How to Select the Best Mobility Aids for Greater Freedom and Support
Mobility issues are quite common later in life. Arthritis and other health problems can lead to limited mobility, making it difficult to get around and perform everyday tasks.
If you or someone that you know suffers from a disability that impacts their flexibility and movement, the use of specific mobility aids may improve the quality of life. The following tips will help you select the best aids for use at home or when running errands.
Choosing Walking Aids
With a loss of mobility, walking may become hazardous. Falling is one of the greatest dangers for the elderly and those with limited flexibility. There are quite a few different walking aids that can make it easier to get around.
The most common walking aids include canes, walking sticks, walkers, and rollators. Canes and walking sticks provide a little extra support to help those that feel unsteady when walking. However, these two options only offer support for one side of the body.
For even support on both sides of the body, you will need a walker or a rollator. Walkers are lightweight and available with a variety of useful extra features. You can get walkers with baskets and trays to store items or walkers with glide caps or wheels to make it easier to move the walker.
Rollators provide the same support offered by walkers. However, rollators also provide a small seat. When you get tired of walking with the rollator, you can take a break on the seat and rest.
Mobility scooters offer another option for getting around. The latest designs provide a tight turn radius for manoeuvring around public areas. When choosing a scooter, pay attention to the comfort and controls. It should be comfortable sit on for long periods and be easy to control.
Choosing Home Mobility Aids
Walking aids are useful when you leave the house. However, you may also require assistance at home to make your life easier. Home mobility aids include stair lifts, reclining chairs, and mobility bathroom solutions.
With stair lift rental, you have an affordable option for adding a lift between floors. Stairlifts come in a variety of styles to accommodate any home, including homes with narrow staircases or small stair landings. There are curved lifts and straight lifts, along with various options for added comfort.
For assistance in the bathroom, there are many solutions. You can install walk-in tubs, grip bars, and shower seats.
These are just a few of the most common aids. If you need assistance finding the best solutions for you or a loved one, do not hesitate to contact the Mobility Shop. For years, we have offered expert advice to help people with all types of disabilities gain greater freedom and support.
Call us today on 0151 220 7080 to enquire about mobility solutions or for mobility surveys and quotations.