People who have suffered injuries due to disease or accidents or elderly people who are at greater risk of falling down often have trouble moving around in today’s society. Mobility aids are products designed to aid in giving people more independence and freedom to move, without having to rely on the assistance of others.
There are a great variety in the types of mobility assistance available, from canes and walkers to powered wheelchairs and scooters. The type of specific aid required depends on the individual’s needs.
Canes serve the same way a crutch does in that they take a lot of the weight off the injured leg and move it to the upper body. An issue with a cane is that they put more weight and pressure on the hands and wrists, rather than crutches, which transfer more pressure to the upper body. Crutches can be more ideal for someone with arthritis or a weak hand grip.
For those with limited arm strength, walkers are a good option. Walkers are basically made up of a (usually) metal framework with four legs that provide much needed stability and support. Walkers that have wheels at the base of the legs are known as rollers. Some people use a walker/cane hybrid. Again, the type of support required depends on the individual and their own needs.
Wheelchairs are used by individuals who should not put support on their legs, or who are simply unable to walk. Wheelchairs can be manually powered by the user, pushed by someone else, or electrically powered for those users unable to do it manually. Mobility scooters are also available for those without enough upper body strength to use a common wheelchair.
Another aid that is often unthought of, is actually a living creature – guide dogs. The importance of guide dogs to the visually impaired cannot be overstated. These specially trained companions are instrumental in guiding their owners throughout the day safely. They also offer companionship and affection to their owners.
Again, there are a great variety of mobility aids available to help those that suffer from disabilities to lead a more independent, mobile life, and the specific needs depend on the individual.