As life situations change it is important to assess your mobility needs. Mobility equipment has evolved throughout the years and now no matter what your level of mobility is, there is technology and equipment available to meet your needs. So, the real question is, how do you know what type of equipment you need to enhance your quality of life, safety and independence? Assessing your level of mobility is not as difficult as you would think; let’s get started!
If you suffer from mobility limitations you have a wide array of mobility products available to meet your specific needs. There are many factors to consider when assessing your level of mobility, which is why the first step is to see your primary physician. Not only will they be able to assess and confirm your mobility limitations, but they will also be able to write a prescription for the mobility equipment you will need.
A cane or walker/rollator may be a viable solution if you have good balance, are able to perform daily living activities with confidence and step-ups, curbs and stairs are easily negotiated. It is important to note that you will not be able to obtain a power wheelchair if your level of mobility only warrants a cane or walker/rollator.
Say you need a little more stability than a cane and walker/rollator can offer, the next thing you need to ask yourself is if your home is ready for a wheelchair. Are the doors and thresholds wide enough to maneuver a chair safely and negotiate room transitions? If you have the strength and the ability to self-propel the chair and are willing to push the chair if needed, a manual wheelchair may be the best fit.
If your level of mobility requires a bit more assistance due to strength, posture, and balance limitations, there are power mobility options that will fit your lifestyle. Again, it is important to note that you must see your physician before applying to obtain mobility equipment. Both scooters and power wheelchairs are great options when it comes to individuals with more severe mobility limitations. If your level of mobility does not allow for a manual wheelchair but you can maintain strength, posture and balance and there is adequate maneuvering space in the home, a scooter is good option. However, if you need a little more assistance than a scooter can offer, a power wheelchair sounds like it would be the best option for your level of mobility.
We understand that choosing the right mobility equipment for your level of mobility can be a confusing process, but we’re here to help! At Aeroflow Healthcare, our mobility specialists will be able to explain what is and is not covered by your insurance and answer questions you have regarding your mobility equipment options. We look forward to helping you so give us a call at (888) 345-1780 or fill out our Equipment Through Insurance form and start the processes of regaining your independence today!