With the proliferation of different mobility aids in the market right now, we are certainly spoiled for choice in picking the appropriate device for our respective needs. Growing older comes along with the issue of impaired mobility, as our muscles and joints begin to deteriorate resulting in difficulties walking. Ranging from walkers and canes to wheelchairs, how can we choose the appropriate device to fit our respective needs?
Walking Assistance Aids
The continuum of mobility refers to the stage of mobility an individual is categorized in. When picking the appropriate mobility aid for our needs, walking assistance aids would cater to the elderly who still remain capable of walking, but require assistance to do so. Walking assistance aids help provide them with balance and support while relieving the physical strain placed on their bodies. Canes and quad canes provide stability for users, allowing those with minor injuries or balance mobility issues to move around more easily. They are lightweight and portable and act as a budget-friendly option for users. However, users should consider the fact that these canes only support one side of the body, and hence would be an inappropriate choice for those who require support over the entire body.
Walkers would be appropriate for those who require more support, allowing around 64 percent of the user’s weight to be supported by the device through their arms. However, do note that users have to be strong enough to lift this mobility aid while moving around. Picking a walker with wheels might then be a more appropriate choice, with some models even doubling as a seat.
Wheelchairs act as walking aids for those who are unable to walk on their own. Non-powered wheelchairs require significant strength to operate and hence often require another person to assist. This lack of independence may result in the user feeling trapped and hence electric wheelchairs should be considered as a pricy but appropriate mobility aid for those who wish for more autonomy over their mobility.
Mobility scooters are increasingly popular among those with mobility difficulties, allowing one to traverse over a wider range of terrains despite any of their current physical limitations. Users should however consider the wider turning radius of a mobility scooter in comparison to an electric wheelchair as this would limit the mobility of this device in indoor environments.
Assisted Living at Regency Pointe
When it comes to the physical aging of our bodies, taking the appropriate measures in ensuring our physical health becomes increasingly important. Here at Regency Pointe, our Assisted Living Community offers your loved ones an enriching lifestyle catered to those in need of a little extra help. We provide a wide range of activities and events while offering personalized care services in health monitoring, grooming, wellness management, and much more. You can expect exceptional care and special assistance 24-hours a day. Do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about our Assisted Living program.