The ability to get around on your own is a cornerstone of independence. Whether it’s simply
ambling around the house or walking around town, being able to stay mobile is incredibly important, even for those who find it difficult to do without assistance. It’s not just about getting from point A to B either, as walking has been shown to be an excellent form of exercise.
Fortunately, such assistance can be provided with a number of walking and mobility aids, which provide the necessary support to help you get around under your own steam. With a wide array of supports available to suit many different kinds of mobility requirements, it’s never been easier to go for a walk.
What Is a Walking Aid?
A walking aid is a device that assists you to get around on your own two feet. Unlike other mobility aids (like a wheelchair, for example), walking aids prioritise upright mobility, along with all the benefits it provides.
Few things impact the feeling of independence as profoundly as the ability to walk by yourself. For many, a wheelchair isn’t always an option, depending on the terrain or location. In these cases, for those who can, a walking aid is often the preferred option for getting around.
A walking aid doesn’t have to be complicated. Anything that helps you walk a little easier could be considered an aid. However, there are different tools available to help you, depending on how much assistance you require.
A Little Bit of Help
If you only need a little bit of help to walk, a simple mobility aid like a cane or walking stick might be just perfect. Tried and tested, canes offer some extra stability as you get around and can provide an extra dose of confidence.
Now, these walking aids are easier than ever to keep on you. They can collapse and fold-up for easy transport and storage for when you’re not up and about. Take, for example, the Folding Walking Stick, which folds neatly into its black plastic wallet. It’s the perfect solution if you need a bit of help with stability.
For those who need an extra dose of support to walk comfortably, elbow crutches are an excellent option. Designed to ergonomically fit in your elbow and with an additional hand-grip, these elbow crutches offer the two-sided balance a cane alone cannot.
There are many varieties of this kind of mobility aid, but looking for one that prioritises comfort and style is a good idea. Kowsky Open Cuff Elbow Crutches strike the perfect balance, with an exceptionally soft grip and comfortable elbow cuff. They’re also available in a wide range of colours to fit any style.
If your priority is full support as you walk around, there’s no substitute for a rolling walker, or rollator. With handles to support your full weight, wheels that make it easy to push around and even storage for items you need to carry, a proper walker can have an incredible impact on your independence.
Many quality walkers will also include a seat that you can use to rest between stretches of walking. A good example of this is the Lightweight Rollator Walker, which has adjustable handles, locking wheels and a padded seat, allowing you to sit down on the go. It’s the perfect solution for someone who requires mobility assistance and wants the confidence only a walker can provide when getting around.
You deserve the ability to walk around without worrying about slips and trips or getting too tired. With Bayliss Mobility walking aids, you can now seize the independence walking provides. For advice on what walking aid is best for you, get in touch and speak to a member of our friendly team.