Caregiving and mobility products for people of all ages
Mobility aids can dramatically improve the quality of life of a disabled person. They can give the patient a renewed sense of freedom and independence, all while reducing overall caregiving demands. Regardless of the age of the patient or the cause of their disability, mobility aids should be considered in any situation in which a lack of mobility is adversely affecting the person's happiness or health.
There are many mobility products on the market, which are specially designed to improve living quality in specific situations. Walkers, wheelchairs and scooters are the three most common mobility aids.
An Overview of Mobility Products
Here are the main features of the most common mobility products:
- Walkers. There are two major types of walkers: those with wheels, and those without wheels. Both types have a similar design: they provide two handlebars which rise to a comfortable height and extend down into legs that provide full mobility support. It's a good idea for patients to try out both types of walkers in a safe environment before purchasing one to see which they are more comfortable with.
- Wheelchairs. Motorized and manual wheelchairs are also among the most common mobility aids on the market. With increasing societal awareness about the needs of wheelchair users, they can be used in a wider range of situations than ever before and provide more safety and security than walkers.
- Scooters. Many older people enjoy the freedom provided by scooters, and these make a good choice in situations in which the patient may not necessarily need mobility assistance, yet can't move around freely enough to perform daily activities, like shopping or banking. In some cases, insurance companies will cover the cost of mobility scooters.
If only a minor amount of mobility assistance is needed, good old-fashioned canes make an excellent choice. They're easy to use and don't take up a lot of space, helping the patient live as normal a life as possible for as long as possible.
Talk to the patient's doctor if you need further advice about mobility aids. He or she can provide you with further information and recommendations as to which option may be the best for you or your loved one.