The vast and varied options that consumers have when it comes to mobility aids may seem daunting, even overwhelming. The truth is mobility aids have the potential of changing lives for the better- and your choices may be simpler than you think. Don’t wait another day for assistance with accessibility issues; learn the basics with a simple guide to mobility aids today!
Does the wide range of mobility aids and equipment make it difficult to hone in on the best option when trying to make buying decisions? The truth is, there are a lot of choices for those seeking mobility aids, devices, and equipment to improve accessibility. A reputable and reliable retailer may offer keen insights so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Here is a simple guide to mobility aids and equipment that can change everyday life for the better:
When you think of mobility aids and devices, you probably don’t think about smaller, subtle ways that can improve access while preventing a nasty fall. One underappreciated option is a simple reaching tool. Often called ‘grabbers’, reaching tools help to prevent the loss of balance that can occur when consumers are trying to access items or objects that are tucked in cabinets, under counters, or up on shelves. A reaching tool is an excellent way to help prevent the risk of a fall, while reducing overall injuries, widely.
The next mobility aid that seems very basic is the grab bar. The grab bar is installed near places where an individual could use a little extra stability and support, i.e. near toilets, sinks, stairs, and doorways. It is important that these are installed by someone that has expertise, ensuring they are stable and secure for the user. Grab bars can be an excellent fall preventative as they offer a way to regain support during ADLs, or activities of daily life.
Canes and Walkers
Canes and walkers are likely what comes to mind when contemplating assistance with getting around, inside or out. Which ones are best? That is a question best given to mobility retailers in the region that can demonstrate and describe your options. Even better- plan to visit a retailer in person to try out various canes, walkers, and alternatives yourself! After all, you know your own preferences and habits best!
Scooters and Seats
Scooters, wheelchairs, and even simple seats like tub-chairs or shower seats, all provide respite and relief for individuals that have lower body disabilities, weakness, injuries, or issues. Some of these are temporary solutions set in place by providers during rehabilitation from injury or surgery. Others may be used by those with progressive illnesses or disabilities; some examples could include conditions like Parkinson’s or diabetes, which can manifest in physical limitations over time.
Shower and tub seats offer a non-intrusive safety net in any bathroom. These have non-slip feet and can be used for daily hygiene with little or no assistance at all. Some users may find that they don’t often need to sit on the seat, but are relieved to have it nearby in the event they do and to prevent any potential bathroom injury.
Lots of Lifts
When discussing lifts, there are numerous types designed for various locations and physical needs offered. For instance, you may choose conventional stairlifts to help with accessing upper levels of the home or vehicle lifts to provide support getting in and out of your truck. For those that rely on caregivers for physical assistance, freestanding lifts can be helpful while also reducing the risk of caregiver injury when transporting patients or caring for loved ones. Want to talk brands? Bruno brand is recognized for quality and proudly sold at Pacific Mobility serving Southern California consumers. As for the best solution to suit your needs: a free, no commitment needs assessment with a qualified mobility retailer can help pinpoint exactly what lift- and other aids- are good options for you.
Ramps serve a broad range of consumers, offering a low-impact means of access while also offering accessibility and convenience to individuals that use mobility aids or equipment. When it comes to ramps, you have the choice of temporary, portable versions that can go with you- or, you have more permanent ramps which are typically constructed near homes and businesses. Which do you need? Well, that depends on your own lifestyle and personal tastes. Many consumers that regularly rely on ramps for accessibility consider having both a permanent and a portable ramp the perfect pairing for everyday life. Ask mobility vendors about their selection of ramps to learn more about your buying choices.
Simplify mobility options with a professional at Pacific Mobility; they streamline the process while also taking the time to make sure you are comfortable with the choice that you have made. For service, support, and a smile, talk to the industry experts today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)