Covid-19 Rehabilitation – A long road to recovery?

Covid-19 has had an impact on all our lives whether this be because of multiple lockdowns, hindering tier restrictions or catching it!

We all know about the horrendous statistics of infection rates and fatalities, but little has been spoken about those that have unfortunately caught Coronavirus and their road to recovery.

Those with underlying health conditions in the first lockdown were ordered by the Government to shield away to look after themselves and the NHS, this being a disease that can harm the medically vulnerable the most.

A stint in hospital for someone with a continuous medical condition can often mean them leaving in normal times with reduced mobility. A few weeks with orders to rest will reduce the muscle strength in the fittest of people, but for some it can impact massively!!

Recovering coronavirus patients will have to go through a rehabilitation programme which will be tailored to themselves, but in a lot of cases will involve help around the house. Services offered by local authorities have always been stretched resulting in many people sourcing their own privately funded care.

Stairlifts have always been in the same camp, with options available from local authorities. Unfortunately, with waiting lists before the pandemic often being several months, if not years, the pressures on these resources have mounted.

It’s estimated that the rehabilitation from Coronavirus is going to be long and with tasks like climbing the stairs being a tough task for many, so a stairlift could well be needed. The big question is how long will this rehabilitation process take? With not much data for professionals to analyse, it’s unknown whether a stairlift will be a long- or short-term requirement.

Stairlifts can be easily installed and removed after they have served their purpose. It’s not very well known, but stairlifts can be rented for a short term to facilitate with a person’s road to recovery.

When we are in desperate need of equipment to help with day-to-day tasks, our environment becomes less important. But it’s good to know that no matter how long a stairlift is needed for, you can choose a stairlift that suits your décor and that when you have finished with it and want it removing, there is minimal damage to the stairs and carpet. So, don’t struggle!!

 

How can I stay fit without leaving my chair?

Feeling fit isn’t just about sporting a set of sensational abs, nor is it just for people in their twenties.

In fact, if you start exercising later in life, it can be just as beneficial for your health as exercising while young.

The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous movement.

In addition, health specialists advise us to incorporate exercises that help strength, balance and flexibility into our schedules at least twice a week.

Why workout?

There are many great reasons to move about, not just for losing weight.

For your physical health, you can reduce the chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and weight gain.

You can even decrease your blood pressure, improve your strength and minimise the possibility of falling over. With regular moderate exercise, your immune system has more of a fighting chance against colds, flu and coronavirus. You may even find your digestive system gives you fewer complaints.

In terms of your mental health, people who exercise are at a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression and stress.

Not only that but exercising boosts your endorphins, which help you feel elated afterwards.

When starting your exercise routine

If you’re new to exercise, or you haven’t worked out for a long time, you need to take it easy at first. Light exercise is a good place to start, with gentle walking, dusting, cleaning, making a cup of tea or standing up out of your chair.

As you get more confident, you can progress to more prolonged and slightly more intense exercise.

Chair exercises

The good news is that even if you’re not as fast on your feet as you were, you can still do a workout routine from the comfort of your chair.

It’s advisable to use a chair that doesn’t have arms so you can move more freely. A dining chair is ideal.

Chair workouts often include shoulder rolls, gentle twists and posture exercises. Read about our own workouts here.

They may not seem as advanced as your grandchildren’s Insanity workout DVD or their CrossFit classes, but they are effective enough to start to build your muscles and strength.

Start off with a short 10-15 minute burst a few times a week. If you begin doing 30 minutes or an hour, you might find it tiring and not want to continue. Little and often is the best philosophy!

If you find reading workout instructions taxing, then we’ve picked out a few videos from across the web to get you started.

Important note: While these workouts are suitable for seniors, it’s always advisable to check with your GP before you begin any exercise programme.

We hope you have lots of fun implementing these routines. Let us know how you get on.

Videos:

More Life Health 15 minute chair workout
Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzYCL86BFH8

10 minute workout with The Body Coach
Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVMu31DLQU

8-minute workout segment from The Sunflower Channel
Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCTYAFTAaU0

Wellbeing – looking after yourself

We have all had to experience the world slightly differently over the last few months, whether this be working from home, not being able to get to the gym or for a swim and of course not seeing loved ones and friends.

Many of these things we have taken for granted in the modern era. Grabbing a coffee and having a natter with a friend was often scheduled as a weekly necessity and getting out for some exercise was too.

There’s no doubt we have all had testing times and have had to pull together as a nation and even race, but it has meant a lot of us have adapted to this ‘new norm’ and found ways to keep some kind of social connectivity and importantly keeping fit as well.

All ages have had to adapt, whether you’re a 9-year-old now studying at home through e-learning or 80+ picking up an iPad for the first time to make cakes with the grandchildren, it’s proven we can change to our surroundings.

Most of us have made that little bit more effort to make sure we have taken the time to call (or zoom) our elderly or disabled neighbour living a few doors down to see if they need any shopping or just want a chat. Mental health is just as important as your physical health, having that typically British chat about the weather at the bus stop seems a luxury now! It is important we recognise any changes within ourselves and those around us in challenging times like these. If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone, then get in touch with Mind.

To stay physically fit can be just as hard, without the mass of gymnasiums and swimming baths we have grown accustomed to nowadays. Whether it be a regular visit to the local health centre for a yoga lesson, crown green bowls or just a leisurely stroll around the block, we have all found it difficult to stay fit.

Staying at home for a few weeks sounds easy, but with tempting niceties like cake and biscuits, it’s all too easy to put a pound or two on. For most putting extra weight on is more a vanity issue than it is a health one, but with obesity in the UK on the rise, we should all be trying to keep fit. A lot of people nowadays suffer from illnesses and disabilities which extra weight and lack of exercise can have a critical impact on.

The youngsters had Joe Wicks by their side with his morning workouts and taking P.E to a virtual stage which he then did for the seniors too via his Body Coach YouTube channel. But if this is a little too energetic then we have put together some easier moves to do from the comfort of your chair, just a few exercises a day can certainly help.

If you are struggling at home, especially with the stairs then give us a call. Love Stairlifts are happy to help and can advise on a solution to help tackling the stairs become so much easier. So, call today on 0151 459 5939 to talk to an advisor.

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