What kind of mobility aid is right for me?

If you only have minor problems standing/walking, then a cane might be best for you. If walking/standing is a greater issue, then walkers, rollators, or wheelchairs may be the right choice. Consult a doctor to see which mobility tool is be for you.

What do you mean by mobility aids?

Mobility aids are devices designed to help people who have problems moving around enjoy greater freedom and independence. Typically people who have disabilities or injuries, or older adults who are at increased risk of falling, choose to use mobility aids.

What are examples of walking aids?

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  • Canes. Canes are perhaps the most common and standard type of walking aid a senior is likely to use.
  • Crutches.
  • Walkers.
  • Rollators.
  • Knee Scooters.
  • Wheelchairs.
  • Mobility Scooters.

What are the benefits of mobility aids?

Typically people who have disabilities or injuries, or older adults who are at increased risk of falling, choose to use mobility aids. These devices provide several benefits to users, including more independence, reduced pain, and increased confidence and self-esteem.

What can I use instead of a wheelchair?

With this in mind, let’s take a “walk” through some of the best alternatives to wheelchairs.

  • A Cane Or Walking Stick.
  • Crutches.
  • Knee Walkers.
  • Seated Scooters.

Is a walking stick a mobility aid?

They are simply tools that can help you get what you want by allowing you to perform better. The most typical mobility aids required are either walking sticks or crutches.

Do I need mobility aid?

It may be time to consider a walking aid if: You have experienced falls or “close calls’ while standing or walking. You take medication that sometimes makes you dizzy. You have injuries or impairments that cause unbalanced gait.

When should you start using mobility aids?

Issues with exhaustion or weakness can signify that it is time for a mobility aid. This is especially common for people with multiple sclerosis, ALS or those who are post-stroke. If you struggle with fatigue when you leave the house for extended periods of time, a wheelchair or walker with a built-in seat can help.

Where should walking aids not be used?

Walking equipment should not be used in wet floor areas. If you need to access a wet room or shower area, ask the advice of an occupational therapist. It is safer to install grab rails in the bathroom. Footwears should be well fitted, secure on your feet and supportive as you walk.

Can you use a rollator as a wheelchair?

Rollator/transport chairs are great for travel. They often fold up smaller than traditional rollators or wheelchairs, and some even fit in easily-carried storage bags. They can work as a wheelchair in a busy airport or be used as a walking aid on a stroll around the countryside.

What is considered a mobility disability?

A mobility impairment is a disability that affects movement ranging from gross motor skills, such as walking, to fine motor movement, involving manipulation of objects by hand.

What can I use instead of a cane?

A walking stick might be beneficial Walking sticks are ideal for individuals having shoulder problems from using canes. A walking stick corrects the issues of leaning forward and taking short steps by encouraging the person to stand upright, have correct posture, and walk with a normal stride.