Many seniors experience difficulty getting around independently.  If a senior is unstable performing motions like sitting down or walking,  mobility aids can offer stability and support.  It is essential to find mobility aids that fit their needs and ensure their safety.  Approximately 1/3 of older people living at home fall at least once a year.  It’s common for seniors to need mobility aids for safety and support.

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Common Mobility Aids for Getting Around

For seniors living at home and maintaining a high level of independence, common mobility aids are simply designed to help them get around.  Options include:

Canes:

Designed to increase stability and compensate for minimal balance  issues


Power Scooters:

Support those who cannot walk long distances but have upper body control and stamina


Walkers:

Help support those with significant stability problems but moderate upper body strength


Rollators:

For those with severe stability issues who lack upper body strength and balance


Wheelchairs:

Offer mobility to those unable to walk safely on their own. Variations of steering ability available.



Sometimes mobility issues are just inconvenient for seniors. Other times mobility issues put them at risk of falling. Falls can be very dangerous for the aging. Falling can result in:

• Bruises

• Fractures

• Breaks

• Need for physical therapy

• Surgical correction

• Hospitalization

• Death (there is a fall related fatality every 19 seconds)

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Mobility Aids for a Safer Home Environment

Some mobility aids aren’t designed to support long-range motion. Instead, they make the home environment safer and increase independence with specific tasks. Improve home safety and mobility by installing:

  • Rails along stairs, near bathroom fixtures, in hallways, etc.
  • Tub/bath transfer seats or benches
  • Supportive seat cushions
  • Grab handles for getting in/out of a car, bed, couch, or chair
  • Rolling over-bed or over-couch tables
  • Additional lighting or voice command lighting to improve visibility
  • Non-slip flooring that is securely tacked down
  • Stairlift
  • Ramps to replace stairs

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Mobility Problem Risk Factors

A number of issues can increase seniors’ risk of struggling with mobility and balance.

  • Diminished eyesight
  • Diabetes or heart disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Nerve issues
  • Medications
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Gait changes
  • Postural hypotension
  • Foot pain, deformities, or Poorly-fitting footwear
  • Confusion or memory problems
  • Environmental factors like lack of lighting

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Home Care Tip

Style matters. If seniors seem unwilling to accept mobility aids, consider options that look sleek or fit their sense of style. Sometimes a device that feels personalized makes a difference for seniors struggling to accept necessary changes.

Paying for Mobility Aids

Insurance companies, as well as some grant or senior care nonprofits, may help cover the costs of mobility aids. Ask a doctor or local agency for the aging for ideas on where to start seeking financial assistance for mobility devices.

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