3 Signs That You May Need Mobility Aids
There comes a time in everyone’s lives to consider mobility aids. At Hospital Overstock, we want our customers to be comfortable and safe, which is why we sell many products for mobility, including wheelchairs, crutches and scooters. Here are three signs to keep in mind when deciding if mobility aids are right for you or your loved one.
1. Difficulty Walking
Medical conditions, injuries or age can cause fatigue or weakness when walking. Seniors in particular may find it difficult to walk due to arthritis pain, decreased strength and other aging factors. If it is painful to walk short distances, it may be time to consider a mobility device. From crutches to wheelchairs, aids can ease the pain and still get one from point A to point B.
2. Standing and Balance Problems
Some individuals who experience trouble balancing may not notice that they are having difficulty. On the other hand, they may be aware of their instability and embarrassed to admit it.
NIHSeniorHealth recommends that people ask themselves the following questions:
- Do I feel unsteady?
- Do I feel as if the room is spinning around me?
- Do I feel as if I’m moving when I know I’m standing or sitting still?
- Do I lose my balance and fall?
- Do I feel as if I’m falling?
- Do I feel lightheaded, or as if I might faint?
- Does my vision become blurred?
- Do I ever feel disoriented, losing my sense of time, place, or identity?
If “yes” is the answer to any of these questions, the website urges adults to consult their doctors. Mobility aids like canes and walkers can help with stability and movement. While it may be hard for seniors to admit loss of mobility, it is too dangerous to ignore the signs.
3. Senior Falls
If you or a senior in your life has experienced a brutal fall, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters are good investments. According to NIHSeniorHealth, “each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries.” And most of them occur around the home. You can reduce the risk of falls by understanding what causes them. Senior falls happen for a variety of reasons, including lack of physical activity, impaired vision, medications, diseases, surgeries and environmental hazards. The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has a number of publications and tools to help prevent senior falls.
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