Did you know that about 16% of seniors in the US use canes for walking support? And, most of that 16% report that they often limit physical activity as well, for fear of falling. Sure, canes are a favorable option for many seniors. But, they’re not going to be perfect for every particular mobility need. If you’re among those who are holding back from enjoying life to its fullest, then we’ve got some alternatives for you to talk to your doctor about!
Trekking poles come in many designs: one-piece poles, varying lengths, telescoping poles of adjustable length, and non-adjustable shaft versions. They’re also equipped with a range of wrist straps and grips. Think of these supports as ski poles that you use while walking. Their lightweight design makes them convenient to use when walking, hiking, or just getting around a bit.
A rollator is a walker that has four wheels and a built-in seat. Many have adjustable heights and feature a higher capacity for weight. These types of walkers propel with ease and are often adjustable and easy to modify. Rollators are suitable for those who need help with stability and mobility, and also frequently take breaks when walking.
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Gone are the days when scooters were only used around grocery stores and shopping malls. Now, scooters are everywhere! A mobility scooter is power-driven and usually has rechargeable batteries. Some have three wheels and some have four. They’re designed to be easily folded or disassembled for transport. Afraid you won’t be able to safely keep up on a family outing? Then, pack the scooter!
Maybe you have a leg injury. Maybe your arthritis is just worse on the left. Whatever condition you’re working with, a knee walker might be a great support when you’re out and about. Similar to a rollator, this walker allows you to rest one knee on a padded cushion while using the opposite leg to propel forward.
Forearm crutches, also known as elbow crutches or Lofstrand crutches, are usually utilized by those with long-term disabilities. Seniors who have gait disorders causing imbalance, staggering, and frequent falls, can use these as an added walking support. One great advantage to forearm crutches is that they are secure to the arms, making picking up and handling objects a bit more convenient.
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