In 2006, Statistics Canada reported that there were a little over 4.2 million persons (above 15 years old) with disabilities. With almost 2 million of them being sixty-five and above, there is a good chance that many are going to find themselves (or a loved one) in need of various home-health mobility products at some point. This can range from the use of walking aids and braces all the way to the purchasing of electric mobility scooters or utilizing scooter rentals.
Many health situations or conditions can require, or have their limitations alleviated by, the devices available. Conditions that limit one’s ability to breathe well, such as congestive heart failure or emphysema for example, necessitate usage of devices such as the electric mobility scooter. These vehicles can open up the world again for someone — allowing them to go shopping, visit a museum, or just have a lunch with friends. To people suffering from conditions such as arthritis, MS, or Cerebral Palsy, the prospect of mobility is as daunting as it is exciting. A company that provides the many aids to daily living and mobility is giving its clients the ability to enjoy life as we all do. Wheelchairs, medical chair lifts, walking aids, patient hoyer-lifts, and bathroom safety products all add to the quality of life to those who suffer debilitating health conditions.
The wheelchair and electric mobility scooters are two products with similar uses, but differ in functionality. The wheelchair or the electric wheelchair is designed for more constant use than the scooter affords. The wheelchair is for people who need to sit for most of the day. The electric scooter is for those who have some mobility, however limited. Maybe a person’s condition is of the type that has symptomatic flare-ups. This scenario would lend itself to scooter rental. The outright purchase may not be affordable and the person’s condition does not warrant more than the occasional rental. Possibly an upcoming trip with a great deal of sightseeing would be the perfect opportunity for someone to be relieved of the strain of trying to keep up with the group when their condition proves otherwise.
Mobility aids in general help you walk or move if there is injury, disability, or fall-risk due to age. They can include canes, walkers, rolling walkers, rollators, and crutches. Other aids, such as electric beds, are available for home use as well. All of these have a place in the spectrum of care for healthy and safe mobility.