Geriatric physiotherapy takes into account the unique physiological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The goal is to optimize physical function, prevent functional decline, and promote active and healthy aging for older adults. The interventions are tailored to the specific needs and abilities of each individual, taking into consideration their overall health status and goals for maintaining independence and well-being.
Comprehensive Assessment: Our physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to evaluate an older adult’s physical function, mobility, strength, balance, flexibility, and overall health status. They consider factors such as age-related changes, co morbidities, and functional limitations specific to the older population.
Fall Prevention: Falls are a significant concern among older adults. Our physiotherapists assess fall risk factors, such as balance impairments and gait abnormalities, and develop personalized exercise programs and interventions to improve balance, strength, and coordination. They also provide education on home safety and fall prevention strategies.
Strength and Conditioning: We emphasize strength training and conditioning exercises tailored to the needs of older adults. These exercises help maintain muscle strength, improve mobility, and enhance functional abilities, which are crucial for independent living and maintaining a good quality of life.
Pain Management: Chronic pain is prevalent in the older population. Our physiotherapists use various techniques, such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and modalities, to manage pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, or post-surgical recovery. They may also incorporate strategies like heat or cold therapy, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), or ultrasound for pain relief.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation: Our physiotherapists play a role in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for older adults with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions. They develop exercise programs to improve cardiovascular fitness, respiratory function, and overall endurance, while monitoring vital signs and ensuring safety during exercise.
Post-Operative Rehabilitation: After surgical procedures such as joint replacements or other orthopedic surgeries, Our physiotherapists provide rehabilitation to help older adults regain mobility, strength, and function. They focus on restoring range of motion, reducing pain, promoting healing, and facilitating a safe return to daily activities.
Assistive Device and Mobility Aid Prescription: Our physiotherapists at Health Focus assess the need for assistive devices such as canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to optimize mobility and independence. They provide recommendations and training on the proper use of these devices to enhance safety and improve mobility.
Functional Training and Independence: We emphasizes functional training to enhance an older adult’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Therapists focus on improving functional abilities, such as dressing, bathing, toileting, cooking, and community mobility, to promote independence and maintain a high level of functioning.
Education and Lifestyle Modification: We educate older adults and their caregivers on strategies for healthy aging, including exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications. We provide guidance on maintaining an active lifestyle, preventing deconditioning and managing chronic conditions to promote overall well-being.
Palliative Care and End-of-Life Support: In some cases, geriatric physiotherapists work with older adults in palliative care or end-of-life situations. They provide comfort measures, pain management techniques, and support for mobility and functional independence to improve the individual’s quality of life during this stage.