The term mobility aid is used to describe a product which helps to improve the user's mobility.
The word mobility is defined by the English Oxford dictionary as 'the ability to move or be moved freely and easily'. So, a mobility aid, in general is used to give the user the ability to move more freely and easily than they can without it.
Many mobility aids actually help the user to walk and physically move around, such as walking sticks, walking frames (sometimes called zimmer frames), mobility scooters, wheelchairs, crutches and so on. However the general term mobility aid tends to also cover lower value products which help with a general lack of mobility often brought on by conditions such as arthritis. These smaller end mobility aids include gadgets to help get lids off of bottles and jars, products to help the user when using the loo or items to help retrieve items from the floor or hard to reach places with the help of a reacher or grabber. There's thousands more examples of other types of mobility aid too.
There's probably over 20,000 mobility aids for sale in the UK, if not more. And new and improved mobility aids are being brought to the consumer market on a frequent basis so that number will certainly increase which is good news for the UK's ageing population.
Mobility aids are available to purchase from many retailers across the country as well as many online companies on the internet too. It's worth looking out for companies who are registered as members of the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association). These members have signed up to a certain code of practice and will be sure to give you best advice. Shop around too particularly if you're buying online. Look at previous customer feedback (on websites such as ReviewCentre.com) to get an idea of the type of service you're likely to receive if you purchase from your chosen company.
With over 12,000 mobility aids online at www.AbilitySuperstore.com (and more being added daily) at great value prices you're bound to find the mobility aid you're looking for. If you need to undertake a certain task and you're not sure which mobility aid would be best then simply speak to your doctor's local Occupational Therapist or give our friendly Customer Services team a call.