Five tips to manage your mobility

People at any age and stage can have mobility problems. Whether you are in rehab for a sports injury, recovering from surgery, suffering from arthritis, having balance problems or are permanently in a wheelchair, there are ways to take the stress out of managing your mobility.

Cruise about
Cruising is a great way to see the world when travelling with limited mobility. The ships are often designed with wheelchairs and mobility aids in mind, and the services and entertainment are all relatively close to one another. When visiting a port most cruises will help you get around to see the sights by providing special transportation or alternative activities for those who can’t just stroll around the town (or city, or tropical island).

Hire a scooter
Much like hiring a car, these days it is possible to rent an electric mobility scooter when travelling in another city or country. You can often book them ahead of time, and they make exploring a much quicker and safer experience.

Avoid falls
One of the best way to stop your mobility from declining is to avoid falls. Dealing with bruises, breaks and worried family members, on top of an existing mobility issue, can make life difficult. There are some simple steps you can follow, such as removing throw rugs, shifting furniture around to create a more direct path through your home or installing a few strategically placed grab bars. This room-by-room guide to fall-proofing your home gives lots of helpful hints to keep you upright and moving forward. 

In case of emergency…
There is now an abundance of technology on the market to ensure you can get help, just in case you need it. If you have a fall, or simply feel unwell, there are pendants which, if pressed, will put out a call to the response centre. There are motion sensors which will alert the response centre if you are not moving around as normal, or fall detectors (worn on your clothes) to alert the response centre of a genuine fall. You can find out more about this ‘just in case’ technology at the LifeLink website, or read this article on avoiding falls at home. 

The paraphernalia
No matter whether your mobility is impaired short or long term, a few simple mobility aids can make all the difference. If your couches are quite low, a booster pillow can make getting up and down much easier. A good quality grabber can help you to avoid bending to pick up items, and a swanky walking stick can make any outfit look dapper (incidentally, they’re also handy if you’re feeling a little off-balance). Take a look at The Mobility Shop for practical mobility aids, or try the Walkingcanes website for a range of fashionable walking canes. 

Do you have any tips for managing mobility or travelling with limited mobility? Share your hints in the comments below.