Once a week, the therapists at Home Assist head out into the senior living communities throughout St. Louis and St. Charles. St. Louis. Today, we held a class at a senior apartment complex located in St. Peter’s Missouri.
The primary goal of the exercise classes is to keep seniors active so that they can remain living independently. The 30-minute low impact exercises focus on building strength and improving balance. Seniors want to age in place, and these exercises classes will help them remain as independent as possible. Muscle weakness and balance difficulties place seniors at an increased risk for falls. Unfortunately, falls are the leading cause of hip fractures, broken bones, and other injuries for people aged 65 or older. These injuries create a loss of independence and place them at a four times greater risk to require admission into a skilled nursing facility. We want to prevent that.
“The great news is that falls can be prevented. During the exercise class, I often pick up on subtle signs or symptoms that could lead to falls. If I do notice that the residents are experiencing weakness or balance issues, I then recommend a personalized, one-on-one treatment plan. The therapists at Home Assist work in collaboration with the residents’ physicians and develop a home-based exercise plan. Typically, most insurances cover one-on-one home health therapy at 100%.” – Jennifer Melson, Occupational Therapist, and Therapy Supervisor.
Jennifer Lumpkin, R.N. Administrator/Director of Nursing, adds, “Our exercise classes not only provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to join in activities with their friends, but it enables our therapists to identify any needs an individual has. If they qualify, our therapy team can build a home exercise program geared toward improving the individual’s quality of life.
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