In hospitals and medical offices, the Elder Mobility Scale (EMS) is often used to determine how well an older person is able to move around. It’s performed by asking some questions and using a stopwatch to time how quickly certain tasks are completed.
The EMS came out in 2004 and takes no longer than five minutes to complete.
Seniors are asked to go from a lying to sitting position, go from sitting to standing, go up and down the stairs, and walk a set number of feet.
While this is going on, doctors may also check your parent’s reach. The senior’s gait and balance are also monitored while moving around. The general assessment is that the lower the score, the more need there is for home care.
Why Does Your Parent’s Mobility Change?
One reason mobility changes are because muscle tone decreases with age. Less muscle means less stamina. While your parent may be fine walking around for a few minutes, it becomes more painful over time.
Arthritis is another factor in mobility. Aching joints can make a person want to rest more often. While that won’t help the condition at all, it’s simply more comfortable to sit down and avoid strenuous activity.
Medications are also possible problems with mobility. Side effects of some medications include sleepiness, dizziness, and nausea. If your parent is on a medication that makes them feel unwell, it can impact mobility.
How Can Your Mom or Dad Become More Mobile?
If medications are causing issues, talk to your mom or dad’s doctor. A different medication may help ease mobility issues caused by medication side effects. There may also be a better time of day to take the medication. If it’s possible to take it right before bed, that often prevents problems caused by dizziness.
When mobility changes, strengthening exercises may help your mom or dad move around a little easier. Weight training is one option, but you need to make sure they work with a personal trainer. They could also swim, take a Yoga class, or talk to a physical therapist for help.
If your parents work with a physical therapist, a list of exercises to do at home is going to be part of the plan. Caregivers can help your mom or dad remember to do the home exercises. Caregivers are there for moral support and assistance with tasks around the home that are proving to be too challenging. Call a home care agency to arrange regular visits.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Turlock, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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