November, 2018 NEWSLETTER
HOW TO STAY OUT OF A NURSING HOME
As we get up in age, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities gradually feature more commonly in our conversations. First when we are considering whetherourparentsarestillsafeto live independently. Later, we wonder when we will need to get some help in basic living tasks for ourselves. For good reasons we want to delay these decisions as long as possible. It can be expensive. We hear stories about the poor level of care in some nursing homes. And no one wants to lose their independence. What a lot of people don’t know is that there is a lot that we can do to prevent, or significantly delay, our transition to one of these facilities. Probably the most common reason that people are admitted to a Nursing Home is that they are no longer able to easily get up off the floor by themselves. We suddenly think, “If I can’t get up I could be stuck here for days!” The idea is naturally terrifying.
But this is amazing: The two most common reasons that we end up on the floor with difficulty getting up are: a) Weak thigh and hip muscles b) Poor balance Of course, at the time we don’t realize this. We just think we are too old and need help and supervision. The great news is that both of these conditions are almost always very easily and dramatically improved with the right physical therapy program. That’s right. With just a few weeks of physical therapy and a home exercise program, many people could delay the dreaded Nursing Home move by years. It may be avoided completely for some. So stop worrying about the issue. Schedule an appointment at our nearest clinic to see if our Senior Independence Program can keep you, or your loved ones, at home where you want to be.
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