Our mobility tends to decrease as we age and moving around can be quite a task. In addition to growing old, there are so many other factors that can lead to a reduction in mobility, such as injuries or health problems. There are many products that help people with limited mobility, move around freely and independently.
Mobility aids are assistive devices suitable for senior adults, injured people or people with decreased mobility due to other health issues, that help them carry on their daily routine without being dependent on caretakers. Seniority has curated a wide range of mobility aids specially designed to suit your requirements. These include wheelchairs, walkers & rollators, walking sticks and crutches.
WHEN TO USE MOBILITY AIDS?
A mobility aid is suitable for people with temporary or permanent conditions that affect their mobility, balance and weight bearing. Some mobility aids can be used by people with sufficient upper body strength and coordination such as walkers and crutches, while other mobility aids like wheelchairs are more suited for people who need assistance in manoeuvring them or those who can self-propel.
A few examples of situations where mobility aids are useful are:
• Loss of use of limb due to injury or permanent condition
• Weakened lower body
• Knee/Ankle/Foot/Back Surgery
• Fractures in the lower limbs
• ACL tear or injury
• Impaired balance
• Walking impairment due to brain injury or stroke
BENEFITS OF USING MOBILITY AIDS
• Can prevent falls and related injuries
• Increase in confidence and independence level
• Enhance user safety
• Can aid in quicker recovery in case of injuries or post-surgery
• Stability in movement and balance
• Suitable for short-term injuries as well as permanent disabilities
TYPES OF MOBILITY AIDS
Seniority offers various types of mobility aids suited for varied needs. They are: Wheelchairs, Walking sticks, Crutches, Walkers, Rollators, Stair Lifts, Power scooters. Each aid has different benefits and helps the user in different ways.
A wheelchair is a chair that is used for moving around, by the disabled, the elderly or people with injuries. This type of mobility aid is suitable for people when they cannot and should not be putting weight on their lower limbs. It is more suited than walkers in case the users need to travel over great distances. There are four types of wheelchairs available on Seniority:
Standard wheelchair is the most basic type of wheelchair and usually comes with an option to fold when not in use or while travelling. This mobility equipment can be manoeuvred by the user if they have sufficient upper body strength and can also be used by those who need assistance.
Electric wheelchairs are powered by batteries and can help the user move around without requiring any assistance. This type of wheelchair is suitable for long distances and eliminates unnecessary effort needed to push the chair around.
Commode wheelchairs are designed to allow users to go to the bathroom in a dignified manner without seeking assistance. This bathroom mobility aid usually comes with a cut-out seat that allows the user to go to the bathroom without having to get out of the wheelchair. They usually come with a bucket that can later be cleaned for future use.
Stair lifts allow users to move up and down the stairs. This stair mobility aid is suitable for anyone with limited mobility due to old age, injuries, arthritis etc. It comes with a wide seat to make the experience comfortable for the user. This wheelchair is battery powered and comes with a seat belt for safety of the user.
Walkers have four legs and provide stability and support to the user and help in maintaining balance while walking. A walker needs to be lifted for movement and is suitable for people with sufficient arm strength. This walking support is designed to make users feel more independent and confident.
Rollators are walkers that come with wheels at the end of each leg. Standard walkers require more upper body strength and endurance while rollators are easier to manoeuvre. This mobility aid comes with two or four wheels, handlebars and a seat in some cases. Unlike walkers, rollators do not need to be lifted to move forward, allowing users to move quickly.
A walking stick helps in maintaining balance while walking and minimizes the risk of falling. Due to its versatility, walkers can also be used on uneven terrain. Walking sticks are of three types: standard, tripod and quadripod walking stick. Tripod walking sticks have three legs and quadripod walking sticks have four legs, offering maximum balance and grip on the ground.
Walking Stick with Seat Premium 4 Leg Straight Walking Stick color coated with support (KL945L) - Entros
A crutch is designed to transfer the body weight from the legs to the upper body, which makes moving around easier. It can be used in pairs or singly, depending on the need. Seniority has curated a wide range of crutches specially designed to suit your requirements.
Power scooters are designed to make travelling easier for people with disabilities, injuries or health conditions. This is a motorized mobility aid that gives the users a sense of confidence and independence.
Medipedic Tripod Walking Stick with U Shape Handle by Vissco helps in walking, it includes easy balancing which is one of the common factors among elders. This helps in easy walking ability and with their daily activities and helping their social interactions with family and friends. A good way to ensure continued independence and a good, healthy elderly life is to opt for a helping hand, which will support and enable movement. This stick is light in weight and easy to carry.
Vissco Zip Lite Power Wheelchair is an amazing mobility aid for senior adults and people with mobility issues. The power wheelchair comes with an easy-to-use controller, fire retardant upholstery and can run 12 km in a single charge. The chair is suitable to be used in case of stability and balance problems, post-surgery, post paralysis, walking disorders, spinal injury, pelvic injury, and leg injury.
Foldable Walker by Mobilita is made from durable aluminium and has a PU seat for superior quality comfort and durability. The rolling walker features a reinforced frame and push down lock for maximum safety. It has a height-adjustable push handle and push down lock brakes that allow you to push the walker comfortably with maximum safety.
Walking and moving about becomes challenging for people who develop walking limitations due to any reason. The Walking Stick with Seat by Avanti is the perfect solution for this problem. This stick has been specially designed for people with mobility issues. It ensures a firm grip for the user and acts as a stable walking aid grip on any surface. Also, it takes some part of the user s weight on itself making the task of walking much easier. The scratch-proof aluminium body and the changeable bottoms ensure a comfortable and confident walk. The added advantage of this stick is that along with the stable and unfailing walking assistance, it also provides you with an option of resting when you require.
Adjustable Aluminium Crutches by Vissco provide support and mobility and are made using strong aluminium. The crutches offer great stability and comfort and take the weight off the user, provide firm support and offer balance, which makes it easier to walk. Also, the crutches come with a seat that lets you stop and take a break.
Old age makes spine and legs weak. Elderly people often find it difficult to stand or move around. Pain and injuries limit mobility. Apart from age, many accidents tend to leave lower limbs paralyzed or immobile for a the heal period. Wheelchairs come handy for such patients and their attendants. Wheelchairs are tools for easy transfer or commuting around at home, in the market or in hospitals.
A mobility aid is an assistive device designed to make it simpler for the elderly, injured people or people with health conditions, to move around. Mobility aids are suitable for the elderly, people with temporary or permanent mobility disorders.
2. What are the different types of mobility aids?
There are multiple types of mobility aids that can be useful. They include: Wheelchairs, Walking sticks, Crutches, Walkers, Rollators, Stair Lifts, Power scooters. Each aid has different benefits and helps the user in different ways.
3. What are mobility aids used for?
Mobility aids are suitable for people with temporary or permanent conditions that affect their mobility, balance and weight bearing. Some mobility aids can be used by people with sufficient upper body strength and coordination such as walkers and crutches, while other mobility aids like wheelchairs can be used by people who need assistance in manoeuvring them or those who can self-propel.
Mobility aids can be useful in the following situations:
· Loss of use of limb due to injury or permanent condition
· Weakened lower body
· Knee/Ankle/Foot/Back Surgery
· Fractures in the lower limbs
· ACL tear or injury
· Impaired balance
· Walking impairment due to brain injury or stroke
4. What is considered a mobility disability?
Mobility disability can be due to old age, an injury of the lower extremities, fractures or broken bones, inability to move due to surgery, sprains or strains, cerebral palsy, ACL injury, arthritis etc.