Choosing the right mobility aid is a key component to maintaining your independence and living life on your terms. There are many options available, all made for different health and lifestyle needs. Use this guide, but we also recommend consulting your physician to make the safest choice. When you're finished, check out our full mobility catalog HERE to review our selection. Our care advocate team is ready to answer your questions and can be reached at +1 844-402-4344.
Things to consider when choosing a mobility aid:
- Health: it’s important to consider your specific health needs. For instance, depending on your situation, you may be looking for more of a stability aid or a mobility aid.
- Lifestyle: think about why you want a mobility aid. Is this to help you get around town, or simply around the house?
- Weight & Height: many mobility aids are made for specific height and weight capacities, so be mindful of this as you make a choice.
- Budget: many mobility aids are covered or at least partially covered by insurance. If you are looking for a more premium item, we may still be able to help you use your insurance benefits. Call us to learn more about an upgraded mobility aid.
Continue reading below to learn about the different kinds of mobility aids we offer and view some examples.
Canes are helpful to provide balance and stability while you walk. They can relieve pressure on joints and reduce the risk of falls, but it’s important to note that they only provide support to one side of the body.
Standard Cane: Standard or single tip canes are cost-effective, lightweight mobility aids. They’re a great solution for anyone who needs assistance but doesn’t require the full support of a walker or quad-tip cane. These canes are also mobile, making them convenient to carry with you when you don’t immediately need them.
- Examples of Standard Canes:
- Flex-N-Go Folding Cane - With an ergonomic grip and folding capabilities, this is a great option for anyone who's on the move and needs an agile solution.
- Nova Offset Cane with Strap - Offset canes offer great wrist support. This model comes in a few colors, can support up to 300 lbs and is inexpensive.
Quad Cane: Quad canes offer more stability and durability than the standard single tip cane. Although they’re not as nimble, their large quad base allows them to stand upright, removing the need to bend over to pick them up.
- Examples of Quad Canes:
Handle Type: when choosing your handle type, you’ll want to think about comfort. While round tips are the most standard, canes with offset or ergonomic handles may be more comfortable, particularly for people with arthritis.
Crutches are useful for recovery from an injury as they offload weight from one leg. While they provide great stability, they require more upper body strength to use and are typically only used for temporary injuries rather than chronic conditions.
Underarm Crutch: Underarm, or axillary, crutches are most standard and rest by your sides under your armpits. They are easy to use but can be uncomfortable and cause you to slouch. These are typically recommended for those recovering from ankle or knee injuries.
- Example of Underarm Crutches:
- Adult Underarm Crutch - Classic and inexpensive, this underarm crutch is a great solution for most adults. It comes with a variety of adjustments so you can find your ideal fit.
Forearm Crutch: Forearm crutches (AKA elbow crutches) are great for longer-term use as they’re more mobile but require more upper body strength. They’re typically recommended for those who need a longer-term solution, can bear weight on both legs but require additional support.
- Example of Forearm Crutch:
- Forearm Crutch - Premium forearm crutch with vinyl hand-grips for added comfortability. This model also comes with extra-large tips for added stability.
Walkers provide increased stability for walking. They have 4 legs, so they offer more balanced support for your body than a cane. They do need to be lifted with both hands to be used properly, so this may not be the right choice for people who have weakness in their upper body, arms, or hands.
Wheeled Walkers: Some walkers have 2 small front wheels that minimize the need for upper body strength; however, you may want to consider a Rollator if you need more support.
- Example of Wheeled Walker:
- 2 Wheeled Walker - Comfortable 2-wheel walker that quickly folds when not in use. The rear leg tips act as brakes when pressed down.
Single vs. Dual Button: Single button walkers close all at once when you press the button, whereas dual-button walkers feature 2 buttons that close the walker one side at a time. If you struggle with dexterity, you may want to select a single-button walker.
- Examples of Single & Dual Button Walkers:
- Single Button - This single button walker is a great option because it allows you to fold the walker with the push of a button
- Dual Button - This dual button walker is a great option because it allows you to close your walker without having to take your hands off the handle-bars and allows you to adjust the handle-bars so you don’t have to slouch over.
Rollators have wheels on all legs, so they do not have to be lifted and take minimal effort to push. They allow for someone to have increased mobility and are a great option for someone who wants to stay active; however, they are not as stable as walkers because of their wheels, even if they have hand-brakes. Most rollators also have a seat attachment, so that someone can convert the rollator to a seat when needed.
Things to consider:
- Wheel Size & Handlebar Height: Rollators come with varying wheel (sometimes called caster) size. The larger the wheels, the taller the rollator, and the less you have to may have to slouch when using it.
- Accessories: Do you want your rollator to come with a basket or cup holder? Many premium models have a variety of accessories made for convenience.
- Number of Wheels: 3-Wheel rollators are typically easier to maneuver, lighter, and smaller when folded and stored. However, they usually don’t have a seat attachment like 4-wheel rollators do and are not as stable as 4-wheel rollators.
- Examples of 3- & 4-Wheel Rollators:
Wheelchairs are helpful for people who cannot walk for long periods of time, or tire easily when walking. Some people may opt to use a wheelchair sometimes, or on bad days, and use a cane or walker at other times.
- Examples of Wheelchairs:
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