Exercise for the Patient

Exercise for the Patient
In consultation with your family member’s or friend's physician and physical therapist, you can plan a routine of exercises.
Exercise, even for bed and wheelchair-bound older persons, helps to improve:
  • Circulation (blood flow)
  • Lung and heart function
  • Posture
  • Mental alertness
If appropriate, encourage your family member or friend to do a little more physical activity each week. Vary the exercises and workout with them to provide encouragement. If they are confined to a bed or wheelchair, try to get them to exercise at least five minutes every hour, and regularly change their position to prevent pressure sores.