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Maintaining Mobility In Old Age With Assistive Rehabilitative Devices

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Published on August 24th, 2018

For the senior citizens, moving about in their homes is nothing short of a challenge. They require a considerable degree of emotional support, but they need external assistance with mobility as well.

Sometimes, older people are too reluctant to ask for help, but they require the intervention of modern technology to keep their independence alive.

In most of the cases, the seniors require assistance post-surgery. In some instances, a bad fall or illness precedes the need for specialized mobility assistance.

Even bad joint pain from arthritis can challenge their ability to walk, stand and lead a healthy life in their personal residence.

However, moving a person against his or her will to a nursing home or senior care living facility is neither humane nor recommended.

Therefore, there is a lot of emphasis on the modern assistive devices that bear the promise of making living more comfortable for those in need of rehabilitation.

What is rehabilitative assistance?

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Rehabilitation can define the process of integrating a specially-abled person into regular life by helping him or her improve body functions.

In this context, the meaning is quite similar. Rehabilitation of seniors includes therapies, treatments and external assistance to improve their quality of life.

According to WHO, it targets social participation, activities, improvement of personal factors and environmental factors through the enhancement of body functions and mobility. Rehabilitative assistance for the old age can include the following –

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walking sticks
  • Walking frames

Why are electric wheelchairs the best option for the seniors?

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Amidst all types of mobility equipment and medical supplies, wheelchairs are the most popular option among the seniors. In 2018, this type of assistive rehabilitative device for the elderly comes is several forms.

For example – the electric wheelchair that runs on battery. The compact design and lightweight helps in the easy maintenance of it. Most of the popular electric models can run for 25 miles and more with a fully charged battery. They can climb slopes effortlessly.

In case the wheelchair needs lifting and temporary storage, the caregiver can quickly pick it up (about 50 pounds only!), fold it and keep it in a small space. They are easy to travel in, and the user can enjoy utmost comfort thanks to modern ergonomic designs.

 

How are modern devices different from their ancestors?

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Modern mobility assistance devices for the seniors no longer adhere to the “one size fits all” idea. The manufacturers, designers, and engineers understand the need for each unique body type before designing a variety of mobility assistance devices.

Even the regular wheelchair now comes in several body weight, height and special requirement categories that uphold the unique needs of each user. It is this room for customization and personalization that enhances the user experience in each case.

The declining mobility in older adults is inevitable. However, that does not mean that there is no hope for improvement in health conditions and quality of life.

A modern assistive rehabilitative device can boost their independence, mobility, quality of life and self-esteem significantly. Some mobility assistance mechanisms come with inbuilt features that reduce pain, improve joint movement and offer them a painless life.