Moving Freely: The Latest in Mobility Aids for SeniorsMobility Aids

It’s no surprise that as our bodies age, it can get more difficult to get around like we used to. When the aches and pains of life make it hard to maintain your independence or to care for a loved one, it’s time to consider the newest tools available for making mobility easier to achieve.

While everyone knows about the benefits of traditional wheelchairs, canes, and even hanging “trapeze” handles for getting out of bed or a chair, there are even more innovative products now available to aid in mobility.

For example:

1. The Handybar

HandybarIf you find yourself struggling to get out of the car, or constantly having to pull on your car door, this small, simple handle could make a difference. Easy to remove with a single twist but sturdy enough when locked into place to give you the leverage you need, the Handybar fits more than 170 million vehicles.

 

 

2. The BeasyTrans

BeasyTransAlso for the automobile, but designed for caregivers needing to transfer a person in an out of a car, the BeasyTrans creates a solid bridge between the car seat and a wheelchair, allowing a person to slide easily out of the vehicle without pressure and friction on his or her back. A disk-shaped seat slides from one end of the Beasy to the other, and rotates 360 degrees, making it easy to position someone getting out of a car.

 

3. GreatCall Splash

GreatCall SplashPersonal medical alert devices have come a long way and are more affordable than ever. The GreatCall Splash is mobile, waterproof, and includes GPS tracking features. It can be charged with a “drop in” charging station that requires no cables, and is slim and stylish. With a loud, clear speaker, a senior can be immediately connected to agents that can assist in an emergency anywhere in the U.S. You can even purchase a small wristband for the device, ensuring that it’s with you at all times, even in the shower.

 

4. The Grip‘n Grab

Ettore Grip n GrabPeople of all ages can benefit from this device that acts as an extension to your arm. With a long, extendable arm and rubber clasping pincers on one end, seniors can use this device to reach items high up, or to retrieve items that have fallen in small places. It can also reduce the amount of stooping and bending one must do in his or her home or yard. With a trigger-like mechanism to control the grabbers, it can be particularly helpful for people suffering from arthritis.

 

5. 3-Wheel Scooter

E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Electric 3 Wheel ScooterIf you’re considering investing in a scooter, it doesn’t have to be a boring vehicle devoid of style or personality. Know that there are numerous options for fun, stylish versions readily available. Looking more like a Vespa motor bike than a mobility scooter, vehicles like the E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Electric 3 Wheel Scooter come in fun colors and styles.

 

 

6. Step-in Tubs

Walk-In BathtubGetting in and out of a bathtub can be especially nerve-wracking and dangerous as we get older. However, today’s step-in bathtubs allow you or your loved one to take a nice, relaxing bath without the worry of stepping over a slippery surface. These tubs feature a convenient door on the side of the tub for entering and exiting, and a bench for more vertical sitting. Many of today’s home improvement stores have these available online, making them even easier to find the right tub for your home.

Megan Hammons lives in the Central Texas countryside just outside of Austin, pursuing her love for copywriting after a career in high-tech marketing. She is part of a large, diverse family and enjoys spending time with the multiple generations living in her community.

6 Comments

  1. Jordan September 4, 2015 Reply

    These seem like some great aids! It’s great that there’s resources out there to help seniors who have issues with mobility. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Bryan September 10, 2015 Reply

    All these things are real helpful to the disabled all the way to the lift vans. What I find is that now that we are disabled most live below the poverty level. The cost of these aids are so expensive the average person cant afford them ,so now what do they do ??.You almost have to be a millionaire when disabled. Pensions usually don’t cover the costs .Most just get by on what they get ..You have to remember most disabled have done their time made a living and now are living between hand and mouth. Does anyone really care including the manufactures.??

  3. Rachel July 7, 2016 Reply

    These are some great ways for seniors to maintain their mobility, which in turn makes them feel more independent, I’m sure. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Get Straight September 28, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your post. I would consider to buy 3-wheel scooter and grip and grabs for my mom. Thanks for recommending E-Wheels EW-85 Jellybean Electric 3 Wheel Scooter, I think she really loves the fun colour and style. Can you please recommend where I can find a good ‘The Grip‘n Grab’??? Cheers!

  5. amir malka November 4, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. great center of knowledge.
    I just bought my electric scooter and it is fabulous! after long comparison – they are like CVS but with a section of senior care/mobility solutions.

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