Seniors who are confined to a bed, whether from illness, injury, or surgery, run the risk of losing muscle mass and strength. Their muscles can also shorten and tighten while bedbound, subjecting them to muscle cramps and pain. However, according to Fairfield senior care professionals, there are a number of exercises seniors can perform while in bed to help them maintain strength and flexibility.
1. Palm Stretches
Palm stretches help seniors maintain functionality of their hands, whether for reading a book or engaging in a favorite hobby while bedbound. This exercise can also prevent stiffness and pain. Have your loved one stretch each hand out as far as possible, and then make a fist and squeeze the fingers to the palms.
2. Arm Lifts
Seniors often experience restless muscles while confined the their bed for long periods. Simply lifting the arm up off the mattress and holding that position for 10 seconds can increase arm and shoulder strength. Arm lifts also help increase blood flow to the affected areas and prevent cramping.
3. Shoulder Shrugs and Rolls
Shoulder shrugs and rolls incorporate the shoulder, back, and neck muscles–areas that can get stiff and painful for seniors. Performing these exercises will help your loved one to better move his or her head or shoulders without pain.
4. Leg Lifts
Leg lifts work the core muscles of the body, including the abs, obliques, and lower back. Seniors who implement this exercise will have more autonomy in sitting up or moving around in bed. The key to this exercise is to bend the knees to minimize the exertion on the abdominal muscles. If possible, your loved one should hold the position for 10 seconds.
If your aging parent or relative is recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, he or she could likely use additional support at home. Reach out to Home Care Assistance and discover how our trusted and experienced caregivers in Fairfield can help your loved one enjoy a safe and efficient recovery. Call 203-955-1915 and request a free in-home consultation today.