Choosing a Mobility Aid That Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle
Getting used to the idea that a mobility aid will enhance your life isn’t always an easy one. Click here to find out why you should never feel embarrassed or ashamed about using one. Whether this step takes place before or after you begin using one, you still need to figure out which mobility aid is going to be the best fit for your needs and lifestyle so you don’t waste precious time and money on ones that aren’t a fit.
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Is balance an issue for you?
Do you find that you need a little something to help keep you upright as you move about your home or while on the go?
Canes are a fantastic option when you need a little stability. I prefer one that is able to stand upright by itself. There is no need to find somewhere to hang them nor do they slide off of rails, chairs, etc. and onto the floor.
Walking down dark hallways or outdoors after sunset can be dangerous even with a cane. Click here to check out a cane that is equipped with a flashlight to help you see where you are walking!
Canes don’t have to be boring and cute ones don’t have to be extravagant like the blue diamond cane that Selma Blair rocked at the Oscars. Click here to view a sizzling purple cane that will surely draw more compliments than remarks questioning your need for a mobility aid. However, if you really want something that will turn heads at a swanky event, you need to click here for some fancier options.
Another option for stability in the home is a basic walker. I do not recommend it for outdoor use as it doesn’t have wheels, but it is a safer option than a rollator for indoor use.
Balance and a place to rest while on the go
I have been using a rollator for balance while on the go since 2007. However, my rollator solves more problems besides aiding my stability. It gives me a place to sit when my feet, knees, or back need a moment to rest. My rollator provides a place to put my feet up on when sitting on a park bench. It also reduces how much shoulder and back muscle strain I must endure from my purse or backpack. Instead of wearing them on my body, I often hang them or place them on the seat of my rollator.
Because of a yet to be diagnosed issue with my intestines, I am not currently able to walk very much and have had to return to using my wheelchair more than my rollator once again. Before this new health issue became as severe of a problem as it currently is, I was ready to purchase the rollator/transport chair combo pictured below. It easily transforms from a rollator to a transport chair.
This mobility aid would have allowed me to walk when I could and to be safely pushed by family when I couldn’t. I will be purchasing this, but not until we are closer to this latest health issue being resolved. Instead for now I need to look at something that will allow me to keep my independence without enduring physical pain.
Depending on your abilities, a standard wheelchair may be what allows you to remain independent. But if you are like me and your body will not tolerate the physical movement it takes to propel one, you will either need someone to assist you or choose to purchase an electric model.
If you are looking for an inexpensive wheelchair that is tougher than it looks, you need to check out the one that I have. I purchased it in the fall of 2016 and although it collected dust in the garage during 2018, it is a tough model that will see me through many more years. This wheelchair has been rammed into curbs, walls, poles, you name it and you would never know by how it performs or looks. Click here to read my original review of it.
Although this is the most affordable option for me at the moment, I am looking into purchasing a motorized one to allow me to keep my independence for as long as possible.
My father-in-law recently purchased this beauty. He and my mother-in-law have taken it on several trips and love it. It folds up and is easy to transport in their vehicle and gets him everywhere he wants to go. It allows them to enjoy walks without him having to spend days and weeks in physical agony.
While not ideal for most indoor settings, with the exception of grocery and big-box stores, the scooter below is the perfect option for getting around your neighborhood. It can also breakdown to fit into your trunk so you could use it at Disneyland, cruise the boardwalk at your favorite beach, or for a day at the zoo.
Whatever you choose, please remember this.
There is no reason to be ashamed for needing to use a mobility aid. I don’t care how old or young you are if your lack of mobility is forcing you to stay home and is isolating you from friends and family, put your pride aside and find the mobility aid that best suits your needs.
My abilities fluctuate often. This is why I have a fleet of mobility aids and not just one. In the past 3 years, there have been days when I haven’t needed any assistance, somewhere a cane kept me from toppling over, my walker saved my knees and back, and that my wheelchair allowed me to spend time with friends and family without accruing a high level of pain.
Which one or what combination of mobility aids would enhance your life?