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Mobility Aids and How They Help the Elderly

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

An underlying health condition or even normal aging can lead to challenges with mobility in the elderly. Fortunately, your senior loved one can choose from many mobility aids that can help him or her regain independence and prevent falls. The Warren elderly care experts at Home Care Assistance have put together a list of mobility aids that may be beneficial to your loved one.


Canes are designed to assist people with moderately reduced balance or weakness on one side of the body. They can be found in metal or wood styles, and it is important your loved one chooses a cane that is the correct height. Your loved one can use a cane by holding it in the hand opposite his or her affected leg. As he or she walks, moving the cane with the leg provides stability.

Walking Frame

Most people refer to this type of mobility aid as a walker, and your loved one can choose from fixed or wheeled styles depending on his or her needs. Walking frames are designed for seniors with weak legs and balance issues, and it provides a wide source of support for weight distribution that can ease pain. If your loved one tires easily, he or she should choose a walker frame with wheels because the other type requires constant lifting with each step.

Knee Walker

After certain surgeries or injuries, your loved one may need to rest one leg, but he or she still needs to be able to stay mobile. A knee walker has four wheels with a seat at knee level so your loved one can move about freely while resting his or her leg. This type of device makes a great alternative to crutches for seniors who lack the energy or arm strength to use them correctly.

Two-In-One Walker-Wheelchair

With this mobility device, your loved one can enjoy both the freedom of using a walker and the comfort of a wheelchair. A two-in-one can be used as a walker when your loved one is feeling strong enough, but he or she can quickly convert it to a wheelchair for long walks or movement on difficult terrain.

If your loved one has a condition that requires mobility assistance, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of post-stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in Warren. In addition to assisting with mobility, our caregivers can provide transportation, prepare healthy meals, and help with tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. For more information and to request a no-obligation consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at 908.450.9400.