“Get up, get dressed and get moving!”
On the 4th of July America celebrates their independence from Great Britain – did you know New Zealanders are also celebrating their independence?
“Get up, get dressed and get moving!” is an annual campaign linked to the global social movement #endPJparalysis reminding people of the benefits of staying active while recovering in hospital. Waitematā DHB professional and clinical lead for physiotherapy Sharon Russell says:
Patients get better faster when they swap out bed-rest for active recovery, which can include simply getting up for the day, getting dressed and walking down the corridor to eat lunch in the patient lounge.
Getting up and moving improves strength and stamina, reducing the risk of falls enabling patients to recover sooner. Evidence shows 10 days in a hospital bed can result in people over the age of 80 losing 10 years’ worth of muscle mass.
Health professionals are working to reduce prolonged bed rest, promoting physical independence while in hospital.