Regain your Independence with Affordable Mobility
The latest data from Scope indicates that one in five of us are living with some sort of disability.
In the majority of cases, there is a direct impact on the individual’s physical ability to get around and carry out day-to-day tasks. Those of us who fall into this category know that the biggest impact of restricted mobility is not the physical limitations per se. Where it really hits hard is when it threatens to affect our ability to live an independent life that does not rely on the assistance of others.
With 20 percent of Norfolk residents aged 65 and above, age-related mobility restrictions are high on the agenda. We all want to continue living a fruitful, rewarding and independent life into our 70s, 80s and beyond. The vast range of mobility aids that are available today helps us to do just that – and they are not as expensive as you might assume.
Reducing the fear factor
The most common types of mobility problems are around walking. Let’s face it, few of us are as steady on our feet at the age of 80 as we were at 40, and sometimes the loss of confidence can be the most debilitating part. In these kinds of circumstances, a walking stick or wheeled walker provides extra stability and support.
Consider a mobility scooter
Of course, these basic aids still require you to support 50 percent or more of your own weight and to have upper body strength and good grip. If you need more support, or are only able to manage a short distance in this way, a mobility scooter is the ideal solution. They might look expensive, but there are cheap mobility scooters on the market from reliable brands. These make a more logical choice than buying second hand, as they come with a full warranty. Keep in mind that the batteries make up a large proportion of the price of a cheap scooter, and if they have not been kept charged, they will have lost capacity.
There are numerous options out there, and your best advice is to visit a Norwich mobility shop and try some out. Examples, however, include the following:
- CareCo AirLite X – compact and light with a 7-mile range, this scooter is easy to transport in a car boot and costs less than £500.
- Abilize Trident – this three-wheeler is highly manoeuvrable, and is a great choice for those who love shopping. It has a 10-mile range.
- I-Go Vertex Sport – designed for those who need a little more power, this scooter can comfortably support heavier individuals. It has all-round suspension and a 17-mile range.
Behind the wheel
From the moment we pass our tests as teenagers, a car is the ultimate symbol of independence. 60 or more years later, it’s funny how little that changes! Being less mobile on your feet doesn’t have to stop you from getting around on four wheels, but of course, safety has to come first.
Pedal aids, and hand controls can be added at low cost to help you stay fully in control. Even if you are reliant on a wheelchair, you could consider trading your car in at a specialist dealer’s for one with swivel seats or a wheelchair lift.