How often have you heard “you never know what you have until it’s gone?” Never have truer words been spoken in reference to our mobility. When we are younger it is easy to take mobility for granted and it’s not until we see our older relatives struggle with getting around or we suffer some type of injury that diminishes our ability to be mobile that we realize how precious it is. It may seem like a pipe dream but there are a plethora of mobility aids to help you be and stay mobile. So, what is available? There are so many mobility products available your head may spin, but we here at HPFY can point you to nine great mobility aids to help you maintain your independence and mobility.
When we were younger it seemed like we could run, jump, and walk anywhere we wanted to. We were right, but little did we know that there was a possibility that this mobility that we took for granted could possibly be hampered or diminished later in life. As we age or due to injury or illness, the simple task of walking can be difficult if not dangerous altogether. Some causes for this loss of mobility can include:
While diminished mobility may have multiple causes, it results in one very specific issue: difficulty or the loss of the ability to get around our homes or out in public. Needless to say, this can negatively affect your independence and quality-of-life.
Once you have had your mobility negatively affected, it may seem like there are a multitude of obstacles to simply getting around. There has been a great improvement in mobility aids over the years so don’t fret. Finding what might be perfect for you may be frustrating but be assured help is out there. Much like a baseball team, allow us at Health Products for You to give you 9 mobility aids that may check all the boxes you need to regain your independence. These nine mobility aids include:
Managing thresholds in the home can be difficult for those with diminished mobility and this threshold ramp makes going from room to room easy. Made from 100% recycled rubber, this ramp ensures instant accessibility and can be installed on concrete, wood, tile, and even marble. With multiple dimensions available, it’s a matter of choosing the size that fits your need and receiving peace of mind.
Soft terrain, such as sand, can be the Achilles’ heel of any standard wheelchair. This all-terrain beach wheelchair gives the user easy access to these once off limit areas. This wheelchair has two fixed, rigid wheels and two that swivel and pivot for easy mobility on the beach or other loose soil. The frame is made from antibacterial plastic PVC and is light weight while being rustproof and water friendly.
This rolling walker has a 16 inch wide orthopedic seat that features a coccyx relief contour and an extra wide ergonomic backrest for comfort while allowing the user’s weight to remain above the wheels, as opposed to being outside of the wheels. This increases stability and the hand brakes lock for safety during seating. The extra-large 8 inch wheels are capable of supporting up to 400 pounds and the “S” shaped back wheel supports give the user extra space which can reduce the risk of tripping and falling.
One of the more common mobility aids is a walker and this simple to use accessory allows the user to carry cups, plates, and other items easily from room to room. It features two separate cupholders and raised edges to avoid items falling off the tray and it conveniently folds for easy storage.
Traversing terrain such as soft soil, sand, and even gravel has traditionally been difficult for a standard wheelchair, but not for this wheelchair with heavy-duty wheels and strong frame. Able to support up to 250 pounds, this all-terrain wheelchair has high flotation, heavy-duty wheels and noncorrosive plastic bearings for durability and stability during use. This prevents rusting and corrosion and the health grade PVC makes it highly hygienic.
This cupholder easily mounts to the wheelchair armrest and allows the user to take their favorite beverage with them. The cutouts on the side also accommodate mugs or cups with handles and is durable enough for heavy beverages, while being easily secured in place with hook and loop straps. Who says you can’t drink and drive!!
Designed to be stylish and sturdy, this classic walker has a double fold action that allows it to fit in a carry bag for easy storage and transportation. The padded ergonomic backrest and wide, comfortable seat make this walker easy to use and the locking hand brake makes it safe and secure while sitting. It features a removable cupholder and cane holder and has four reflectors in front and two in the back for added safety.
It can’t be overstated that avoiding pressure points for those with limited mobility is crucial. This cushion is constructed of two density foam with a soft top layer and a firm base. The Q-Gel cushion has a four chamber gel pack to minimize pressure during extended periods of sitting and is ideal for those who need stability. This wheelchair cushion makes transfers painless and safe, while giving those with limited mobility support and comfort.
With large, 8 inch wheels, this walker is safe for indoor and outdoor use and gives the user extra space around their feet to minimize the chance of tripping and falling. The sturdy, reinforced frame increases stability and security and features a comfortable padded nylon seat with an ergonomic backrest. Hand brake locks make resting and sitting more secure, so take a break when you need it!!
Your mobility is important and should never be taken for granted. Work closely with your doctor and physical therapist to work out what your mobility limitations truly are and what type of mobility aid would benefit you the most. These and many other mobility aids will help you get around this wonderful world a little easier and improve your quality of life and independence!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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