Welcome to Florida – the home to mobility assistants.
The ability to walk is not something everyone possesses. Even those who have walked their entire lives can find themselves struggling to remain mobile as they age and the body weakens. While canes and walkers can help some, there are many more devices designed to assist people with limited mobility that provide better stability and support.
A compact portable wheelchair has long been used as a way for people who can’t walk to get around. Though the option has been used for some time, the designs and features have changed over the years. People now have the option of using the Zinger chair that folds up for easy storage and is compact in size so it can get right up to a kitchen table or desk. Individuals who once had to sit in their wheelchairs to eat or work can now do so next to everyone else, easing the feeling of loneliness.
Some people may be able to walk around fine, but their struggle comes when it’s time to get up from a seated position. Sitting in a reclining chair for even just a short time and then attempting to get back up again can be a major feat for some. It can take a great deal of effort and determination before a person can manage to get themselves up and out of that seat. With the help of a lift chair, individuals having a hard time getting up no longer have to struggle. The chair lifts up and tilts forward to give someone sitting that push they need to get up easier.
Making the way from the bottom of the stairs to the top, or vice versa, is a huge burden for some people. Older adults tend to struggle with steps as each one places pressure on their knee joints. Instead of struggling to get up or down each day, people can have a stair lift installed. This lift gets added to the railing and resembles a chair. The person needing to use it simply sits down and uses the control to transport themselves up and along the railing. There are some self-installable options or homeowners can choose to have a professional put the lift in to ensure it’s in properly and is safe to use.
Much like a wheelchair, mobility scooters allow people to get around who otherwise wouldn’t be able. These are better designed for people who want to get outdoors. They also allow for better maneuverability over wheelchairs, making it possible for even those with limited arm strength to get around.
Most people see elevators at businesses and malls. In-home elevators are also possible, allowing people to make it from one floor of their home to the next with ease. This is a more expensive option than a stair lift, but it also allows people to take their wheelchair or scooter with them if needed. A professional will need to install this, with some changes made to the home to make it possible.
Mobility becomes a major concern as people age. Finding devices like these that help make it easier to get around is one of the best things a senior can do for themselves. It allows them to continue their same lifestyle and feel as though they’re still mobile and able to manage on their own without assistance from another person. Try one or all and see how much easier they make things.