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5 Types of Mobility Equipment to Consider as You Age

Shower chair for bath and shower use

With age comes wisdom and humility from past experiences. Unfortunately, wear and tear on our bodies comes with age, as well. Tasks we once found easy start becoming difficult, and we suddenly have aches we never did before.

As we get even older, it can be hard to move around on our own, and basic actions that require flexibility may turn into obstacles.

Fortunately, there is mobility equipment that can help you get through the day.

Let’s take a look at what types can benefit you.

1. Canes and Walkers

Canes and walkers are both useful for those who need a little extra help when it comes to walking upright.

In general, this mobility equipment is best for people who have healthy upper body strength but lack lower body mobility.

Past injuries to the knees and hips (as well as just general aging) can make moving at a quick and efficient pace difficult. As long as your doctor deems it safe for your shoulder and elbows, canes and walkers are a great solution to mobility problems.

2. Shower Stools & Bath Lifts

If you find yourself having trouble standing for extended periods of time, taking showers can prove to be a difficult task.

Lower back pain and lack of lower body mobility will make a shower stool a welcome addition to your home. It also drastically decreases the chances that you will slip, which can prove to be a serious occurrence if you live alone.

Many stools also have a segment underneath the seat where you can store hygiene products, providing an extra layer of safety and convenience.

For those that struggle to get in and out of the bath a dedicated bath lift can be a real help. These are now safer than ever and are often battery operated. They either use an inflatable cushion to lower the user or a mechanical chair, like the Bellavita Bath Lift.

3. Grab Bars

Helping Handle Grab Rail Suction Bar

Handrails are installed into various parts of a home where you may need assistance sitting down or standing up. Bathrooms and bedrooms are the most common locations to need something to grab onto.

You can also install grab bars next to doorways to make it easier for you to turn around corners or maneuver throughout the room. Stairs are another prime location.

Handrails will ease joint pain and prevent you from slipping. This is an important fact to keep in mind, as falls are the leading cause of injury among the elderly.

4. Scooters

Crutches and walkers aren’t sufficient enough for everyone. If you find yourself in need of a different form of walking assistance, scooters are a viable option.

Scooters are also one of the most comfortable forms of mobility equipment. Wide seats, electric steering, and armrests make transportation low-effort and painless.

Modern scooters also have collapsible segments that make them easy to relocate.

5. Wheelchairs

People who can’t put pressure on the joints in their lower body often choose between scooters and wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are a mobility option for those who have sufficient upper body strength.

However, scooters may be the more practical option if you find yourself traveling long distances outside of a vehicle.

Mobility Equipment Can Be Life-Changing

With no assistance, elderly people have significant trouble getting around. The use of any of these five pieces of equipment can drastically improve the quality of life in these individuals.

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