Depending on your situation, mobility aids can be the ticket to freedom or enhanced comfort in your life. There are tons of mobility aids out there, but which one is right for you? Here, we look at some popular mobility aids, how they help people get around, and whom they are most likely to help.
Walking aids are great for people who have back problems like scoliosis, degenerative spine disease, and osteoporosis, and various leg problems as well. For minor difficulties walking, crutches and canes provide the extra balance sometimes needed when walking around. They are light, compact, and can be easily carried around both inside and outside of the home. For more serious difficulties, walkers and rollators provide extra support and are used constantly. Although they are not as compact as canes and crutches, most walkers and rollators have space to carry an oxygen tank or any other necessary items, so you can bring a purse or bag with you wherever you need to go. Unfortunately, these types of walking aids do not provide upstairs mobility, but they are light enough to be held while using a stair climber if needed.
Wheelchairs and Scooters
Wheelchairs and scooters are best for people who have extreme difficulty walking, or cannot walk at all. Wheelchairs can be pushed by hand for people with greater mobility, but for those who don’t have the upper arm strength, powered wheelchairs work best to provide independent mobility. Scooters, on the other hand, are best for people who can sit upright and have limited mobility. Both can be indoor, outdoor, or both indoor/outdoor devices, so you can stay mobile wherever you go.
Chair Lifts and Seat Assistance
Chair lifts are used to help people sit down and stand up with less difficulty. Most seat assistants come as recliners, which are usually remote controlled or have a control panel on the arm of the chair. However, there are some chair accessories that can be placed over any kind of seat to assist with mobility. These chair lifts are spring-loaded, and do not need a remote control.
Another kind of seat assistant aid is the commode assist Commode assists can either be put over your bathroom’s toilet seat or kept at the bedside, and basically make sitting down to use the toilet easier for people who have difficulty sitting down and standing up. These devices cannot be brought outside of the home, since they are bathroom products.
If you have difficulty bending down to get dressed, dressing aids are the perfect tools for helping you get ready for the day. These tools are simple and compact and can be used to put on shoes and socks, which can be difficult to put on if you have problems bending down. These devices are not electronic whatsoever and are beneficial regardless of your mobility condition.
For more information and to purchase mobility aids, check out the Medical Supply Depot. Also, consider speaking with your insurance provider to see what mobility aids are covered under your current plan.