Perhaps you have noticed that your relative seems to be less mobile recently, or maybe they have hinted at this themselves. If this is the case, find out more about mobility aids here.
On this page we give you information about:
1. Common mobility problems
2. Getting an assessment done
Common mobility problems
If your relative’s balance, stamina or muscle strength has deteriorated, it is likely that they will experience difficulty with:
- steps, stairs and inclines
- uneven ground or loose surfaces
- walking long distances.
'We bought an electric chair that reclines to get you down and up without having to struggle.' Frank O's story
Getting an equipment needs assessment
The first step is Getting an assessment for equipment needs by a physiotherapist. The physiotherapist may come up with recommendations for what kind of help your relative needs. These could include learning about certain mobility techniques (for example, how to move up and down the stairs) and exercises to help with strength and balance. Read more about accessing a physiotherapist in our guide to domiciliary care.
Appropriate footwear can also help with stability and support as can the use of one or more Mobility aid.
Sometimes a person with mobility problems may be at an increased risk of experiencing a fall. If you are concerned about this – or if your relative has already had a fall – see Dealing with a fall.
- Sitting comfortably and safely, Preparing food and drink and Getting into and out of bed safely: three of our articles exploring the options for safety in the home for older people.
- Domiciliary care: use our care services directory to find what home care agencies are in your relative's area if you think he or she is in need of more support at home.
- Carer's allowance: if you're an unpaid carer, check if you're eligible for this benefit to help you cope financially.
Page last reviewed: 31 March 2015
Next review due: 30 October 2016