As we age, our bodies gradually lose muscle strength and we may have difficulties maintaining our balance. It only takes one fall for seniors to lose their confidence and threaten their independence – particularly if they live at home. A home care system or home care software can help seniors live at home longer, and a mobility aid can do the same.
Mobility aids can decrease the risk of falling by helping seniors maintain their balance and stay steadier on their feet. In order to get the most out of your motility aid, it’s important to choose the right one. Factors to consider are:
- Current level of mobility
- The environment you will be using the aid
- Exercise tolerance
Different Types of Mobility Aids
There are a variety of mobility aids available, and many different styles for each type. One common aid is a walking frame, which can have four, three, or two wheels. Each have their own pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences so you make the appropriate choice. Caregivers who care for seniors with the help of a home care system can make notes in their home care software regarding any concerns with their mobility aids.
Four wheeled walking frames are fast and smooth; good for mobile seniors looking for a little extra support, but they are unsuitable for seniors who can’t manage hand brakes. Three wheeled walking frames are also fast and smooth, fit into tight spaces and fold up into small units. They are unsuitable for seniors who can’t work hand brakes, and are less supportive than the four, wheeled square frame. Two wheeled walking frames are more stable, and good for those with hand dexterity issues. They may be more difficult to maneuver and the rear stoppers may skip or bounce.
Another option is a walking cane. These versatile mobility aids offer support without the cumbersome bulk of a walker. A cane with a fold-out seat is a good choice for seniors who need to take frequent breaks while walking. Older ones who have limited exercise tolerance tend to worry when going to unfamiliar places that there won’t be a suitable place to rest, so a walking cane with seat may help them enjoy more outings. ClearCare Online’s home care system and home care software can help seniors track social engagements and activities so there is no need to be isolated at home.
Not all mobility aids are created equal. Seniors must check the quality of the aid and the maximum weight it can support.
Mobility aids can help seniors stay safe at home longer, and enjoy more independence and better quality of life. The same can be said of ClearCare Online’s home care software and home care system. Qualified caregivers who use a home care system like ClearCare Online can set daily reminders for all important daily tasks, and family members can view all updates in real time using their web-based home care software.
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