Top mobility aids to help older people with daily life

Top mobility aids to help older people with daily life

It’s important to remain active as we age, and mobility aids can play a vital role in both supporting health and making everyday life easier.

As we age, our balance and strength lessens and this makes slips, trips and falls more likely.

Accidents like these become more dangerous later in life, as older people are more susceptible to injury, and may take longer to recover.

Falls can also lead to a loss of confidence in mobility, or a reluctance to stay active. But with the right mobility aid, you can move with confidence, for longer.

Walking sticks

Walking sticks are simple mobility aids that can make a big difference. If you, or a loved one, need extra support while walking, a stick is an effective, affordable option.

Walking sticks come in different sizes and designs, to suit your individual needs. Those made from aluminium or carbon fibre usually offer the highest level of support, while others can be folded and stored easily when not in use.

Walking frames

One step up from a stick, a walking frame offers significant support. They also come in different designs and models, some of which are height adjustable.

“Zimmer” frames usually have four rubber feet, or two rubber feet and two wheels, while rollators or trolley walkers are handy for when you’re on the move, as they have wheels and a brake.


Sometimes, a wheelchair is required to help you or a loved one get around in comfort. If it is deemed necessary by a doctor, you may be offered one free of charge though the NHS.

You can also source your own wheelchair, whether or not it is considered necessary by the NHS, and there are a wide range of models available, both manual and electric.

Mobility scooters

Mobility scooters help you travel independently while out and about. Organisations such as Motability and the Red Cross offer scooters for hire, so you or your loved one can try them out before making the investment. There are different types available, of varying size, weight and speed.

Some can be driven on the road; others must only be used on paths or pavements. Being classed as disability vehicles means mobility scooters are not subject to road tax, but it’s advisable to take out appropriate insurance.

Mobility aids in the home

For older people who wish to remain living in the comfort of their own home, perhaps with domiciliary care, there are mobility aids available to give extra physical support around the house.

Stair lifts can provide safety and convenience, helping you continue to make the most of the space you have. They come in a range of designs and sizes, and can be fitted to many different types of staircase.

Bathrooms can be tricky to navigate safely as we get older, but grab rails, shower seats and side-opening baths can all make a huge difference. You could even have your bathroom converted into a wet room, so you can move straight into the shower.

If you’re struggling with your mobility and think you might benefit from professional care, get in touch with our team today.

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