly care and fall prevention that may be having an impact on you. This assessment would typically include looking at your strength, range of movement, balance and walking.

Together we will set specific goals to help you address the areas that are difficult for you. They will then use this information to design a tailor-made programme.

Physiotherapy interventions that are proven to be effective for older people include stretching and strengthening exercise programmes and practising activities that challenge balance. We can also provide equipment such as walking aids to facilitate independent living. Ultimately we will work with you to ensure that you can remain as independent as possible.

A great resource for older people, or people with older friends/relations to consider learning more about are:

  • Falls.ie – which identifies those with a high risk of falling using a simple assessment and outlines what they need to drastically reduce their risk of falling and injury.
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