General Mobility Aid Info
Choosing the right mobility aid for you depends on more than what meets the eye. Maybe your doctor or insurance provider gave you a simple pair of crutches to use for your rehabilitation, or you got a walker to help your balance. Can you be certain that it’s really your best option? Many times, people are using something they consider cumbersome, difficult, or just plain painful, but they don’t know there are other options.
From standard walkers to 3 wheel rollators, walkers come in many shapes and sizes. Choosing the best walker for you can mean balancing a number of considerations, and you may not know where to start. But you don't have to be an expert on ambulatory aids to find the one you need - that's what we're here for.
Simply put, a rollator is a walker with a wheel at the bottom of each leg. They can be 3 or 4 wheeled and most have some kind of a pouch or basket to carry your things. Rollators are perfect for long trips or for those who don’t want to be slowed down by their mobility equipment.
Standard wheelchairs are designed with large wheels so that you can propel yourself, while transport wheelchairs have small wheels and are meant to be pushed from behind by a second person. Beyond that, things get a little more complicated.
One of the first things to consider when choosing a cane is just what type of cane you would like to use. Standard canes, or single-tip canes, are those with only one cane tip that touches the ground. Quad canes, also called quad-point canes, broadbased canes, or four legged canes, are built to be sturdier and feature four cane tips.
Crutches are probably the most widely used piece of mobility equipment for the general population. They are often used for short periods to help recover from an injury or surgery. Most hospitals and doctor’s offices will have basic crutches available for purchase.
Life with a mobility aid can be a lot easier with the proper accessories. From walker trays to crutch covers, we carry every accessory you need - and a few things you never even realized you wanted.
For too long, society allowed older adults and persons with disabilities to be defined by what they could not do. But tireless advocacy from individuals and organizations have empowered a new generation.