Exercises to Help Your Senior Improve Their Balance


Caregiver in Crystal River FL: Exercises to Help Your Senior Improve Their Balance

Balance is one of the most important physical attributes that your aging parent can have to support their ongoing health, safety, and well-being. This helps them to avoid falls, enables them to correct themselves if they do start to fall, and can even minimize injuries if they do fall. Balance also promotes greater mobility, which can help your parent to stay more active and engaged as they age in place. As a family caregiver it is important that you help them build, improve, and maintain their balance as a regular part of your care routine.


Use these exercises to help your senior improve their balance:

  • Heel lifts. Encourage your parent to stand behind a chair with their hands rested on the back with their feet hip-width apart. They should then lift their heels off of the ground, hold their balance for a few seconds, and then lower them down. When they feel confident, encourage them to take their hands off of the back for a few moments before lowering their heels.
  • Flamingo. Have your parent stand beside a chair so that they can rest one hand on the back. They should then lift one foot up to the knee of the opposite leg, or as high as they can. Encourage them to hold this for several seconds before lowering their foot. When they feel confident, encourage them to take their hand off of the back for a few moments before lowering their foot back to the floor.
  • Balance board. A balance board is a fun and effective tool that your parent can use to increase their balance. They should stand with their feet apart on this board and shift their weight to keep the board balanced. They can start with their hands on the back of a chair or holding your hands and gradually work toward doing this exercise without holding onto something.


If you have been looking for ways to increase the amount of exercise that your aging parent gets on a regular basis, or simply feel that they would benefit from diversified care and attention, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. Integrating a care provider into your care routine with your senior can ensure that they get the care, attention, support, and assistance that is right for them while also allowing you to focus on other obligations and responsibilities in life. When it comes to helping them keep their body healthy and strong through increased exercise, this care provider can help your parent find exercises and physical activities that work with their needs and challenges, and that they enjoy, so that they can integrate these into their usual care routine and support an improved quality of life. Even if your aging parent is not dealing with extensive challenges and limitations that necessitate dedicated care 24 hours a day, the personalized services, attention, and companionship offered by a care provider can help your parent to achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle that they can enjoy as they age in place.


The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable elderly care in Crystal River, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.


About T.J. Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.
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