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How to Find the Right Assistive Device

How to Find the Right Assistive Device


With the number of senior falls around the house increasing every year, assistive devices are more important now than ever. There are countless types of products to choose from, so how do you know what one is right for your needs? Continue reading to find out which form of assistance is best for your mobility and safety. 


If you could use a little extra support and stability while walking independently, a cane might be the right option for you. Not only do they help with balance, but they also allow you to redistribute your weight if you have any pain in your leg, knee, ankle, hip, etc. There are various types of canes, but all with the same goal of providing greater balance and support while alleviating lower extremity pain. 


The next step up in support would be walkers. These are great for those who need greater stability than a cane can provide, but walkers are more difficult to navigate around objects or small spaces. If you have poor balance and prefer using both arms for natural stability, a walker is the right choice for you. Just like choosing a cane, walkers come in various forms depending on the individual’s needs. Some examples include standard walkersknee walkers3-wheeled walkerspetite walkers and more. For help with choosing the right walker, contact us and we’d be happy to assist you. 


The following products mentioned are more technology-reliant and assistive for individuals with greater mobility needs. To start off, scooters are a great choice for those who want to remain independent while still needing assistance with getting from here to there. Scooters can be used as a primary form of mobility or simply as an aid when walking becomes tiresome or unsteady. 


Just like scooters, wheelchairs can be used as needed when an individual becomes tired or unsteady, or they can be used full-time for mobility. No matter what assistive device you choose, remember to still practice walking each day in a safe manner if possible. 

Manual Wheelchairs 

If you need assistance with getting from one place to another but still have the arm strength to push yourself around, a manual wheelchair is a great choice. 

Power Wheelchairs 

The highest level of assistance you can find is with a power wheelchair. With the push of a button, you can get from one place to another with complete control. 

Now that you’ve read through the purposes of each of these assistive devices, it’s time to decide which one best fits your lifestyle. If you need help deciding or simply want a second opinion, feel free to contact us for help. We’re happy to help lead you towards greater independence and safer mobility! 


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