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Not being able to move as easily as you would prefer can be a very frustrating experience. Having to depend on someone to help you walk, bathe, cook and reach things around your home can become depressing. Making use of mobility aids allow for people with limited movement to maintain some independence, and even to remain in their homes in some cases.

There are many types of mobility aids. The five most common types are crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters.

Crutches, canes and walkers all assist a person with walking. Crutches assist a person who isn't able to bear weight on lower extremities. Canes provide support to those who are prone to falling and need help with balance. Walkers or rollators - (which is a walker with wheels on the front) allow the user to grip the handles for balance and walk forward while pushing the walker along.  Walkers now commonly come equipped with a seat which provides the option to sit and rest whenever needed.

Wheelchairs and scooters are chairs with wheels that allow a person to move without walking at all. Wheelchairs come in both manual and electric models. Mobility scooters are battery powered chairs that also have a steering option attached.

There are many other mobility devices such as:patient lifts which help with stairs and standing up, and transfer devices which help in transitioning from one position to another.

Three Benefits

Mobility Aids can offer independence and a happier lifestyle - This might be the number one reason a person would want to use a mobility aid. Many people find that using a mobility device helps them to hold on to more of their strength and energy for a longer period of time. When a person has more energy, they can continue to be involved with their community. Hello again social life!

Mobility Aids offer safety and injury prevention - Using a mobility aid can prevent you from over using or over extending your limbs. They also provide some stability and perhaps comfort for when your limbs become tired.

Mobility Aids can give you the ability to exercise - Exercise is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Making use of a mobility aid can possibly keep you moving longer, therefore allowing you to maintain your independence longer. Having and maintaining the energy to embrace your independence, makes learning about mobility devices worth the effort.

It is very important to be properly fitted for and trained on your mobility device by an Occupational Therapist. Not being properly fitted can be uncomfortable, difficult and dangerous. When you have a good device and know how to use it - you are setting yourself up for safety. 

There are literally hundreds of lifestyle aids and many mobility devices developed to make life for you and your loved ones a bit easier. I encourage you to explore your options today!

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