Hospitalization often entails periods of bed rest lasting many hours a day. The consequences of physical inactivity and immobility for bed-bound patients are significant.
Such consequences include muscle atrophy, reduced physical condition, increased risk of bed sores, venous thrombosis, and blood clots, to name a few. Older patients in particular also face a risk of impaired balance.
Older patients are at a high risk of suffering reduced functional abilities as a result of physical inactivity during hospitalization, which can, in turn, result in reduced quality of life.
Maintaining the patient's functional abilities will significantly minimise the various risks as well as benefit the personnel, as the patient becomes more self-sufficient and the workload is lightened.