As older adults who used to be physically robust continue to age, they may develop some health conditions or issues that can hamper their movement. They are compelled to depend on walking supports to move about safely and these supports are key to maintaining balance and preventing falls. Listed below are the six best types of mobility aid for the elderly, with each offering unique advantages and disadvantages.
Canes are appropriate for older adults who have slight to moderate mobility issues. It can provide added balance during walking and can help to relieve joint pressure considerably well.
Canes are typically budget-friendly, long-lasting, and have a locking ring to prevent slips. However, the cane and handle tips tend to deteriorate quickly and weight distribution is an issue.
Walking Seat and Cane
Such walking aids are useful for outdoor use, especially for people who like to take morning strolls along trails or golfing. It can be used either as a cane to provide physical stability or a stool that can be unfolded when a rest is needed.
It provides two uses for the price of one but there could be possible obstruction of movement due to the folded seat. With a nine-inch diameter seat, it could be unsuitable for people with larger frames.
A quadpod cane features legs at the bottom to allow it to remain upright when not in use. This function provides even greater stability and sharply reduces the risk of falls. But it is more expensive than a typical cane and some concerns include poor traction on slippery surfaces, base severing from cane itself, and the possibility of cane cracking under heavy weights.
This walking aid has a three- or four-wheel design and hand-operated brakes. The swiveling wheels allow unrestricted turns and movements while the built-in seats allow rest breaks. Rollator walkers are ideal for both outdoors and indoors. However, the support is heavy and bulky, making folding and packing it difficult. It can also be highly expensive which might deter any potential interest.
Lightweight and lacking wheels, standard walkers are suited to older adults who are prone to falls as they have a steady support frame and base. Nonetheless, the aid requires significant upper body strength, allows slow movement, and can be challenging to navigate uneven surfaces.
If canes and walkers can’t provide the needed support for your loved ones, wheelchairs may be necessary as a last resort option. Wheelchairs require another individual to lift and transport outside of the home since they are significantly heavy. Electric-powered wheelchairs on the other hand are expensive and can cost upwards of $7,000.
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