Mobility Rehabilitation Equipment That Can Keep You in Your Home

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Regardless of one's age, youth, middle-aged, or elderly, we all want to remain in our home, and out of a long-term care facility, while rehabilitating our bodies or managing a chronic condition.

Here are some examples of rehabilitation equipment that can be used in the home so that you can manage and maintain your lifestyle from home, and hopefully require you to spend less time in a hospital or long-term rehabilitation facility.


Wheelchairs are not a "one-size-fits-all" proposition. There are manually powered wheelchairs, that is, the kind that move by either the rider pushing the wheels or a helper behind the chair pushing. These can be purchased at medical supply stores locally, and also online. Know this before you buy: You'll want to get familiar with how to properly fit yourself in a wheelchair.

There are also powered wheelchairs. These chairs propel with a motor, and can be steered by the rider with a joystick control from the armrest. There are hybrid manual / motorized wheelchair options too, like Quickie's XTender Power Assist. Powered wheelchairs and their cousins, the motorized scooter, are ideal for people who have lost shoulder mobility and strength and can no longer propel themselves in a manual chair.

The good news is that there are affordable ways to help you keep your independence, like dealers who specialize in used and refurbished models and sell them at a discount.

Also helpful for the home: a wheelchair ramp. They can be installed as a fixed ramp over your front stairs or back stairs to ease your wheeling efforts into your home. You can also find modestly priced portable wheelchair ramps that fold and stow in your car in case you need to take them to someone else's home for example.

Again, these tools are helpful for preserving your independence.


The Lift category can include ceiling-installed motorized lifts that help someone out of bed, for example, or a mechanical lift that may be portable to relocate around the house. It can also include stair lifts: chairs that install on a motorized track that transports a person up or down a staircase.

Walkers and Rollators

For some people, walkers and rollators are all they need. They can still walk moderate distances but need something to lean on. That's where the walker and rollator comes in. The rollator is basically a walker with wheels, so that it glides along with the push of every step, whereas a walker does need to be physically lifted, though only a few inches, in order for the person to move with it.

Bathroom Safety

The bathroom offers its own unique challenges. It's obviously not a room you can avoid either. But bathrooms are not friendly for people who have balance trouble and are prone to falling. There are hard surfaces like porcelain everywhere...toilet, shower, tub, sink.

But there are affordable tools to make the bathroom safer. Benches, sometimes called shower benches or transfer benches, are designed to create a bridge of sorts that someone in a wheelchair can move across in a seated position, as they travel from the seat of their wheelchair and into a shower chair.

A shower chair is a cleanable chair that allows you to take your bath or shower seated, thus making it easier to get in and out of the tub or shower stall and back into your chair or walker when you are done.

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