Rollators are a mobility device, much like a walking frame, but they have the addition of wheels so the device can be easily moved without lifting it. They are often used to provide the user with support when walking independently. In some cases, users will need the extra support or balance due to mobility or an increase in fatigue when being active. Rollators come in different styles with a variety of features including a 3 or 4 wheel option.
When choosing a rollator to suit your needs, there are different factors you should take into account when making the decision. These can differ from why you need a rollator, to where you will be using it, or if you need a compact rollator that can be folded and stored easily. Other considerations can be safety features such as brakes or the type of grips, or if you need a folding seat on it.
How to Avoid Slips and Trips in Icy Weather
The cold and frosty weather is here and with MET Eireann issuing various colours of weather warnings, and temperatures plummeting into the minus fields, it can be easy to trip or fall on the wet and icy surfaces.
Going for a walk can seem like a challenge if you have mobility issues and the fear of falling on slippy surfaces can cause further trepidation of leaving the house. If you are unfortunate to suffer a fall at some stage, the injury can be significant, and it can also be hard to get yourself motivated again.
Here are some tips to help prevent you from a fall:
Many falls and slips happen as a result of decreased mobility and weaker muscles. Regular exercise inside the home can strengthen your muscles making them stronger to help avoid a slip.
Exercise Aids For The Elderly
Older adults and people who are struggling with mobility due to an injury or disability, can often struggle to be as active as a they would like, however, this doesn’t mean they can’t exercise. There are many ways to be active, sometimes you can even exercise without even leaving your seat!
Many of our products are suitable for people who are in a wheelchair, have arthritis, an injury or suffer from joint pains. Depending on the exercise you want to partake in, we supply a range of products including exercise pedals, gel handball exercisers and a range of the THERA products including the THERA Trainer Mobi 540.
With the weather to take a turn for the worse this week, everyone, especially the elderly, needs to take extra care. The consequences of a fall are far more serious for the elderly and that’s why they need to take precautions and mind themselves in the bad weather.
Whether it’s the slippy footpath or something hidden by the ice or snow, there is no way of predicting a fall and it can happen suddenly. Sometimes being prepared for the worst can be the only way to prevent these trips and falls. Some of these precautions are things you can do for yourself and others are things you can do around your home.
- In icy weather and conditions, wear sensible, flat shoes with non-slip soles. If you really need to go outside, try to limit the walking you will be doing. (It is so important for elderly people to wear well-fitting shoes every day, not just during the bad weather!)
- Have your eyes tested regularly. Poor
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Now is a great time to start thinking about your Christmas list. A mobility or daily living aid is a thoughtful gift for elderly family and friends. Here are some considerate gift ideas that will make you very popular!
Now that the good weather has arrived we all want to spend time outdoors. Reduced mobility should not mean you cannot go outdoors and experience all the lovely scenery and fresh air. In fact, many Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists recommend light exercise on a daily basis to improve overall physical health. Fresh air and regular walks have also been shown to help improve memory as well as mental health so the benefits are fantastic.
If you need a bit of help getting about a walking aid may be the solution. We have many different types to suit all levels of mobility.
Walking Sticks and Canes
Walking sticks add a little extra stability for someone who is experiencing reduced balance or stiffness in their legs. They are easy to use and there are many colours and styles available. We even stock folding
When we heard that Tommy Bowe had injured his ankle in a recent international match we were devastated. Then we thought of our new iWALK Free 2.0 handsfree crutch and decided to send one to him.
It seems that that the iWALK has really helped Tommy get around while recovering and he has said that its better than crutches.
We wish you a speedy recovery Tommy and hope that the iWALK keeps you mobile during your recovery.
You can see Tommy here on his iWALK.
To find out more about the iWALK you can visit our dedicated site – www.iwalkfree.ie
The iWalk is a great alternative to crutches which can be hard to walk in. If you have a lower leg injury that needs to be non-weight bearing the iWalk is a great solution. It gives you full use of your hands and arms removing any arm and shoulder
Hands free mobility for lower leg injuries has arrived!
Here at Beechfield Healthcare we take advancements in quality healthcare equipment very seriously. We are always on the lookout for the latest developments in mobility aids because we believe that everybody should have access to affordable products that help improve quality of life. That is why we are so excited about our new arrival – the I WALK 2.0.
Ideal for lower leg injuries
If you have an ankle or foot injury you now have the option to leave the crutches behind. The iWalk 2.0 was initially designed for sports people who had injured themselves but did not want to lose out on training and team events.
Since then the iWalk 2.0 has piqued the interest of people from all walks of life. Whether you spend your day coaching on a football field or working in an office the iWalk 2.0 could be suitable for you.
Can I use the iWALK?
The iWALK2.0 works for most
Here at Beechfield Healthcare we believe that there are high quality products available to everyone that will make everyday life that bit easier. Likewise, we know that there are many products available to healthcare practitioners that can make their job much safer and minimise risk.
This is especially true for caregivers to bariatric patients. A huge part of bariatric healthcare focuses on reducing the risk of falling, reducing skin maceration and improving limited mobility.
We are delighted to announce that we now stock a large range of bariatric healthcare equipment which have been engineered specifically for patients with a weight capacity of up to 325kg. These products provide comfort and safety to the patient while also maintaining the safety of the caregiver.
Bariatric Walking Aids
A common issue that bariatric patients face when it comes to walking aids is that they do not trust these products to withstand their weight.
There is always an ongoing debate about what is the best pressure cushion on the market. Is there really one cushion that offers the optimum solution for pressure relief for all? In reality such a cushion doesn’t exist. However, at Beechfield Healthcare our state-of-the-art pressure mapping technology now offers you the opportunity find the optimum cushions for your patients.
What is a pressure map?
A pressure map is a computerised tool for assessing pressure distribution. To use it, you first place the thin sensor mat on a seat, wheelchair or mattress. When your patient sits or lies on the mat, a computer screen displays a heat-map of pressure distribution. The hotter colours (oranges and reds) indicate areas of higher pressures, and the cooler colours (blues) indicate areas of lower pressures.
Sample Pressure Map
By testing various cushions and their results on the chair we can help to find the best fit for each of your patients. OTs in particular