Coping With Mobility Issues In Later Life

Although mobility issues can affect individuals of all ages, for those who have lived physically active lifestyles, experiencing a decline in mobility can be particularly difficult to adapt to. Whether a fall or accident has left you or a loved one partially immobilised or things are simply getting a little harder in later life, learning to cope can be a real challenge.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can learn to adapt to these changes. So, whether it is you or a loved one in need of assistance, it is important to understand that although they may seem tricky at first, there are means of coping.

From minor changes to your everyday routine, to a little extra help around the house, there are plenty of options; it’s about finding the right fit for your situation.

Here at Alfix, we’ve put together a short guide to help you or your loved one cope with mobility related difficulties.

Try To Stay Active

Whilst it may not be the first thing that springs to mind, for those experiencing reduced mobility, staying active is so important. We’re not talking about running a marathon or swimming the channel, but simple activities such as moving around your home, or performing seated stretches and exercises have a number of benefits.

Of course, the type of activity that is suitable will depend on your individual circumstance. If you are unsure what is appropriate, speak to your GP and they will be able to offer advice.

Not only is it good for the heart, flexibility and strength, light activity is also great for the mind, building confidence and a sense of accomplishment. This brings us onto our next tip.

Focus On Small Accomplishments

Experiencing a decline in mobility can be incredibly challenging both physically and mentally. If you or a loved one are experiencing mobility issues, it is important to remember that it won’t always feel easy, so be kind to yourself or them.

Focussing on small accomplishments is a great way to acknowledge all that you are achieving. This could be as simple as getting up and making a cup of tea or performing some light stretching.

Adapt Your Home

Finally, for those who have experienced a fall or a permanent change to their mobility and independence, it may be worth considering installing mobility aids or mobility aid rental around the home. Equipment such as stairlifts, handrails and ramps are a brilliant way to make a home more accessible and regain a sense of independence. Here at Alfix, we are a family-run business specialising in stairlift installation and hire. No matter your requirements, or the complexity of your property, we can provide bespoke stairlift solutions to suit your needs. Get in touch with us today! Call us on 01296 334 848.