Assistive Devices for the Elderly.
When talking abut assistive devices for the elderly we must think about just what are assistive devices.
Assistive devices are items used by people that have been specially configured for people to use to assist in their daily living.
For further information we refer you to this article on Wikipedia – Mobility Aid.
These include, in the case of the elderly and disabled, such items as walking sticks, rollators, wheelchairs, cups and glasses, and other such items.
Many of these items are covered in our article Gadgets for Seniors Who wish to Remain Independent. See article here.
In this article I want to concentrate on mobility assistive devices.
Walking Assistance Devices for Elderly
The walking stick or walking cane is a boon for people who in later life experience difficulty when walking.
I have 2 different walking sticks and never leave home without one. I also rely on it when walking around inside my unit.
Some sticks and canes have a single point tip while others have a quad tip.
I have one of each but much prefer the quad tip.
The quad tip allows me better balance as well as being able to leave the stick standing up by itself n any level surface.
They need not really be an expensive item for you to get.
Should you suffer an accident and have a temporary disability you may find them useful but please be guided by your doctor as to what to use.
Sometimes crutches may be the better choice.
Elderly Mobility Items
When looking at Elderly Mobility Items we can find many items that are in this category.
We refer to this article on this site What is Mobility.
These include the walking sticks or canes mentioned above but also include crutches as well.
Crutches come n a variety of models.
The standard crutch is an underarmpit model while others are unserarm.
Other items are Rollators, Walkers and Wheelchairs.
Walking Frames include some without wheels and others with wheels.
Basically, to use a Walking Frame without wheels is just a matter of taking a step and picking the Frame-up, at the same time, and putting it down again in front of you.
Should you be using a Walker with 2 wheels just pick up the rear section of the frame and wheel it along instead of lifting the whole Frame.
Walkers have attachments for adding to your walker for ease of use.
- Walker balls – attach these balls to your walker’s feet to allow them to glide smoothly along.
- Walker Glides – works similarly to the walker balls.
- Walker Coasters – Similar to the above 2 items.
- Handgrip Covers – makes it easier to use for users with arthritis.
- Cup Holder with Long Arm Clamp – Keeps drinks high for use.
Should you have a Rollator similar to mine (pictured above) simply walk along while pushing it in front of you.
These are easy to fold up and place in the trunk of your car.
To fold the item it is simply a matter of lifting the seat and pulling the central bar up.
Mine is a wider model due to my height. I am foot 2 inches while my wife who was 4 feet 11 and a half inches tall had a smaller and narrower model.
A word of warning with these – Do not attempt to use them like a wheelchair.
I did this once when pushing my wife through our house.
Went over a join in the flooring between rooms and tipped the Rollator over on an angle I did not have sufficient strength to recover it from.
I was able to lower it gently to the floor and then sat on the floor beside her for a half an hour while waiting for the ambulance to arrive to pick her up.
Afterwards we had a good laugh. I was just relieved she was not hurt.
These Rollators are handy for you if you need to sit down and have a rest.
If you do this remenber to apply the handbrakes, one of these are attached to each handle.
The rollator has a handy bag underneath the seat in which you are able to carry personal items including food and drinks.
You will find there are several accessories for your Rollator.
- Cup Holder
- Extra Bag
- Handle Covers
- Cell Phone Bag
Now we are able to see the next of the elderly mobility items.
These are Mobility Scooters.
I have a Mobility Scooter which I use sparingly as I am trying to do as much walking as possible.
There are 3 of us that do our weekly shop at a grocery store about a kilometer outside of our village.
This is a good outing for us as we do use the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and some chessecake at a different coffee shop than the one in our Retirement Village.
Mobility Scooters have a lot of attachments that are readily available.
- Backpacks of different sizes – for carrying various items
- Cup holders
- Walking Stick Holder
- Covers for Various Items as well as the Scooter.
- Sun shade or Rain Cover
- Scooter Mittens
- Scooter Poncho
- Oxygen Tank Holder
- Crutch Holder
- Access Ramps
Next on this list of elderly mobility items are wheelchairs.
The main difference are manual or motorized.
This is fairly self explanatory.
Wheel chairs are available in many differing forms and models.
There are so many different types of wheelchairs I will not go int them all here.
Once again there are many attachments for wheelchairs.
- Cup and Mug Holders
- Bags as attachments of different sizes
- Amputee Attachments
- Seat Cushions
- Covers for the Wheelchair
- Lap Trays
Other Assistive Devices for the Elderly
Whilst these will be the subject of further articles on this site there are many more available for you.
These cover virtually most of your daily life.
They are available for all over your home as well as in your auto.
Many are in the Kitchen in both the eating and cooking areas.
The bedroom has many that help with dressing as well as sleeping and getting in and out of your bed.
In the bathroom you will be surprised at what the market provides for you I know I was when I was searching further than what I knew of.
If you are a gardener and am having difficulties in that area you will be happy to know of gardening tools that have been adapted for you to use.
As you are able to see there are many areas yet to be explored.
If you wish to have a look at what is available before I can write about it I recommend you visit our Recommended Resources Page.
Here we have a list of the Companies we deal with and by clicking on the vaious company image you will be able to search their products.
One of the Companies there has in excess of 4000 products mostly at reasonable prices.
If you do buy through any of the links on that page I will receive a small commission that in no way affects your purchase price.
Thank you for visiting and reading this article about Assistive Devices for the Elderly.
I trust you have learned something from it.
Feel free to read other articles whle you are visiting and bookmark our site so that you can find us easily to return and read other new articles as we publish them.
Once again Thank You