5 Walking Aids That Can Help the Elderly Back into Work
Growing old is an inevitable part of life, but many people give up work and an active social life prematurely because of mobility problems. Too many people confine themselves to the home in fear of being a burden to loved ones or having an accident.
However, a simple walking aid can give someone the mobility and independence needed to continue playing an active role in society. In many cases, the product can be as simple as a stick, but the impact it can have on a person's life cannot be underestimated. There are 5 walking aids in particular that provide a very simple solution to some very complex problems.
A rollator is a type of trolley walker that is designed to provide constant support and balance to the user. It is capable of supporting a person's entire body-weight, and swivelling wheels ensure a smooth and agile journey for even the most profoundly immobilised users. Loop brakes enable the user to stop the rollator immediately, and locks will keep the trolley in place indefinitely. The height of the handles can be adjusted to ensure the user has the most comfortable walking posture possible. Advanced models will often feature storage space and a fold-away seat.
Small, compact working environments will not always be conducive to large items of mobility equipment, but a walking stick that can be folded into a package of only a few inches can be stowed away safely in a desk drawer. With height-adjustable handles and ergonomic grips for extra comfort, a simple carbon-fibre stick can allow disability sufferers to be equally as productive as able-bodied colleagues.
People who work on uneven surfaces or in the outdoors should consider a shock absorbing walking stick, as its soft handle will cushion the hand and absorb the impact of exerting extra pressure on the stick. They are available in adjustable and folding versions - giving people the essential help they need with weight-bearing and balance.
Heavier patients will need a stronger walking aid that is capable of carrying extra weight. Bariatric rollators made with high-grade aluminium provide a relatively lightweight and compact solution in the workplace. Some have heavy-duty steel tubing with an extra-wide padded seat for extra comfort.
Employers are often reticent when faced with the prospect of elderly people in the workplace, as they believe accidents will always lead to litigation. However, making provisions for the use and storage of walking aids will help a person suffering with immobility to continue working in a productive manner. Some environments and afflictions call for a walking aid capable of providing extra support, but one that may take up a little extra space. A quadruped walking stick has for feet for extra support, balance and weight. A chrome-plated steel frame, aluminium neck and moulded grips will keep people safe and steady in a wide variety of working environments.
Growing old will inevitably lead to some physical limitations, but it is wrong to dismiss a person's worth to the working world out of hand. A few relatively simple but well-made aids can help an elderly person to live a long and productive life.
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