A mobility device is anything you use to help you get around safely. They can range from inconspicuous braces to powered scooters or wheelchairs. While some older individuals might hesitate before turning to such devices — fearing what the use of mobility aids says about their independence or age — when you incorporate these helps into your life in the right way, the outcome can be overwhelmingly positive.
The goal of mobility aids is to help individuals get around on their own as much as possible, even when they are dealing with a temporary injury or a long-term degenerative condition. A great thing about our Fort Collins assisted living community is that we take mobility aids into account, so whether you're using a wheelchair or a dapper cane, you'll still be able to access the common areas, dining rooms and many of the outdoor spaces as you enjoy time alone or with friends.
How to Access Mobility Devices
Some mobility devices, such as canes and even walkers, can be purchased in retail pharmacies by anyone. That means you don't need a prescription for them and can choose the equipment that seems right to you in the moment.
While that freedom is great, it is important to understand which device is right for you and how to use it. Improperly relying on a cane, crutches or other mobility aid can lead to a risk of injury or issues with recovery. Working with a physical therapist or occupational therapist to understand what device you might need, how to choose the right size and how to use your mobility aid can reduce these risks.
Some mobility devices are less accessible without medical intervention, especially if you'd like insurance to cover it. A doctor can write a prescription or an order for a cane, walker, wheelchair or power mobility device if they deem it medically necessary, and your insurance may cover part or all of the cost of the device. In some cases, you may need to work with a physical therapist to be evaluated for the product before insurance will cover it.
5 Common Medical Devices
Medical devices cover the gamut from orthopedic inserts and braces to power scooters. Here are a few common devices that ensure easier mobility.
Whether you use a mobility device or your own legs to get around, we hope you enjoy exploring all that Collinwood has to offer.