For those with mobility-related conditions or disabilities, being able to gain independence is a common goal. Simple tasks such as moving up and down the stairs and bathing yourself, can become very difficult without help, and with over 11 million people with a disability in the UK, it’s more important than ever to find a solution to their needs.
If you’ve never thought of going to a mobility shop before, you could find the very thing you need to make life with a disability that little bit easier, and regain your independence.
So, how can a mobility shop help? Read on for all you need to know.
What can mobility shops offer?
Mobility shops are stores that specialise in mobility aids for inside the home and daily living. With knowledge of common mobility-related conditions, employees will have the expertise to advise you on appropriate equipment for your needs. Each individual will have different requirements. Someone with arthritis, for example, may be able to manoeuvre in and out of the bath but may have difficulty walking to the local shop and back. Whatever your needs are, a mobility shop can work with you to find the right solution to your needs and improve the quality of your life.
Here we explain exactly what a mobility shop can offer.
Professional knowledge and support
It’s important that you find exactly the right aid for your needs – anything you buy is an investment so making the right decision is key. Mobility staff will have experience working with a whole range of clients, who need both minor support and complete house renovations. You may need help in the following areas:
• Using the toilet
• Getting in and out of bed
• Getting out of the house
By going to a professional mobility store, you have a range of products to choose from, some of which you may not have known existed. The team will be able to talk you through your options, show you the disability products they have available, install them in your home or demonstrate how they work, and maintain them in the future.
Each mobility shop will have different products available, however there are some common mobility aids that most stores will stock. Including:
• Wheelchairs and scooters – for moving around the home or getting out of the house, wheelchairs, and scooters could be the thing you need to regain independence. You may need a wheelchair or scooter full-time, or perhaps you just need a little extra support every now and then. Doing your shopping, for example, can be made a lot easier if you can get out using a mobility aid, as they can also be used on public transport and folded down to fit into your car.
• Stairlifts – as the name suggests, a stairlift is an in-home mobility aid that safely helps you travel up and down the stairs. If you are unsteady on your feet, then navigating the stairs can be very unsafe, however a stairlift is an efficient and simple solution that will save you money compared to moving to a bungalow or flat. They are easy to operate so you don’t need to worry about complicated mechanisms, and most stairlifts will charge themselves up whilst they’re not being used so all you need to do is strap yourself in.
• Vehicle adaptations – being able to drive is a great way of maintaining your independence, however as your mobility deteriorates you may need to adapt your car. Swivel seats, wheelchair hoists, hand controls and pedal aids can all help you stay safe when in the car. Being able to drive means you do not have to rely on friends and family to help you get around, instead, you can come and go as you please.
• Bathroom aids – using the bathroom on your own is a major concern for many people with limited mobility. Needing help using the toilet or bath is nothing to be embarrassed about, however, we understand that being able to do with on your own is desirable. With bathroom aids such as bath lifts, grab rails or simply non-slip mats, the bathroom can be made safe and practical for you to use.
• Reclining beds – simply getting yourself in and out of bed can prove difficult, but a reclining bed can make it easier as well as provide health benefits to your body. Being able to raise your feet, for example, means better circulation which can improve any symptoms you are experiencing. You will also be able to raise your head, which is beneficial for clearer breathing. Having good quality sleep can relieve joint pain, as well as have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing and mental health.
Here at LTC Mobility, we have a range of products to suit your needs. Whether you have something in mind or need help choosing a suitable product, visit our showroom today and see what we have on offer.
How does disability equipment help you become more independent?
As explained, there are a range of disability products that can impact your life for the better. However, apart from physically helping you day to day, how else can mobility aids help you become more independent? Here we explain a little more.
Less risk of accidents
When you or a loved one are at risk of accidents, it can cause anxiety for the whole family, especially if you or someone isn’t there to help 24/7. Simple additions to the home can reduce the chances of trips and falls majorly, so you feel comfortable in your own home and become more independent.
Mobility aids can make you feel confident not just in terms of your body, but generally confident about your ability to succeed. You may not realise it, but incorporating mobility aids into your daily life can give you a whole different view on life. Being restricted each day by what your body can do, can often you affect your mental well-being as well as physically. But, having a wheelchair, for example, means you can get back out there and make the most of all opportunities that are offered to you.
Less physical strain
Medically, being able to live independently means you need to inflict less strain on your body to make you safer. Scooters and stairlifts are just two pieces of equipment that can limit the amount of pressure your body has to deal with. Depending on your condition or disability, you may be recommended to reduce the amount of physical activity you do with the use of aids, or equally, it could be beneficial to keep moving in order to keep your joints supple, but with the support of a mobility aid. Either way, mobility products can reduce strain and keep your body as strong as it can be.
LTC Mobility: High-quality mobility equipment in South Wales
Here at LTC Mobility, we specialise in mobility products for a range of needs. We understand what a difference mobility aids can make to your life, which is why we’re dedicated to helping each and every client. Our professional and knowledgeable team are on hand to find something that suits your particular needs whether that be a power chair, walking aids or bath lift. At affordable prices with great value for money, we have something for all budgets. So get in touch today and find out more.