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Mobility Aids & Elders: Partners In Crime

By Maddox D. Shimp

It’s going to be tough if you approach that stage of your life wherein even the simplest of activities such as walking is very hard to do. Observe someone in your family who is already considered a senior citizen if s/he can still take one or two steps without struggling or experiencing pain. This is why several mobility aids have been created and distributed so that aging individuals can still have the chance to move around the house or within a certain spot quickly and easily.

There is a bunch of these equipments and tools that can help folks with limited mobility have the chance to become a bit more independent in terms of walking around or going places within the house or within a certain area. Some of the basic examples are walking canes, walking sticks and those simple wheelchairs. There is also this thing called the walker, which is commonly seen in several nursing homes or elder care centers. However, a lot of individuals are making use of an advanced type of wheelchairs which are known as power wheelchairs. To some, this may sound too cheesy but that’s not what’s important.

These are perhaps the best among the best and are considered indeed as seniors’ best friends. Different power wheelchairs come with different features and varying prices. Some have more features, controls or options than others. You don’t have to purchase the one with the most features if your senior doesn’t actually need those. Some will argue that their elderly loved one deserves nothing but the best and they will get the most advanced power wheelchair there is for that particular person. But seriously, you are just emptying your pocket faster than ever. Go for something that suits the needs of your senior and, of course, what his/her doctor recommends. More complicated features may, well, complicate things.

However, you should take note that while these power chairs are very much helpful, this doesn’t mean that you no longer have to watch over or care about your elderly loved one. Even though a lot of our old fellowmen consider these innovations as their best friends, the real best friends they are longing for are none other than their beloved families. The bottom line is that you should try to take time and bond with your senior whenever you can because they will truly appreciate that.

As your senior’s best friend, you and these mobility aids go hand in hand in making this particular rough stage of his/her life seems easier to live. But how will that be possible if you have chosen the wrong power wheelchair for him/her? This is why you should make sure that what you are providing that individual is what s/he really needs.

You can be your senior’s best friend in so many ways – by being there always or by making sure they get the power chair that’s right for them. This means that you should find out if it’s okay to let them use a folding power wheelchair or if that may come as too risky for the user’s condition, for example. Is it going to be used mainly for indoors or outdoors? Other similar and related questions should be answered as well before purchasing.

There are certain things to consider when buying mobility aids. Perhaps the most important is what the senior really needs.

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MLA Style Citation:
Shimp, Maddox D. "Mobility Aids & Elders: Partners In Crime." Mobility Aids & Elders: Partners In Crime. 7 Oct. 2010. 15 Aug 2014 <>.

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Shimp, M (2010, October 7). Mobility Aids & Elders: Partners In Crime. Retrieved August 15, 2014, from

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Shimp, Maddox D. "Mobility Aids & Elders: Partners In Crime"

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