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Top 3 Checklist When Choosing a Walking Aid

Top 3 Checklist When Choosing a Walking Aid

Mobility is a common issue among our aging loved ones. When this occurs, quality of life can be affected as our loved ones prefer to stay at home rather than go elsewhere or be with others due to their mobility constraints. However, this should not always be the case. There are many ways that an elderly with mobility limitations can overcome this struggle, and making use of a walking aid is one of these.

Because we partner with you in providing quality Personal Care Services in Scottsdale, Arizona, we’re one with you in ensuring the welfare of your loved one when they need to walk about whether at home or outdoors. With this, we would like to share the following checklist to guide you when you’re looking for a mobility aid for your aging family member.

  • PURPOSE
    Not all mobility aids are ideal for your aging loved one. Just as your family member is unique, mobility aids also come in different forms and appearances, which fulfills a particular purpose in your loved one’s mobility issues. When looking for the fitting device to help them walk, you need to consider what the aid is for. Some walking aids are used to improve a person’s sense of balance. Other aids serve as the leaning staff for seniors because one of their legs is weakened due to an injury or surgery. The purpose of the mobility aid has to fit the needs of your loved one so it can achieve its purpose. Along with that, our Caregivers in Arizona can also be additional aides to ensure the safety of your loved one when they walk around.
  • CORRECT USAGE
    Another indicator that the right mobility aids are used is to check whether these devices have been used correctly. Canes, for instance, should be used when only one leg is hurt and they can still maintain balance. However, when they have difficulty standing and moving on their own, they might be recommended to use a walker instead.
  • LENGTH
    When selecting the right mobility aid for an elderly loved one, it’s also essential that the length of the device matches your loved one’s height. Experts suggest that when choosing for a mobility aid, the elbow should be able to flex 20o to 30o when the mobility aid is held and its base is about 15 centimeters away from the toes. This estimation allows for convenient elbow movement whenever the person is walking. Along with that, the handle of the mobility aid should reach the wrist crease of the person whenever their hand is just hanging on their side. These are key indicators that the aid’s length is fit for your loved one’s situation.

For your elderly loved one with mobility constraints, our In-Home Care Agency in Arizona is here to provide them with further help to make quality life possible. When you need our assistance at Home With Help, keep in touch with us right away.

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