Whether you have been living with a physical disability for some time, or else have recently been involved in an accident which means you are currently not as independently mobile as you usually are, then searching for the best way to get around becomes of optimum priority.
With this in mind, continue reading to learn of the top four simple modes of transport in order to stay as independent as possible.
Perhaps the most universally recognized and most commonly seen mode of transport for a person who has reduced mobility for some or all of the time is that of a wheelchair.
There are, as you might expect, a myriad of different sizes, designs and styles of wheelchairs available to buy or even hire and your decision should take into consideration the following elements, to name just a few:
- Do you want a manual wheelchair or an electric one?
- Consider the physical height width and weight
- Look into how much basic maintenance will cost
- Do you want a wheelchair that can be folded and put into storage?
2. Mobility Scooters
Another well-known mode of transport which is perhaps the most practical and portable of the options is a mobility scooter, with people of all ages favoring them.
There is a myriad of benefits for people who have issues with their mobility to invest in a scooter and when researching as much as you can about mobility scooters, there are several factors to take into consideration. Such elements include, durability, comfort, feeling of safety and security and the size and weight capacity.
Depending on the make and model you buy, the top speed changes accordingly and scooters are usually divided into two different classes, with class two’s upper speed around 4mph and class three’s top speed being around 8mph.
3. Walking Frames
Although not strictly what you would imagine to be a typical mode of transport, a walking frame can make a huge and wholly positive impact on a person’s life in terms of affording them substantially more freedom.
When choosing the right walking frame for a specific person (who naturally will have different mobility issues than the next walking frame user), ask yourself questions such as whether you want one with wheels and if you require the frame to be entirely portable or one, rigid structure.
A rollator is essentially a walker with wheels on each of the legs and means that a rollator never needs to be lifted in order to move. In addition, a rollator comes with a padded seat, making it ideal if you have necessities such as oxygen tanks and need to sit down regularly. However, if you are looking for a safe mode of transport to support your body weight, the rollator is not for you and instead you should invest in a stationary walker. Your levels of independence can be greatly enhanced by possessing a walker or rollator, particularly if you have issues with your balance.