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10 May, 2022

The Importance of Bedroom Safety

Ideally, if you or a loved one at home has limited mobility, the bedroom should be located on the main level of your home in order to eliminate stairs and other potential issues that can hinder independence. Wherever the bedroom is located, though, it should be a place of comfort and safety. You can add comfort and safety easily with the right bed and proper bed support, proper lighting and furniture, the elimination of any clutter, and more. 

Explore the products below that have been specially designed to improve and update bedrooms for those with limited mobility or similar issues.

Install Bed Rails

Also known as side rails, bedside rails and safety rails, Bed Rails provide support, security and stability when shifting positions or getting into and out of bed. Adding bed rails can help you or a loved one to live more independently.

Dual Security Bed Rail - 30 inches

Give Bedroom Lighting an Update

Improving and updating lighting in a bedroom will help to make movement within the bedroom safe -- no matter what time of day or night!

BIG Deluxe LED Color-Changing Floor Lamp

Add Seating That is Safe and Comfortable

It's important not to understimate the complexities that can arise for folks with mobility issues. A roomy and comfortable chair in the bedroom that also includes specialized features is just the thing for reading, watching television, or for resting -- with safety. A chair that can turn, roll and lock, and that has foot or toe activated brakes, is a wonderful and easy addition to the bedroom.‚Äč

Comfortek Seating Titan Armed Chair Turn and Foot Brake

Eating and Performing Tasks with Ease

A table in the bedroom with rolling casters for easier moving and re-positioning -- and that tucks safely and securely under a bed or chair so its not in the way when not in use -- is extremely helpful for anyone with mobility challenges.

Drive Over Bed Table

Other Bedroom Accomodations That Will Ease the Way 

Adding wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom will help decrease the chance of a slip or a fall. Furthermore, removing heavy or large objects from the bedroom offers space AND safety for the mobility-challenged. And for immediate, easier access to closets, go ahead and remove those closet doors. 

 

 

16 March, 2022

Mobility Issues? You CAN Keep Moving!

Discover the Many Mobility Aids Designed to Help You Enjoy Greater Freedom and Independence

People with mobility issues due to a disability, injury, or age don’t have to be “stuck.” Today, more than ever, mobility aids have improved and provide more independence, higher self-esteem, increased confidence, reduced pain, and a better quality of life.  

So, let’s get moving!  

Which Mobility Aid is Best for You?

The type of mobility aid you or your loved one requires depends upon the specific mobility issue.

Some folks need mobility aids all the time. Others, from time-to-time. Still others, while healing from an injury. Whichever the case, there are innovative mobility aids out there for everyone. And each one is designed to keep you on the move and enhance independence!

Types of Mobility Aids

Canes
Canes are for people who may be at risk of falling. Canes support the body’s weight and help transmit body load from the legs to the upper body. In the United States, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 adults over the age of 65 uses a cane.

Some of the most useful and common types of canes include:

  • White canes - These are designed specifically for assisting people who are visually impaired. White canes are longer and thinner than traditional canes and enable the user to detect objects in their path. The white color of the cane also lets other people know that the user is blind, or has low vision or another kind of visual impairment
    4-Section Aluminum Folding All Terrain Cane
  • Quad canes - Also known as support canes, quad canes are for folks who need balance and stability. Quad canes have four feet at the end of the cane, providing a wider base and safe stability
    Heavy Duty Quad Cane
  • Walking canes – Walking canes give support while standing and walking for those that may tire quickly while out and about. These canes also improve balance to help prevent falls and injury. Many people use canes for assistance after surgery, or when they have an injury

Crutches
Crutches help to transfer weight from the legs to the upper body. They can be used singly or in pairs. Crutches help keep a person upright and are often used by those with short-term injuries or with permanent disabilities.

Type of crutches include:

  • Axillary (underarm) crutches - These crutches are typically used by people with short-term injuries. One part of an axillary crutch is placed against the ribcage under the armpits, while the user holds onto the hand grip
  • Forearm crutches - This type of crutch involves placing the arm into a metal or plastic cuff and holding a hand grip. Forearm crutches are most commonly used by folks with long-term disabilities
Underarm Crutch Forearm Crutch

Walkers
Walkers, made of a metal framework with four legs that provide stability and support to the user, are very secure walking aids. Walkers are used by nearly 5 percent of Americans over the age of 60.

Various type of walkers include:

  • Rollators - This common type of walker has a frame with four wheels, handlebars, and seat so the user can rest as needed. Rollators also include hand breaks as a safety feature
    Durable 4-Wheel Rollator with 7.5-in Casters
  • Posterior Walkers - Posterior walkers (also known as reverse walkers) are walking devices the person pulls from behind for improved posture and balance
    Drive Nimbo Posterior Walker
  • Knee walkers - Similar to a rollator, this walker allows the user to rest a knee on a padded cushion while propelling themselves forward with their stronger leg
    Steerable Knee Walker with Basket

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are used by people who should not put weight on their lower limbs or who are unable to walk. They can be more suitable than walkers for people with severe disabilities or when travel over greater distances is required.

Wheelchairs can be manually propelled by the user, pushed by someone else, or electrically powered. A wheelchair that can be propelled by neural impulses was designed in 2016.
Blue Streak Wheelchair with Arms and Footrests

Mobility Scooters
Similar to a wheelchair, these devices have a seat set on top of either 3, 4, or 5 wheels.

The user’s feet rest on foot plates, and there are handlebars or steering wheels to control direction.

Mobility scooters are beneficial for those without the upper body strength or flexibility to use a manual wheelchair. Many scooter users experience a positive impact on their lives and newfound independence.

Electric Senior Mobility Scooter

Who Benefits from Mobility Aids?

Anyone who has a mobility issue, either temporary or long-term, can benefit from mobility aids. The type of mobility aid used will depend on the needs of the individual.

Mobility aids may be beneficial for people with:

  • arthritis
  • cerebral palsy
  • developmental disabilities
  • difficulties maintaining balance
  • fractures or broken bones in the lower limbs
  • gout
  • heart or lung issues
  • injury to the legs, feet, or back
  • obesity
  • spina bifida
  • sprains and strains
  • walking impairment due to brain injury or stroke
  • visual impairment or blindness

Older adults, people who have had an amputation, and those recovering from surgery also benefit from the use of mobility aids.

02 June, 2021

MaxiAids Motorized Scooters are Perfect for Summer Vacation

Looking to get out of the house and enjoy the warm weather? Electric scooters come in a variety of styles that make any trip easy and accessible. Whether you’re getting on an airplane or taking a stroll down the street, MaxiAids has a scooter for any use! Seniors, those with low mobility, or even those who just want to get around more easily can utilize these scooters for an easy breezy summer. Below are some of our favorites— take a look and find out which style suits your needs!

 

E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter- Sour Apple

Take this four-wheeled scooter out for a day trip— rain or shine! It features a helpful windshield that covers the front and top of the scooter, as well as a helpful foot brake. It can travel up to 15mph and can cover 40 miles in a single charge.

 

ZooMe Flex Folding Airline Friendly Travel Scooter

Fold this scooter up and take it anywhere. It fits easily on an airline or folded up in the back of a car, making it the perfect accessory for any trip. The ZooMe is ultra-lightweight and travels at a maximum speed of 4mph.

 

Victory 9 Three-Wheel Scooter

A compact scooter with a handy front basket, the Victory 9 is an incredibly versatile mobility aid. With three 9-inch wheels and speeds up to 13mph, take this scooter on any trip!

 

EWheels EW-29 Electric Trike Tricycle Scooter- Red

Two baskets make this the ideal scooter for errands, shopping, and more! A comfortable seat and optional pedals come together for a versatile, easy-to-use scooter.

 

EWheels EW-66 2-Passenger Heavy-Duty Scooter

Traveling with a partner? This 2-passenger scooter is sleek and sturdy with a combined weight capacity of 400lbs and a number of handy storage compartments.

 

E-Wheels EW-36 3-Wheel Electric Senior Mobility Scooter- Orange

This bright orange scooter can travel up to 45 miles on a single charge! It features a reverse switch, two side mirrors, comfortable armrests, and a large storage basket in the back. It even includes a digital anti-theft alarm!

 

E-Wheels EW-18 Stand-N-Ride 3-Wheel Electric Mobility Scooter- Blue

This compact scooter gives you the option to stand or stay seated while traveling! Its removable seat and foldable steering column make it great for travel.

 

EWheels EW-52 Powerful Four-Wheel Luxury Scooter

Ride around in luxury with “The Cadillac of Scooters”! This elegant scooter features a digital dashboard, 3-speaker stereo system, and even a locking cargo box.

 

MaxiAids has mobile scooters for every occasion and need. Choose your favorite from this list or check out our full selection of motorized scooters so you can be ready for the summer!