Mobility Aids

Mobility Aid Purchasing Guide

Finding a suitable mobility aid depends largely on the condition you suffer from as well as the physical support that you require. There are many different types of mobility aids available with a wide price range. Some of the most common types are listed below.

Canes

Walking canes are a good option for individuals who experience moderate difficulty with walking and balance. They are cost effective and come in a variety of colors and styles. If you experience difficulty with balance, a standard cane is usually sufficient. However, if you intend to use it as a walking aid, you should consider purchasing a cane that has four tips at the bottom as it will be better able to support your weight. It is important to choose a cane that is the right fit for you so that you don't strain any joints. A good test is to hold your arm straight against your side and see if the top of the cane aligns with the crease in your wrist.

Mobility Aids

Crutches

Crutches are designed for individuals who either suffer a short term injury or a long term disability. It generally requires upper body strength since the weight is being transferred from the legs to assist with movement. They can either be purchased or rented which makes them a feasible mobility aid if you are suffering from a short term injury. There are a variety of styles available including crutches with arm loops, so the appropriate one for you will depend largely on personal tastes and comfort.

Walkers

If you require more support to walk and have a greater risk of falling, standard walkers are an extremely reliable mobility aid. However, walkers with wheels are popular because they do not require the user to lift it with each step. However, standard walkers are more suitable if you need to lean on it more heavily to support your weight. You can also customize the grip on the walkers. For example, foam grips are available for individuals who are concerned about their grip slipping. Finally, when selecting your walker, you need to select the correct height to ensure that it offers the support you require. When your hands are on the grip, there should only be a slight bend in your elbows.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are designed for individuals who are not able to move around using their legs. There are many different types available within the manual and automatic categories. Although wheelchairs can be rented or purchased used, individuals suffering from chronic immobility should consider purchasing a brand new wheelchair. This will allow for more customized features which will help ensure that it meets all the physical and personal support requirements. In addition, it will also be more comfortable for the user. This is an important consideration if they are required to spend a lot of time in their wheelchair.

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