Mobility issues impact a large number of seniors. In fact, just over 10% of all seniors use a cane, 4.6% use a walker and 3% use a wheelchair or a scooter. Loss of mobility often leads to frustration and depression. If your loved one feels challenged by mobility issues there are a number of ways you can help.
Offer moral support and understanding
For many seniors, changes in mobility is seen as a major life change. Reduced mobility clearly indicates that they are aging, and they will be faced with new physical limitations. By offering moral support and understanding, you can help your loved one through this by listening and hopefully helping them to come to accept this new phase in life. If you sense a feeling of depression or despair, it might be a good idea to make an appointment with a doctor who is qualified to deal with this.
Research appropriate assistive devices
There are numerous assistive devices that improve mobility in all kinds of situations, such as risers to get up from the couch, shower chairs, swivel seats to get out of the car and so on. Determine if changes need to be made in the home, such as installing ramps and widened doors. By making the appropriate changes, you will improve your loved one’s independence and sense of self-reliance.
Find out if there are senior services that provide transportation to various places, such as the grocery store, medical appointments and even social events. There are many senior centers that have a bus service that will pick up and drop off seniors for classes. Consequently, a feeling of independence and confidence can be restored. Explore these options together, so as to instill a sense of responsibility and
ease in making arrangements.
Be there to offer assistance, but not more than needed. Your loved one will be happy to know you are there to help if necessary, but will also develop the confidence to act independently as well.