You or someone close to you is getting old and already looking for some information about mobility aids for the elderly? In this article, we try to help you providing some basic information about walking aids and tips on how to make your home mobility friendly.
Mobility aids or mobility products are designed to allow patients or the elderly more independence when it comes to moving from one spot to the other. Most mobility aids do not require assistance or may require very little assistance, from a guide or a therapist, for the patient to use.
Examples of mobility aids are wheelchairs, scooters, and other motorized rides that are specifically designed to equip patients or the elderly with more mobility. These products have become more sophisticated adding advanced features that make these mobility aids more user-friendly and ideal to use for both indoors and outdoors.
Though may not be a direct substitute to walking aids, use of mobility aids can at times substitute the use of walking aids.
Walking aids are products designed to accommodate and support patients and the elderly when walking.
Examples of these products are walking canes and walkers. These items may also be prescribed for therapeutic reasons, especially to those who may be recovering from injuries or posture correction.
Walking aids can be used in combination with mobility aids or can be used independently.
Mobility accessories may include grab bars, anti-slip rubber mats, bath benches, shower benches, bath transfer benches, and other products that provide more safety and convenience when making your home mobility friendly.
These products are also related to products designed as mobility aids and walking aids for the elderly.
Tips on How to Make Your Home Mobility Friendly:
- When choosing mobility aids for indoor use, make sure that the tiles are non-marking tiles and can be used in a variety of surface types. Most homes are designed with different types of floorings. A mobility aid that can be used on tiles, concrete, wooden floors, and even carpeted floors would provide more versatility.
- For homes with narrow halls, choose mobility aids that are designed capable of rotating or swiveling via handle control. This would be more convenient for the patient or elderly to use, and of course, would provide more independence.
- Plan a parking area or storage area for mobility aids that is accessible and convenient to access.
- Most mobility aids and scooters are designed with handbrakes and can also handle to run at a tilted angle. In multi-level homes, ramps can be installed in steps to allow more access in various areas of the home.
- Grab bars can be installed around the home in hallways, in bathrooms, kitchens, and bedroom to provide more support. There are grab bars that can be installed permanently. There are also grab bars that can be mounted on walls using vacuum holders.
- The bathroom is an important area in the home that should be designed mobility friendly. Place grab bars in different levels and heights and in different angles to provide more access. There are options also to either install a shower or bathtub transfer bench, permanently. There are also bath benches that are designed as standalone and can be easily transferred from one spot to the other.
- Rubber mats and non-slip adhesives can also be placed on tiles and wooden floors to provide more safety.
Extra tip about Mobility Aids for the Elderly
A combination of mobility aids, walking aids, and mobility accessories would surely create a home atmosphere that is mobility friendly for the elderly.
Always put in check the health conditions and the recommended mobility solutions needed by the patient or the elderly before buying or using any of mobility products out in the market or before making any renovations in your home.
It is best to consult with a doctor or physician to find out specific medical requirements of each patient.