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.

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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).