Many people with disabilities can find it difficult to get around. This might be because they experience chronic pain or are unable to be as mobile as other people. Unfortunately, the world is largely not set up for disabled people, so that means there are many obstacles to overcome too. It can make some people feel reluctant to go out, and they can struggle when they do go somewhere. Fortunately, there is a range of mobility aids which can help people to get where they need to be. Deciding what works best for you can take some time, and you should start by examining what is available.
Some people need to use a wheelchair all the time, whereas other people might require one some of the time. If you have bad days when you are less mobile, you could have a wheelchair that you use occasionally. If you use a wheelchair, there’s the option of a manual one or an electric one. Manual chairs work for people who have the strength and motion in their arms to push themselves or are happy to be pushed by someone else. Otherwise, an electric wheelchair might be a better choice. They might be controlled with a small stick for steering, or even sometimes with a device that can be blown into.
Mobility scooters are a sort of cousin to the electric wheelchair. They’re not exactly the same, but can offer a similar function. They’re usually best for people who might be able to walk around some, but need help for going longer distances. They can be made both for use on the sidewalk and on the road. They might have three or four wheels, and some can fold up, which is convenient if you want to put one in your car. They often have a basket for carrying things too, making them useful for shopping.
Crutches and Walking Sticks
For those who are more comfortable walking around, there are several different types of walking aid. Of course, you might combine the use of a wheelchair or mobility scooter with a walking aid. Crutches are often used, and you might have one or two. Similarly, walking sticks can also help with balance or to take the weight off one leg. Walking sticks might have two or three feet for extra stability, and come in a variety of materials and sizes. They can often fold up for convenience too.
A walking frame offers even more stability than a stick, and might have solid fit (so it needs to be lifted) or wheels so that it can be pushed or pulled. A frame allows you to hold firmly to its sides, so you have plenty of support. While frames with wheels can be useful for moving around, frames without wheels provide more stability because they are less likely to suddenly move. Some frames also have a seat, which is handy if you need to sit down whenever you feel like it.
You have a choice of mobility aids if you need help getting around, whether it’s in your home or outside of it.