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5 Mobility Aids to consider for your home

Many people find themselves less mobile due to decreased strength, balance and medical conditions. Luckily today's technology has come a long way, and there are many different mobility solutions available on the market to overcome mobility challenges. You may face challenges such as getting in and out of bed or struggle to carry items home from the shops. Mobility aids and home modifications also play a crucial role in preventing slips, trips and falls, both at home and while out and about.

Below we have summarised the five essentials for at home and while you are out & about.

Stair Lifts and Platform Lifts
If you have stairs in your home at some stage, you will be faced with the choice of either moving, re-arranging your home, so you don't have to navigate the stairs or to install an aid to assist you with navigating the stairs. A stairlift allows for easy and safe navigation of the stairs and access to the entire house. Stairlifts and Platform Lifts are designed for narrow, straight, curved and outdoor stairs and can easily be installed on most stairs and allow the user to remain in their home even if struggling with mobility issues.

Ramps, Handles and Rails
Ramps, handles and rails can often be a straightforward addition to the home but can make a world of difference to the safety of the user, especial when trying to navigate obstacles or wet areas. Installing these can dramatically reduce the risk of falls. Adding some ramps to overcome one or to steps will also allow the use of mobility equipment such as gophers, powerchairs or rollators inside the home.

Adjustable Beds
Adjustable beds have been gaining popularity rapidly over the last few years. They are now praised as lifestyle beds as they provide a healthy sleep position and additional comfort in bed. Adjustable beds can often assist in managing some health conditions as well as help people to get in and out of bed. This can have a substantial positive impact on the user's life and also promote movement, instead of being confined to bed.

Powerchairs, Electric Wheelchairs & Mobility Scooters
Moving around the home and having the freedom to complete tasks such as shopping independently is essential for mental wellbeing. If a walking stick or rollator doesn't assist movement, it may be time to look at motorized mobility aids such as Powerchairs, Electric Wheelchairs or Mobility Scooters. If considering a machine for inside the home Powerchairs or Electric-Wheelchairs are usually a better choice as they have a shorter wheelbase and offer a great turning circle.

Lift and Recline Chairs
One challenging aspect of low mobility is the necessity to remain active to build up your strength and movement, even when the person doesn’t feel like it. Rest is also important, but getting up out of a chair can be difficult. Lift and recline chairs have a range of functions, but primarily enable individuals to sit up and down without assistance easily. Using a lift and recline chair can help older adults maintain independence, and also provide support for relaxing and resting. We have a range of rising and recliner chairs available at Essential Mobility.


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