A loss in mobility whether it be temporary or permanent has a profound impact on a person’s daily life. Basic daily routines and activities that an able bodied person would take for granted are often much more difficult, and sometimes even dangerous. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today that can make the life of a person with limited mobility easier, safer and more comfortable.
Depending on the extent of a person’s disability there are a wide variety of mobility aids available including crutches, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs and more. Even within a single category, there are many types and features to choose from.
Wheelchairs, for example, are available in a wide range of styles and a variety of price points. A basic model, such as you might find in a hospital or airport is typically meant for limited use over short time frames and is not recommended for a person who must spend a significant amount of time in the chair.
Tilt chairs are specialty chairs which can be adjusted to tilt at different angles. By adjusting the tilt of the chair at set intervals, it can relieve pressure on the user's thighs, buttocks, and back caused by long periods of sitting.
While the sheer amount of choice can seem overwhelming, the good news is that you do not have to (nor should you) make the decision on your own. If you are purchasing a mobility product for long-term use, your doctor or occupational therapist will generally outline the minimum requirements that you should be looking for. Additional bells and whistles are completely up to you.
It is also vitally important that any products you do purchase are properly fitted for you or they could end up doing more harm. A walker, for example, that is not at the proper height could eventually lead to back or arm pain, making getting around even more strenuous.
Any reputable retailer of such products should be willing both to ensure your mobility products are properly sized for you as well as make sure that you understand how to use them.
Being able to get around is only one of the challenges for those living with reduced mobility. These people must also be more conscious of their safety – a small injury such as a sprained wrist is much more serious for a person who is bound to a wheelchair.
Products such as bath chairs and shower seats, toilet safety frames, and grab bars serve to both improve safety and allow for greater independence.
Daily living aids
Finally, for the person with limited mobility, there is also a whole assortment of other products meant to assist with other daily tasks. These include products such as reachers, long handle shoe horns, even devices that can help you to put on your socks in the morning.
If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned in this article or would like to discover what products might be available to help make life easier for you or a loved one, we invite you to visit Brant Arts IDA and speak with one of our healthcare professionals.