As we age, our families may begin to worry about how safe and independent we are. Fortunately, with the help of mobility equipment, you are able to enjoy your mobile freedom while limiting the chances of getting hurt or overdoing it. But, with all of the mobility equipment options there are on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you or your loved one. In this article, we are going to discuss a range of mobility equipment so you know all of your options, so keep reading!
Foldable Electric Wheelchair
Coming in at number one on our list of the best mobility equipment is foldable electric wheelchairs, like the EasyGo Elite Model. EasyGo Folding Wheelchairs are the perfect everyday wheelchair that can help you get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. Folding in under 30 seconds to be the size of a suitcase allows you to put the wheelchair in the back of your car, store it in tight spaces, or even travel with it. With our lithium-ion batteries, you can even take this wheelchair on a plane with you. EasyGo Mobility aims to provide affordable and high-quality mobility solutions to those in need. We offer free shipping across the United States.
Walker or Rollator
Walkers and rollators are some of the most popular mobility equipment on the market. The difference between the two is that a rollator has wheels on all four wheels to help you get moving. On the other hand, a walker will have either no wheels or two wheels on just the front legs. Rollators can be a little trickier to handle due to the four wheels. If you are prone to falling or slipping, a walker might be better suited for your needs. There are a ton of great brands out there that sell walkers and rollators. But, we generally recommend staying away from sites like AliExpress as their vendors are not quality-checked. Good quality walkers and rollators can cost you anywhere from $250 to upwards of $800.
If you currently struggle going up and down your stairs, a stair lift may be the perfect investment for your mobile independence. Stair lifts can be installed on straight, curved, or even outdoor stairs. Stair lifts can also be a great aid if your laundry room is downstairs, and you worry about carrying the basket back upstairs. Securely place the basket on the seat, and use the remote control to guide the lift up the stairs. Bruno is a leading stair lift manufacturer, and its products are manufactured in the US. Keep in mind that stair lifts can often cost a few thousand dollars for a straight staircase.
If you are a wheelchair or walker user, or you just need a little extra assistance getting into your home, a ramp may be a good option to make your home a little safer. These days wooden and alumnium ramps can be very sleek and stylish, so you don’t necessarily have to worry about the ramp being an eyesore in front of your house. As you probably guessed, ramps can be pretty pricey depending on how long they have to be in order to accommodate your door height.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires a 1:12 slope ratio for commercial ramps. This means that for every 1 inch of rise, 12 inches of the ramp is required. This is important to keep in mind if you have a large distance between the ground and your door, but little room to work with. In this scenario, an outdoor stair lift might be a better option.
Canes are another very popular option for those in need of mobility assistance. Canes typically come with one foot or a quad foot for added stability. They are typically very lightweight and easy to take with you everywhere you go. You can even find canes that are collapsable so they can easily fit in your purse or bag while you are out for dinner. Not to mention that canes now come in a variety of colors and styles, including fun prints like cheetah spots! Canes also come in a variety of heights, so you can choose the most comfortable height based on your needs.
Relaxing on the couch and enjoying your favorite book or tv show is an important part of your day. But, it can put a damper on your downtime if you struggle to get back up. This is where a lift chair comes in! With the press of a button, your lift chair can go from a reclined position to an upright position. In this position, your feet are practically on the ground already. Most new lift chairs also come with a cup holder, massage features, and even a heated backrest. Drive Devilbiss is one of the leading lift chair distributors in North America.
Home Care Hospital Bed
As the name implies, a home care hospital bed is simply a hospital bed that is fit for your home. Home care hospital beds can be fully electric, semi-electric, or completely manual. These beds offer adjustments that can help raise your upper body or knees up. Home care hospital beds can be very helpful if you have a difficult time sitting up in bed.
Grab bars are typically in a bathroom. But, they can be installed almost anywhere depending on the wall it is going to be mounted on. They are an affordable solution if you need a little help getting in and out of the shower or sitting down or getting up off of the toilet. Grab bars come in a variety of lengths, styles, and colors. So, you can fit them almost anywhere you need them. The best and most reliable type of grab bar is the type that is screwed into the wall as it is the most stable. But, there are also suction-style grab bars that can suction to showers and other surfaces for a less-permanent solution. Keep in mind that the suction bars can fall off if too much force is applied or it is not properly stuck on.
Shower aids include seats, slip-resistant mats, and shower heads that detach. Typically shower seats and detachable shower heads go hand-in-hand. This is because it can be difficult to get a good clean while sitting down. These can be very helpful if you have a difficult time standing for a long period of time or if you are worried about slips and falls. There are a ton of different shower seats, including small stools or large seats equipped with handles. Slip-resistant mats are a great solution for people of all ages, because we all know how slippery the bottom of the tub can get.
There are a number of different mobility equipment options for yourself or your loved one. Not every piece of equipment will be the best solution for your lifestyle, so it’s important to learn what all of the options are. Additionally, the more pieces of mobility equipment that you have, the easier and safer your life may be, but we all know that these costs can add up. If you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility and how you can use our foldable electric wheelchairs to make your life easier, don’t hesitate to reach out.