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
3. Falls

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.
Under these circumstances, your relative might well benefit from more awareness of stair safety and the support of a mobility aid, such as a mobility scooter and/or a walking stick or walking frame

'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.

More information

Page last reviewed: 31 March 2015
Next review due: 30 October 2016