Walking, running, moving around, and traveling freely are things that many of us take for granted. But as we age, it can sometimes become difficult: aching joints, arthritis, or post-surgical recovery can mean you require assistance to get around safely. These senior mobility aids can mean the difference between being dependent on a caregiver and living an independent, free life.
In this article, we’ll talk about some of the senior mobility aids available today that can help make your life easier.
What Are Senior Mobility Aids?
For a long time, the only mobility aids you would see seniors using were basic wooden canes, to help support them as they stood upright or walked. Later, walkers with wheels helped make life a little easier but weren’t much of an improvement.
There are several disadvantages of canes and walkers. The devices could aggravate poor posture and often come in a single size that wouldn’t suit individual comfort. Primitive walkers would also not provide any carrying capacity, making it difficult to do basic tasks like grocery shopping.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of senior mobility aids on the market today.
Types Of Modern Senior Mobility Aids
- Canes. Modern canes come in various lengths and grips to offer seniors a stable, safe point of contact with the ground. Canes come with either a hook or a grip that offers easy use to people with weaker hand strength.
- Walkers. Providing more support than a cane, walkers can support a large portion of a person’s weight. They come with either two or four fixed legs.
- Rollators. These are walkers with additional wheels that make manoeuvering easier. Features include locking brakes, carrying compartments, and resting seats.
- Wheelchairs. For individuals who may not stand upright, wheelchairs offer an option for independent mobility. Your provider can customize them to suit the individual’s body.
- Power Wheelchairs. Some individuals may qualify for power wheelchairs, which come with various features. There are many suspensions, battery life, and control options to choose from.
- Power Scooters. Available in outdoor and indoor models, power scooters allow individuals to travel longer distances without much effort.
Conclusion and How To Choose A Mobility Aid
The best way to choose a mobility aid is to visit a physical therapist. They can perform a mobility test to evaluate your muscle strength, balance, and gait medically. Then, they can determine the best device to fit a senior’s needs. Important considerations are the layout and obstacles within the home and at the workplace, the fit and measurements of the device for optimum comfort, and any difficulties the person has with their daily activities.
Home Comfort Solutions is a “total solution” provider of aging-in-place modifications and products. This means we perform evaluation, installation, routine maintenance, and repair. Our 30+ years of combined experience allows us to help you age in place with dignity, comfort, and safety. Call us today with any questions at (713) 623-1388.