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How to Find the Best Mobility Aids for Seniors

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Mobility Aids for Seniors

Many seniors have trouble getting around independently. Mobility aids can offer stability and support. If a senior is unstable performing motions like sitting down or walking, it is essential to find mobility aids that fit their needs and ensure their safety.

Approximately 1/3 of older people living at home fall at least once a year. It’s common for seniors to need mobility aids and other senior care and elderly care for safety and support.

Common Mobility Aids for Getting AroundList of Mobility problem risk factors

For seniors living at home and maintaining a high level of independence,

common mobility aids are designed to help them get around more safely with minimal senior care.

Options include:

Canes

Designed to increase stability and compensate for minimal balance issues.

 

Walkers

Help support those with significant stability problems but moderate upper body strength.

 

Rollators

For those with severe stability issues who lack upper body strength and balance.

 

Power Scooters

Support those who cannot walk long distances but have upper body control and stamina.

 

Wheelchairs

Offer mobility to those unable to walk safely on their own. Variations of steering ability available.

(AgingCare.com)

 

Mobility Aids for a Safer Home Environment

Some mobility aids aren’t designed to support a patient’s long-range motion. Instead, they make the home environment safer and increase independence with specific tasks. Improve home safety and mobility by installing:

 

  • Rails along stairs, near bathroom fixtures, in hallways, etc.
  • Tub/bath transfer seats or benches
  • Supportive seat cushions
  • Grab handles for getting in/out of a car, bed, couch, or chair
  • Rolling over-bed or over-couch tables
  • Additional lighting or voice command lighting to improve visibility
  • Non-slip flooring that is securely tacked down
  • Stairlift
  • Ramps to replace stairs

  (ScripHessCo)

Paying for Mobility AidsPossible Results of Senior Falls

Insurance companies, as well as some grants or senior care nonprofits, may help cover the costs of mobility aids. Ask a doctor or local agency for the aging for ideas on where to start seeking financial assistance for mobility devices or other senior care or elderly care needs.

 

Since 1997, Caregivers by WholeCare has provided Middle Tennessee with exceptional in-home care and senior care. Whether you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, considering a meaningful career as a caregiver, or seeking a reliable caregiving partner in the community, Caregivers by WholeCare can fit your needs.

Caring for the caregiver, in home careHome Care Tip

Style matters. If seniors seem unwilling to accept mobility aids, consider options that look sleek or fit their sense of style. Sometimes a device that feels personalized makes a difference for seniors struggling to accept necessary changes.

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