These include supportive canes (walking sticks), crutches, and walkers which help patients to improve their stability, reduce lower-limb loading and generate movement.
Our walking aids include:
Canes – these are the simplest types of walking aids, and transfers the load through the patient’s hands and wrists.
Crutches – the crutch transfers load to the ground in the same way as a cane, with the only difference being that the crutch has two contact points (as opposed to the cane’s one contact point): at the hand and then either below the armpit or below the elbow. This significantly increases the load-bearing ability in comparison with a cane.
Canes, crutches, and forearm crutch combinations – these appliances have bands that encircle the upper arms and handles, allowing the patient to rest his/her hands without compromising on body-weight support. For example, the forearm crutch gives patients the same support of a crane, but with added forearm support to increase mobility.
Walkers – the Zimmer frame is the most well-known walking aid. These provide the most stability through its three (or more) contact points. Patient place these frames in front of them and then grips during movement. The contact points can be fixed rubber ferrules (as is the case with crutches and canes) or small wheels (known as rollators), or a combination of both.
Bath and shower chairs and lifts
These are ideal for anyone with low endurance or who finds it difficult to stand in the shower or bath tub, by providing comfortable seating surfaces.
Bath lifts raise and lower patients into and out of bathtubs, and can be battery or hydro-powered. These are especially helpful in the case of patients who like to take a bath, but have decreased endurance or poor balance and are therefore at risk of slipping and falling.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters help patients to mobilise themselves. Wheelchairs may be either manually pushed by the patient him-/herself or an aide, or with the help of electricity. Electric wheelchairs and scooters are recommended for patients with significant mobility/balance impairment.