Mobility and the Elderly
Mobility assistance equipment enables seniors who have difficulty maneuvering without assistance to get around safely. Mobility aids can help a person navigate their home and throughout the community, helping them to maintain independence.
Common mobility aids include:
Canes – Possibly the oldest known mobility aids, canes have even been used as fashion statements in times past. Canes are available in a number of styles, and are effective for use with a number of mobility issues. Walking canes are the most well known of all of the styles. These canes offer support while walking, providing evenly distributed weight. Some varieties even include an ergonomically-shaped handle to properly fit a hand grasp comfortably. Quad canes are similar to walking canes, but have a 4-pronged foot for enhanced support. Folding canes operate in the same manner as a standard cane, but offer easier portability, convenience, and storage options. Some folding canes even feature a pop-out seat for times of rest. Canes are also available in a variety of colors, fashionable patterns, and materials.
Walkers – Walkers offer more stability and support than a cane. They also give the feeling of security, as they surround the user. Walkers are generally lightweight with a folding ability, allowing for easy storage and portability. For the active user, walkers are a great choice and can be paired with a variety of convenient accessories. Some accessories include baskets, bags, and decorative banners. Gliders, skis, and old fashioned tennis balls make excellent friction buffers, prohibiting the feet to rub against floor surfaces, making the walker quiet and easier to maneuver.
Rollators – These fancy mobility devices are simply walkers with wheels, though constructed a little differently. Rollators usually feature a set of hand brakes for quick stopping and a secure hold when the unit is not in use. Rollators also feature a seat, which is great for when the user needs to rest and a chair is not readily available. The seating area is fitted with a comfortable, supportive backrest or back bar. Many rollators include underneath storage, located directly under the seat, but can also be fitted with bags, baskets, cup holders, and even a cane holder.
Wheelchairs – Many people who use walking aids can find it hard to go long distances. Wheelchairs are a convenient solution for those who can no longer ambulate, with or without assistance. Manual wheelchairs are made from a variety of materials and are available in standard and bariatric sizes. Accessories can be paired with wheelchairs, and many chairs feature leg rests and foot rests which provide support and comfort as needed. Transport chairs are a form of manual wheelchair, but are designed for short-term use including trips, shopping excursions, and family events.
For more information on mobility aids and what we can do for you, browse our extensive line of wheelchairs, rollators and walkers on our website, or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with a Medical Supply Professional for assistance.