Recovering from a stroke can be a long process for seniors and their caregivers. The body will need to rebuild its strength and control after the damage, and daily activities can become difficult to do without assistance.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Prescott Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Here are a few easy exercises senior stroke survivors can try.
1. Core Exercises
After a stroke, your elderly loved one may have difficulty gaining control and strength on one side of the body. If your loved one has a strong core, it will be easier for the rest of the body to recover from a stroke. It is important for him or her to focus on the affected side of the body when doing core exercises. Failing to do so could lead to decreased bone density and increased risk of bone loss and fractures.
Here are some easy core exercises for seniors:
- Knee rolling
- Single leg bridging
- Single leg dropouts
2. Leg Exercises
After a stroke, seniors might face issues with balance and coordination, which could make walking, standing, and other simple actions difficult to do. The stroke could also cause your loved one’s muscles to weaken around the hip area. However, leg exercises can strengthen your loved one’s muscles and increase his or her range of motion. Some of the exercises listed below could also help build coordination in the lower body:
- Toe and heel raises
- Sitting knee extensions
- Foot and ankle circles
3. Hand Exercises
Regaining motor skills is an important part of the stroke recovery process. Many seniors experience issues with hand movement after a stroke. Regaining complete function of the hands can be challenging, but doing hand exercises could ease the process over time. Your senior loved one should consider using strength balls when exercising the hands. He or she can also use putty for a variety of hand exercises, including:
- Power grip
- Finger scissors
- Fingertip pinch
Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Prescott live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life.
4. Arm Exercises
Strokes can make it difficult for seniors to perform simple tasks, such as grasping objects, moving the arm forward, or releasing items. Below are basic arm exercises your elderly loved one can do to restore normal function in his or her arms:
- Inner arm stretches
- Wrist and hand stretches
- Wrist motions
- Elbow stretches
5. Language Exercises
Your senior loved one could experience problems with speaking and communicating after a stroke. Language exercises can help him or her understand words, learn to read, speak clearly, and regain the ability to write. Some of the language exercises can increase strength and endurance in the muscles he or she uses when speaking. Here are a few language exercises your loved one can do:
- Breathe in and out
- Watch speech and language videos
- Use speech therapy apps (virtual conversations with computer)
If you are caring for a senior loved one who has experienced a stroke, the Prescott, AZ, post-stroke care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers are expertly trained in stroke care and can assist with a wide array of tasks, including bathing, grooming, cooking, and exercise. Call us at (928) 771-0105 to learn about our patent approach to stroke care.