Looking for mobility aids to make life more accessible? You have a lot of options, which do you choose? You may want to consider what others with similar situations or conditions have chosen, and why they made those buying decisions. As always, discuss potential solutions with your healthcare provider and visit a reputable area mobility retailer to find out more about popular mobility aids.
It is true that mobility aids have the potential to change lives for the better, but which one is right for you? The best approach to shopping for mobility aids, like walkers and stairlifts, is to visit a reputable mobility retailer in your area to view, try, and discuss your options. When it comes to high-quality, reliable mobility solutions, you have a lot to choose from.
Consider these popular mobility aids and why they can improve your accessibility, while increasing your quality of life, too:
Have you heard of the ‘SuperPole™’? This modular support system is intended to provide stability and support when standing up, moving, or transferring in and out of bed. Those who struggle with physical limitations may find that these sturdy poles installed near their sleep space allow for independence and ease.
The SuperPole takes very little time to install, though it does require the expertise of a mobility professional. This aid is a grab bar, of sorts, extending from the floor to the ceiling of your home. The pole is pressure-mounted and provides a measure of safety to all who use it. Some other places in the home where you may find a SuperPole are the bathroom alongside the toilet or in a living space next to a couch or chair. It typically features foam grips for a better grasp.
When it comes to improving access, a stairlift is a very popular option. Bruno stairlifts is a recognized and reputable brand that is touted for quality, longevity, and performance; talk to a mobility retail professional to find out more.
Stairlifts are not exclusive to the main staircase in a home. Many use these lifts indoors, but also outside, too. Lifts can be installed to get you off and on a porch or outside entry to the home, as well as in and out of a swimming pool or your vehicle. When contemplating the viability of a stairlift, speak with your healthcare provider to determine out-of-pocket costs, as insurance may provide some relief, depending on your diagnosis or disability.
Shower Seats and Benches
Most accidental falls in the home occur in the bathroom. This is probably not surprising given the slick surfaces and nature of this area of the home environment. So, how can you make it safer? Shower seats and benches are a cost-effective approach to reducing your risk of a fall and subsequent injury, and they are widely available. These offer support in and around the tub and shower, with a range of styles to suit the primary user’s preferences.
Sometimes the most effective solutions are the simplest. That may be the case with grab bars, which are easy-to-install grips that offer sturdy support when and as needed. Some ideal places for grab bars include near sinks, toilets, and thresholds, which could present fall risks ordinarily. Make sure that these are expertly installed to ensure stability and optimal support.
A simple but popular mobility aid is a rail for the bed. Bed rails provide assistance in getting in and out of bed. These are usually installed between the mattress and the box spring of the bed securely, with an anti-slide grip for a firm hold. These are unobtrusive and discreet, often in styles intended to meld with your bedroom décor.
Lift chairs provide a gentle nudge to help individuals up and down in a comfortable recliner-style chair. These are motorized and ideal for those who may have difficulty or discomfort standing and sitting. These are often found in rehabilitative environments for those recovering from injuries or surgeries. These chairs typically feature a remote control and come in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit your distinct décor. Lift chairs make a great gift idea, too.
Have you given any thought to getting a ramp? Different kinds of ramps are also popular mobility aids that come in door threshold, folding, modular, and fixed styles. Also, consider portable ramps which are a convenient option that is ready to go where you are with a price that is compelling. Ramps go a long way to reducing the risk of a fall injury, while also creating a more accessible home environment for you, and whoever visits your dwelling.
Want to find out more about some popular mobility aids? Come see us at Pacific Mobility 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)