Did you know that the recent study published by NHS Digital stated that nearly 100,000 older people (aged 65+) suffered hip fractures in 2017/18? Hip fractures are one of the most common injuries caused by falls and this has created worries amongst millions of seniors who are genuinely concerned about how falls can impact physical health.
Fall prevention has been the main focal point of the mobility equipment industry for many years. There is now a wide range of walking aids that are solely designed to assist your mobility and help reduces the chances of falls. In this blog post, we will be taking you through all the different walking aid options available.
Walking Canes For Added Stability When Outside
The Cane is one of the most popular walking aid solutions on the market, comfortable to use and offering exceptional support, it’s no surprise that so many people chose canes as their first walking aid. Available in a wide range of colours, styles and material choices there will always be a walking aid available which gives you a sense of style when getting out and about.
A cane acts similarly to a single walking stick, providing the user with the added balance when walking around. Equipt with a rubber or gripped base, a cane will help provide you with a better grip to the surface even when your shoes fail you. The lightweight design allows you to use the cane all day without feeling tired and fatigued.
Improve Your Balance With A Zimmer Frames
The classic zimmer frame is another walking aid option that offers exceptional stability to people of all ages. Often used when a walking cane no longer provides you with the support you are looking for, zimmer frames give you that added stability. A relatively cost-effective walking aid, zimmer frames are a great option for someone who needs a walking aid that does exactly what it says on the box, keep you safe.
Explore Your Local Comunity With A Wheelchair
Not all wheelchair users are disabled, many senior people are now using wheelchairs to be able to take part days out with the family and friends. The key advantages of using a wheelchair are that it eliminates the chances of you falling over. Equipt with large wheels and stabilisers, you can get our with total peace of mind that you are not going to experience any slips, trips or falls.
Wheelchairs are available in a wide range of makes and models meaning there will always be an option that is suited for your needs. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is choosing between self-propelled wheelchairs and transit wheelchair. If you are often with a friend of a family member which can help take you out, look at a transit chair. Alternatively, if you are often alone and still want to get out and about, self-propelled is best.
Experience The Power of A Mobility scooters
The last walking aid option on the market is the mobility scooter. Providing elderly people with a reliable and safe option for getting out and exploring the local community, mobility scooters are fast becoming the favourite option amongst seniors. With hundreds of makes and models to chose from, there will always be a scooter out there that meets all your specific needs and requirements.
We hope that this blog post has helped you find out a bit more information about some of the different walking aids available on the market. To find out more information about any of the different options available, make sure you do some online research or head on down to your local mobility store to get advice tailored to your specific needs and requirements. You might also be interested in hiring our mobility equipment.