The process of ageing sometimes makes it harder to stay mobile. Are you feeling the effects of getting old when you stand up to walk? Or do you have a loved one reaching a point where they struggle to walk around and need aged care equipment to help out?
The good news is that there are several different walking devices to assist elderly people and thanks to the wide variety of choices, many of these devices are very affordable.
Here is a detailed look at 7 of the most important mobility aids for the elderly. These devices include:
- Walking Frames
- Under-Arm Crutches
- Elbow Crutches
- Quad Sticks
- Canes/Walking Sticks
Wheelchairs are one of the most common mobility aids around. From basic models to designs where you can steer yourself at different speeds, you can trust a wheelchair to help you stay mobile when none of the other mobility aids prove to be effective.
There are plenty of good reasons to choose a wheelchair for comfortable mobility. For example, when you experience pain while walking or your legs get tired quickly you can enjoy the benefits of a wheelchair.
Walkers are considered the deluxe model of walking frames. Not only are they available in bright colours but they have soft wheels for a smooth walking experience. There is no need to pick it up in order to take the next step and if you do need to lift it, the frames are very light. In terms of safety, you will notice a braking system which is controlled by hand at the top of the walker.
It is important to note that walkers are available in different designs. For example, you can choose a forearm walker, allowing you to lean on the walker as you move. You can even get a knee walker if one of your legs is causing walking difficulties and requires support. Either way, a walker provides sturdy yet comfortable assistance when you or a loved one is struggling to stay mobile.
Many seniors love the simplicity of a walking frame. In addition to being incredibly lightweight, it is tough and can be trusted. However, not all walking frames are basic and straightforward. Some designs come with certain special features. For example, you can get walking frames that fold up when you do not need them, which makes them easy to transport. You can also get walking frames with trays and storage capabilities.
If you do not have a big budget and you want a walking assistance device you can trust in the long run, look no further than a walking frame. Just make sure you purchase it from a reputable source.
Another basic and straight forward device is known as the under-arm crutch. Chances are you have seen them before being used by people with leg injuries. However, they are not as basic as they seem due to their special padding, height adjustability and light aluminium design.
These features are not relevant to all under-arm crutches. However, Get About Mobility has some great options for you. The under-arm crutches available in our store are specifically designed for comfort, support and convenience.
You are most likely familiar with elbow crutches, as people of all ages who struggle to walk use them. Just like the under-arm crutches, you can switch between sides or use two at the same time. It is important to make sure you can adjust the leg and cuff height according to your specific needs. It is also important to ensure there is a rubber tip on the bottom to ensure grip and stability.
Essentially, the quad stick design combines walking frames and crutches. Instead of leaning on a frame, you only use one hand to move the quad stick. However, as with a walking frame, there are four rubber ends at the bottom.
This provides a wider area of support without having such a big frame at the top. This means the quad stick is the perfect solution if you only need one hand to control the device but you want to cover more ground.
As expected, the handles are comfortable, the height is adjustable, it is lightweight and the rubber tips can be replaced when they get worn out.
Canes and walking sticks are popular because they offer great support without calling too much attention to themselves as other walking assistance devices. For the most part, they are easy to keep with you wherever you travel and the basic design ensures ample support while walking.
In fact, seniors also like canes and walking sticks because of the distinct designs that are available. For instance, you can choose between a walking stick made of wood or aluminium. You even have different options where the handle of the cane is concerned. It is not uncommon for seniors to buy canes that tend to fit with their style and personality.
All these devices are aimed at one thing - to make your life more comfortable. However, only purchase walking assistance devices from reputable sources. At Get About Mobility, we only offer premium devices at the most competitive prices. This means you can trust every purchase to be safe, effective and durable.