Mobility Comes in all Sizes, Shapes and Forms

Getting around is a difficult task when you have a disability or injury that hinders your mobility. It may be easier to move around the house but out there things are totally different. With mobility aids one can get the support they need and be able to carry out their duties and activity of daily living with minimal assistance from others.

There are a number of mobility aids to choose from and it helps to know what works best for Dallas Fort Worth area residents. The way to pick the best mobility assistance equipment is to be informed about what is available. Talking to those who already have them will go a long way in helping you choose what is right for you. Other peoples’ experiences will help you understand how every piece of equipment works. Knowing what you want from the mobility equipment you are about to get is also another way to help you figure out what to pick. A lot of users have realized over time that they need more than a single device and have added the appropriate devices according to urgency.
Options to choose from
Mobility assistance equipment has a lot of different choices which include wheelchairs, assistive devices for ambulation, power assist devices, power wheelchairs and scooters. Here are 4 brief overviews of different types of mobility product categories to consider:

1. Manual wheelchairs
These are designed to either be pushed by the user or a companion. Their typical use involves little mobility that does not involve long distances. Transport chairs are particularly convenient since you can fold them and put them in the back of the car to take with you wherever you go.
2. Power assist systems
These are a version of the manual wheelchair with a little bit more function. They are battery powered to increase the number of revolutions per push. The reason for there being such a chair is to reduce the effort of pushing while increasing the distance that the chair moves with a single push.
3. Scooters
Mobility scooters are the ideal kind of mobility equipment for simple tasks like going to the mall for some shopping. They have better aesthetics and do not look the slightest bit like wheelchairs. Their range of mobility is also better and the exertion required for them is minimal.
4. Ambulation aids
These assist a lot when you are moving around the house or such small distances. This kind of mobility devices include crutches, walkers and canes/walking sticks.
There are two types of crutch designs, under the arm or cuffed to the forearm. Walkers have a lot of designs and it depends on what you find workable for you. There are the rollator walkers with four wheels, pick up walkers that have no wheels at all and sliders which have small skis or tennis balls on the rear legs.
As for canes, it is important that you get the right size even if it means having it custom made. For a comfortable height, your wrist should bend at about 30 degrees when you hold the cane.

We encourage you to visit the products section of our website to see an overview of the extensive mobility product categories that we provide. We specialize in mobility and our professional staff can work with you to determine what mobility product may be the absolute ideal product for your needs and goals in life. Mobility Healthcare has been providing these products above and great alternatives for residents in Dallas Fort Worth for many years.

Walker, Rollator or Knee Walker: Which is the Right Choice for Dallas Fort Worth Residents

When looking for a mobility device in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there are several styles to choose from. This blog post will explain the differences between walkers, rollators and knee walkers so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Walkers

1435947254A walker is a device with four legs that provides stability for the user. Many models have four rubber-tipped legs that require the user to lift the entire device with each step. Other have two small wheels that allow the user to lift only half of it. Walkers provide excellent stability for people who need it.
There are many advantages to walkers. Besides being the most stable of these devices, they are generally smaller and lighter than wheeled walkers. Some can fold completely flat, which is convenient for storage or trips in the car. The walkers that are configured to fit around a toilet can also eliminate the need for a grab bar.
There are some drawbacks to this type of device. Although it is very stable, walking can be slow. They also do not usually include a seat for resting on, which can be a convenience for many and a necessity for some. They are also not very useful on uneven terrain.

 

Rollators

1435947169Rollators, sometimes called rolling walkers, are simply walkers with wheels attached to all of the legs (most have four, although some have only three). They include hand brakes the user can employ to keep the device from going faster than is comfortable. Since they almost always include a seat, the brakes can also be locked in place to keep the rollator from moving when it is being used to sit. Some models can even be used safely as a transport chair so a caregiver can push the user, which is convenient for longer outings.

Rollators are great for individuals whose mobility is limited but are not too unstable. The wheels allow for much easier walking, and the larger wheels can make it feel more stable outdoors. The convenient seat is also a welcome place for a rest. Many also feature useful baskets under the seat for the storage of purses, bags or light shopping. However, they are sometimes cumbersome to transport; although most fold up, they will take a significant amount of space in the back of a car.

 

Knee Walkers

Knee Walker Dallas Fort WorthKnee walkers are also known as knee scooters, since they resemble children’s scooters. They are intended for individuals with foot, ankle or leg injuries below the knee who would typically use crutches. The knee walker can have two to four wheels and includes a steering mechanism and handbrakes. There is a horizontal bed on which the user rests their injured leg, so they walk with one leg while the other rolls along.

Knee walkers present many advantages over crutches. Many patients find them easier to maneuver and more comfortable to use. Since they leave the arms free, it is easier to perform everyday tasks while using it, and they may be safer since the wheels won’t snag like crutches could. However, they are larger and heavier than crutches, which can be an inconvenience when transporting them.

Walkers are generally considered to be the best choice for people with severe mobility problems, or who are very unstable. People who are more able to get around will want to consider rollators, while those with an injury to a foot or ankle would be well-suited to a knee walker. If you are uncertain about what is best for you or your loved one, consult with your health care professional to find the best choice.  Mobility Healthcare is located in Lewisville, TX and serves customers all over the entire Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.  Our staff is professionally trained to help you to chose the appropriate mobility device for your unique needs.  Contact us today or stop by and visit our showroom in Lewisville.