3 Types of Equipment to Assist With Balance and Mobility

If you have issues with your balance or with your mobility, you may benefit from the use of assistive devices or equipment. Equipment such as a motorized lift chair, an electric scooter, or a rollator may keep you safe in the home or when you’re out and about. Use such equipment to prevent falls and keep your independence.

You can find assistive devices at your favorite medical supply store. Have a look around and weigh your options carefully. Here are three types of equipment to consider.

  1. The Motorized Lift Chair

At first glance, a lift chair looks remarkably similar to a recliner. However, there is a noticeable difference, and it is one that could be beneficial for you. A lift chair utilizes a mechanism that actually lifts or tilts the chair’s base forward, enabling you to easily rise from your seated position.

A lift chair option is ideal if you’re concerned about placing stress on knee or hip joints or if you simply need a little assistance as you rise to a standing position. One important thing to note is that motorized lift chairs are typically available in various styles and sizes to suit your needs and personal preference.

Consider weight capacity and limits, as well as the width of the chair. In addition, you should consider how many positions you prefer your lift chair to have. If you plan on using your lift chair for taking naps or sleeping, you might prefer an infinite position model. However, if you are only using the chair to relax or read, a two-position chair may suit you fine.

  1. The Electric Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters, or power scooters as they are sometimes called, offer the user freedom to get around. If limited mobility has restricted you, consider a scooter

Consider whether you want a full-sized scooter or a travel model. Heavy-duty mobility scooters have a heavier weight capacity and, typically, a farther travel range than the lightweight models. Other features may include ergonomic design and backrest, as well as review mirrors and hazard lights. Optional accessory baskets may be available as well.

When choosing your motor scooter, consider how many miles per ride you may need on a single battery charge. Also, consider if you prefer a three-wheel or a four-wheel model. A four wheel model may offer more stability and tougher construction.

  1. The Rollator

A rollator is similar to a walker, except you don’t lift it as you walk. Rollators have wheels that allow you to push them along. If you have issues with your balance and you need extra support and assistance, consider a rollator. The rollator may help you avoid falling and simply make it easier for you to walk, especially for a distance.

Many rollators offer an adjustable seat so you can rest as needed. Adjustable height is another factor to consider. Hand brakes are another safety feature to look for.

Many choose folding rollators because fold-up models are compact and allow you to store them or travel with them easily. In addition, the ability to use a rollator both indoors and outdoors makes a rollator a popular choice.

Before you choose any type of assistive aid, consider your needs. You might also want to try out different styles and models before making your choice. Lastly, consider how much space you have to store any device you plan on purchasing.

If you don’t know where to start, the professionals at Corner Home Medical may be able to help. Contact us today.