It’s natural for strength, balance, and flexibility to decline with age. Since it’s a common occurrence, some seniors may need a mobility aid to help them live normally and comfortably. Here are a few signs that indicate your elderly loved one needs a little extra help getting around.
How Can I Tell If My Senior Loved One Needs a Mobility Aid?
1. Difficulty Walking
Your elderly loved one may have trouble keeping up during outings, or they may be unreasonably tired and sore after outings. Using a cane, walker, or wheelchair will improve their quality of life, allowing them to keep up with the family when everyone is out and about.
2. Unusual Isolation
If your once social loved one starts spending a lot of time at home, it may be because going out is too tiresome. Seniors may not want to admit why they’re staying at home, so you may have to do a little digging to determine what’s going on. If it turns out limited mobility is the problem, getting the right device will return freedom and independence to your elderly loved one.
3. Diminishing Hygiene
As mobility declines, it becomes increasingly harder to complete tasks, like dressing, bathing, and grooming. If you've noticed your loved one’s hygiene declining, think about what the underlying reason may be. They may be experiencing difficulty maintaining their hygiene due to muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness when they walk or move.
If you’re looking for a mobility aid for your loved one, contact our team at Dauterman Healthcare & Mobility in Honolulu, HI. We’ve been meeting the special needs of families throughout Oahu since 1970, providing customers with mobility aids that suit their budgets and lifestyles. We’re dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and offer financing on most products. View our selection online, or call (808) 591-8860 to schedule an assisted appointment in our showroom.