There are several physical and mental barriers that prevent elderly people from getting outside. Especially when they live in a nursing home. Depending on their abilities, even a short walk could take a lot of energy and might cause a risk of falling. This can make it a frightening prospect and many elderly people would rather stay where they feel safe. However, fresh air and a change of surroundings can do wonders for elderly people. It alleviates boredom and lifts their mood; it also helps things like sleep and chronic pain and encourages them to stay active.
Improving quality of life in nursing homes is something that we should always be striving towards. Elderly people deserve the best after a lifetime of giving to society. Furthermore, as we ourselves age we want to ensure that we have the best care.
There are many advantages to getting outside. Including:
- Makes them feel more positive.
- Improves memory.
- Alleviates boredom.
- Reduces pain.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Improves sleep.
- Vitamin D from the sun helps keep the heart and bones healthy.
If someone is resistant to going outside, then gentle encouragement could work. They do not need to overexert themselves to get outside. Here are some tips:
- Offer to sit them by an open window while they drink their morning tea or coffee. Add this to their daily routine. The fresh air wi