Do you know what deconditioning is and how to recognise if you, your family, friends, patients or clients are at risk?
The Act as One Ageing Well programme has been working with partners and our communities to develop a range of resources to help people recognise deconditioning and how they can prevent it or how they can reverse the effects.
What is deconditioning?
Deconditioning refers to changes that happen to your body as a result of being inactive or can happen 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 increasingly inactive.
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. Therapy teams across Bradford District and Craven have been working together to produce a resource which provides useful tips for prevention through keeping active, recognising the signs of deconditioning and useful links for getting support and staying connected.
The resource has been adapted from one developed by the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership with funding support from our health and care partnership. The digital version of the flyer is available in different languages including Bengali and Urdu and can be accessed here.