ASHH Provides All Services Healthcare Provides In-Home Transfer & Posture Services
Do you or a loved one have difficulty getting up from a chair or getting out of bed? Do you have trouble maintaining your balance when you stand? Has anyone in your home recently fallen? Do you have trouble sitting up straight? Does chronic slouching make it difficult for you or a loved one to eat, interact with others, or go about their day? If these or similar situations describe someone in your life’s situation, please know that you are not alone. More than 15 percent of the world’s population lives with a disability. Of that number, about 46 percent of the elderly population is considered disabled .
Despite these overwhelming statistics, please know that you don’t have to face disability alone.
Allow the team at All Services Home Healthcare (ASHH) the opportunity to help you today. We serve patients throughout the Kansas and Missouri area. The ASHH caregiver staff believes in empowering our clients with the tools and skills they need to help maintain their dignity and independence.
Posture & Aging
Maintaining a proper posture can be challenging at any age, but it is notably harder for the senior population. As our bodies age, we generally lose muscle mass and bone density. With this progression, it becomes harder and harder to maintain good posture. As this happens, the shoulders slouch and the spinal column begin to curve forward. With this loss of bone density, an older adult begins to lose height, at approximately half an inch for each decade beyond thirty. Another factor that affects a person’s health, stature, and flexibility is the hardening of the cartilage between the spinal column’s vertebrae. This inflexibility is called kyphosis. Although considered a normal part of aging, it can contribute to poor posture, slouching, and the formation of a pronounced curve on the upper shoulders and back, often referred to as the senior slouch or a hunchback . Proper Posture Benefits Your Health
The health benefits of proper posture are more than just skin deep. Slouching from poor posture can lead to several adverse effects. Improper posture causes the muscles to tighten in uncomfortable positions making tasks like eating, standing up, walking, and even interacting with others more difficult.
Over time the curvature of the spine can become over-pronounced, creating a chronic slouch. Improper posture can lead to other unwanted conditions and symptoms like the following:
- Shortness of Breath
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Rounded Shoulders
- Difficulty Standing
- Trouble Walking
- Increased Fall Risk
- Loss of Joint Flexibility
- Trouble With Hygiene
- Difficulty Eating or Feeding Themselves
- Increased Fatigue Mobility and Posture
Poor posture is often related to a person’s core strength. Your core strength is involved in sitting up straight, standing, walking, and maintaining your balance. When you lack the strength or ability to maintain your posture, daily tasks that many take for granted are much more difficult to perform. Movements like getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, or even sitting up straight to eat are not only hard but sometimes impossible to safely do without assistance. This increased weakness makes a person more susceptible to fall risks, which is significant considering that ground-level falls are the leading cause of injury and death in America.
Common Conditions That Lead to Poor Posture
Poor posture is often a result of lifestyle choices like years of slouching behind a computer, lack of exercise, and unhealthy daily habits. However, many acute and chronic conditions can contribute to poor posture.
Listed below are some of the more common illnesses and conditions that lead to improper posture:
- Closed Head Injury
- Vertigo/Balance Issues
Home Healthcare Posture & Transfer Services Enables Freedom, Autonomy, & Dignity
Posture, like mobility, is linked to nearly every part of our daily lives. At ASHH, we see how poor posture can influence our client’s ability to move, feed themselves, go to the bathroom, and remain socially connected. We appreciate and value the trust our clients grant us by allowing us to help them and their loved ones. If you need assistance, please allow All Service Home Healthcare to join your caregiver team, today.
We recognize that posture and transfer services can vary considerably between clients. For example, some may need help standing and pivoting to a bedside commode, while others have difficulty sitting up straight to eat their food. Others lack the core strength to safely navigate their way around their home without an assistance device, like a walker. Regardless of these and related scenarios, our staff of professional caregivers helps our clients with their daily lives. We consider our clientele’s individual needs and concerns, and assist them in identifying areas where they need help to maintain their autonomy and dignity.
The staff at ASHH delivers our home healthcare services in our client’s own home. This allows them to remain comfortable in their environment while receiving care that fits their individual needs. We work with our client’s schedule to help with posture and transfer services related to everything from hygiene, bathing, eating, meal prep, transfers, toileting, and getting dressed. We also help with other related task as needed such as cleaning, laundry, garbage disposal, and errands.
We also assess the clientele’s home environment and identify potential risks and safety issues they may encounter in their activities. From there, we help them develop strategies and solutions to decrease these risks. We may suggest safety and medical equipment to assist with their posture, transfers, mobility, and self-care.
All Services Home Healthcare Provides Consistency, Care, and Peace of Mind
All Services Home Healthcare offers a broad range of services and programs to assist our elderly and disabled clients in the comfort of their own homes! To serve our clients better, we have conveniently located offices in the Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, and Wichita areas. Allow the professional, qualified in-home healthcare caregivers at ASHH to provide you and your loved ones the dignity and relief they deserve from the comfort of their own home! We look forward to helping you! Fill out the contact form below for additional questions or information.
1.United Nations. (n.d.). Ageing and disability. Retrieved from https://www.un.org: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/disability-and-ageing.html#:~:text=Currently%2C%20it%20is%20estimated%20that,experience%20moderate%20to%20severe%20disability.
2.Medical University of South Carolina. Posture Change With Age. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://muschealth.org: https://muschealth.org/medical-services/geriatrics-and-aging/healthy-aging/posture#:~:text=Age%20has%20a%20pronounced%20effect,produces%20the%20loss%20of%20density.
3.Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2016, September 22). Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html#:~:text=Press%20Release&text=Every%20second%20of%20every%20day,from%20injury%20among%20older%20Americans.