Aug 12 - Why Look After Your Feet

Foot Care

We all tend to take our feet for granted.  But if we do not look after them, every step could be a pain.  If you have diabetes it’s even more crucial.  The skin on the soles of your feet is thick for a reason – it has to put up with a lot of friction when you work.  But if some areas are under particular pressure, painful corns and calluses can develop.  If the skin gets cracked, you could be at risk of infection getting into your system and uncared for nails can rub nearby skin and make walking very painful.

Putting Your Feet Up

The blood supplying your feet has a long way to go against gravity to get to your heart.  The muscles in your calves help pump blood back, but this only happens if you use them regularly.  So if you sit or stand still for long periods, it’s hardly surprising if you feet feel swollen and, as a result, uncomfortable.  If your feet are swollen or achy after lots of walking, lie back on your sofa with your feet up over one arm of the sofa so they’re higher than your heart.  This way gravity will help the blood flow back, relieving the tension in the skin and soft tissue.

Should your feet be higher up on your list of priorities? Absolutely!

For your care support and companionship needs we are here to serve you.

Jul 15 - Should I Use A Walker?

WalkerIf you are suffering from shortness of breath, arthritis, hip pain, or isolation due to problems with mobility, a walker can help in alleviating these and many other common complaints as we all grow older.

Many common misconceptions are that a walker will restrict you from going places, that they are bulky and difficult to use – these misconceptions could not be further from the truth.  A walker will provide you with independence and keep you safe while carrying out your daily activities.  Think of it more as a helping hand, removing the mobility barriers in life.

Selecting the correct walker is key as there are many different models and types, so don’t be afraid to try different ones before you select the one that best suits your needs.  Think of it like taking a new car for a test drive.  Consultations can always be arranged for you by contacting your Gold Age Support provider.  Our friendly staff are also available to aid you in the use of your walker.

5 Key Points to Remember – a walker will:

  1. Provide you with safe independence
  2. Provide you with light exercise
  3. Remove isolation associated with immobility
  4. Improve your social life
  5. Improve your overall health

Jun 16 - Should I Use Hip Protectors?

Hip ProtectorIf you are having problems with your balance and have a history of falling or bumping yourself you may want to consider wearing hip protectors.  The hip protector works by absorbing an impact from a fall deflecting the force away from the hip bone and reducing the chance of fracturing your hip by over 50%.

With over 90% of hip fractures due to falls which can take an extended period of time to heal and in some cases result in a disabling permanent injury, wearing hip protectors will give you confidence to carry on your day to day life while providing you with the reassurance that if you have a mishap you have taken measures to limit any hip injuries that may occur.

Hip protectors are made of soft, durable materials that can be worn during the day and night.  They are available in a variety of styles including shorts, underwear, and sweat pants which can be easily cleaned along with your regular laundry.

Key points to remember – Hip Protectors will:

  1. Protect you from hip injuries due to falls and knocks
  2. Provide you with confidence and reassurance to stay mobile
  3. Improve your overall health by allowing you to lead an active life
  4. Reduce the severity of an injury if a fall occurs