The month of April is also known as ‘April Falls Month’. The focus for 2019 April Falls is falls prevention and frailty and being able to recognise the signs in yourself or in your loved ones. Signs of frailty include:
- losing weight when you’re not trying to
- feeling weak, finding it harder to open things because of a decrease in grip strength; having trouble standing without assistance
- everything takes a bit longer, a slower walking speed
- feeling exhausted and finding it hard to get going
- too much sitting down, low physical activity and reduced mobility
We talked to our onsite physiotherapists about what we can all do to improve our general wellbeing and even to reverse frailty as this is what reduces our ability to remain independent as we age.
My advice is, that no matter what your age, it is important look after your general wellbeing by eating healthy food, being social and keeping active. I’m passionate about encouraging and teaching people to maintain their strength and mobility.” Said Physio Naazil, Moran Kellyville
Physio Nell, Moran Engadine said “At Moran Aged Care all residents can take gentle group exercise classes. Most residents will say that they enjoy the classes because they are fun, social and they get their body and brain moving.”
“It is my experience said Physio Dhan, Moran Sylvania, that once someone settles into residential care, they respond well to exercise which helps them to strengthen and condition muscle mass and maintain their mobility no matter what their ability is.”
Having good mobility reduces your risk of falling. Did you know that most that as we age it becomes more difficult to step sideways or backwards?” Said Physio Yousef, Moran Roxburgh Park.
At Moran Aged Care we’ve also got having a great diet and eating healthy food covered. Our Chefs prepare fresh, meals every day so our residents benefit from eating ingredients which help build their strength such as fruit, vegetables, proteins, good fats, whole grains and dairy products. Meals are eaten restaurant style, so they are a social occasion as well.
We also know that taking medication properly and as prescribed is also important and our care staff assist residents with their medications.
Being active maks you feel good our Lifestyle and Wellness programs are full of activities and excursions.
Our physio and lifestyle team also work with residents staying with us for respite care, often these residents come to us after a fall or a hospital stay, and we assist them with regaining their mobility before they return home. For more information on Respite, Short Stay or Permanent Care please call 1300 544 944.
April Falls Activities at Moran homes
Moran Kellyville, 35 Goodison Street – Tuesday 9th April from 10.00am – 11.30am, join us for a FREE over 65s Group Exercise Session (seated) followed by morning tea. The session will be taken by Physio Naazil and will focus on gentle exercise to help strengthen and condition muscle mass.
Moran Engadine, 99 Caldarra Avenue – Tuesday 2nd April 9.30am – Falls Prevention Workshop for residents & family members, gentle exercises followed by morning tea at 10am. The exercise session will be taken by Physio Nell and will focus on gentle exercise to help strengthen and condition muscle mass
Moran Sylvania, 29 Sylvania Road – Friday 12th April, 10am – 11am – Falls Prevention Workshop for residents and family members. The program will include strengthening exercises session hosted by Physio Dhan, discussion on the importance of hydration and good nutrition hosted by chef Carolyn and behaviour changes and associated risk of falling by Care Manager Lorraine.
Moran Roxburgh Park, 3 Wedgewood Rd, Roxburgh Park, VIC – Wednesday 10th April, 2pm – Poor balance and strength affect mobility and put you at increased risk of a fall. There is good evidence that balance and strength exercises can reduce the risk of falling. Find out why FALLS happen and the importance of daily exercise/walking at a Falls Clinic especially for residents and family.
For information about April Falls 2019, Falls Prevention and Frailty Read More Here
Caption: Our physio and lifestyle team work with residents to ensure they are eating healthy food, being social and keeping active