Today, we’re going to discuss four early warning signs of limited mobility. When you can catch signs of developing mobility issues early, it makes a world of difference. Recognizing the signs can help prevent your loved ones from a slew of health complications. The thing about limited mobility is that it’s not only a result of degenerative conditions. Muscle loss, joint stiffness, and balance issues are all a part of the natural aging process. Luckily, there are lifts designed to help anyone with limited mobility to maintain their independence. If any of these four indicators resonate with you or sound like what your loved ones are experiencing, it’s time to start thinking about how to make navigating through the home more manageable.
Everyone trips and falls occasionally. However, if you notice that you or the older adult in your life fall over and over again, it’s time to address the fact that mobility issues may be the reason. Frequent falls can lead to injuries, hospitalizations, and severe health complications, especially as you age. Bones inevitably become more fragile, and it’s harder to recover from a fall.
If you or the older adult in your life would prefer to take the elevator, even when they need to walk up only a few steps, this could stem from a fear of falling or pain they’ve been experiencing. Another early warning sign is you or a loved one preferring to stay on one floor of the home.
Difficulty Standing and Trouble With Balance
If you or the older adult in your life has trouble getting up from the couch or seem to lose their balance a lot, this is a red flag. Loss of balance stems from a multitude of degenerative conditions. However, loss of balance is also a part of the natural aging process. Impaired vision, muscle weakness, and joint stiffness can throw the body off balance. Also, pay attention if you notice that performing daily tasks seem to be taking way longer than usual.
Exercising isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, exercising is all a part of self-care. It shows that you care about your body and health. If you or a loved have been avoiding exercising (especially when it’s always been a part of a routine), you should find out why.
How Preferred Elevator Can Help
We offer various products geared toward making navigating through the home a more safe and comfortable experience. Our residential elevators, stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters are ideal if your goal is to age in place. Call us today to learn more!
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For 14 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.
For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!