Saturday, 23 January 2021

Mobility aids for the elderly and disabled

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Mobility aids designed to help and support those who struggle with mobility are wonderful for helping people get about safely. A mobility aid can help us move from place to place, help avoid falls, be a support when fatigue hits and offer a lifeline for independence. 

There are such a wide range of mobility aids available on the market that it can be difficult to know what is the right mobility aid for your needs. So that you get the right equipment for you and your needs it can be wise to seek professional assistance and expertise when looking for mobility aids and equipment. 


Take a look below at a few of the mobility and home aid items available on the market that are designed to assist the elderly, support those with disabilities, help people recovering from injury and aid sufferers of chronic illnesses that struggle with mobility issues and fatigue.

Stairlifts

Designed to help with independent living and offer a long term mobility solution so people can be comfortable in and enjoy their homes, a stairlift can be life changing for those with mobility issues. Stairlifts are designed with safety, ease of use and aiding the customer. As everyone’s home is different, getting a home assessment for a stairlift is a must.

Walking stick

A walking stick can be a simple yet effective method of providing extra support for those who experience issues with walking and balance. They are available in a range of sizes and designs, including folding walking sticks that can be stored away when not in use, and can be an affordable aid for mobility that support independence and help prevent falls.


Walking frames and rollators

Walking frames provide significant support for those with mobility issues, offering increased support compared to a walking stick thanks to the balanced frame. Walking frames are lightweight but sturdy with some models offering an adjustable height feature. 


Rollators, also known as trolley walkers, are similar to a walking frame in that they offer a balanced support, but they also feature wheels and a break for greater control and ease of use. Some models feature storage space for holding personal items or a seat which is ideal for allowing users to take a rest when getting out and about when they are struggling with walking and fatigued. 


Wheelchair

Wheelchairs are a fantastic aid for those struggling with mobility and can be a lifeline for independence. If a doctor deems a wheelchair to be appropriate they can be provided by the NHS wheelchair service. If the NHS does not consider a wheelchair to be necessary but it would enhance the life of your loved one and aid their mobility wheelchairs can be sourced privately. Wheelchairs are available in a wide variety of designs with some models folding down for easy transportation. Motorised wheelchairs are also available.

Mobility scooters

Available in a range of models a mobility scooter can enhance mobility and independence. Class 2 scooters are for paths and pavements whilst more powerful class 3 scooters are intended to be driven on the road and these disability vehicles require registration with the DVLA.


Bathroom aids

Bathrooms are renowned for being particularly hazardous places for those who struggle with mobility. Thanks to soap and water making the bathroom a slip hazard and the hard surfaces in them, accidents are common in the bathroom for anyone who is not secure on their feet. As such there are a range of aids available to make bathrooms a safer environment. Bathroom aids include shower seats, walk-in baths or showers and grip support handles can help make bathrooms a safer place, help aid independence and make life easier over time.


Other aids and equipment

There are a range of other aids and equipment available that can make life easier and help people maintain their independence such as grab rails, reclining chairs, kitchen equipment with handles or easy grip features, gadgets and devices to help put on clothes and shoes, plus many more.


For more information about mobility aids take a look at Age UK Mobility.

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