Finding the appropriate mobility aid for an older adult requires some expertise, whether it is a cane, a walker, a standard or electric wheelchair or scooter. Seeking the advice of an expert ensures that money is not spent unwisely and that the individual needs of the elder are met. An assessment by an Occupational Therapist can be arranged through the Interior Health Authority. Call the local agency or speak to a CareSmart Consultant for more information. If moving an elder into a retirement community, always check what the rules and regulations are regarding mobility aids for that location. It may affect decisions you are making.
When dealing with a home-health retailer,
always ask the following questions:
- What are your qualifications?
- Will this equipment meet the needs of my elder’s situation?
- What is the track record of this product or manufacturer?
- Can we try out the equipment on a trial basis first?
- What type of warranty or service support is available?