According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, millions of people age 65 or older experience a fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people fall each year and risk falling again. Moreover, a fall for an older person can cause them to lose faith in their ability to stand and walk unaided, causing distress and a reluctance to remain mobile, which has far-reaching health implications.
If a loved one has already experienced a fall or is unsteady on their feet, there are a wide range of mobility aids available to help them move around with greater confidence. Here are some common mobility aids designed for getting around.
• Canes – designed to increase stability and compensate for minimal balance issues
• Walkers – supports stability problems
• Rollators – for those with severe stability issues and lack upper body strength and balance
• Power Scooters – for those who have difficulty walking long distances and lack stamina
• Wheelchairs – offers mobility for those unable to walk safely on their own
Some mobility aids can improve safety in the home such as:
• Ramps to replace stairs
• Non-slip flooring
• Bath/tub seats or benches
• Rails along stairs, bathrooms, hallways, and etc.
Most elderly people don’t want to become a burden to their families, especially when it comes to simpler things like getting around or moving from one place to another. Mobility aids can become a lifesaver for many older people.