We have a wide variety of wheelchairs from manually operated to power-driven.
Medical and mobility scooters are electric vehicles that are equivalent to self-propelled wheelchairs, but operate more like a motor-scooter.
Canes are medical devices that assist in walking by improving balance and increasing your base of support. Crutches aid in walking by transferring weight from your legs to your arms.
A walker is a walking aid used by those that are still able to walk but need assistance. It is a four-legged frame that allows you to lean on it for balance. A rollator is a “wheeled walker” with handlebars and a built-in seat.
A mobility aid is a device designed to assist walking or otherwise improve the mobility of people with a mobility impairment.
There are various walking aids that can help people with impaired ability to walk and wheelchairs or mobility scooters for more severe disability or longer journeys that would otherwise be undertaken on foot.
Walking aids include assistive canes (commonly referred to as walking sticks), crutches, and walkers. As appropriate to the needs of the individual user, these devices help to maintain upright ambulation by providing any or all improved stability, reduced lower-limb loading, and generating movement.
The cane or walking stick is the simplest form of walking aid. It is held in the hand and transmits loads to the floor through a shaft. The load which can be applied through a cane is transmitted through the user’s hands and wrists and limited by these.
A crutch also transmits loads to the ground through a shaft, but has two points of contact with the arm, at the hand and either below the elbow or below the armpit. This allows significantly greater loads to be exerted through a crutch in comparison with a cane.
CANES, CRUTCHES, AND FOREARM CRUTCH COMBINATIONS
Devices on the market today include a number of combinations for canes, crutches, and forearm crutches. These crutches have bands that encircle the upper arms and handles for the patient to hold and rest their hands to support the body weight. The forearm crutch typically gives a user the support of the cane but with additional forearm support to assist in mobility. The forearm portion helps increase balance, lateral stability and also reduces the load on the wrist.
A walker (also known as a Zimmer frame) is the most stable walking aid and consists of a freestanding metal framework with three or more points of contact which the user places in front of them and then grips during movement. The points of contact may be either fixed rubber ferrules as with crutches and canes, or wheels, or a combination of both. Wheeled walkers are also known as rollators. Many of these walkers also come with an inbuilt seat so that the user may rest during use and with metal pouches to carry personal belongings.
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