The reduction of mobility is one of the problems that affects a large number of the elderly population.
Mobility encompasses not just the person’s ability walk, but also the person’s ability to complete personal tasks. Mobility is defined as the ability to move around safely and effectively in the environment.
Mobility is necessary for the well-being of older adults. It cannot be helped though that geriatric syndromes can cause impaired mobility. Dependence on others, whether from family members or paid help, for daily living activities will result to adverse outcomes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), impaired mobility is associated with the following problems:
-Injuries secondary to falls; and
People with mobility limitations can use assistive technologies such as walkers, canes, rollators, wheelchairs and scooters to enhance mobility.
There are two types of assistive technologies to help people with mobility difficulties: the alternative types and the augmentative types.
For total incapacity of mobility, the alternative types such as wheelchairs are used. For reduced mobility capacity, the augmentative types are used. These include external devices such as walkers, canes, rollators and scooters.
Out of the many augmentative tools, the walkers assume an important role. Walkers like the adult stand-assist walker serves as a supporting device during standing. In addition, this tool helps the user to utilize his or her remaining locomotion capability in order walk or move. This medical tool can be used as a transitional device towards the therapeutic goal of independent ambulation. It can also be used as a permanent aid for indoor and outdoor mobility.
Other benefits of using this medical aid include:
-Avoid the loss of bone mass;
-Avoid the formation of skin sores;
-Improves blood circulation;
-Improves respiratory, digestive, kidney and urinary functions;
-Improves self-esteem; and
-Improves relationship issues.
Who are the right candidates for using mobility standard walkers?
As the standard model has to be lifted when moving, this medical aid is not for everyone. Ideal users of this equipment are those who can:
-Walk independently even for short distance;
-Maximum assistance with balance is needed; and
-Weight bearing restriction is advised.
The improper height adjustment of this assistive product can cause wrist, hand, shoulder and/or back pain. Properly adjust the height by following these steps:
-Use your most comfortable shoes.
-Allow your arms to hang loosely at your side.
-Ask assistance for measuring the height from your wrist to the floor. Adjust the length accordingly.
-Test the length of the equipment by placing your hand on the handle. If there is a 20 to 30-degree bend of your hand, then that is the correct length adjustment.