One of the major problems for the aging population is a decrease in mobility. Whether this is from disease, injury, surgery, or is the result of the natural process of aging, it can be devastating for those who are trying to deal with it. Caregivers often find that a lack of mobility can cause the seniors in their lives to experience much lower quality of life. Restoring or increasing the mobility of a senior can often increase their opportunities to once again live the full and rich life they deserve. There is a wide variety of products to help increase elderly mobility. Here are just a few of them:
- Walkers and canes. These products can provide a greater degree of assistance when seniors are trying to get around. Canes can provide stability and security, and walkers can provide additional support. There are even some canes that are lighted, providing additional security and safety for mobility at night. Many walkers also come with baskets, bags, and other attachments that mean seniors can move through the home or other spaces without having to fill their hands with handiwork, magazines, or other items that they would like to take with them.
- Rollators. This is the next step in using a walker. This heavy-duty rolling "walker" supports up to 400 lbs. It also has a padded seat, and backrest, and loop brakes, for quick and easy stopping. While it is technically a walker, it is easy to maneuver and folds for storage. Many of the elderly find this type of walker with wheels restores mobility. Because of its light weight, and easy folding capacity, it allows the senior to leave home, and be mobile in other locations.
- Rising assist devices. Mobility is not just about walking around. Many seniors find it difficult to stand from bed or chair. There are now a variety of products that can help increase the mobility of the elderly, as they go about their daily tasks. A couch cane can help a senior rise, or sit down, securely and pain free. It comes with a handy four pouch organizer that allows the senior to have materials they want at hand. Anti-skid pads help the item stay securely attached to the floor. In addition, bed assist devices are available to offer the elderly a secure place to pull themselves up from their bed. These devices attach under the mattress and can help those with limited mobility remain independent.
- Knee walker. This item provides a comfortable alternative to crutches for the elderly who may be recovering from an orthopedic injury, or trauma. This three-wheeled walker is ideal for below the knee injuries and be used both at home, and outside.
- Wheelchairs. Many seniors assume that once they become wheelchair-bound they can no longer be mobile. Today’s wheelchairs offer a range of options, and more importantly are light weight, allowing the elderly to continue to travel, leave home, and go about daily living, despite being in a wheelchair.
Many of these types of products can be purchased at local medical equipment dealers, or online at such sources as HME Medical Shop (hmemedicalshop.com).
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