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As adults age, once simple tasks like sitting, standing, and walking can become more challenging, leading to a reduction in physical activity. Older adults should participate in safe and effective moderate physical activities to achieve an improved quality of life. Sadly, one-third of adults over the age of 50 lack physical activity in their daily lives. 1 Older adults living a sedentary lifestyle have reduced strength and balance which increases risk of falling2. Senior adults, age 65 and older, are at high risk for falls with one out of three seniors falling each year.3 Daily living aids are helpful tools that will keep you safe and moving independently. AllegroMedical.com presents five daily living aids to help you increase physical activity safely.
Movement from a sitting to standing position is an important skill that facilitates independence. Without the ability to perform this basic skill elderly people are at risk for institutionalization due to limitations in performing daily living activities. 4
Using a seat assist such as a lifting cushion to move from a sit to stand position eliminates the need for standing assistance from caregivers. This assistive device removes the possibility of inflicting pain or harm to the individual requiring assistance which can occur during manual assist to stand.5 The UPEASY lifting cushion provides users with a gentle and stable automatic boost when leaning forward preparing for a sit-to-stand movement.
“Recent knee surgery has made rising from seated position difficult. Using the uplift seat assist has made a significant difference. I will likely use the seat assist throughout my recovery and beyond. ” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer Lameduck from Aptos, CA
Since lifting cushions are designed for use only on your chair or sofa a security pole and curve grab bar is another independent living aid that assists with movement from a sitting to standing position. Tension mounted security poles don’t require permanent installation making them a great option for individual changing needs. Simply grasp the curved grab bar to climb up to a standing position.
“Bought this for my mom. She is recovering from a broken hip. We use it in the bathroom to help her with her transfer to a bath bench. It is also used to assist rising from the toilet. I have to be honest, I automatically reach for it , too. I am 61 &; need to protect my back. I care for an 84 year old mom &; a disabled 16 year old daughter. This pole is incredibly sturdy, stable &; easy to install. I can’t find any cons. The price was great.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer Barb the Builder from DHS, CA
Seniors with sit-to-stand movement issues are less inclined to drive due to the difficulty of exiting the vehicle into a standing position. Losing driving ability for many aging adults decreases independence and fosters a sedentary life style. Leverage support exiting a vehicle by inserting a heavy duty steel Handy Bar into the side door locking mechanism and stand with confidence.
Grab bars are essential daily living aids that provide assistance and added safety for sitting and standing. Suction cup grab bars install without tools or holes and are completely portable. These grab bars are like having an extra hand to help provide support for standing up from the commode, bathtub, or any place extra balance support is needed.
“My father refused to allow us to drill ‘holes’ and screws into the fiberglass shower. These were perfect for our use. I liked the ability to adjust and move them to where they worked best for him. I did have to lean hard onto one wall to get the best suction and securement due to a small wave within the wall. I wish there was something similar to these for dry wall surface walls by the commode. Another area he will not allow us to drill holes into.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer, Vicster from Danville, Ky
Elderly adults with unstable gait who have experienced falls tend to diminish physical activity such as walking out of fear of falling again. This lack of activity promotes physical weakness and makes the individuals more susceptible to falling. 3
Walking aids such as rollators are safe and effective in helping individuals with unstable gait. 6 Rollators are walkers for indoor or outdoor use with typically four wheels, a seat, and hand brakes and are for people with limited upper body strength. The convenience of the seat allows users experiencing fatigue to rest for a few minutes while walking.
“I am 63 years old. I fell down a flight of stairs and have severe damage to my spine and partial paralysis of my right leg. I was using a standard walker but when I saw this beauty on your web site, I knew that it would work better for me. Standing in line at the market, etc. is just intolerably painful for me. This little beauty helps keep me more independent and able to function. Thank you for offering this little lady.” Review by AllegroMedical.com customer IrishTeaCup from Sunland, CA
Don’t lose your independence. If you have difficulty sitting, standing, or walking, seek the guidance of a physician to see what aids are right for you. Return to AllegroMedical.com for all of your solutions for maintaining an active and self-reliant lifestyle.
1 http://www.cdc.gov/aging/han/health-promotion.htm (10 Strategies…Active Aging)
The ability to get from here . . . to there . . . is practically the definition of independence. And Allegro offers hundreds of ways to get there, regardless of your ability. Just take a look at our large selection of canes, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs and mobility scooters!
Choosing the right mobility equipment is important for your health and safety. Read the product descriptions carefully so that you understand the capacities, dimensions and benefits of each product. Your physical capabilities must also be considered when choosing the right mobility equipment. Your doctor, caregiver or health care professional can help recommend the best type of equipment for your current and future mobility needs. When it comes to getting around, Allegro is sure to have exactly what you need.
TYPES of MOBILITY AIDS
Canes can be used for balance (single tip) or to bear your full weight (quad). The top of the cane should be at the same level as the crease on the back side of your wrist with your arms at your side. Measure the distance from your wrist to the floor, with shoes on. Review this MayClinic.com Slideshow: How to choose and use a cane for more information.
Already have a cane? How about attaching a Cane Ice Grip this winter?
Crutches are fitted according to your height. When you stand, your elbows should bend slightly at about 20 degrees, with your hand grips even with your hip joint. You should be able to fully extend your elbow with each step forward.
Get going with with an electric mobility scooter! These battery powered vehicles are full of options and can be a great alternative to a wheelchair for those with limited mobility but good manual dexterity.
Read these Mobility Buyers Guides first:
3 Wheel Mobility Scooters
4 Wheel Mobility Scooters
For balance, or if you are at risk for falling, a walker may be the perfect choice. Rule of thumb: A standard walker without wheels is most stable. Walkers with wheels may get you around faster, though, because you can put your weight on the walker as you move. Rollators, or 4-wheeled walkers really keep you moving. Review this MayoClinic.Com Slide Show: How to choose and use a walker for more info.
Rollator/Transport Chair Combo
Choosing a wheelchair, except the most basic models or transport chairs, requires help from a nurse, doctor or therapist. Once you’ve determined your requirements as to special features, type of wheelchair, back height, width, weight and support you need, it’s a matter of choosing the style that suits you.
Heavy Duty Wheelchairs
Standard Weight Wheelchairs
Transport and Specialty Wheelchairs
Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs
Other mobility categories that may be helpful are Ramps, Transfer Boards and Bath Safety Transfer Benches.
Another Independence Helper. . .
Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System – Wheelchair users, this portable transfer board can greatly improve your independence, especially if you have difficulty getting in and out of an automobile. Don’t leave home without it! See also the Beasy Board Glyder
Need more help? Feel free to call us at 1-800-861-3211 to consult with a mobility specialist! Thanks for your business. We appreciate it.
Diminished mobility, temporary or otherwise, can be a real show stopper when it comes to your independence. The reality is, you don’t need to miss another minute of your life because of mobility issues. Just ask any of the millions of wheelchair, mobility scooter, walker and cane users worldwide.
With the large range of mobility products available today, it would be a shame for anyone capable of using them to sit idly by. Let Allegro help you take control of your life, reduce your pain, improve your safety and lessen your dependence on others with a mobility device.
Which Mobility Equipment is Best for You?
Canes – Canes are most often used to improve your balance as you walk, or to compensate for an injury or disability. No longer whittled out of any old tree branch, walking canes have come a long way in their engineering, usability and comfort.
Your cane should be long enough that you don’t have to bend down to use it (save your back!). You’ll want your elbow to bend at a comfortable angle. Measure from the floor to the crease in your wrist when your arm is hanging straight down from your side. That is the optimal height for the top of the cane.
Stock up on rubber tips so you’ll always have replacements on hand. Check the cane’s weight capacity to ensure it can support your weight. Choose from Standard C Canes (min support, best if used for balance), Specialty Canes, 4-legged Quad Canes (weight bearing) and Hemi Walkers (max support) depending on your stability. Remember when walking with a cane, you hold the cane in the hand opposite of your injured or weak foot. It is used as a counter-balance, not a foot replacement.
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Walkers – If you are ambulatory, but you have poor balance or are at risk for falling you are a good candidate for a walker. If you are extremely wobbly, you will want to consider a Standard Walker (no wheels) because of their stability, but keep in mind that they are not as easy to push forward as a two-wheeled walker or a 4-wheeled rollator.
2-Wheeled Walkers let you put weight on the walker as you move. The two back legs have no wheels so the walker won’t roll away while you’re stepping forward, but the wheeled front legs allow you to easily move the walker forward. Brilliant.
If balance isn’t a concern, you’ll move along more quickly with a 4-wheeled walker also called a Rollator. My 96-year old grandmother loves her rollator because it has hand brakes, a seat and a basket . . . and it looks snazzy. Make a fashion statement, dontate to a great charity and support breast cancer awareness by choosing a pink rollator!
Knee Walkers are for those with foot/ankle injuries or surgeries. A great substitute for crutches, a knee walker lets you get around without putting any weight on your foot. We recommend the ones with turning wheels (steerable).
Check the Specialty Walkers category if you’re looking for a child’s gait trainer, a bariatric walker, hemi walker, transport chair/rollator combos and specialty parts.
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Wheelchairs – Before choosing a wheelchair you must review your goals, lifestyle, current and future needs, living environment, how you will use the wheelchair, whether you will drive a car or transport the chair as a passenger. This evaluation process will help you decide which type(s) of chair will work for you.
For passengers weighing more than 250 lbs, take a look at the manual Heavy Duty Wheelchairs as they are built to hold more weight than a Standard Weight Wheelchair.
Lightweight Wheelchairs are easy to maneuver (reduces upper body stress) and to lift for transport. The frames and components are made of aluminum or titanium so they are very strong, but light. The only drawback may be the passenger weight capacity, so be sure to check. Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs offer the ultimate freedom and are great for active paraplegic and quadriplegic users.
Many active manual wheelchair users participate in sports using a Sports Chair, designed with cambered wheels and light, tough frames for ultimate contact and maneuverablility on the baskeball or tennis court. If you’re up for the challenge, check out the racing wheelchairs as well.
Transport chairs are a good choice for those who cannot roll themselves in a manual chair. The transport wheelchairs have handles on the back allowing someone to push the passenger. They are a wonderful solution for transporting someone out of the house, to the car, down the hall, around the zoo, through the airport, etc. See all transport chairs, along with pool wheelchairs, transport/rollator combos, beach wheelchairs and travel chairs in Transport/Specialty Chairs.
Power Wheelchairs may be the perfect solution for those who are completely incapable of rolling even a lightweight manual wheelchair. They generally have a tight turning radius so they can get in and out of small spaces. On the flip side, they are generally very heavy and difficult to transport.
Lift and transport your wheelchair (up to 100 lbs) on your trailer hitch with a Wheelchair Carrier.
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Mobility Scooters – For those with limited mobility, poor upper body strength but good manual dexterity, an electric mobility scooter (power scooter) is a fun alternative to a wheelchair. They travel on battery power and have lots of options – which means they demand special consideration when purchasing.
Choose from 3 Wheel Mobility Scooters or 4 Wheel Mobility Scooters, but first please read these helpful buyers guides:
Mobility Scooter Buyers Guides
Whether it is a cane, walker, manual wheelchair, power chair or mobility scooter, we wish you all the best in maintaining your independence and living life to the fullest.
Allegro has mobility experts ready to assist you in choosing your mobility equipment. Please feel free to call our customer service department, toll free at 1-800-861-3211.
Need a little help getting around? For many, cooler weather means Autumn outings, family travel and events galore. Allegro has hundreds of products to shore up your mobility stability, allowing you to increase your independence and get you on the move!
If you have a friend or loved one with decreased mobility, let them know about these products and share our fabulous discounts & promotions.
Preparing for house guests? It’s nice to have a walker, cane, rollator or transport wheelchair on hand if you have elderly visitors, especially over the holidays.
Cane, Crutch, Walker, Rollator, Transport Wheelchairs, Scooter & Knee Walker
Offset Cane with Strap – If you’re 4’4″ to 6’4″ and under 250 lbs, this is your cane. Great grip and stability.
Quick Change Crutches – Trade in your heavy old wooden crutches and get moving with a pair of these lightweight aluminum beauties. Quick, push button height adjustment.
Lightweight Forearm Crutches – One-piece molded cuff and hand grip for maximum safety & comfort. Cool colors.
Dual Release Adult Walker – Quiet operation, wide, deep frame. Lightweight aluminum. Large number of height adjustments. Terrific value.
Aluminum Rollator with 6″ Wheels– Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, this rolling walker is a terrific mobility aid for people with limited hand function. A special lock protects fingers from “snapback” injuries when the brake is released. Comes with a basket that can be mounted underneath or in front. Large 12″ x 12″ padded seat. Removable backrest. One handed folding. Wt. Capacity 300 lbs. Lifetime warranty.
Strolleasy Lightweight Portable Transport Wheelchair – Perfect for all activities, especially travel. Ultralight, this travel wheelchair weighs under 15 lbs. Folds up in 3 easy steps (no tools) and stores in its own carry bag with shoulder strap. Fits into most airplane overhead containers and easily into car trunks. Yeah! Brakes are foot operated by the caregiver.
Expedition 12″ Rear Wheel Transport Chair – Safe and comfy transport, this folding transport chair comes standard with fixed fully-padded arms, a fold-down back and swingaway footrests. Attendant-operated wheel locks. For users up to 250 lbs.
Ableware Wheelchair Cup Holder – Hands-free drink holder. What’s not to love? Holds a cup, glass, can or bottle. Also works on bed rails and other tubular frames. Easy to position.
Phantom 3-Wheel Scooter – Previously known as the Stringray, this super affordable scooter is LOADED. On board battery charger, flip back adjustable width arms, sleek stylish design. Super reliable and easy to use in the house or outside. Disassembles in 5 lightweight pieces. Fits in most car trunks so you can take it anywhere. Max speed 4 mph – up to 15 miles per charge. Order today for delivery at your home!
Knee Walker with Fixed Wheels – A great new alternative to standard crutches. Especially designed for those with a below-knee injury. Great for foot surgery recovery. Just put your knee of the injured leg on the knee pad and propel the knee walker around with your good leg. To steer, take a step with the good leg while gently lifting the handle and turning in the direction you want to go. Comes with brakes which can be adjusted for right or left handed use.
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