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Walker vs. Rollator. Which Walking Aid is Best for You?

Eelderly using rollator

Walkers and rollators are the most widely used mobility aids today. They deliver very similar health benefits to maintain a proactive way of living. 

The main motives you may wish to use them for can be assistance in walking independently, reduction of pain and discomfort, prevention of falling, increase of safety and help to overcome the injuries.

As a result of the increased mobility and independence, most people say they are happier and more self-confident after using a walker or rollator.

There are many options when it comes down to selecting between a walker or rollator. They are different in a way they serve different purposes. Additionally, they have a variety of features and it can be difficult to choose the right one and make the final decision. 

By learning about the basics of rollators and walkers, their important features and consulting with professionals, you are more capable of making a good decision on which mobility aid you should choose.

Let’s take a look at a few of the important details that will help you select the perfect mobility device.

 

What Kinds of Walkers (Walking Frames) are Available?

Standard Walker

A standard walker is regarded as the most basic type of walker on the market. It is a four-legged device with the capability of adapting its height and width to suit your unique needs. Also, it has metal rubber tips that enhance stability and prevent floor damage,

A standard walker is primarily designed for individuals that have an unstable gait that can be handled independently. It helps them to control their body and learn to maintain an upright posture. But, you must pick up and move the device before every step.

A walker has soft foam or hard rubber handles. The difference between these two suggestions is that soft foams are easy to grip and use but they wear out quicker than the hard rubber handles.

The majority of standard walkers fold so transporting and storage of them is easy. But you should expect these models to be more expensive than their non-folding counterparts. 

There are also available attachable trays for carrying light items for your standard walker.

 

Small Ultra Narrow Lightweight Walking Frame

Ultra Narrow Lightweight Walking Frame

Ultra Narrow Lightweight Walking Frame

 

Two-Wheel Walker

A two-wheel walker is defined as a walking aid with two front wheels and no rear wheels. Аlthough it looks like a standard walker it operates quite differently. 

You apply your weight on the walker and instead of you lifting it in every step, it slides forward as you walk. 

To facilitate this movement, there are two front wheels that move along and back glides that regulate the speed.

This assistive device is most recommended for individuals with limited strength and mobility. But it can also be very useful and helpful for people who walk slowly as the casters can help enhance their pace.

Compared to standard, two-wheel walkers facilitate a more natural gait. Because of their wheels, rolling walkers really move well on carpet and they come assembled, requiring little to no modification.  

However, the downside of this device stands out significantly when it comes to outdoor use due to the heightened chances of getting stuck in rougher terrains.

 

Ultra Narrow Lightweight Walking Frame with Wheels

Ultra Narrow Lightweight Walking Frame with Wheels

Days Wheeled Forearm Walker

Days Wheeled Forearm Walker

 

Both types of walkers are made in both non-folding and folding options and could be adjusted to fit various user heights.

See the full line of our Walking Frames

 

What Kinds of Rollators are Available?

A rollator is a type of walking frame that has wheels at the bottom and a braking system. A rollator is a more mobile stability aid. Because of its wheels, it can be manoeuvred easily. 

This device is ideal for those who can walk but require help to maintain stability and balance.

Unlike a traditional walking frame, a rollator does not need to be lifted to move forward. This can help to conserve a lot of energy. 

Rollators are available in three-wheel or four-wheel versions. To avoid confusion, three-wheel walkers are often called “tri walkers”, while four-wheel walkers are referred to as “rollators.

 

Three-wheel Rollators (Tri-Walker)

Tri-Walkers have one wheel in the front and two on the rear side

They are often preferred for indoor use since they have less mass in the frame and the front wheel allows easier manoeuvring in tight spaces.

However, three-wheel models are not as popular as four-wheel models since they have less stability and do not have seats even though they could come with a storage bag.

Premium-Lightweight-Aluminium-Tri-Walker

Premium Lightweight Aluminium Tri-Walker

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Lightweight Tri Walker with Bag and Basket

See our full line of Tri Walkers

 

Four-wheel Rollators

This type of rollators have four wheels (two swivel in the front and two wheels in the back.

Because of its wide area, this aid device can provide support for individuals who need more stability. In addition, it is equipped with seats and an extra storage basket or pouch.

 

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Days 100 Series 103 / Small Lightweight Rollator Aidapt Duo Deluxe Rollator and Transit Chair in One - Blue

 

Rollators typically include seats for customers to place their feet on, and that’s the moment when the weight comes into play. 

So, the basic thing we need to consider when buying a rollator is its weight capacity.  There are various weight categories of rollators designed for people of different weights.

 

Choosing Between a Walker or Rollator

When should you use a walker?

Whether an individual is going to use or not a walker, depends on its mobility. If a person needs stable support and feels difficulty walking from a bedroom to a bathroom, a walker might be the right solution. 

Also, the walker is a good choice for people recovering from hip or knee surgery who can’t bear weight on one leg.

 

When should you use a rollator?

The best choice for an individual who can walk but need a little help is a rollator. It gives balance, stability, allows to walk at a quicker pace and helps with a normal gait. 

A rollator gives an opportunity to be controlled by the user like steering or operating the hand brakes. Also, it has a seat that allows taking a rest as needed.

 

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These two various mobility devices help and give support to different conditions and situations of people with mobility difficulties. 

It is very important to take into consideration all of these aspects we’ve covered above.  The stability, support, comfort and safety of an individual are essential. That’s why make sure to consult your healthcare professional to help you in this decision.

 

For more information about choosing the right walking frame for your needs please contact Aids 4 Mobility. We are the mobility experts and will be happy to help you with any and all enquiries that you may have.

 

 

 

How To Prepare Children With Disabilities For School

Children with disabilities

Do you remember growing up? Numerous challenges facing your way and you just standing there, not knowing how to cope with what the future throws at you. Growing up is hard enough but for children with disabilities, this can be even more difficult. They are often confronted by their peers who don't understand their pal's situation or condition enough to show empathy or to treat them with the respect they deserve. In return, disabled children can often shut down into their own little worlds where they feel safe and secure. This is not something to be taken lightly. As a clear cry for help, you as a parent, guardian, or teacher should look for the best way to address this emotional state without having to compromise the child's trust.

 

How to address children with disabilities when they shut down emotionally?

Seeing a kid feeling less worthy or not being able to communicate with their friends as they should, could be one of the toughest things one might have to endure. Luckily, this is something that can be controlled if approached the right way. Having a deep conversation with the child can help them loosen up their fear of communication and open up to new friendships & possibilities. Try talking to them explaining why they should not feel any different than the rest, why they should mix with other kids and have as much fun as they are having. Being disabled is not something to be ashamed or scared of. It is something that must be embraced as such. This will allow them to feel the liberation they have been craving for. Now they can start living their young lives with the necessary adjustments that will allow them to fit into the world perfectly. This will mean providing them with the right mobility aids, placing the needed equipment at the proper spots, etc. Once you help them get a grip of these moments, they’ll be on a winning streak. 

We do not recommend persuading the child that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. Instead, try to acknowledge that they may be a bit different, but make it certain that being different doesn't mean something bad. 

Educate the child on how to talk about their differences but do this in a respectful manner. Share some ideas on how the child can talk about their disabilities with someone who is somewhat ignorant of their state so they can have a conversation starter. Or if you have a child that has a best friend that’s recently become disabled, educate them on how they should approach them in a respectful way without hurting their feelings. For example, you can say things like, “Jack's muscles don't work like ours. That's why he can't walk as easily and may sometimes need your help to get somewhere. You being the great friend you are, will assist him getting there, right?”

 

  1. Sit down and learn about different disabilities together - Doing some research with your child can help you both get some insights on how to get information on unfamiliar conditions.
  2. Prepare them for difficult questions - Some of their peers may not be familiar with the kid’s physical disability and may ask some inappropriate questions. This is expected, thus we have to prepare them as much as we can by practicing some of the possible answers they can give. Some of the questions may be: “Were you born this way?”; “Will you ever be able to walk?” and similar.
  3. Accentuate similarities - Even though people with disabilities are different from the rest in terms of limitations, otherwise, we are all the same. Try and point this out to your child when explaining their condition. Try and accentuate things kids with disabilities have in common with the rest of the kids. For example, “Sarah is good at math, just like you are. And you both love to watch the same movies.” This will make them feel right at home and take the pressure off.
  4. Get them an assistance dog. This will not only gain their trust back but make them feel more comfortable and safer knowing they have a furry friend by their side.

 

How should schools and teachers approach children with disabilities?

Being a teacher that has been assigned to educating a child with a disability in their class is a true honor. We say honor because you must be a sincere, calm, and responsible person to focus your attention on someone who will always be grateful for your dedication. Many teaching strategies are at your disposal to ensure an efficient, progressive, and productive learning environment and experiences for all children, especially kids with disabilities. The truth of the matter is that there is no concrete way to teach disabled youngsters because everyone learns in a different manner with a variety of methods that simplify their tasks.

What you can do is prepare the classroom with the necessary equipment needed to provide continuous movement through the premises. 

 

Here's a short list of initial things you should do to make movement easier for students with disabilities:

  • Eliminate barriers and obstacles by rearranging movables to provide an open path to where you will sit while conducting the everyday lessons for children that use wheelchairs.
  • Provide a mobility aid that will help the disabled person even further. 
  • If there is to be a debate that will last for a longer period of time, suggest for all the students to move to a wider area that is going to be comfy to all. 
  • If the disabled child has an assistive person with them, do not address the helper. Communicate with the student directly and make them feel as welcome as possible.
  • From time to time, don't forget to ask, “Is there some way I can help?”.
  • Never make assumptions about a student’s disability or capabilities, every individual is different.
  • Start early on the teaching materials. You may need to convert the current materials into more suitable formats.
  • Advise disabled students to share their accessibility concerns.
  • Promote a welcoming and civil attitude encouraging students to respect people’s differences creating an inclusive environment.
  • Raising a hand for students with upper-body disabilities could be impossible. Always make sure to make eye contact and include the student in discussions.
  • When planning outdoor activities, always think about accessibility.

Mobility Assistance Service Dogs for People Using a Wheelchair

Mobility assistance service dog

Mobility assistance service dogs are more than just man's best friend. To honor this year's International Assistance Dog Week which was at the beginning of this month, we would like to discuss this very relevant topic. From their early "childhood" puppies are "wired" to give us unconditional love and loyalty, but service dogs are trained professionals who are meant to assist totally disabled or physically limited human companions. They are trained to do a huge specter of basic tasks for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury or are coping with some other type of condition. 

These tasks include pushing buttons on doors, getting items for their owners, picking up something their owner has dropped on the ground, but they may learn some other more specific tasks as well. There are dogs that can push their owner's wheelchair up a wheelchair ramp, open and close doors, turning the lights on and off, and much more. What drives these dogs to bring on their A-game is verbal encouragement as well as rewards. These rewards can be simple treats just to show your pup your appreciation and associate their well-done job with positive behavior. Of course, the mutual bond between the dog and its owner is the foundation of the relationship's strength. With real dedication, there is no limit to what these two can accomplish.

 

What is the best service dog for a person in a wheelchair?

Larger breeds of dogs are normally recommended by professionals due to the nature of the tasks the dog would have to perform. If you need your mobility assistance service dog to occasionally push your wheelchair, a small dog wouldn't be able to do the job. Another thing a service dog should be able to do is to adjust their owner's position in the wheelchair like placing their arm back onto the armrest after it has fallen. The dog needs to be able to carry grocery bags or other things such as a bottle of water. Helping to remove and put on clothing is just another task these dogs can perform such as helping with socks, shoes, pants, coats, etc.

These dogs are also helpful around the house. They can help people in wheelchairs do their laundry by loading and unloading the washing machine, reaching high corners and helping their owner get from point A to point B. 

While large dog breeds can make fantastic support animals, smaller dog breeds are often seen as perfect for emotional support. They can help you feel more confident and emotionally stronger, their presence brings positivity and several studies have shown that cuddling with your pet can induce serotonin creation.

Mobility assistance service dogs are some of the most rewarding companions one can get, but that doesn't mean that this process is easy. On the contrary, it may take a long time for the connection to form a bond. To make sure you are choosing the right type of dog personality-wise and training-wise, please contact a local trainer for further information.

How to Reduce Stress Naturally?

How to reduce stress naturally

There are lots of ways to reduce stress naturally, but first, we would like to start off with a question. How are you? No, really, how are you feeling? Make sure you are honest with yourself when answering this question. It is okay not to be okay. Especially in these tough times where everyone feels as if they have lost two years of their life due to the viral situation outside.

Even if it wasn't for the global situation, we are constantly under an immense amount of pressure which in turn builds up inside our brain causing high levels of stress. And suppressed stress may lead to some serious health and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, asthma, obesity, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and even Alzheimer's.


What are some natural ways you can cope with stress?


1. Teas and supplements - some supplements can be a great asset when it comes to stress-related issues. Choose Omega 3 fatty acids, Lemon Balm, Green Tea, Valerian, or even the Indian miracle Ashwagandha. However, since all these natural remedies are highly potent, they may interfere with your medications if you are already taking some. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist about their effect on your medical condition.

2. Exercise - even though we may have spoken several times about the positive impact exercise has on your physical and psychological life, it is an honorable mention once again. Causing your body "physical stress" will help you get rid of your mental one. And not only that, but you will also be a lot more energized, healthier, fitter, and full of stamina. Of course, please choose exercises that correspond to your age, condition, and physical capabilities (disabilities). A safe way to go is stress balls. They not only help you get rid of your anxiety or even anger in an easy way, but they also strengthen your grip helping you control your upper extremities.

3. Reduce your coffee intake - Since this is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks, high doses can actually increase your anxiety. People can have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate in their system. If you start to notice that drinking coffee makes you anxious, consider cutting back.

4. Soothing music and deep breaths - Deep breathing can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. To better understand this, there are a few exercises you can do in order to breathe more correctly such as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration. When you breathe in deeply through your nose, your lungs fully expand and your stomach rises. As for the music, slow instrumental music can help you relax by causing lower blood pressure and heart rate. Nature sounds can also be very calming. Thus the reason why they’re often a part of relaxation and meditation music.

5. Spending time with your pet - several studies have shown that cuddling with your pet or just playing around with your furry pal can help you feel a lot happier and calm you down in minutes. Why does this happen? Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood. Having a pet may also help reduce stress by giving you a daily purpose, keeping you active, and providing companionship.

6. Spend more time in nature - spending time in nature opens up your mind allowing positivity to kick in. The smell of flowers, botanical plants, and animal sounds influence your brain in a relaxing way which in turn alleviates signs of stress.

 

Regular Exercise Can Help You Fight Depression and PTSD

Elderly people exercising

Did you know that regular exercise can help you fight depression and PTSD? Anyone who has suffered a severe injury or is dealing with a disability can experience these states of mind and it is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. Even though there are several medical ways to address these conditions, they can also be alleviated with regular exercise. 

It’s almost summer, and that means more walks in nature and more chances for mild workout under the sun rays. Whether you're facing stubborn weight gain, battling a chronic disease or having difficulties moving around due to physical disabilities, or as we said, even coping with depression, regular mild exercise can be of great help. Exercising increases your body's metabolism, which in turn burns more calories, both during a workout and throughout one's day. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels, boosts energy, and aids sleeping patterns. But it's not just the exercise itself that makes a significant impact on mobility; exercise actually builds muscles and bones while reducing overall fat mass in your body. By adding regular mild exercise to your daily routine mix, you can improve your physical health as well as your emotional balance.

 

Exercise and physical health in people with disabilities

It’s no secret that exercising regularly will not only make you look better, but keep you healthy for a longer period of time. Your body needs that energy boost exercise provides especially when you’re dealing with a disability. Physically disabled people already deal with physical limitations that in turn may cause muscle atrophy. 

Muscle atrophy happens when muscles start to waste away. And of course, it's usually a result of a lack of physical activity. When a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move a limb, the lack of mobility can result in muscle wasting. The time needed for a muscle to heal can vary from a few weeks to a few months. This is why regular workouts that do not require too much effort are crucial for keeping your physical health in order. Some people with disabilities find water gyms a very pleasant way to get their daily workout. The most effective ways to increase mobility in a water gym such as moving around with an aquatic wheelchair; transferring from a chair into the water, and getting back out into a chair, focus on the legs and most important core muscles.

 

Exercise and emotional health in people with disabilities

Consistent exercise can have a positive impact on the serotonin levels in your brain. Enhancing your levels of serotonin improves your mood and overall sense of health and happiness. It can also help improve your appetite needs and sleeping patterns, which are usually negatively affected by depression or PTSD. Exercising, you “burn out” your negative emotions and start feeling more energized.

However, before deciding on any exercise program, it's crucial to consult your doctor to make sure that you do your workout properly and safely. Your doctor will help you determine the best exercises having in mind goals, age, weight, or other physical problems that you're experiencing.

In conclusion, aside from keeping you physically strong, mild exercise helps you maintain organ health as well, moderate exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. Physical activity or exercise can help you stay in better shape and lower your chance of acquiring diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can enhance your health both now and in the future. Most significantly, regular exercise can help you live a better life.

How to Maintain Physical Mobility and Stay Active With Physical Disabilities?

Maintain physical mobility and stay active

 

Are you worried that you won’t be able to maintain physical mobility as you get older? Many look forward to life after they retire when they no longer have to work long hours and can enjoy hobbies and traveling. And even though we all like to retire somewhere on a beach lying underneath the gentle sun rays that don’t necessarily mean a lack of mobility, especially when the mobility issues that require assistive aids start to kick in.

Or maybe you’re facing what seems the most difficult time in your life due to an injury that makes staying active that much harder? Maintaining your mobility isn’t only about moving around out in the world. It’s also about being able to take care of the things that keep you comfortable and safe at home. Since unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where everyone can afford to hire someone to help them maintain their mobility, we need to learn to stay as active as we can not only because it can burden our finances but also because random activities keep us energized, help us maintain physical mobility, and allow us to stay healthy.

The global situation has additionally put pressure on everyday life, leaving people feeling exhausted and unmotivated to do ordinary things such as even getting out of bed. Staying independent has been a major concern to people especially because they are unable to spend time with their loved ones. Being independent is one thing, but feeling alone is totally different. At times like these, it is advisable to seek emotional support, regardless of it coming from your loved ones or a professional. For those with physical disabilities, this concern isn’t abstract at all. Finding aids for mobility that will make you able to move around the home and perform your regular physical activities bringing back your energy can make all the difference in how much independence you maintain and how strong your emotional health gets.

Regardless of whether or not you have mobility issues now, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can maintain your mobility as long as possible. You may have a disability or condition that affects your mobility now only slightly, but you may suffer some more severe conditions later on in life if you do not address this pressing matter properly in its early stage. If you want to know how to maintain your mobility with physical disabilities, read on. We’ll discuss the best ways to prevent mobility loss and keep being active, so you can age gracefully and stay independent for as long as you can, preferably, forever.

Any physical disability can impact mobility, although older adults are sometimes affected by more than one disability. For example, those who develop arthritis often also face lower levels of strength or balance. Losing a significant amount of strength in your arms can mean that you are unable to open a bottle of water, or even perform daily routines you once effortlessly could. Balance issues can lead to having a hard time staying stable when walking or reaching for something. Seniors with Parkinson’s disease have problems with movement and coordination, which is why we will stay on top of this matter later on in this blog separately. Parkinson’s is a disease that affects your day-to-day life and even though controllable, you need to find just the right aids to help you get through the toughest moments.

The struggle to maintain physical mobility with disabilities is a big concern for many people. Letting yourself go or staying in poor health can make things even worse over time. For those who are still worried about their mobility later in life, doing little things now can prevent or improve mobility for the future. You might have come across in a magazine or seen a documentary or an ad on TV that if you exercise regularly, you can improve your agility, flexibility, and strength resulting in less stiffness in your joints (like knees, hips, or back), and that may help maintain your mobility. This is actually very true; however, you have to find just the right exercise that will help you get stronger without causing any damage. Different conditions ask for different exercises. The best way to find the right ones for you is to ask your doctor who knows all about your diagnosis.

Mobility aids can help people with physical disabilities in their day-to-day life. Using mobility aids can help people feel better, be more active and reduce the chances of secondary complications arising from the primary disability. There are several mobility aids such as wheelchairs, rollators, canes, and more, that are useful to anyone who’s struggling with such difficulties. But there are also mobility aids that are designed specifically for certain conditions.

 

How can I improve my Parkinson's mobility?

If you have Parkinson's disease, sudden falls may be one of your greatest concerns. Falls and trips are not uncommon and they can definitely be disabling in people with Parkinson's disease, affecting up to 60% of those who live at home, especially alone. It is important to do everything possible to minimize the number of falls and their consequences and maintain your mobility to stay strong. It is also important to reduce other risk factors for falling for older people and those with specific health conditions like Parkinson's.

People living with Parkinson's disease may find moving around the house and outside and doing daily activities does not come as naturally as it once did. It might seem contradictory, but to increase your confidence, you have to move! And you will see that your family will welcome the improved version of you. By getting out there and moving, you are setting a great example for your loved ones and improving your own health at the same time maintaining mobility

Granted, it might be challenging to get going at first. Some people facing Parkinson’s disease may experience the “freeze” moment while standing up. While they are in the “freeze” state of mind, it is difficult to think about and or even to begin to take the next step. This can lead to a feeling of being stuck or trapped in that very spot, which then leads to extreme anxiety and stress, which generally makes movement more challenging. So how do you prepare for these challenges? By planning ahead and making a move!

Regular physical activity helps with movement and it is important to focus on it every day. There are also some specific exercises you can use to improve your daily routine which should be determined with the help of your physician. I hope you will feel better through this process and realize that improving your confidence in moving around really does start with maintaining mobility! Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other aids can help people move around when they need a little extra support.

When deciding on a cane, get a straight one preferably with a rubber tip. We recommend avoiding tripod or quad canes (those with three- or four-point bases). People with Parkinson’s disease seem to have difficulty using these types of canes since they provide less stability because all points don’t touch the ground at the same time every time. The cane's hand grips should always be comfortable to the hand and you should adjust the cane height for best support. Sticks are also helpful and can assist when you try to maintain  physical mobility and better posture while moving or walking. However please consult a physical therapist to decide if these mobility aids are safe for you.

Another mobility aid you can try is a walker or a rollator with four or more wheels for better stability and to make turning easier. Large wheels, swivel casters, and hand brakes give the most stability and you should always seek aids that offer these additional features. Rollators with built-in seats and baskets can be especially helpful. These can assist you when doing your chores or going to buy things at the store. This is a great physical activity that will keep you moving while maintaining your independence.

As Parkinson’s disease advances, you may need a wheelchair. It is important to know what to look for when choosing the wheelchair and who can help you make this decision of getting the right one. It is best that your caregiver consults your doctor and gets all the crucial information mandatory for decision-making. Here are a few helpful tips: get an appointment with your physical therapist to find out which chair best meets your needs. Don't forget to check with your insurance team to learn about covered services in your insurance plan because not all wheelchairs are covered. You may need to pay for some of them. When choosing, try to choose a lightweight wheelchair, since they are easier to place in and lift out of the car. Depending on your condition and needs or on your caregiver's situation, you might want to choose a wheelchair with more features for getting around your home and a lighter, even foldable, wheelchair for when you have to travel.

Another interesting way to maintain physical mobility is to move your upper extremities and what better way than to amuse yourself by doing a jigsaw puzzle. This entertaining activity not only makes you move your arms around, but it also exercises your brain.

 

 

Maintaining mobility with physical disabilities doesn’t have to be hard.

Getting regular physical activity is immensely important for all people for good health. But people with a mobility disability, such as people facing difficulty walking or climbing the steps, often have limitations to achieving the recommended dose of daily physical activity. Regardless, comprehending more about walking behavior is important so that we can develop a thorough and optimal plan to help promote physical activity.

A physical activity plan that is specifically designed for people with mobility disabilities such as the walking group approach is a very outgoing way to keep mobile and maintain physical mobility. Research has shown that walking groups are functional and effective in improving physical activity among people with disabilities regardless of whether they are young or elderly. They have proven to be effective even with minimal support from supportive helpers and professional caregivers. Walking groups can also improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence, as well as strengthen your emotional health, decrease the need for social isolation and relieve depression, increase functional ability, and improve agility.

There are several types of difficulties people may be facing such as serious difficulty walking or climbing steps, deafness or severe difficulty hearing; blindness or severe difficulty seeing, severe difficulty concentrating or making decisions; difficulty doing errands on their own; or even difficulty dressing or bathing. All these physical difficulties can be classified as disabilities that can limit one's way of life. Luckily, there are some fun activities that can help you stay mobile and keep your gears running.

 

Outdoor activities to maintain physical mobility

Outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy some time under the sun rays and gather some vitamin D while doing some of your favorite hobbies. Most adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions are capable of exercising in a regular physical activity program. However, special considerations must be taken when working with this population. These considerations depend on the individual functional abilities, characteristics, and specific diagnosis.

As we mentioned, simple walking is one of the most beneficial and health-supporting activities that require no special preparation or equipment. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. For those facing partial disabilities, walking provides many of the same benefits as it does for everyone else. It improves your physical health, increases your energy level, reduces stress, improves self-esteem and self-confidence, and boosts your social life. People with disabilities are able to walk or move with the use of assistive devices, such as walkers. This type of exercise is strongly recommended for persons with heart disease, diabetes, struggling with obesity, depression, and even recovering or coping with cancer. Obviously, the statement that physical activity can improve your mental health and well-being isn’t a new discovery. Doctors have been recommending it for these and other conditions for a long time as well as many others such as stress and anxiety.

Home activities include things you can do inside your house as well as in your yard. Being physically active at home is a great way to stay healthy. Being at home gives you flexible options to get moving whenever it works best for you and your family. Whether you have a physical disability, illness, or other reason that limits your mobility, or maybe just want more flexibility, there are many ways to stay active from the comfort of your own home. You may not be able to go out for a run, but there are many mobility aids that can help you stay physically active in the comfort of your nest. Whatever physical challenges you may have, staying active will improve your overall well-being and health. Being physically active is healthy for your body and mind. 

One of the most fulfilling and relaxing hobbies you can try is gardening. Do you have mobility issues that are making it difficult for you to take care of a garden? Or maybe you’re not even sure if gardening is right for you, no matter how much you enjoy being outside? Either way, you are in luck. This blog will help you identify what type of assistive garden tools to use. We will also cover the best mobility aids for spending time outdoors when there is so much to be done with your yard. Gardening is a great way to be active and enjoy some fresh air. In order to have the best gardening experience, you may need some mobility aids.

Kneeling is hard on your fragile knees although it’s an essential gardening task that we all have to do. To reduce the pain of kneeling down and getting up, maybe consider getting a  garden knee pad that can be used many times over. Using them can make a huge difference in reducing the uncomfortableness from kneeling. 

A great tool for those who have difficulty using their hands and wrists is an ergonomic trowel. The support will enable the user to use the strength of the forearm. This aids in the process of troweling, helping you to get a better grip and results in being able to use less strength. The support enables the user to use the strength of their forearm. It can be used with any garden tool designed to work with one hand, such as a spade or fork. The support is best used in a standing or kneeling position. The design of the sling allows the user to perform repetitive tasks for longer periods of time while making it easier to dig and move soil. This product is created for users who need mobility assistance for their hands or arms and includes three different positions.

Another way to maintain physical mobility is by doing chores around and outside the house. If you are depending on a wheelchair and you’re trying to do daily chores like raking the leaves or getting the mail, you will need to turn your place into a disability-friendly space by installing ramps and necessary equipment.

 

Activities to maintain physical mobility around the house

A chore that will bring some positivity and keep you moving is cooking. We have lots of kitchen gadgets that will make cooking easier.  Doing chores around the house with a disability like arthritis or multiple sclerosis can be a challenge. There are a number of aids available to help people with disabilities around the house. In any case, chores are an excellent way to stay active. Everything you do requires somewhat physical activity which is just about enough for you to activate your dormant muscles.

Wheelchairs are great not only for people who are entirely unable to walk, but for aiding mobility as well. Wheelchairs allow individuals that are partially or completely unable to walk to gain mobility. Self-propelled wheelchairs allow a person to maintain muscle mass and bone strength through normal activities that occur during daily living. Believe it or not, wheeling yourself around in your wheelchair is a type of physical activity. However, the more you rely on your wheelchair, the faster you may notice weaker bones in the lower area. 

Dancing can also be a physical activity. It is a well-structured, interesting, rhythmic, and non-stressful way to encourage health and well-being and this definition applies to all forms of dancing both recreational and for fitness. Dancing is more than just a fun hobby or a way to get some exercise. It's also classified as physical activity. That means it can improve your cardiovascular health and help you avoid conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease. And when you dance, a lot of your muscles are moving. That means dancing has the added benefit of helping you tone and strengthen your muscles and boost flexibility too.

Cleaning the house may not sound like much fun, but it definitely keeps you active and busy. Find the best way you can use this activity to your advantage and enjoy the squeaky clean surfaces along the way. 

All in all, when it comes to ways you can maintain physical mobility while being physically disabled, you can do almost just about anything anyone else can do. You just may be needing some additional assistance while doing it, that’s all. Find the perfect aid with your caregiver or if you need some advice, we are always at your disposal to help you pick the most convenient choice. All you need is the will to try and see where you fit in most. You are a strong and independent person who has not given up until now, and never will. And we are here to make sure you stay as strong as it gets. Aids for Mobility is here to support you all the way through. Stay safe and healthy.

5 Best Mobility Aids for Seniors

mobility aids for seniors

It is easy to get overwhelmed with the wide array of mobility aids for seniors available out there. There are so many mobility aids available in the market, but not all of them are suitable for your needs. You want to purchase the best mobility aids for your elderly loved ones or maybe for yourself. The aids listed in this blog will help elderly people to get their mobility and independence back.

It is inevitable that as people age, their mobility becomes limited. This is due to the loss of strength, balance, and flexibility. The mobility aids for elderly people come in various styles, shapes, and sizes. Each mobility aid is suitable for a different purpose.

There are some factors that you should consider when purchasing these aids like will the person be using them alone or are there other persons available in the family member to assist them. While choosing the best among the different types of mobility aids available, consider some of these devices helpful in helping elderly people remain physically active and more self-reliant whenever possible.

Here, we will take a look at five of the best-rated aids and provide our own insights into each one. Statistics show that today’s aging demographic is increasing. We have performed extensive research and brought the 5 best mobility aids for elderly people crucial in aiding them in their day-to-day activities. They can help your loved one make their trip to the bathroom a more comfortable journey.

 

Undeniably, these are the best mobility aids for seniors:

  1. Rollators - As an older adult or a person with mobility issues, you may face some challenges about getting around the home and moving from one place to another. Thankfully, there are certain aids and assistive devices that can be a great help — rollators.  Rollators enhance mobility and walking speed. They are the preferred mobility product of many users because they provide more stability and independence on a wide range of surfaces. We recommend our Days Breeze Indoor Rollator — a feasible option for many elders threatened by the risk of falls when walking.

  2. Walkers - Walkers are a simple solution to help you walk with confidence and with less pain. They are, in fact, ideal for elderly or disabled people with low mobility. They really do allow you to move around with minimal effort and are great for making day-to-day tasks easier. They’re also an excellent option if you have more serious mobility issues as they can make simple things like showering more accessible. Our Deluxe Folding Walker Silver has been developed by healthcare professionals to provide just that.

  3. Best Canes - What's the best walking cane for you and your walking needs? While most canes are designed for general purposes, you may need to customize your choices based on your specific preference for maneuverability and height. And you should keep in mind that a cane is seldom just about walking. Canes may be used to improve balance as you walk, or help compensate for an injury or disability. Our Lightweight Ambidextrous Walking Cane was designed to provide support for your arms and balance as you walk.

  4. Walking sticks - Today walking sticks are used by people of every age and by young people, but it is especially the elderly who use a walking stick for balance issues. Once we age, our balance and posture are affected. Walking sticks for seniors provide support to maintain and achieve stability. Walking sticks for seniors are made of strong materials, so they last longer than the rest of the walking sticks. We recommend our Height Adjustable Stick Seat by Performance Health. The truth is that this accessory can help you walk more efficiently.
  5. Wheelchairs – Even though this is not a walking aid, it is still a mobility aid. We help senior citizens to select the right self-propelled wheelchairs after assessing their daily routine and mobility needs. The self-propelled wheelchairs - these chairs move using the energy of their users, and they are able to obtain greater speeds than a push wheelchair. We recommend our top-seller: Whirl Self Propelled Wheelchair by Performance Health — a fully adjustable wheelchair designed for full-time or part-time and offers maximum comfort and safety.

Aids for Mobility Accidental Fall 101 Guide

Aids for Mobility Accidental Fall 101 Guide

Even though we're approaching the end of winter, which means the end of slippery slopes, icy surfaces, and unpredicted blizzards, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't keep being careful when walking around. We advise you to always bring your aids for mobility with you.

Accidental falls can happen anytime, anyplace, to anyone, regardless of the season or reason. There can be a tiny rock on the ground that you miss detecting and step on it the wrong way, resulting in a tumble. 

What do you usually do when you find yourself in such a situation? Do you stay down and take your time or do you get the urge to immediately get up and avoid being seen by people who walk by? This is exactly what you should not be doing. It is dangerous to make sudden movements after a bone or a muscle has suffered a potential injury.

 

What to do in the case of an accidental fall?

Whether you are the one who has suffered a fall, or you are witnessing someone struggling to get up, here is what you need to do/advise them to do:

  1. Stay as calm as possible. Stay as calm as possible. Panicking can only make things worse by making you impulsively move your body to see if everything is alright. Instead, try and stay still for a moment until your brain releases itself from the shock. Also, the adrenaline pumping your veins may give you false information that you aren't feeling any pain, when actually, there may be something seriously wrong.
  2. Check if something hurts. Once your brain has stabilized, check if something hurts. Start by simply moving your extremities, back, and neck. If all seems fine, check for physical bruising by gently touching the suspicious areas. Once you can concur that there is no damage, you can slowly start getting up. 

  3. Grab onto stable mobility aid. Find something steady to hold on to while getting up. If there isn't anything of sort nearby, get down on all four and slowly start standing up, one foot at a time.

  4. Call someone. If in fact, you do feel some pain, try getting help from people who are walking by. If there is no one in sight, try your phone and call someone close to you to come and help you out. If you cannot reach anyone, and you are feeling severe pain, please call an ambulance.

  5. Detect the source of the fall. Try and stay focused and see what was the reason for your fall. It may not have been clumsiness, but an actual threat on the surface such as wet floors, a construction site, etc. If that was the case and there was no warning sign, you can easily press charges for the damages.

  6. Get to a doctor. Even if you are feeling well, we would still advise you to go see a doctor just in case. Falls can sometimes lead to hemorrhages that can be potentially dangerous later on. Why risk it when you can prevent it?

  7. Rest for a few days. If your environment allows it, stay in bed for a few days. If you have suffered a sprain, it will most probably require some rest so things can go back to the way they were.

  8. Always bring your mobility aid. If you have some sort of disability, never leave your house without your aid for mobility. This can be your crutches, walking sticks, rollator, or anything that's helping you move around more easily.

All in all, the catch is not to act too fast and make reckless movements.

How Important is Emotional Support for Physical Disabilities?

Emotional support doctor

If you or your loved one have experienced some sort of trauma or maybe have a genetic physical disability, you know that emotional, motivational, and psychological support plays a major role in your everyday life. Factors associated with the rehabilitation and treatment of people with a range of physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury, stroke, and chronic pain may differ from patient to patient, which is why every individual should be cared for differently. Listening to what may be causing them distress is one of the biggest supports one can give.

 

If you have a physical disability:

  1. Seek professional emotional support

    Seeking emotional support from a licensed professional can seem daunting at the beginning. We know you may not want to admit to yourself that you may need someone who actually knows how to help you cope with what you may be feeling, but once you decide to take this brave step, you will finally understand and feel the blessing of relief that comes right after.


  2. Talk to your friends or your close ones

    Who better to reveal your emotional secrets to than your best friend? These are the people we can always count on, even when we are feeling under the weather. Disabilities can often cause a person to feel slightly overwhelmed or even depressed. You needn’t go through this alone. Ask your friends for emotional support and talk about what you’re feeling. The only downside of this is if they are too empathetic, they may end up enabling you to feel the way you already feel.

  3. Seek an emotional support animal

    Emotional support animals by their very nature, and without training, may relieve depression and anxiety, and/or help reduce stress-induced pain in persons with certain medical conditions affected by stress. While dogs are the most common type of assistance animal, other animals can also be assistance animals.


  4. Do not compare yourself to others

    People with the same disability can make different progress over different times. You might see someone with a disability accomplishing things that you want to accomplish, while you are still struggling. You might feel upset, but you don’t need to be. You will accomplish your goals when you are ready.


  5. Keep in mind that disability can happen to anyone

    Disabilities can often make people, especially younger people feel different than their peers, which can be very isolating and discouraging. Remember, these negative thoughts are not based on reality. Disability does not make you an outsider, it can happen to anyone at any time. People with disabilities have existed throughout history, and we always will exist. After all, Stephen Hawking is one of the coolest and most successful people with disabilities. Disability is a part of human life making it diverse, and diversity has a beautiful, positive effect on society!

 

If your loved one with a disability needs emotional support:

  1. Try talking to them to identify the root problem

    A sincere talk can make wonders. Open up to your loved one with a disability about something you feel insecure about. Sharing a similar or semi-similar experience will make them feel less alone and alienated. Often when we are presented with something that reminds us of our own predicament, helps us open up and talk about what’s bothering us. Your loved one already knows how much you love them and want to help them, it is all about the right approach. 


  2. Try talking to a professional to get some guidelines

    If talking to them yourself does not help, licensed professionals can help you see the potential problem from your loved one’s perspective. They can identify what may be causing the emotional disturbance and provide you with advice and directions on how you can address the matter. Support is not the same as enabling. You don’t want to acknowledge destructive behavior by starting to feel the way your loved one feels.

 

  1. Get them an emotional support animal

    As we already mentioned in the previous segment of this blog, emotional support animals are more than a pet. They are companions that can help people with physical or mental disabilities go through a range of emotions each day. Aside from being cute and cuddly, emotional support animals help their owners to control their emotions and relax.


  2. Constantly remind them that there more to them than their disability

    Constantly remind them that they are a person just like everyone else. With dreams, hopes, and aspirations. There are a lot of things that make them who they are — their disability is just one of them — and there is a lot more about them to love!

 

  1. Celebrate their strengths

    "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something." regardless of your loved one's disability, they can contribute great things to the world. All they need to do is want to. Maybe they have a physical disability that makes it hard for them to participate in games and sports. Instead of comforting them about what they CAN'T do, try to help them celebrate all of the amazing things that they CAN do! They can be a great friend, a talented musician, or a skilled artist. Talent is everywhere, we just have to nourish it.

Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor checking a patient with MS

Is your vision getting blurry? Even though common early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) include: eye problems, tingling, or even numbness all over the body, experiencing these moments do not necessarily mean you have encountered this health issue.

According to doctors, this disease can cause loss of feeling in any area of the body that is linked to the damaged area of the brain or spinal cord. Numbness or tingling sensations in the fingers or toes are very common in this particular state causing disabilities. However, the feeling usually comes and goes, and can be mild or severe. Before getting any conclusions, please consult your doctor to perform the needed tests and analysis. This blog is of informative nature only and aims to highlight the possible early signs of the disease.

 

Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis


1. Vision difficulties
Sight difficulties are not uncommon in MS. Since the optic nerve is affected, it interferes with the central vision. Consequently, you may experience blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision.
The clear vision may not turn into blurriness right away, it may take some time to develop vision impairment. There may even be some pain when you look up or to one side. However, do not panic, there are many ways one can control MS-related vision changes.

2. The feeling of numbness and tingling
Since MS affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, it can send confusing signs all over the body. And when there are no signals, it results in numbness. These are actually some of the most common warning signs of MS. You can experience these symptoms on the face, arms, legs, and fingers.

3. Chronic spasms and pain
Unexpected muscle spasms and occasional pains are something to be expected with MS. Muscle soreness, spasms, or even pain in joints as well as uncontrollable, painful movements of the extremities where legs are most often affected is something to watch out for.

4. Tiredness and weakness
Unexplained tiredness and weakness affect about 80 percent of people with MS. Because the nerves deteriorate in the spinal column, the fatigue appears suddenly and lasts for weeks before improving.

5. Nausea, dizziness, and affected balance
Coordination issues and balance can be a real problem with the mobility of someone with MS. People with MS often feel lightheaded, dizzy, or are experiencing vertigo. This symptom often occurs when you stand up.

6. Reasoning issues
This includes damaged cognitive functions such as memory problems, shortened attention span, language problems, difficulty staying organized, depression, and other emotional health problems.

7. Additional symptoms
It is not necessary that all patients with MS will experience the symptoms from above. Along with the symptoms mentioned previously, MS can also cause hearing loss, seizures, uncontrollable shaking, breathing problems, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and more.


Research shows a virus vaccine may be used to treat multiple sclerosis


The new vaccine technology mRNA is showing incredible results as the shots based on it show unrivaled efficacy in fighting the global virus. With a dazzling 95% efficacy in preventing the global virus in its phase 3 trial and the virus sharing some similar characteristics with other diseases, this led to a new opportunity for scientists more particular, in BioNTech: additional research discovering that this particular approach might also work in multiple sclerosis. 

The method is meant to prevent progression and successfully succeeded to do so in recent experiments with subjects showing early signs of MS. Since this is a very is a complicated disease, specific self-antigens may differ among different patients. But this vaccine offers something amazing — it suppresses T cells against other antigens in the inflamed tissue.

Will this be the "cure" of the new era? We have to wait and see how things turn out, but we are very hopeful. Things are bound to get better. The future is ahead of us, and our scientists are racing to be ahead of the future.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).