Physical rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation

Working with the elderly and how to make your day together successful:

Physical rehabilitation

We want to openly share with the family members of the elderly some ideas about the ways you can make your day successful. This time, in our section: Working with the elderly, we talk about physical rehabilitation.

Physical rehabilitation is restoring or improving physical function in elderly individuals who may have experienced physical decline due to ageing, illness, or injury. Here are some good practices for physical rehabilitation in elderly individuals:

  1. Engage in physical activity: Encourage elderly individuals to engage in physical activity such as walking, swimming, or yoga to improve muscle strength, balance, and flexibility.
  2. Use assistive devices: Encourage elderly individuals to use assistive devices such as canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to help them move around safely and independently.
  3. Perform strength training exercises: Encourage elderly individuals to perform strength training exercises such as lifting weights or resistance band exercises to improve muscle strength and function.
  4. Practice balance exercises: Encourage elderly individuals to practice balance exercises such as standing on one foot or walking heel-to-toe to improve balance and prevent falls.
  5. Maintain a healthy diet: A healthy diet can also help improve physical function in elderly individuals. Encourage them to eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  6. Seek professional help: If the elderly individual is experiencing significant physical decline, seek the help of a physical therapist or healthcare professional who can provide support and guidance.

In summary, physical rehabilitation is a process of restoring or improving physical function in elderly individuals. Caregivers can encourage elderly individuals to engage in physical activity, use assistive devices, perform strength training and balance exercises, maintain a healthy diet, and seek professional help if needed. These practices can help improve the overall physical function and quality of life of elderly individuals.


Jussi Peltonen
Chair of the board
Hovi Care