Helping seniors overcome mobility issues with 5 Star Home Care

Helping seniors overcome mobility issues with 5 Star Home Care

February 26th, 2015 by Brandi Dixon in Health Experts
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Our  ability  to walk is vital to our  sense  of self-reliance, but age inevitably affects our mobility and makes most activities of daily living more challenging to perform. Unable to get around as well as they did for most of their lives seniors can start to feel isolated and depressed, but the good news is that they do have options to restore quality of life.

Kenny Higdon and Luther Massingill

Kenny Higdon, owner of 5 Star Home Care, said that with a helping hand, a  senior  can  continue normal daily routines to some  extent.  His  company offers professional, comprehensive  home care to people who need help  performing  such day-to-day activities as bathing, dressing, doing laundry, light housekeeping,  meal  preparation, and transportation. The company  helps  seniors with mobility issues, as well as those of all ages who are living with a disability or recovering from an injury or illness.

Experts say mobility problems are defined as having trouble climbing 
10  steps  or  walking  a quarter of a mile. If this applies to a loved one, 
it is important to talk to his or her doctor so the cause can be pinpointed 
and remedies considered.

Reasons for mobility issues can include

Falls and injuries  Perhaps the most obvious culprit for a limited 
ability to walk is injuries resulting from stumbles caused by loose rugs or 
other hazards; yet falls can  sometimes  reveal conditions that have not 
yet  been  detected.  We have all seen the television commercial where 
a senior is on the ground begging for help, saying, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" Sadly, this is a very real  danger  for  people who are frail.

Osteoarthritis The leading cause of disability in persons older than 65, 
according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is osteoarthritis. It most commonly affects joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine. It is caused by a wearing down of the protective cartilage on the ends of bones. Stiffness, loss of flexibility, tenderness and bone spurs are all signs of  osteoarthritis.  Some people inherit a heightened  risk,  and  women experience it more often than men. Those carrying extra body weight are more  likely  to  develop the condition.

Osteoporosis This condition  results  from decreased  bone  mass 
when  the  living  tissue cannot keep up with the removal of old bone. In 
this weakened state, even bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Back pain, loss of height and a stooped posture are all symptoms. A doctor may test bone density with an X-ray.

Alzheimer's  and dementia These cognitive conditions affect a person's ability to get around  without  assistance. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with Alzheimer's  become increasingly vulnerable to falling. Falls can lead to fractures. In addition, falls are a common cause of serious head injuries. 

Whatever  the  cause, seniors who are in frail condition need assistance 
getting around so they do not worsen their condition with a fall. Even simple acts such as reaching for something in a cupboard  or  stretching  to grasp something can put them at risk and lead to costly hospital stays and physical rehab.

Higdon said those suffering from osteoarthritis can usually get effective 
relief from prescriptions and  physical  therapy. Staying active can slow 
the natural deterioration of bones, so those with osteoporosis should talk 
to their doctor about a low impact exercise routine.  To  prevent  falls, 
family should check the home for electrical cords and slippery surfaces, and possibly install grab bars in showers. Seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia require help from family members or another caregiver.

Higdon started 5 Star Home Care in 2007 after his  own  mother  experienced difficulty finding someone the family could  trust  to  care  for his  grandmother  and took on the responsibility herself at great sacrifice. The company carefully screens caregivers before hiring them and connects them with clients across Tennessee.

Families  concerned about  the  health  and safety of a loved one as 
the result of immobility of frailty can reach out to 5 Star Home Care at 


If you are struggling with how to best care for an aging or disabled relative, call 423-893-8181 or visit

About 5 Star Home Care

Realizing how precious our seniors are, 5 Star employs the most qualified caregivers who are hired only after undergoing careful background checks and drug screens. The company's procedures are tailored to work toward constant monitoring, care management and never placing the senior at risk of being left without care.
The company has headquarters in Chattanooga and serves throughout Tennessee.
Home care services exist to provide the same basic services as assisted living facilities light housekeeping, meal preparation and social activities without removing the senior from the familiarity of home. It is a cost-efficient alternative to an assisted living facility that preserves the aging loved one's sense of freedom and comfort