Top 5 mobility devices to help you enjoy the outdoors

Spending time indoors is at times necessary– especially for individuals who are undergoing recovery. But an environment that supplies artificial light and poorly circulating air does very little for a person’s mental and physical well-being. Mediplus Mobility is your one-stop shop to provide you with mobility devices to give you the confidence and comfort you need to feel safe when heading outdoors– as more and more research continues to show that it has great benefits for your health.

mobility devices outsideTake humans’ need for Vitamin D, for example. Spending time under the warm glow of natural light will make your bones stronger and give a much needed boost to your immune system (especially during cooler months!). Sunshine is also partly responsible for helping to prevent autoimmune disorders. When you venture outdoors you are also helping your body to rest better. Artificial light can throw off your sleeping patterns, but natural light helps to regulate your biological clock and help you achieve a smoother bedtime routine.

The benefits of being exposed to the outdoors are numerous, but as discussed earlier– getting there can be a challenging if you suffer from mobility impairments. That is why, we compiled a list of the TOP 5 Mobility Devices that will help you get outside!

1. Wheelchair: A staple in the mobility industry, whether it be a simple foldable wheelchair or a highly complex tilting wheelchair, this device is an ideal option for individuals who can propel themselves or have a caregiver who can assist them. Wheelchairs are created with durable frames and casters, with some models making them more suitable for outdoors use than others. More and more, wheelchairs are also becoming lighter and easier to push and store– carbon fiber and aluminum wheelchairs are quickly starting to dominate market preferences.

3. Mobility Scooter: Scooters are a good solution for individuals who either tire or suffer from lower-body pain when embarking on long walks. Rated for use on sidewalks– but also malls, indoors spaces, grass and other surfaces– power scooters come packed with features like headlights, shopping baskets and different size batteries. Whereas some are made to be taken apart (or even folded!) for easy transport, other Heavy Duty scooters are large enough that they need to be kept in your garage.

2. Power Wheelchair:  A power wheelchair combines the comfort and maneuverability of a wheelchair with the ruggedness and range of a mobility scooter. Usually operated with a sensitive joystick, power wheelchairs are suitable for use in most surfaces and eliminate the need for an individual to propel themselves or seek assistance to do so. As opposed to scooters– which can be bulky– power wheelchairs have an extremely tight turning radius, making them a good option for indoors use. They are the ultimate tool for independent living!

4. Rollator Walker: Oftentimes, individuals are advised to keep as active as possible during their daily activities. A great way to remain active while feeling safe and finding balance is by considering a rollator walker. Rollators are four-wheeled walkers that come equipped with a seat, back-rest and hand brakes. This device is ideal for outdoors use as the combination of brakes and a seat allows you to take a break from your walk to catch your breath!

5. Foldable Walker: This is the least invasive of the devices we just discussed. A simple, aluminum frame with two small wheels at the front, it provides more support and stability than a cane but doesn’t come equipped the features of a Rollator. Aluminum walkers are easy to fold (often with just one button!) and are ultra-light .

Wondering which device is best for you? Let Mediplus Mobility’s experts discuss your needs and priorities as we jointly discover a path for you to enjoy the outdoors again! Not only do we sell power wheelchairs, rollator walkers, walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters at excellent prices but they are also part of our comprehensive rental program.

 

Forget crutches! Try a knee walker with Mediplus Mobility

Traditionally, crutches have always been prescribed by physicians for individuals who have suffered a lower leg injury or have undergone surgery. However, many individuals find the use of crutche cumbersome. Not only does the proper use of a pair of crutches require a considerable amount of upper body strength, but they hardly allow for any use of their hands in order to carry out everyday tasks like brushing their teeth or cooking.

woman riding on knee scooter by drive medicalA great solution for individuals who would rather forego the use of crutches is the knee walker. This convenient device is made up of an ergonomic foam cushion onto which you can rest the upper portion of your lower leg, two back wheels and a steerable front wheel with brakes.

Now imagine, rolling up to the counter, putting on the brakes and cooking up a meal without having to compromise your comfort and support your injured leg or foot requires.

Knee walkers have a tight turning radius, meaning that they are perfectly suitable for use at home or outdoors. Mediplus Mobility patients who have either rented or purchased a knee walker, often report a great improvement on their quality of life as they are now able to move much more swiftly and comfortably.

These devices are also a breeze to take with you wherever you go. Their t-bar handle, equipped with foam grips, is easy to fold down—allowing for the scooter to fit into any car trunk. Once you arrive at your destination, you simply unfold the handle and you are ready to go.

When it comes to using a knee walker, we generally advise that individuals possess sufficient balance and strength in their unaffected leg as it will be used to propel the device and help balance it at higher speeds.

Knee walkers are truly a life-changing invention that will facilitate your daily activities from the very first moment you try it out. Mediplus Mobility stands behind their quality line of knee walkers for sale and rent and we look forward to sharing this revolutionary product with you.

Why the Mobility Walker is still going places

With constant advancements in the mobility industry, assistive devices are continuously becoming more complex and customizable. However, there is one device that has had a similar shape and functionality as its earliest prototypes– that came into the market in the 1950s. The Mobility Walker hasn’t changed much since its inception, but this staple in the healthcare world continues to be as useful as ever.

drive medical walker
Drive medical walker

Walkers are simple. Nowadays, they are lightweight aluminum frames with one or two buttons per side that help to swing open their legs. Apart from that functionality, the only other features in mobility walkers that can be customized are their height and wheels.

Mediplus Mobility’s walkers for rent and walkers for sale are easy to adjust thanks to their system of pins and holes that allow you to extend the device’s legs as far down as necessary in order to adapt to taller users. Individuals renting or buying a walker also have the option of choosing a walker with no wheels, with two wheels at the front or with four wheels. Walkers come in regular, tall, bariatric and pediatric sizes.

If you are looking for a walker that will easily glide across surfaces– say you have to navigate a combination of wood and carpeted floors, our team will advice that you consider installing simple skis on your walkers. These small gliding components can easy surface transitions for a smoother experience.

In terms of their ideal use, walkers are an excellent device for indoors use. Because of their lightweight frame and the small area that they take up, they are easy to maneuver at home. One can quickly fold up the walker at the touch of a button and transport it up or down the stairs with minimal effort. Their narrow construction makes them ideal for navigating doorways and even fitting them into a bathroom.

Individuals looking for a walking aid that will provide them with added support and balance for use outdoors, might best be served by a rollator walker. Unlike a regular walker, rollators are equipped with brakes, seats and larger wheels, which make them more suitable for longer walks in uneven terrain.

Whether you require a mobility walker or rollator walker, the staff at Mediplus Mobility has at its disposal dozens of different models to show you. Give us a call today at our toll free number- 1(855)819-5050! Hablamos español!

Freedom on wheels: The Rollator Walker

In decades past, individuals who would get tired or lose balance while taking a stroll around the neighborhood, visiting a mall with friends or exploring the outdoors, would be relegated to staying at home for their own safety. Luckily, in the last few years, various mobility devices have come into the market with a sole purpose: that of restoring freedom and confidence to those exact same individuals. Among those devices is the ever evolving Rollator walker.

nitro euro style rollator by drive medical
Nitro Rollator by Drive

You might be wondering what the difference between a conventional walker and a rollator is. Whereas a walker is a simple foldable aluminum frame (with or without wheels), the rollator takes the walker experience to the next level. Mediplus Mobility’s rollators feature the latest innovations to ensure a smooth user experience both indoors and outdoors. For example, unlike regular walkers– rollators always come equipped with four wheels. Unlike the small wheels on walkers, rollator wheels are larger and many of them have tread that assists people in navigating more rugged terrains. Also, most rollators come equipped with a cushioned seat and backrest. These features are crucial for individuals who tire out after walking for a while. By having a seat surface handy, you can take a breather at your convenience.

Of course, in order to guarantee the safety of the person who’s using the rollator walker, the devices are also equipped with ergonomic brakes. Not only are the brakes important in helping individuals achieve more stability while using their rollator, but they must also be activated when using the rollator as a seat in order to prevent possible slips.

Not only do rollators come packed with features like handy shopping baskets and comfortable foam grips, but later-generation rollator walkers are styled to complement one’s personal style. Whether you’re looking for a rollator for sale or a rollator for rent, you will find that they are often painted in attractive colors like white, red, blue or black and possess modern, almost aerodynamic lines.

Mediplus Mobility has a large selection of rollator walkers available for rent and for sale. Not only does our team guarantee excellent pricing and quick availability, but we also have the knowledge necessary to answer any questions you may have when picking a great device for your needs.