Elderly Mobility Aids
Elderly Mobility Aids
We all slow down a little as we get older and it doesn't take much to lose confidence. The occasional fall or stumble greatly increase the risk of injuries such as fractured hips that can have serious consequences.
Safe mobility is especially important for those who live alone. Many people don't want to consider it, but sometimes an elderly mobility aid is the sensible option. One that allows them to regain their confidence and maintain the mobility that gives them their independence.
When the decision is made to get a mobility aid it is important to choose one that matches both your level of activity and the environment you will be using it in.
A Modern 4 Wheeled Frame with Seat
Types of Elderly Mobility Aid
When choosing a mobility aid there is one basic principle to remember. The more support a device offers, the more difficult it is to maneuver.
A cane or stick offers limited support but can be used anywhere. A wide based frame can support a significant proportion of body weight but has its limitations in confined spaces and uneven terrain.
You need to decide the level of support you will require and ensure you don't select a product that provides too little. If you choose a mobility aid that offers more support than you need you may limit the places you can comfortably use it.
Walking frames come in many forms. 3 wheeled frames fit into tight spaces and can turn quickly and easily. Some frames have wheels at the front and stoppers at the rear. This type of aid automatically slows when it gets further away from the body, stopping the frame from getting away from the user. Other frames have 4 wheels and therefore require hand brakes for safe use. Optional extras include a basket for carrying items when the frame is in use, and a seat for those with limited exercise tolerance.
Ergonomic Walking Cane
There are many different types of walking cane available but if you are considering one for long term use you should aim for one with an ergonomic handle.
Try to avoid canes with hard right angled grips that force the wrist into an unnatural position. You don't want to be assisting your balance but causing a problem elsewhere in the body.
Cane with Seat
If you struggle to walk long distances but still like to get out and about, consider a walking cane with an integrated seat.
A cane with a seat can be an extremely valuable tool that lets you get out and enjoy yourself but always remember to check the weight rating of any cane or frame with a seat.
Mobility Frame With All The Extras
A 4 wheeled frame is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. This one has all of the added extras including carrying basket, seat (rated to 300lbs.) and lockable hand brakes.
To ensure comfort and safety, the handle heights are adjustable and should be set to an appropriate height with the elbows slight flexed when in use.
No one likes the idea of having to use an elderly mobility aid but sometimes safety has to take priority. Remember to match the mobility aid to both the environment and the level of function and you will be able to reduce the risk of falls and subsequent injury.