Mobility and Your Independence

Mobility means more than just the ability to move. Being able to walk, sit, stand, and perform daily tasks is essential to individual independence. Mobility issues can affect your overall health, social life, and even your mental health. Fortunately, adaptive equipment is available for both temporary and permanent mobility issues, providing essential independence in your daily life. Here’s a brief guide on mobility equipment and how it can help:

Conditions that affect mobility

Mobility issues can be temporarily caused by an extended illness or injury such as broken bones or a spinal trauma. Permanent mobility issues are common with advanced age and illnesses including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia and quadriplegia. However, not all mobility issues involve the bones or nerves. Chronic illness like heart disease and lung disease, along with recoverable illnesses such as a stroke, can also impact your ability to get around.

Types of adaptive equipment

Depending on how much assistance you require, there are a variety of adaptive equipment options available to rent or purchase based on your needs:

  • Walker: For people who don’t need a wheelchair but could use help bearing weight on both legs, walkers are a sturdier alternative to canes.
  • Rollator: Rollators function similarly to walkers, but they have four wheels instead of two, hand brakes, a padded seat, and many even come with baskets to store purses or other valuables.
  • Knee Scooter: Knee scooters feature durable wheels, hand brakes, and padded support for your leg, making them a great option for foot, knee and leg injuries.
  • Wheelchair: When your ability to walk is limited, wheelchairs are easy to use and easy to transport, folding up flat to fit in car trunks.
  • Transport chair: Transport chairs are similar to wheelchairs but require an assistant to push; they work best for someone who doesn’t have the arm strength to push a wheelchair forward.

Benefits of assisted mobility

Independence is invaluable, and it can be difficult to cope with diminished abilities. Beyond affecting your pride, mobility is often crucial to maintaining your overall health—even a walk around the block once a day can positively impact the health of your heart and lungs. People who use adaptive equipment to improve mobility and maintain their social connections also enjoy the benefit of better mental health outcomes. In fact, mobility and independence form a positive feedback loop: several studies show that elderly people and those with mobility-related disabilities who are socially active are able to maintain their independence longer than people with limited social contact.

Independence is only a phone call away

If you need temporary or permanent adaptive equipment to boost mobility and maintain your independence, Avondale HME is here to help. Our medical equipment experts can answer all your questions and help you select the best mobility equipment for your needs. Give us a call at (623) 552-6012 today.