Living with mobility problems can be draining – from unsteadiness when walking, to joint problems, muscle weakness, and even chronic pain. Adapting to life with restricted mobility or a disability is never easy. But with the right care there are ways to reduce pain and live a much more comfortable life.
At Halton Stairlifts, we understand first-hand the importance of being able to maintain a strong sense of independence despite the onset of restricted mobility. With that in mind, here are our top tips for staying healthy and avoiding things that can increase the risk of pain when living with limited mobility.
Things to look out for
So, what are the best steps to take when dealing with poor or restricted mobility? If you’re concerned about yours or a loved ones physical mobility, there are things you can do to assess the situation. The “Get up and go test” (TUG) is a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility and requires both static and dynamic balance. Simply ask the person in question to stand up from sitting in a chair, walk 10 feet, turn around, and then walk back to their chair. The amount of time it takes can be a good indicator of the person’s current level of mobility, and will determine whether or not they are a fall risk. Notice how quickly the person is walking, and take note of any noticeable changes or issues.
Falls are a major cause of injury for older people and those with restricted mobility, so prevention is always important. Be vigilant of booking in for regular screenings with your GP or practitioner if you feel your balance is declining at any point.
When it comes to the home, mobility aids are a sensible and practical solution for anyone struggling with loss of balance or mobility issues. Things like support cushions and canes are all helpful temporary aids, and can be invaluable tools for helping you or someone you live with feel safer and more independent when moving around the home. When opting for something more permanent, do your research to ensure you’re using medical grade apparatus, or consider investing in professionally installed mobility aids like handrails and stairlifts.
When things are tough, a positive attitude can go a long way. However, that’s easier said then done on days when we’re struggling or not feeling our best. Where possible try to surround yourself with a community or network of supportive people. GPs, friends, and support groups are always a good place to start when it comes to finding people who can relate to your specific living conditions and offer safe, practical advice.
There’s a wealth of information available online too. Dedicated organizations such as Age UK offer tons of advice and tips on subjects including mental wellness and mobility. They even provide a list of the best mobility and disability resources to read.
These days, modern stairlifts are readily made for all sorts of user needs. At Halton Stairlifts we provide a completely unbiased recommendation to suit your home and your specific mobility requirements, and our team are always on hand to answer any burning questions you might have before choosing your stairlift. To explore all our straight and curved stairlift options, get in touch to request your free brochure today. Alternatively, give our friendly team a call on 0800 644 7766 to arrange your free no-obligation home assessment.