Making sure elderly family members can keep their freedom

Sadly, as we grow older, it becomes increasingly more and more difficult to keep our freedom. Simple tasks become a struggle, things that we take for granted like the ability to go to the shops or go for a simple family trip to the seaside. As our elderly family members get older, we need to ensure that they’re still capable of doing these simple day to day tasks.

There are a number of ways we can make sure they keep their freedom. I’ve put together a list showing you the best ways out there.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs were created to help those with mobility issues get around and regain a bit of independence. There’s a fantastic variety of wheelchairs from Fenetic Wellbeing from electric to self-propelled that allows them to independently control the wheelchair themselves. So, if they’re needing to head to the shops and they’re close by, they don’t need to call you to pick them up, they can go independently.

Mobility Scooters

These are perfect for longer distances journeys and for days out. Often when we go on days out, our older relatives can’t come because of the long distances we cover. But, in a mobility scooter they’re able to cover these distances providing there’s enough battery! There’s even a range of road legal mobility scooters that can be, as the name suggests, used on the road legally. Often paths are too small and narrow to fit a mobility scooter on it, so they’ll need to use the road to not cause any issues for fellow pedestrians.

Walking Aids

Last but not least is the range of walking aids that are on offer. Walking aids are used by those who still have some mobility in their limbs but just need a little bit of extra stability. One of the most popular walking aids is the rollator or wheeled rollator. Wheeled rollators can be pushed along as they walk and offer extra stability and safety from falling.  They can also be used as a seat because, often those who do have mobility issues, can find the strain of walking round exhausting. Walking aids are used more for shorter distances, like walking round the shops or around the house. You just need to ensure that they can fit through the doors and you get a frame that’s heavy duty so it last for a long time.

These are my top three suggestions to ensure that our elderly relatives can keep their freedom. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? Feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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1 Comment

  1. January 10, 2020 / 10:20 am

    Hi!
    This is a great article about ensuring our elderly loved ones still have their freedom, its very important to them as well.
    I find encouraging them to keep up with their routines, even if you need to help out more, is great too. What are thoughts on this?
    Mel x

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