Mobility impairment encompasses a wide range of conditions, from a fall-risk to traumatic brain injury. Mobility aids can assist with access and convenience.
Over 53-million people in the US have a disability, according to the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, and live with some type of physical impairment. Problems lie in the fact that some individuals live in unsafe conditions due to their limited access to integral areas of the home. This can curb overall quality of life and could potentially result in an accident or injury. Aids and mobility devices could prove life-changing for this significant demographic and increase access to the world around them.
Mobility Impairment Encompasses a Wide Range of Conditions:
There is some ambiguity when it comes to defining a mobility impairment, and it may not always be apparent to family, friends, or caregivers. Some disabilities that impact access and mobility include the following:
Mobility impairment can impact balance and cause difficulty with the extremities, such as a lack of strength to walk, lift, or grasp. This may result in the use of a walker, wheelchair, or scooter, which can present obstacles in homes that are not adapted and modified to accommodate these aids. A significant fall-risk is also a type of mobility impairment that could be overlooked but that poses obstacles and potential problems in everyday living. Fall-risks may be caused by a recent surgery or a progressive case of arthritis or other debilitating disease; typically, mobility aids include reaching tools, walkers, and canes.
Back disorders can present another type of mobility impairment, limiting the individual’s ability to stand, walk, sit, bend, or lift. Lower-back pain can create mobility deficits that make autonomous living difficult without mobility aids in-place. This may be caused by a previous injury or from a progressive condition, such as scoliosis, that interferes with the range of motion. When the core of the body- the back- is limited, it can make everyday tasks arduous and painful.
Chronic pain can cause mobility impairment; for example, Arthritis causes inflammation of joints, which subsequently results in pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Individuals that are overweight or obese may experience pain in the extremities and joints due to the stress and strain on these regions of the body. Mobility devices may help those with chronic issues manage their pain and go-about their daily routine.
Not surprisingly, visual impairment impacts mobility; around 285-million people are reportedly visually-impaired globally. Of this statistic, approximately 39-million are blind. Seniors are at particularly high-risk, as it is estimated that over 80% of those that are visually-impaired are over the age of 50. Mobility aids to help these visually-impaired seniors include things like rails, grab-bars, and installations around the home, such as wider doorways and audio aids. Technology has played a significant role in the evolution of electronic devices to help the visually-impaired, as difficulties with sight are directly related to problems with mobility- particularly in unfamiliar areas, outside the home.
A physical impairment is defined by a limitation in intentional and independent movement of the body, and it is estimated that one-in-five adults in the US have a disability of one form or another. As mentioned, impairments may be difficult to identify, but impact lives and threaten autonomy nonetheless.
Some other impairments include:
- Cerebral Palsy.
- Head and traumatic brain Injury.
- Spina Bifida.
- Spinal Cord Injury.
Make life more accessible and convenient with mobility aids
It is integral to the well-being of individuals to have the freedom remain autonomous as long as possible, and mobility issues can compromise this independence. Don’t hinder yourself with limited access to all areas of the home- both inside and out. Visit retail sites to find aids that can help those with physical impairments expand access and increase convenience.
Exciting mobility solutions include:
- stairlifts: It is reassuring to know that there are stairlifts installed for inside and outside your home, making your entire property accessible.
- Vehicle lifts: Vehicle lifts put you back in the driver’s seat and allow for easy storage of chairs and walkers when you get ready to drive.
- Porch lifts: Porch lifts are great for accessing your yard and garden, and enable you to use the main entrance to your home.
- Door-opening systems: Sometimes all you need is a helping hand; door-openers provide that extra bit of assistance that you may need when entering and exiting your home.
What are you waiting for? If you or someone you love is challenged with access in and around the home, take action with mobility aids that help preserve independence and, subsequently, improve the overall quality of life. Don’t buy your devices and equipment from just anyone, however; make sure that the vendor provides customer support, professional installation, and service after the sale to ensure satisfaction, security, and safety.
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)