Mobility Aids for Seniors and Elderly
Walking aids include assistive canes also known as walking sticks, crutches, and walkers. Other mobility aids also include wheelchairs and rollators. These mobility aids help to keep seniors to stay mobile and independent. It also provides a better sense of security as they move. Besides, this is important for their physical and emotional wellbeing. These devices are not only useful for the elderly but also for those who look after people with mobility difficulties.
Wheelchairs can maintain access at home. It also increases quality of life by providing the elderly or disabled with greater mobility and independence. As people age, the need for a wheelchair also increases. Types of Wheelchairs include Attendant Wheelchairs, Self-propelled, Transit wheel chairs, Commode wheel chairs, Reclining wheelchairs, Bariatric wheelchairs and Powered wheelchairs
Walkers provide the most stability for those who need a little extra help. Ideal for extremely weak people with balance issues. Types of walkers also include Walker with wheels, Aluminum Reciprocal Walker and Reciprocating walker with wheels.
It’s not only strong but it’s also stylish! These are walkers with wheels at the bottom of each leg. With a lightweight rollator, you’ll be able to walk fast and easily. Just push in front of you. They are height adjustable and easy to dismantle for travel or storage. They work very well indoors and outdoors.
A walking stick might be just what you need to give you a little bit of help. Canes and walking sticks are useful for those with moderate balance issues. There are different ways of using them. This depends on whether you have one leg or side stronger than the other and also on whether you are right or left handed. Types of walking stick also include:
- metal (fixed length and height adjustable)
- folding walking sticks
- walking sticks with a seat
- also tripods and quadrupeds.
Crutches are designed to be used in pairs and you need good co-ordination to use them correctly. Occasionally one crutch is used but this should only be done under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Types of crutches include elbow crutches, axilla crutches and forearm crutches with gutter armrest.