November 20, 2018 Jeff Conner
Everyone’s challenges and obstacles are different; choose mobility retailers that care to customize and invent innovative solutions for those they serve. There is a direct correlation between mobility and environment: let us show you how we help you fit the pieces together.
There are many mobility equipment and aids designed to make life better, but which one is right for you?
Mobility and Environment: How we help you fit the pieces together
Environment plays a huge role in the best adaptive equipment and mobility aids to increase and improve accessibility; also, the priorities may shift for those that are trying to preserve autonomy and maintain independent living. Let us sit down with you and figure out the best strategies and solutions to make your environment more ‘user-friendly’ while increasing your own mobility and freedom.
Mobility challenges compromise our autonomy and independence and impacts overall quality of life over time. As individuals age, issues and challenges emerge, manifesting in difficulty maintaining the same lifestyle. Whether it is trouble maintaining balance or chronic pain issues stemming from a medical condition, mobility challenges may sneak-up on you and could cause further potential injury.
Some other challenges to overcome may include:
- Joint pain or stiffness from arthritis that impairs flexibility and range of motion.
- Difficulty completing activities of daily living unassisted, such as bathing or dressing.
- Trouble transferring from the home to a vehicle, and out again. Transportation struggles rank high on the list of mobility challenges facing older Americans and those with disabilities or physical limitations.
The results of increasing mobility are multi-fold and a ripple effect occurs that improves everyday living for all involved.
If you want to remain in your own home, it may become necessary to assess the home environment for inherent hurdles that could be contributing to mobility issues. This may include dangerous situations, like multi-level living or shoddy floor surfaces, that can be resolved easily enough, but it is key to address the situation before injury can occur. Take a pragmatic and honest look around your home surroundings and then speak with a mobility expert to assess needs. As some conditions are progressive, your needs today may not match up with what you need in a month, year, or years down the road; these professionals can evaluate your situation, consider your condition, and point you in the best direction for aids that will serve you effectively, longer.
Speaking of ADLs (activities of daily living), consider tasks and everyday habits that are considered ‘instrumental activities of daily living.’ These are the hurdles that may impact safety and well-being if left unassisted in the home. From preparing food to eating independently, driving a car to using the restroom, these are the daily chores that will impact whether or not you are able to live autonomously in your home. Assistance may come in the form of a caregiver, nursing agency, community outreach, or family friend, or it may involve equipment and aids that increase your independence and help you get around much better. Some examples of these devices are stairlifts, grab-bars, vehicle lifts, and shower-buddies.
Inventive Ideas and Sensible Solutions to suit you
Mobility professionals know that one size does not fit all, and this is especially true when it comes to mobility aids to enhance access and convenience around the home. As every home is unique, so are the needs of the individuals living there. Our team can make sensible suggestions that can improve everyday life and make tasks easier, without spending money on devices that you may not need. However, when you do want or need to consider mobility equipment, we are there to guide you every step of the way.
Some inventive ideas and sensible solutions to try includes:
- Have you thought about one-level living? Shut-off the upstairs or upper-level of your home to reduce the effort and energy required to move around the home.
- Take in a roommate. It may be most practical to offer someone that you know and trust a place to stay in exchange for a little assistance.
- Give your home a thorough fall risk assessment; remove anything that could pose a potential danger of a fall and subsequent injury, from shoddy carpeting to personal belongings and clutter.
Talk with our team of mobility experts to learn more about making your home environment more convenient and safe.
Talk to us about an assessment today
How do you know what you may need next year? How about in five years? Talk to our trained professionals about mobility options that you won’t ‘outgrow’ anytime soon, and that will make your investment a much more prudent one. Some chairs, scooters, and lifts have features that adapt to the user’s level of mobility and self-reliance, adjusting to meet an increased need for assistance. Other devices are temporary solutions that are perfect for those recovering from an injury or operation and that only require assistance during recovery, temporarily. This also makes a sound argument for renting mobility aids; talk to the experts to learn more.
Are you ready to increase your accessibility? Perhaps someone you care for has physical demands that require the services of mobility experts in the area? Let us assess your distinct challenges and put the pieces together for you; visit us for a comprehensive assessment today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stair lifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
- 24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
- Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
- Licensed General Contractor since 1998
- Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
- Board Member for Home Access Professionals
- Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)