While the COVID-19 has won nearly 5,000 Quebec since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 1000 people are still hospitalized and over a hundred are in the intensive care.
For the survivors, life after the novel coronavirus is not a rest. Especially for those seniors who survive the disease.
According to Dr. Félix Pageau, geriatrician, it is necessary to provide a week of rehabilitation for each patient-day.
To help the seniors regain their muscle strength and motor skills, kinesiologists have developed tailored training programmes for people who have survived the COVID-19.
“The fact of hospitalization, bed rest simply, if it is only seven days, at home or in the hospital, it can have very serious consequences, for example loss of muscle strength which can go up to 15%,” explained Martine Lauzé, co-founder of NeuroMotrix, in an interview with TVA News.
“We imagine someone who already has a little bit of difficulty getting up from a chair […] a period like that of inactivity can make things very, very difficult,” added Ms. Lauzé.
All workouts NeuroMotrix are at home. And the participant, the oldest was 96 years old!
“There is talk of three training sessions per week. It’s going to be physical activity tailored to what people will be able to do at home,” said Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier, co-founder of NeuroMotrix.
“Everyone has a chair, and cans with which we will be able to do exercises and a bit more strengthening. We will be working cardiovascular capacity. It’s going to be really suited to the situation of the people according to their decline or their level of physical ability”, said Ms. Lavigne-Pelletier.
The pandemic has had several consequences on the health system. Services for seniors, which were formerly offered in the home, are less numerous.
“There has been some congestion in the hospital services. The patients, instead of being at home, treated by a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, attendants, well, these people no longer have the services,” explained Dr. Félix Pageau.
“The caregivers could not go and visit the elders. So, they pick up the urgency and, we, we hospitalise in geriatrics. After that, the return home, it is more complex because we don’t have the teams outpatient day hospital to support people at home,” added the geriatrician.
More and more people recover from the COVID-19, but for seniors, it doesn’t mean that the fight is over.