Although most people like to think that they will always be able to move under their own power without any assistance, the truth is that many people will need to rely on medical mobility equipment at some point in their lives. Some people simply have problems getting around due to their age, while others might suffer a debilitating accident that leaves them handicapped. Fortunately, there is no shortage of medical mobility equipment available to those who need it. It’s even evolved quite a bit over the years and become more convenient and comfortable than it has been in the past.
There are many different kinds of mobility equipment available, and most of it can be customized to suit an individual’s needs. Here are just a few kinds of equipment that are commonly used by people with physical disabilities.
The first thing that comes to mind when people imagine medical mobility equipment, a wheelchair is simply a chair with wheels that is intended as a replacement for walking. The simplest chairs need to be pushed manually either by a second person or by the individual in the chair. These chairs have large rear wheels that can be easily grasped and moved from the chair itself, giving individuals the ability to move themselves with their arms. Other models include power chairs that are moved by an electric motor and manipulated via special navigational controls. These chars are often very easy to control even if the user has significantly impaired motor functions.
Scooters are similar to power wheelchairs in that they are motorized and designed for those who have limited mobility. The biggest difference between a scooter and a motorized wheelchair is the design. While motorized wheelchairs are designed to look like traditional wheelchairs, scooters are built to resemble motorized vehicles. They are ideal not just for those with limited mobility, but limited stamina due to advanced age or illness.
Walkers and Canes
Those who are still relatively mobile and independent can usually get around well with a good walker or cane. Walkers and canes range from simple and lightweight to heavy wheeled devices designed to support a person with very limited strength. They are available in many different styles, colors and sizes, and like other mobility devices they can be customized to fit an individual’s needs.
Few people like to imagine themselves needing mobility equipment to get around and live independently, but today’s modern devices are very versatile and much more convenient than those developed years ago. A doctor can help patients determine not only if medical mobility equipment can help them, but they can develop an ideal system and device to cater to their individual needs.