Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability. Mobility aids are instruments which are designed to assist walking or make an improvement for those who have difficulties walking or those who have mobility problems. This can be used outside the house and inside the house.

This hub is a discussion about mobility aids : Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters their differences and uses.

Walking Aids-- According to wikipedia, walking aids device help to maintain '"upright ambulation" by improved stability, reduced lower limb loading and for generating movement. Walking Aids include : crutches, cane, walkers and walking sticks.

Mobility aids can be divided into three main categories :

  • walking aids -- Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers,
  • wheelchairs
  • mobility scooters

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

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crutches

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

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Mobility Aids - Walking Aids

Walking aids can :

  1. Improved balance and stability : this provide balance to the person who has mobility problem by providing more contacts and providing support so that the person with mobility problems will not fall off.
  2. Reduced the stress to the affected limbs by "directing loads through arms and the walking aid".
  3. Producing stable movement : According to wikipedia "the walking aid and arms can substitute for the muscles and joints of the spine, pelvis and/or legs in the generation of dynamic forces during walking".

Walking stick

  • A walking stick is a device used by lots of people so that they will not fall off or juts to have balance. it comes in many sizes and shapes, and it can be used by people with mobility problems as a crutch. Plus at time sit is also used as weapon and may even have a knife, sword or a swordstick on it.

Cane

The long cane or white cane is also called Hoover cane and is used a "mobility tool used to detect objects in the path of a user". The length is dependent on the users height

Some of the variations in a cane :

  1. Children cane : it is the same as the adult cane but it is used by children's cane
  2. The Identification cane is used primarily to alert others as to the bearer's visual impairment and this is "often lighter and shorter than the long cane.
  3. The Support cane: The white support cane purpose in general is to help people who are blind. By virtue of its colour, the cane also works as a means of identification.
  4. The cane or walking stick is the simplest form of walking aid and it is "held in the hand and transmits loads to the floor through a shaft plus the load which can be applied through a cane is transmitted through the user's hands and wrists and limited by these".

Crutches -- are able to help the user by transmitting shaft to the ground through a shaft and has a point in contact with the arms and the armpit (below it).

Walkers -- these are devices "for disabled or elderly people who have difficulty walking or being mobile and they need support for their balance and stability. Other term for the walker or walking frame is Zimmer frame -- a name from which a manufacturing company for the parts used in the walker". If you want to check it out here is the link -- Walkers for Those Who Have Mobility Problems or Physically Disabled

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

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ordinary wheelchair

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

modern racing wheelchair
modern racing wheelchair

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

After discussing walking aids like crutches, cane, walking sticks and walkers we are going to discuss the two wheeled devices for those who have mobility problems.

Wheelchairs and Scooters-- these are substitute for walking using a wheeled device where the person who has mobility problems or physically disabled can sit. According to wikipedia " Wheelchairs may be either manually propelled (by the user or by an aide) or electrically powered. Mobility scooters are electrically powered".

A wheelchair is a device with wheels and with a sitter. This is either propelled by a machine (automatic system) or by manually manipulating it. Wheelchairs are utilized by people who are unable to walk due to illness, disability or mobility issues. Added to this is that people with both sitting and walking problems need a wheelbench.

Types of wheelchairs

  • Manually operated
  • Powered by electric (automatic)
  • Sport wheelchairs -- power chair football or power soccer
  • Beach wheelchairs
  • Transfer stretcher
  • Mechanical chairs

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

Mobility scooter
Mobility scooter

Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

Mobility Scooter

  • According to wikipedia "a mobility scooter composed of a seat over two rear wheels, a flat area for the feet, and handlebars in front to turn one or two steerable wheels. The seat may swivel to allow access when the front is blocked by the handlebars.
  • This mobility scooters are usually powered by a battery and these batteries are stored "on board the scooter and is charged via an on board or separate battery charger".
  • This is similar to wheelchair only that it is configured like a motorscooter. It is also called "power-operated vehicle/scooter or electric scooter".

I hope this hub helps you in finding the right mobility aids for you and yoyur loved ones. -- Mobility Aids 101: Walking Aids, Cane, Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs and Scooters for People with Physical Disability

 

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Comments 5 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Wonderful Hub and such a great need today with so many choices in comparison to years past. Good to know they will be there for me in a few years.

Blessings


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Maita,

Thank you so much for your persistance on disabilitiy issues.This is just another fine example of your warm and caring heart for others. And your concern for those that have less capabilities than most .

Great work on this Hub!

Thank you

Ron

As always Also a2z50


akterpk 5 years ago

good


Jo Mama 5 years ago

Where are the forearm crutches genius?


laurel 4 years ago

am looking for a new type crutch for my sister who hsa cerebral palsey spastic kind and limited balance...she just had shoulder replacement because 57 years of using forearm crutches trashed her shoulders...Is there a unique and perhaps new crutch that would not place so much stress on the shoulder but provide stability for her when walking?

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