Most of us would love to live our lives without the need for mobility aids, but as we age, we begin to realize that this wish may be unrealistic. We could need a cane or a walker for a short time while recovering from surgery, or we may eventually need to use a wheelchair or a power scooter to get around safely. Either way, a tool to help us move from place to place and avoid falls can mean the difference between living independently and depending on others for our basic needs.
When I see some of the newer mobility aids on the market, I immediately think, “I wish that had been available for my mom.” My mother’s options back in the day were a basic cane and later a stripped-down walker, which I did my best to modify so she could carry things around with her. However, with the growing number of new devices and models available comes growing confusion over which one is the best fit and whether insurance will cover it.
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