Mobility Aids, not just for the elderly

News from St John - 17 Mar 2023

An unfortunate accident set you back?  

More than a quarter of a million Aussies are injured each year – according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

With a wealth of mobility devices now available on the market an injury should not always limit you from doing what you want to do. 

These nifty devices offer freedom, independence and allow you options whether it be helping you heal from an injury quicker – reducing your pain, to improving your confidence and self-esteem. 

With the vast range of mobility devices on offer it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. 

If you have used them in the past, you will know how helpful they can be, but for many people they may be worried about the social stigma that comes along with using them.

What has changed is with technology improving all the time there are some sleek and functional products St John Ambulance Queensland stocks to help you.  

Canes are useful, compact, and cost effective – they support the body’s weight and help transmit the load from the legs to the upper body. Assistive canes are useful for people who have problems balancing after recent surgery or soft tissue injury but also those who are at risk of falling. Canes offer support for seniors who are less steady on their feet. What is also handy is they help maintain proper posture. They come in varied sizes and shapes and are the cheapest of all mobility devices 

Walkers help redistribute your own weight over a larger area, they give you more joint support and limit your risk of falling, they are one of the most common mobility aids. They are made up of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user. Typically, a walker requires moderate hand and arm strength but may be able to support up to 50 percent of a person’s body weight depending on the type of walker used. They are perfect for extra support for those who need a bit of extra help getting around,  

Wheelchairs are used by people who should not put weight on their lower limbs, so are also ideal for any soft tissue injury or lower/upper limb breaks, and for those who are unable to walk. A lot more suitable than walkers for people with severe disabilities or when greater travel is required. These can either be manually maneuvered by the user, pushed by someone else, or electrically powered.  

Other assistive aids such as a kettle pourer, hand-Reacher can really assist day-to-day life whether it is a short-term injury or just making life a little easier around the home