As we age, we are at increased risk of falls due to impaired cognitive and motor function, and it is essential that we utilise various mobility aids to make our home as safe as possible, and reduce the risk of falls.
In this blog post, we will cover the seven essential mobility aids to help you maintain your mobility, independence and freedom, but also reduce the risk of falls.
Table of Content
- Non Slip Mats
- Grab Bars and Rails For Bathroom
- Over Toilet Frames
- Couch Stand Assists
- Bedside Rails
- Rollator Walkers
Non Slip Mats for Shower and Bathtub
It might seem common sense that falls are more likely to happen where it is slippery such as as the shower and Bathtub, but shockingly most homes do not have non-slip mats installed in these hazardous areas.
These mats come in a variety of sizes, and shapes to fit your shower and bathtub to provide extra traction and stability, and reduce the risk of falls and slips.
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Grab Bars and Rails For Bathroom
In addition to non-slip mats, it is highly recommended to install grab bars or rails in your bathroom to help with balance or stability while getting in and out of your shower or bathtub, or from a sitting to standing position.
Depending on your needs, you could install a hand rail in your shower, or a floor to ceiling grab bar near your bathtub.
Over Toilet Frames
If you need more support when getting on and off your toilet, then you may want to consider looking into installing an over toilet frame, that will allow you to support your weight with both hands, and often has higher weight capacity then floor to ceiling grab bars.
These come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit on your toilet, but also to suit your needs depending on your size and weight.
Couch Stand Assists
If you are like most Senior Australians, then chances are you will spend a lot of time sitting down on your couch while watch your favourite soap opera on TV, reading the newspaper, or doing crossword puzzles or crocheting, and had a few instances where you struggled to get up from the couch.
Fortunately, there are various mobility aids that can assist you from a sitting to standing position in your lounge room such as floor to ceiling grab bars, and TV tray tables with couch handles.
Many elderly people tend to have falls at night time when vision is poor, and if you are one of those, then you may want to consider installing a bedside rail which will prevent you from rolling off your bed at night, but also provide support when getting in and out of bed.
This mobility aids come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs, depending on size of your bed, and thickness of your mattress.
Last but not least, are wheelie walkers, which empower you to continue to maintain your mobility, independence and freedom. These ingenious devices have been been designed to provide you with outstanding support and stability while walking so you can continue doing the things you love.
Available in a range of shapes and sizes, there are various walkers with different handle heights, seat widths, and wheel sizes.
In conclusion, elderly people are at a increased risk of falls due to deteriorating cognitive and motor functions, but there are various mobility aids such as non-slip mats, grab bars and rails for bathroom, over toilet frames, couch stand-ups aids, bedside rails and wheelie walkers that can greatly enhance safety of your loved ones.
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