| Management Strategies
- If mobile, try and have the person you care for involved in some form of exercise no matter how low impact. This will help to improve their range of motion, strengthen their muscles, increase their appetite and improve their sleeping. Good activities to do include walking or dancing for those who are relatively mobile or walking from the bed to the bathroom for those who are less mobile.
- If the person you care for is at risk for pressure sores due to immobility, it is important to reposition them every two hours and almost every hour for the very frail.
- Make sure that the person you care for is receiving a full complement of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet. This will help with weight loss and healing time. If they have difficulty swallowing or chewing, find ways to incorporate these essential vitamins into a liquefied diet.
- Consider getting a walking aid or wheelchair for the person you care for if they have problems getting around on their own. This will get them up and moving, and will avoid the pressure sores and constipation that result from immobility. Having a walking aid will also provide additional security and comfort to those who are hesitant to walk on their own.
- If incontinence is a complaint for the person you care for, try establishing a regular schedule for the bathroom and ensure that the bathrooms are well marked. If they cannot get to the bathroom in time, have them use adult diapers or incontinence pads.
- When constipation is a concern, it may help to increase the fiber and water intake of the person you care for. If this still is not helping, talk to your doctor about the possibility of laxatives.