3 mobility aids for promoting independence outdoors

As a caregiver, you will know the effects that ageing can have on the human body. Muscle ????????????????????????????????atrophy and issues such as arthritis can have a negative effect on mobility, and, in many cases, make a trip to the supermarket or a walk through the park unfeasible. This limits independence and may leave an elderly person feeling locked into one place. Thankfully, many mobility aids are available to help elderly people regain their independence outdoors, and we are going to look at 3 of them today. However, it should be noted that you are advised to visit a physical therapist to receive professional advice on the aids that are suitable for the person in your care.

Walking sticks

We will start with an aid that the majority of you will already know for using outdoors. The walking stick is a great aid for elderly people who retain a good level of mobility as it provides extra stability. This can open up new opportunities and activities; whether it is a walk in the park, a journey to the shops, or a trip to the cinema. Walking sticks have a lightweight design and include comfortable handgrips, while some models can also be folded away when not in use. This is a great investment if you are looking to improve the level of independence of the person in your care, as long as they still retain a certain level of mobility.

Wheel walkers

This is an aid that provides an elderly person with extra stability when walking outdoors and significantly lessens the risk of falls. The majority of models include a sturdy metal frame, ergonomic hand grips, and loop lockable brakes for safety. Many can also be folded flat and stored away, and there are some that include a flip-up seat for when the person in your care needs a break. The design allows a user who still has a certain level of mobility control the ability to further the distance they can travel and to face new challenges.

Mobility scooters

Yes, mobility scooters are a costlier option, but if the person in your care is struggling to walk for a long period of time or over long distance outdoors, they can prove a worthwhile investment. They improve levels of independence and open up new opportunities; it may be that a trip to the supermarket is once again possible, or that the prospect of going on holiday is a realistic option. All in all, mobility scooters can give an elderly person in your care a renewed sense of freedom and independence, as they have the power to tackle hills and are of a sturdy, strong and stable design.

Carol RobinsonThis is a guest post by Carol Robinson. She works and blogs with Manage at Home, which is a provider of a range of mobility aids for the elderly and disabled.

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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