Category Archives: Mobility Aids

Disabilities and Mobility Assistance

Disabilities can make people dependent on others to assist them with the most basic physical activities. However, during the summer especially, people may want to become more mobile.

With the invention of disability products, your disabled loved ones can go out and enjoy the summer with greater ease. Some essential summer supplies for disabled people are wheelchairs, leisure aids and other mobility products. 

 

Invacare MVP Wheelchair

MVP is the premier folding chair in the manual wheelchair line.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are one of the most basic pieces of disability equipment, providing both seating and mobility benefits. Reclining chairs even provided back support while the user rests. Other types of wheelchairs are:

  • Tilt (tilts the user while keeping the hips in position)

  • Bariatric (for people with significant amount of weight)

  • Pediatric (for children)

Wheelchairs can be both mechanical and automated.

Mobility Scooters

Mobility ScootersMobility scooters allow disabled people to carry on with activities like shopping, meeting friends, and walking the dog. They are usually cheaper than automated wheelchairs, and can simply be charged at home.

Moreover, scooters require less physical strength than regular wheelchairs, and they have swiveling seats to assist the user when getting off the machine. Most importantly, these scooters are easy to use and only go up to 4 mph to avoid serious accidents.

Leisure Aids

Leisure AidsFinally, we have leisure aids that can go along with other disability products or other furniture in the house to help those with mobility problems. For instance, you have the car caddie that provides the necessary support to get out of a vehicle. Along similar lines there is the couch cane that helps disabled people get up from a sofa, particularly those who have low physical strength.

These were just a few supplies for disabled people available in the market today which provide them physical support and also give them a sense of independence.

Mobility Aid Selection Guide – Wheelchairs, Walkers or Canes

People tend to lose their balance as they get older. This is partly due to  because bones become brittle and do not support weight of the body. Therefore, elderly people find it difficult to walk, and need to take the help of mobility aids, which provide convenience and relief.

There are many types of mobility aids. Each provides a different level of support.

Canes

Support Level – Low

Canes are suitable for those people who need a slight support to maintain their balance. A special type of cane is the folding cane which is easier to store when not in use.

Quad Canes

Support Level – Low to Moderate depending on the base

Quad canes consist of a base, which has four support legs. These canes provide more support than folding canes, and are especially good for people who cannot use both of their hands to maintain a grip on the walker.

Folding Walkers

Support Level – Moderate

Walkers are a common type of mobility aids.  Folding walkers are for those people whose legs cannot bear weight which is shifted to the handles. The patient has to lift the walker after a step or two. Some people might find this cumbersome. Folding walkers are good for indoors.

Rollator Walkers

Support Level – Moderate

Rollator walkers comprise of a seat, wheels, hand brakes, and sometimes even a basket. They are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Wheelchairs

Support Level – Maximum

Wheelchairs are of two basic kinds: transport wheelchair and lightweight wheelchair. The transport wheel chair has to be pushed by another person whereas elderly people can use the lightweight wheel chairs themselves.

An additional type is the reclining wheelchair. It is suitable for those people who cannot walk even a step without support and cannot sit in one position for prolonged periods.

“Pay-It-Forward” Act of Kindness With Ice Grips

Walking Cane Ice Grip

Cane Tip Ice Grip from Mountain Properties

Vitality Medical salutes David P. of Massachusetts. David orders ice grips for walking canes on a regular basis. One would think David does a lot of hiking in the winter to order so many ice grips. Instead, David hands out his walking cane ice grips to people he meets that use a cane for walking assistance. The icy winters and the slippery wet summers of Massachusetts make the Ice Grip Cane Tip a valuable tool for people who use a walking cane. When David approaches people, most look at him suspiciously, thinking David is attempting to sell them something. Then they are pleasantly surprised to receive the ice grip for free with only a request to help someone else down-the-road.

David started offering strangers and friends free ice grips after he first heard about the special ice grip and could not find it anywhere for purchase. He found out that the local Veterans Hospital had some so he went to inquire about getting one for himself. The hospital indeed had the ice grips but refused to sell any to David. The hospital staff gave him the grip for free and asked David to help someone else out in the same manner. David has been doing so for several years now many times over. The special ice grip that David gives-aways to strangers and friends is manufactured by Mountain Properties.

Walking Cane Holder

Table Top Cane Holder

David has now expanded his free ice grips to providing free cane holders as well.

The Cane Holder, pictured to the left, is also manufactured by Mountain Properties and distributed by Vitality Medical. The Cane Holder is a simple attachment to any walking cane that allows you to rest the cane upon tables and counter-tops without taking up very much space. Many love this feature so that the cane is not on the floor as a tripping hazard. Rest a cane on a table also makes it easier to retrieve so that you do not have to bend over to pick it up when you are ready to leave.

Vitality Medical also carries an assortment of different types of cane tips and numerous mobility accessories to meet individual needs.