“Use it or lose it!” That’s something for everyone to keep in mind, but can apply, in particular, to older adults. If we don’t keep moving, we may find it harder and harder to move at all. For as long as an adult can, they should keep moving. Even simple movement – just walking – promotes healthy joints, muscles, and bones. Unfortunately, as we age, the risk of tripping and falling heightens. This means even the simplest, most common movements can be hazardous.
Mobility aids for older adults may be needed after surgery, temporarily, or, due to declining health, on a more permanent basis. To move around safely, what’s important is that these assistive devices are both appropriate and available to the adult in question.
To prevent falls and to help older adults maintain their stability, there are a number of assistive devices. To help your loved one keep moving, check out the following mobility aids.
Rollators are walkers (see below) that have four wheels, rather than two. So the user can stop and rest whenever desired, these walkers frequently have a built-in seat. They also have a set of handlebars. The design of this rollator allows for support baskets to hold accessories, personal items, etc., which makes getting outside the home easier and more enjoyable for many individuals.
A common older adult fall prevention device, the walker is a popular choice. They have either feet or wheels at the bottom/end of a durable frame. There are two-wheel walkers or four-wheel walkers (see rollators above) – and walkers with no wheels.
As of late, there are specially designed walkers that function and look like either a tricycle or a bicycle. To help someone with joint problems move around safely, there is a special area for knee support.
For older adults who have severe or moderate issues with stability and balance, walkers support more body weight and are, therefore, superior to canes in many instances. For adults with low upper body strength, walkers that don’t need to be picked up (they simply roll along) are preferable.
Most walkers, for travel and portability, can be easily folded. So that they can sit, and rest as needed, some older adults may prefer a walker with a built-in seat.
One of the common fall prevention devices, and possibly the simplest, is a walking stick or a cane. To help your loved ones increase their balance, this device provides stability. Because weight is transferred to the upper body from the legs, the strain on the legs is reduced. Because they are so easy to use and transport, these devices provide a great deal of independence.
The following are types of canes:
- Quad canes
- Forearm canes
- Adjustable canes
Have some fun and match your mood or your outfit courtesy of the various styles and colors canes are available today. What’s more, they are highly portable and affordable. Make sure that the handle grip and height are best suited to you.
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