There are many types of mobility aids that can help a senior adult get around. Perhaps, in this day and age, so many that it becomes confusing to navigate which one is best for you or your loved one.
Here is a quick guide as to some perks and downsides to certain mobility aids that are well-regarded in the field, as well as how to discern whether it is the best one for you. Of course, these are just some of the many mobility aids available.
Wheelchairs and Custom Wheelchairs
If it is difficult to get around, both at home and in public, you may be in need of wheelchair assistance. It can help alleviate pain, stress, and strife caused by trying to get around with chronic pain, a debilitating injury, or even temporary illness.
Using wheelchairs or, depending on your needs, a custom wheelchair can be immensely helpful for seniors who are used to being very social and active–it can give them the tools and ability to still have independence and to socialize without worry of pain or exhaustion due to mobility.
Walkers and Rollators
Walkers and Rollators have similar structures, except a rollater has four wheels at the bottom of each of its legs. They are perfect for relatively active adults who are not in significant pain during mobility but still need a bit of extra support to get around.
They are helpful in supporting some weight while still encouraging standing mobility and activity, however, are not designed to hold most or even all the weight of a person using it.
Assistive canes can be used as either a crutch or mobility aid, and help to redistribute weight when the lower part of a person’s body is either weak or in pain. The benefits include improving stability and decreasing pain, while also providing support and balance.
Canes, however, are not designed to carry a significant portion of a person’s weight and are more effective when it comes to remaining stationary versus mobile.