New research from National Office Statistics is already identifying reduction in mobility, increase of frailty and increase of loneliness. You on the frontline are making a difference. Add more activity into the mix and together we can work on keeping more people steady on their feet.
Let’s discuss why keeping people steady on their feet is so important.
Falls and fractures are hideous. Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people (NHS, 2017)
So if Bill is being shielded and not even nipping out to see family or go to the shops, his muscle mass is reducing at a significant rate. His bone density is weakening. Now add wearing a mask, steamed up glasses, fear of falling and reduced vision…. It is the perfect storm for someone who is already considered at risk or frail. The good news is that the work you do makes a difference to the cared for. But also your own mental wellbeing will improve as you observe these positive changes.
In your course materials take a look at the AGE UK document to understand further information around ageing.