Spotting the signs of deconditioning. Do you know what deconditioning is and how to recognise if you, your family, friends, patients or clients are at risk?
Deconditioning means changes happen to your body as a result of being inactive or after a period of bed rest. The impact of COVID-19, and a year of living with restrictions has resulted in some older people and people with pre-existing conditions (like COPD or diabetes) becoming less active. This means they are likely to experience a loss of ability and confidence. It can also mean that they are at greater risk of falling. It’s important to know that these changes can be prevented and are reversible.
The Act as One Ageing Well programme has been working with partners and communities to develop a range of resources to help people recognise deconditioning and how they can prevent it or reverse the effects.
Therapy teams across Bradford District and Craven have been working together to produce a new booklet that provides helpful tips and advice for keeping active and well within your home. The booklet helps people to recognise the signs of deconditioning and provides useful links for getting support and staying connected.
You can also find helpful information in the following films:
Keeping well at home – part 1:
Keeping active around the home and managing routine
Keeping well at home – part 2:
Eating well, managing financial difficulties and home safety advice
Keeping well at home – part 3:
How and when to access community therapists, and other reliable sources of information i.e. NHS websites
The resources have been developed as part of funding the Act as One Ageing Well programme received from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The resource has been adapted from one developed by the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership.