Older adults who were once physically active may start developing joint problems as they age. Compounded by additional health issues or injury, older adults may be compelled to rely on mobility aids to get around safely. Mobility aids are essential in helping to stabilize them as they walk while also preventing falls. If you are looking for mobility aids for older adults, here are some recommendations for you to consider.
Walking canes are ideal for older adults who are mobile and experience only light to moderate mobility issues. These walking aids provide them with additional balance and also help to relieve pressure in their joints. Walking canes require moderate arm and hand strength to function properly. They are budget-friendly and most stores carry them. Most walking canes can support a maximum weight of 250 pounds and measure roughly 30 to 39 inches.
A quadpod is slightly different from a single-pointed cane. It has legs at its base which allow the cane to stay in an upright position when not in use. This design is much more desirable for older adults who are prone to falls. It may be much more expensive than standard walking canes, but it offers a lot more support even from seating to standing positions. A quadpod cane can support a maximum weight of 300 pounds and measures about 28 to 39 inches.
Walking Seat and Cane
For older adults who enjoy taking morning walks along trails or -going golfing, they can benefit from a multipurpose walking seat and cane. This cane is suitable for use outdoors, offering older adults with physical stability. When they need to take a rest, the cane can be unfolded to reveal a stool designed for sitting. The folded seat measures roughly 9 inches in diameter so it may not be ideal for tall or obese older adults. Each cane can support up to 250 pounds of weight and measures approximately 32 inches.
Walking support can be gained from walkers. They are lightweight and do not come with wheels. They are ideal for older adults who are at frequent risk of falls. The walker provides steady support which makes them suitable for many older adults like those who lack upper body strength. However, it takes practice to efficiently maneuver a standard walker, especially on uneven surfaces.
A rollator walker or a rolling walker comes equipped with hand-controlled brakes and a three or four-wheel design. Its wheels swivel to make it easy for older adults to maneuver. The walker also comes with a built-in seat that allows rest breaks. A rollator walker can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can support up to 350 pounds of weight and measures up to 37 inches.
For older adults who are not able to navigate using canes and walkers, wheelchairs may be the best option. There are three types of manual wheelchairs that range from standard to ultra-lightweight. Wheelchairs require another person to push them and lift them up during transportation.