Written in collaboration with Complete Care Shop

As we get older, things naturally become more challenging; the things we use to do effortlessly when we were younger, such as walking for hours, carrying the shopping, even being able to maintain a strong pelvic floor, inevitably are not as easy as it once was. It happens to us all. When we become affected by ailments of entering older age, we can take it as a sign to do less and restrict our activity, often sacrificing the pleasure of doing our hobbies and chores, and ultimately our ability to be living our lives to the fullest. But it’s not always old age that can affect our ability to do these things; our health can be affected in a number of other ways that can alter our routines or change the way we perform everyday tasks.  

It doesn’t have to be this way. Here, we look at the role of mobility aids and how they can help you to live a life of limitless independence and do all the things you want to do; whatever your age or the conditions that may limit you doing so.

Mobility aids for young and old

It’s important to break the stigmatism of those that may need a mobility aid to help them live independently. There are a range of conditions that affect people, young and old, that can restrict activity and movement, including fibromyalgia and arthritis. A variety of mobility aids can help individuals manage a diagnosis and through periods of flare ups and potential future degeneration.

As another example, it’s common for mother’s to be affected by incontinence after giving birth and it can take a long time to re-build pelvic floor strength, whether through exercise or surgery. But it’s not just new mother’s that can be affected by incontinence – weakness in this area is common, affecting up to 50% of adult women. Whatever the levels of incontinence experienced, the addition of pads or pants will be needed to provide discreet and secure support from leaks and accidents. These are examples of daily-living aids that can help an individual whilst going through a difficult and often embarrassing experience.

A tool for short-term illnesses and long-term conditions

Mobility aids can be a helpful tool whether recovering from a short-term illness or managing a long-term condition. For example, in July 2022, there were up to 1.4 million people in the UK that reported adverse effects of long-Covid on their ability to perform everyday tasks, with shortness of breath and muscle aches being common long-term symptoms. For these individuals, walking aids could be a mechanism to lean on and which can help them to get around the home or out and about, providing support through their recovery.  

Conditions like M.E., fibromyalgia and some forms of arthritis are long-term and chronic conditions but the symptoms are not necessarily or always ever present. There can be periods of time when these conditions go into a remission-like state where symptoms are quiet or easily manageable. Other times, these conditions can go into a flare-up and an individual can experience moderate to severe symptoms which considerably limits their activity. Mobility aids, such as shower chairs, trolleys, scooters, walking sticks and wheelchairs, can help provide a support, respite and reassurance during times of a flare.  

Designed to help you live independently

Whatever struggles you may be facing, it can be difficult to know who to turn to for support and guidance- our hope is that as these conversations become more common place, recommendations will come from friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. In the meantime, Occupational Therapists are medical professionals trained in helping individuals fulfil everyday tasks. Through an assessment, they can understand what challenges you’re facing, the aspects of your life currently impaired, and the sacrifices or accommodations you’re having to make for any condition or ailment. Together you can devise a plan to recover or manage these conditions whilst being able to live your life to the fullest.

Currently, due to the many stresses the NHS is facing, wait times to access Occupational Therapy is an all-time high. At Complete Care Shop, there is a wealthy of support and guidance available to help break down any barriers to accessing your independence. In addition to stocking over 5,000 products designed to make life that little bit easier for a range of conditions and ailments, you can also benefit from their Home Living Consultation Service, Specialist Wheelchair Home Assessment and their Occupational Therapy Advice Service.

Whatever struggles you may be facing with everyday tasks, mobility aids are tools to facilitate any and all individuals limited in living to their fullest potential.  

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