When Is The Right Time To Use Mobility Assistive Devices?

December 06, 2023 2 min read

Mobility assistive devices are commonly used by individuals with limited or impaired mobility, such as older persons and those who suffer from an illness or injury. These mobility aids are specially designed to help individuals enjoy greater independence and freedom. For the elderly, these mobility aids are useful in helping them move around with ease and to prevent accidental falls.

One of the most common questions we may have is when is the right time to use a mobility aid. Although these devices are generally recommended for seniors with limited mobility, there is no specific age for using them. Whether or not an assistive device, such as a walking frame or a wheelchair, should be used totally depends on the needs and capabilities of an individual. 

To help you decide whether it is time for your loved one to use an assistive device, read on to learn more about the common signs that call for the use of mobility aids and the different kinds of mobility devices available.


Signs you should consider a mobility aid for your loved one 

If your elderly loved ones appears to walk unsteadily, holding onto others or nearby furniture or walls for support, or is prone to tripping or falling, it might be time to consider getting them a mobility aid such as a walking cane, walker, rollator or foldable walking frame. Some common situations include:

  • Unsteady walking
  • A joint replacement or injury
  • Loss of strength
  • Balance problems (e.g. vertigo)

There are quite a few options available to help people with limited mobility navigate in both home and outdoor environments. Which kind of mobility assistive device is right for your loved one depends on their individual needs. As such, it might be good to consult with a physiotherapist before selecting a mobility aid for your elderly loved one. They can help with:

  • Analysing balance, strength, and walking capabilities
  • Advising the suitable device according to your loved one’s needs
  • Adjusting the device based on your loved one’s height
  • Training your loved one on how to use the device properly and safely


Common types of mobility assistive devices 

Each type of mobility assistive device comes in a number of styles and shapes, some with optional accessories and special features. Here are the most common types of assistive devices you can purchase to help improve your elderly loved one’s mobility and independence: 

  • Walking canes
  • Walking frame
  • Foldable walkers
  • Rollators
  • Lightweight wheelchairs



The use of mobility assistive devices at the right time can help the elderly person feel safe and maintain their independence. Given the wide variety of options for mobility aids, it is important to know the needs of the user to find the most suitable choice.

At The Golden Concepts, we curate a wide range of assistive devices to encourage our elderly to remain independent in their golden years. This includes the widest selection of mobility aids, including walking canes, walkers, rollators, and foldable walking frames in Singapore. Beside mobility aids, we also have bathroom and bedroom safety equipment, including a large selection of homecare and nursing beds.  Feel free to drop by our showroom and we look forward to serve you.

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