Getting around is a difficult task when you have a disability that hinders your mobility. It may be easier to move around the house but out there things are totally different. With mobility aids one can get the support they need and be able to carry out their duties and activity of daily living with minimal assistance from others.
There are a number of mobility aids to choose from and it helps to know what works best for you. The way to pick the best mobility assistance equipment is to be informed about what is available. Talking to those who already have them will go a long way in helping you choose what is right for you. Other peoples’ experiences will help you understand how every piece of equipment works. Knowing what you want from the mobility equipment you are about to get is also another way to help you figure out what to pick. A lot of users have realized over time that they need more than a single device and have added the appropriate devices according to urgency.
Options to choose from
Mobility assistance equipment has a lot of different choices which include wheelchairs, assistive devices for ambulation, power assist devices, power wheelchairs and scooters. Here are 4 brief overviews of different types of mobility product categories to consider:
1. Manual wheelchairs
These are designed to either be pushed by the user or a companion. Their typical use involves little mobility that does not involve long distances. Transport chairs are particularly convenient since you can fold them and put them in the back of the car to take with you wherever you go.
2. Power assist systems
These are a version of the manual wheelchair with a little bit more function. They are battery powered to increase the number of revolutions per push. The reason for there being such a chair is to reduce the effort of pushing while increasing the distance that the chair moves with a single push.
Mobility scooters are the ideal kind of mobility equipment for simple tasks like going to the mall for some shopping. They have better aesthetics and do not look the slightest bit like wheelchairs. Their range of mobility is also better and the exertion required for them is minimal.
4. Ambulation aids
There are two types of crutch designs, under the arm or cuffed to the forearm. Walkers have a lot of designs and it depends on what you find workable for you. There are the rollator walkers with four wheels, pick up walkers that have no wheels at all and sliders which have small skis or tennis balls on the rear legs.
As for canes, it is important that you get the right size even if it means having it custom made. For a comfortable height, your wrist should bend at about 30 degrees when you hold the cane.
We encourage you to visit the products section of our website to see an overview of the extensive mobility product categories that we provide. We specialize in mobility and our professional staff can work with you to determine what mobility product may be the absolute ideal product for your needs and goals in life. Keystone Mobility has been providing these products above and great alternatives for residents in Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Cumberland or other surrounding areas in central Pennsylvania for many years.