One of the biggest problems with the natural process of aging is a decrease in mobility. When moving around becomes difficulty, falls become a significant risk. Using a mobility aid is one way of helping seniors maintain mobility – inside and outside of the home. Here is a guide on how to go about purchasing the right mobility aide for your senior.
Canes are a great mobility aide for seniors who are unsteady. They provide support when one leg is weaker than the other or can be used as a general walking aid. Canes are useful both in and out of the house and are less “intrusive” in appearance.
Buying a sturdy cane is essential but you do have some choices in the type and appearance:
Walkers are larger than canes, as they have four legs and are typically made of metal. Walkers are not as useable in crowded or cluttered areas and the doors must be wide enough to accommodate the device. Walkers may be fitted with small bags which can allow for transportation of small items. There are three basic types:
Maintaining some mobility, even if an aid is required, can help seniors remain active and avoid the sense of isolation and loneliness that comes from being housebound or from relying on others too much. Some seniors may be concerned about the appearance of being “feeble” but as the population ages, more seniors will be seen with walkers in public.
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